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Unaccompanied Minors on JetBlue - UMNR



 
Booking an Unaccompanied Minor

Children between the ages of 5 and under 14 years who will be traveling alone are considered unaccompanied minors. The child traveling unaccompanied must have reached their 5th birthday by the date of travel on JetBlue. A child who has reached their 14th birthday and is traveling alone is no longer considered an unaccompanied minor; however, customers may request additional assistance under these circumstances by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).

Can a child fly alone with another child or customer? As long as the accompanying customer is at least 14 years of age or older, children between the ages of 2 and 13 may be escorted without the unaccompanied minor status.

In an effort to guarantee seating safely at the back of the aircraft and better serve our young customers, we limit the number of unaccompanied minors booked on each flight to a total of three (3).

Travel for unaccompanied minors may now be booked on jetblue.com. When completing the online booking, an unaccompanied minor fee of $100.00 per person fee, each way will automatically be applied to the total price and must be paid at the time of booking.

The Unaccompanied Minor form is available online and must be filled out prior to travel. Please print three (3) copies of the completed form for each flight and bring them with you to the airport. Be prepared to enter the name as it appears on the photo ID, of the person dropping off and picking up the child.

Photo identification is required for both parties who will be dropping off and picking up the child. The child will not be accepted or released without the guardian’s photo ID. Please see specific documentation requirements below based on origin and destination country.

Additionally, it's important for the person dropping off the child that they give a JetBlue airport crewmember their phone number before leaving the airport so that we can contact them in the event of a gate return.

Age restriction for someone picking up and UMNR is 18 years old.  They must have a valid ID and be listed in the DO/PU information.

Seating
Unaccompanied minors may only travel on nonstop flights. They will NOT be permitted on connecting flights or direct flights (flight that makes a stop but does not change aircraft) or in Mint seats. Unaccompanied minors will be seated safely in seats ABC on the last row of the aircraft.


Pick-up & Drop-off requirements

Photo identification is required for both parties who drop off and pick up an unaccompanied minor. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted without the guardian's photo ID.

Age restriction for someone picking up and UMNR is 18 years old.  They must have a valid ID and be listed in the DO/PU information.

If a gate pass is issued, it is the TSA's decision as to whether a young child may pass through security with the adult.

Drop-off/Pick-up information

When dropping off the unaccompanied minor, the parent/guardian may NOT leave the airport until the following criteria are met:

  • The parent/guardian has a signed copy of the UMNR form
  • The UMNR is onboard the aircraft
  • The aircraft has taken off
  • The parent/guardian's name, address and cell phone number are all documented on the minor's reservation

Please note, the parent/guardian must request a gate pass at the airport ticket counter to drop off their minor at the departure gate. If a gate pass is issued, we request that the person dropping off the child leave a cell phone number with the airport so that a JetBlue crewmember can contact them to meet their child in the event of a gate return.

When picking up an unaccompanied minor, please arrive at the airport no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled arrival.

Since guidelines vary among airports, please check the unaccompanied minor section under the specific airport the unaccompanied minor is traveling from to determine if a gate pass may be issued. This information can be found by entering the airport name in the search field, then selecting the Unaccompanied Minor Information link under the main airport heading.  


Unaccompanied Minors on other airlines

Unaccompanied minors may only travel on nonstop flights. They will NOT be permitted on connecting flights or direct flights (flight that makes a stop but does not change aircraft). JetBlue does not provide any escort for unaccompanied minors to flights connecting with other airlines. Customers will be responsible for any transfer of their minors from JetBlue to other airlines. UMNRs are not allowed on interline bookings.


Traveling to the U.S.

When traveling to the U.S it is highly recommended all children under the age of 14 traveling alone or with someone other than a parent or legal guardian hold a letter of authorization. This letter should be from the parent authorizing travel and should be accompanied with a copy of the parent's photo identification.

Passports are required.


Information required for Unaccompanied Minor traveling internationally

Please let us know that a child will be traveling unaccompanied when making their reservation and be prepared to supply the reservation crewmember with the name, address and phone number, as it appears on the photo ID, of the person dropping off the child and picking up the child. If you are booking the unaccompanied minor on jetblue.com, we ask that you call us after receiving your confirmation code to provide us with this information.

Photo identification is required for both parties who will be dropping off and picking up the child. The child will not be accepted or released without the guardian’s photo ID. Please see specific documentation requirements below based on origin and destination country.

Additionally, it's important for the person dropping off the child to remain in the terminal until the flight has departed.

Unaccompanied minors may only travel on nonstop flights. They will NOT be permitted on connecting flights or direct flights (flight that makes a stop but does not change aircraft). Unaccompanied minors may not travel with an infant between the ages of three days and two years or a child between the ages of 2 and 4 years. As a courtesy and additional safety precaution, unaccompanied minors will be seated at the back of the aircraft so that the Inflight crew can assist them when needed.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Aruba
Minors under the age of 18 traveling with a guardian other than a parent must have a notarized letter of permission in triplicate from both parents authorizing travel along with a photo ID. In addition, the letter should state the name of the person with whom the child is traveling or will be met by at the airport upon arrival.

If the child is traveling with only one parent or the sole custody parent, the traveling parent must have a notarized letter of permission from the non-custodial parent or a "Sole Custody" or "Father Unknown" document. However, if the child's last name is different from the last name of the accompanying parent(s), proof of parentage is required. Parents name changes must be documented (i.e. marriage certificate).

Passports are required.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Antigua and Barbuda

Minors under the age of 18, traveling alone, or accompanied by someone who is not their legal parent or guardian, must hold a written notarized consent letter that states the minor is allowed to travel. The notarized letter must be signed by the custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s), authorizing or directing an authority to act on their behalf. The letter must also include the name and address of the person the child is staying with in Antigua and Barbuda or the name of the hotel and accompanying adult(s). The child must also have a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of their parent or legal guardian’s valid identification document.

Minors who arrive in Antigua without the required documents will not be allowed entry.


Traveling Between the U.S. and the Bahamas

For minors 16 years of age and younger, traveling alone, a notarized parental letter of consent is recommended. In the case of organized group travel, a letter is not necessary. It is assumed that the chaperone has obtained prior permission.

Passports are required.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Bermuda

Children under the age of 16 traveling with an adult other than their parents must have the appropriate travel documentation along with a notarized letter from the parent(s) authorizing the child to be accompanied by the respective adult for the trip.

Parents of adopted children should be particularly careful that they carry with them the proper documents of the child if different nationality from the parents.

Parents in the process of adopting children are advised not to leave their country with the children until all the legalities and paperwork is finalized.

Children entering Bermuda for the purpose of adoption must be in possession of documents from the Bermuda Department of Immigration confirming their entry into Bermuda for adoption.

Passports are required.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Colombia

Unaccompanied minors (under 18 years old) traveling to Colombia must have the following:

  • Avalid Passport
  • A valid visa (if a visa is required for entry into Colombia)
  • A completed Colombian Immigration form (form 530) that includes the minor's address in Colombia
  • An airline representative accompanying the minor during the immigration process

Requirements for unaccompanied minors departing Colombia can be found here.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Costa Rica
There are no additional requirements for minors traveling between the United States and Costa Rica.

Traveling Between the U.S. and Cuba

For travel to Cuba, minors are any customers under the age of 18. For minors, traveling to Cuba alone or with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, a notarized parental letter of consent is recommended, but not required.

Minors may require:
 
• Cuban Visa (for all visitors of Cuba. Visas can be purchased at the ticket counter)
• Any additional arrival forms required based on the Customer’s nationality
• Cuban Minors – May require a Habilitación and or Prorroga stamp for entry into Cuba.
• Minors who arrive in Cuba without the required documents will not be allowed entry


Traveling Between the U.S. and Cayman Islands

Minors traveling alone, or accompanied by someone who is not their legal parent or guardian, must have a notarized letter of permission, in triplicate (three copies), from both parents authorizing travel along with a photo ID. In addition, the letter should state the name of the person whom the child is traveling with or will be met by at the airport upon arrival.

It is strongly recommended that when a child is traveling with only one parent or the sole custody parent, the traveling parent should have a notarized letter of permission from the non-custodial parent or a “Sole Custody” or “Father Unknown” document. However, if the child's last name is different from the last name of the accompanying parent(s), proof of parentage is required. Parents name changes must be documented (i.e., marriage certificate).


Traveling Between the U.S. and Curaçao

Important Information for Minors, Under the Age of 18, Traveling to Curaçao:

Curaçao has very strict requirements for minors, under the age of 18, entering:

  • Curaçao alone
  • With someone other than their parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Traveling with a parent with a different surname.

NOTE: Minors who arrive without the required documentation will not be admitted into Curaçao.

  • Minors under the age of 18, traveling alone, must hold a written confirmation that the minor is allowed to travel, signed by parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The letter must also include the name and address of the person the child is staying with in Curaçao or the name of the hotel and accompanying adult(s). The child must also have a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of their parent or legal guardian’s valid identification document.
  • Minors under the age of 18, accompanied by parents with a different surname (last name) will require the parents to hold a marriage certificate or certificate of residence.
  • Minors under the age of 18 accompanied by someone who is not their legal parent or guardian will require written confirmation from the parents that the minor is allowed to travel. Additionally, a copy of an identity document of the parent(s) or guardian(s) and marriage certificate or certificate of residence is required.
  • Children who arrive in Curaçao without the required documents will not be allowed entry.

Traveling Between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic

Unaccompanied minors and other special service customers can be met after clearing Customs due to local airport procedures which do not allow the issuance of gate passes in JFK.

Passports are required.

Strict exit requirements apply to all minors under 18 years of age leaving the Dominican Republic. Such children must hold an Exit Permit signed by both parents and authorized by the Immigration Authorities in the Dominican Republic or representation of the Dominican Republic abroad. This applies to:

  • Residents of the Dominican Republic and traveling:
    • Unaccompanied; or
    • With an adult other than a parent or legal guardian; or
    • With only one parent; or
  • Minors leaving with different person than they have entered with, if being:
    • Nationals of Dominican Republic residing abroad; or
    • Foreign minors whose parents are nationals of Dominican Republic
    • Foreign nationals

Please note: This Exit Permit is only a requirement of minors who are leaving the Dominican Republic and not for minors leaving the United States or entering the Dominican Republic.

This authorization must be in Spanish, and it must be notarized at a Dominican consulate in the United States or notarized and then certified at the Dominican Attorney General’s office (Procuraduria de la Republica) if done in the Dominican Republic. Though not a requirement for non-resident minors (in the Dominican Republic), the U.S. Embassy recommends that any minor traveling to the Dominican Republic without one or both parents have a notarized document from the parent(s). This letter of authorization must:

  • Be written in Spanish;
  • Contain the name of the child, the parent or legal guardian, and, if applicable, the adult accompanying the child; and
  • Be signed by the parent or legal guardian in front of a Consulate or Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that minors (under 18 years of age) traveling alone, without one parent, or with anyone other than the parent(s) who are not residents of the Dominican Republic, have a notarized document incorporating the following:

  • Current date
  • Child’s full name and date of birth
  • The names of the parent, legal guardian, adult accompanying the minor, or if the child is traveling as an unaccompanied minor
  • Travel destination
  • Where the child is staying
  • Duration of stay
  • Purpose of travel
  • The letter should be signed by the non-traveling parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and it should include the address and phone number of the non-traveling parent(s). The letter can be notarized by any Notary.

The specific guidelines on the Dominican regulations governing the travel of children in the Dominican Republic may be found by clicking here.


Requisitos referente a menores entrando o saliendo de la República Dominicana

Viajando entre los EE.UU. y la República Dominicana

Los menores sin acompañar y otros clientes que requieran servicios especiales deberán ser recogidos luego de ser despachados por Aduanas. Esto se debe a los procedimientos locales de aeropuerto los cuales no permiten la expedición de pases de puerta de embarque en JFK.

Se requieren pasaportes.

Se aplican requisitos estrictos de salida a menores de 18 años de edad (de cualquier nacionalidad) que residan en la República Dominicana. Aquellos niños que estén viajando solos, sin uno de los padres, o con cualquier otra persona a parte de el(los) padre(s), deberán presentar una autorización escrita del padre o guardián legal. Esta autorización escrita también será requerida para el viaje de regreso.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Ecuador

Ecuadorian minors must have a notarized authorization for travel, from both parents, when departing Ecuador. Minors, traveling with an Ecuadorian ID (Cedula or passport), are also required to have the same notarized authorization for travel.

Traveling Between the U.S. and Grenada

Airport crewmembers will ensure that the appropriate forms are completed for flights to Grenada, including:

  • Grenada Immigration / Customs Form

Unaccompanied minors will not be released to anyone other than the adult listed on the child’s paperwork.

  • Minors under the age of 18, traveling alone, must hold a written consent that the minor is allowed to travel, signed by parent(s) or legal guardian(s), authorizing or directing an authority to act on their behalf. The letter must also include the name and address of the person the child is staying with in Grenada or the name of the hotel and accompanying adult(s). The child must also have a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of their parent or legal guardian’s valid identification document.
  • Minors under the age of 18, accompanied by parents with a different surname (last name), will require the parents to provide supporting documents to establish they are the parent or legal guardian of the child(ren).
  • Minors under the age of 18, accompanied by someone who is not their legal parent or guardian, will require a notarized consent letter from the parents that the minor is allowed to travel.
  • Children who arrive in Grenada without the required documents will not be allowed entry.

Traveling Between the U.S. and Haiti

Minors under age 18 traveling to Haiti must have the following arrival forms completed:

  • Republic of Haiti Arrival / Departure Card
  • Customs Declaration Form for Arrival / Departure

Minors under age 18 traveling from Haiti, with a Haitian passport, alone, or with an adult other than their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), must present a notarized letter from both parents or their legal guardian(s), stating that permission has been given for travel, the name of the person with whom the minor will be traveling and the dates of travel. The following arrival forms must be completed:

  • U.S. Customs Form (Except for arrivals in Orlando, FL - MCO)



Traveling Between the U.S. and Jamaica

For minors 18 years of age and younger, traveling alone, a notarized parental letter of consent is recommended. In the case of organized group travel, the group leader must hold a letter of invitation by the organization the group will be visiting as well as how long the group will be staying.  

Passports are required.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Mexico

A customer under 18 years of age is considered a minor for travel purposes. A notarized parental letter of consent is recommended. Passports and tourist cards are required.


Traveling Between the U.S. and the Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten)
There are no additional requirements for minors traveling between the United States and the Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten).

Traveling Between the U.S. and Peru

Minor children with Peruvian citizenship (up to and including 17 year olds), traveling with only one or neither legal parent or legal guardian, are required to have authorization from the non-traveling parent/guardian(s). In Peru, the non-traveling parent/guardian(s) can complete this process at most public notaries or through a travel authorization issued by a family court. In the United States, the non-travelling parent/guardian(s) should visit the nearest Peruvian Consulate and complete a Permiso Notarialde Viaje. Please be aware that these authorizations are valid for 30 days and one trip only.

If the minor child (up to and including 17 year olds) has only one legal parent or guardian, the traveling parent/guardian must present evidence of sole custody, as well as a completed Permiso Notarial de Viaje from a Peruvian notary or a Peruvian Consulate in the United States.

Peruvian immigration will not allow a child (up to and including 17 year olds) with Peruvian citizenship to depart Peru without the appropriate Permiso Notarial de Viaje, and the Embassy is unable to assist travelers who are prevented from traveling due to not having

Airport crewmembers will ensure that the appropriate forms are also completed:

  • Peruvian Immigration Form
  • Peruvian Baggage Declaration Form

Traveling Between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago

Minors, under 18 years of age, traveling alone, or accompanied by someone who is not their legal parent or guardian, must hold a written notarized consent letter, from their biological parents or legal guardian(s), that states the minor is allowed to travel. The letter must include the of the person the child is traveling with, as well as the name and address of the person the child is staying with in Trinidad and Tobago, or the name of the hotel and accompanying adult(s). The minor must also have a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of their parent’s or legal guardian’s ID. Copies of their biological parents' or legal guardians’ ID cards must be attached to the letter of authorization.


 


Traveling Between the U.S. and Turks & Caicos

There are no additional requirements for minors traveling between the United States and Turks & Caicos.

Airport crewmembers will ensure that the appropriate forms are completed, including:

  • Immigrations Form must be completed for every customer including infants
  • Customs Form

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