Accompanied Children

  • Children from 2 years but not reached 12 years of age will be accepted for transportation when accompanied by a passenger at least 16 years of age (applicable child fare shall be charged).
  • They must have the regular passenger tickets and occupy an individual passenger seat. 
  • Two children traveling on one seat is not allowed and they shall not be assigned for the exit row seats.
  • If a child is under 2 years of age, he or she can travel on an adult travelers' lap with an infant discount ticket. A seat can be requested and reserved for an infant with an additional charge.
  • If a child turns 2 years or more during the trip, a child discount will be applied on the whole itinerary or the remaining of the partially used ticket and a seat will be allocated for the child. The infant discount does not apply in this case.

 

Unaccompanied Children

  • Children, who have reached their 5th but not 12th birthday traveling alone or are not accompanied by a passenger aged over 16th year, are considered as unaccompanied minors. The abbreviated code of unaccompanied minors is "UM" or "UMNR" and will be used in all traffic reference.
  • Unaccompanied children under 5 years of age will not be accepted under any circumstances. Unaccompanied children from 6 to 7 years of age will accepted on a nonstop or through flight only, and must be escorted by a parent or responsible adult until the child is boarded on the flight and the aircraft has departed the gate. The child must be met at the destination by another parent or responsible adult.
  • Unaccompanied children 8 through 16 years of age will be accepted for transportation on nonstop, through or connecting flights. Reservation must be confirmed to the destination. The child must be escorted by a parent or responsible adult until the child has boarded the flight and the aircraft has departed the gate. The child must be met at the destination by another parent or responsible adult. A service charge will be assessed for unaccompanied children on all flights.
  • SAUDIA does not accept responsibility for unaccompanied minors prior to being checked-in at airport of departure or after delivery to their nominated custodian on arrival at their destination.
  • The maximum number of unaccompanied minors carried on Saudi Arabian airline flights shall not exceed the number of working cabin crew on those particular flights. - All unaccompanied minors traveling on Saudi Arabian airline flight shall be in possession of the written consent of their parents or guardian authorizing them to travel. - In the event of interline carriage, participating carrier approval must be secured before confirming reservation.
  • During schedule irregularities, Saudi Arabian airline may refuse to provide connection air transportation services at any origination city to an unaccompanied child holding reservations when there is a reasonable likelihood that the child will not make a flight connection, and therefore require overnight accommodations.
  • SAUDIA becomes fully responsible for the UM from the moment he/she is handed over by the parents or the authorized adult to the concerned staff.
  • UM's will be accompanied to the airport of departure by an escort. The escorts name is mentioned on the handling advice for UM's
  • The escort delivers all documents necessary for travel to the handling or supervisor agent concerned. The escort has to stay at the airport until the respective aircraft is airborne. He or She carries on responsibility for the UM until the flight is called for embarkation and the UM is handed over to a member of the handling agent.
  • To ensure that the UM will safely be transferred to one of our Flight Attendant a ground staff member will personally guide the UM to the aircraft.
  • Upon arrival the cabin attendant will hand over the UM to our contracted ground handling. This staff will take care of the UM until it is picked up by the respective escort named on the handling advice.

 

New Born Babies

They can be accepted after the first week of their birthday. For babies of more than 48 hours age shall be accepted provided that they must obtain a medical clearance stating that the baby is in a good health and does not need incubator or medical oxygen.

 

Immigration procedures for children under 18s who are traveling to/from South Africa

The procedures are as below:

♦  A child (under the age of 18 ) is traveling with his/her both parents; should produce:

  • Unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the full information of both parents in arrival and departure through The Republic of South Africa.



♦  A child (under the age of 18) is traveling with one of his/her parents; should produce:

  • Unabridged birth certificate for the child reflecting the full information of the parents in arrival and departure through The Republic.
  • Consent, in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child, authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from The Republic with the child he or she is travelling with.
  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child.
  • Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.



♦  A passenger is travelling with a child (under the age of 18) who is not his/her biological child, he or she should produce :

  • A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the full information of both parents in arrival and departure through The Republic.
  • An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child.
  • Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
  • The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.



♦  A child is traveling as unaccompanied minor, should produce:

  • Proof of consent from one or both of his or her parents or legal guardian in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from The Republic.
  • A letter from the person who is to receive the child in The Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details where the child will be residing.
  • A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in The Republic.
  • The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

 

Notes:

  • Travellers to South Africa must be in possession of a passport with two unused pages required for endorsements.
  • Passports must be readable by passports reader devices at airport.
  • Copies of documents should be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths or any delegated authority.


Therefore, all staff are requested to inform passengers who are traveling with children under 18s to The Republic to South Africa, to obtain a fully unabridged birth certificate, to avoid legal accountability.

For more information on the new regulation through The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, the document can downloaded through this link http://www.dha.gov.za/images/final_Immigration_Regulations_2014_1.pdf

 

Immigration procedures for children under 18s who are traveling to/from South Africa

The procedures are as below:

♦  A child (under the age of 18 ) is traveling with his/her both parents; should produce:

  • Unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the full information of both parents in arrival and departure through The Republic of South Africa.



♦  A child (under the age of 18) is traveling with one of his/her parents; should produce:

  • Unabridged birth certificate for the child reflecting the full information of the parents in arrival and departure through The Republic.
  • Consent, in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child, authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from The Republic with the child he or she is travelling with.
  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child.
  • Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.



♦  A passenger is travelling with a child (under the age of 18) who is not his/her biological child, he or she should produce :

  • A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the full information of both parents in arrival and departure through The Republic.
  • An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child.
  • Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
  • The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.



♦  A child is traveling as unaccompanied minor, should produce:

  • Proof of consent from one or both of his or her parents or legal guardian in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from The Republic.
  • A letter from the person who is to receive the child in The Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details where the child will be residing.
  • A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in The Republic.
  • The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.

 

Notes:

  • Travellers to South Africa must be in possession of a passport with two unused pages required for endorsements.
  • Passports must be readable by passports reader devices at airport.
  • Copies of documents should be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths or any delegated authority.


Therefore, all staff are requested to inform passengers who are traveling with children under 18s to The Republic to South Africa, to obtain a fully unabridged birth certificate, to avoid legal accountability.

For more information on the new regulation through The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, the document can downloaded through this link http://www.dha.gov.za/images/final_Immigration_Regulations_2014_1.pdf

 

Medical Consideration

 

Young passengers

Young passengers between 12 to 16 years may be treated as UM,s upon request of their parents or other authorized persons, if there is any doubt of the minor’s ability in means of traveling alone, or if the minor is accompanying another child under 12 years of age.

 

Acceptance of Infants

  • Infants under 2 years of age will be accepted when accompanied by a passenger at least 16 years of age. One adult can escort only one infant.
  • If allowed for carriage, the infants aged between 8 days to 23 months inclusive, as of the date of travel cannot travel in their own seat and must sit on an adult's lap (one infant per adult). If a passenger is traveling with more than one infant, applicable child fare is charged for the second infant. The infants shall be assigned on a seat where a supplementary oxygen mask is available.
  • If the infant reaches the age of 2 years prior to their return journey, they must pay the applicable child fare, taxes, fees and charges for that part of the journey.
  • Proof of age is required. The parent must present the infant's valid travel document at the check-in counters and boarding gate.
  • There is no checked or cabin baggage allowance for infants at 10% fare; however one fully collapsible pushchair per child is carried free of charge and does not need to be pre-booked. Additional infant equipment (maximum 10kg.) such as car/booster seats and travel costs may be carried. Baby strollers must be tagged during check-in if it is allowed to carry as unchecked baggage.
  • The maximum number of infants is determined according to the number of decompression oxygen mask, infant life vest which are available on each flight.
  • It is not permitted to place more than one infant in each occupied section of the row as there is only one additional oxygen mask in each section( e.g. (03 adults + one infant) may occupy 3 seat section).

 

New Born Babies

They can be accepted after the first week of their birthday. For babies of more than 48 hours age shall be accepted provided that they must obtain a medical clearance stating that the baby is in a good health and does not need incubator or medical oxygen.

 

Blind and Deaf:


a) Blind or Deaf (Single Incapacitation)


  • Are not considered incapacitated passenger.
  • No limitation in case they are traveling alone.
  • In case they are traveling in groups, no limitation to their numbers but it is necessary to have a medically fit attendant. (A group means more than one person in the PNR).

b) Blind and Deaf (Double Incapacitation)

  • They are considered incapacitated.
  • There are limitations to their number according to each aircraft type.

 

Medical clearance

The transportation of patients who require special medical attention on SAUDIA flights or on other companies involved in the transport need to carry a Medical Statement Information Model (MEDIF) filled by the passenger’s attending physician or issued by the medical services to the transportation companies. Note that the model is only valid for (10) days from the date of signing by a competent doctor.