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 fifth birthday by the date of travel on JetBlue. A child who has reached their fourteenth birthday and is traveling alone is no longer considered an unaccompanied minor. However, customers may request additional assistance under these circumstances by calling JetBlue.
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 now 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 is 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.
SeatingUnaccompanied 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 safely seated in the back of the aircraft as follows:
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.
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:
Please note, the parent/guardian must request a gate pass at the airport ticket counter to pick up 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.
The child will only be released to the person indicated on the unaccompanied minor form or on the reservation and that person must present their government issued photo ID.
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.
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.
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 number to provide us with this information.
Additionally, it is 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 two and four 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.
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).
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.
Children 16 years of age and younger traveling alone or with someone other than a parent or legal guardian are required to hold a notarized parental letter of consent. This letter should be from the parent authorizing travel and should be accompanied with a copy of the parent's photo identification. In the case of organized group travel, a letter is not necessary; it is assumed that the chaperone has obtained prior permission.
Please contact the Embassy of the Barbados for additional entry/exit requirements for children under the age of 17.
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.
To prevent international child abduction, Colombia has implemented special exit procedures for Colombian children under 18 who are departing the country without both their mother and their father or a legal guardian. These procedures apply to U.S. citizen children if they are also Colombian citizens or if they are legal residents of Colombia. The procedures do not apply to U.S. citizen children present in Colombia as tourists using a U.S. passport. Complying with the procedures can be complex and time-consuming, especially if an absent parent is outside Colombia at the time. Advance planning is essential.
The procedures are as follows: Upon exiting the country, the person traveling with the child (or the child him/herself) must present a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, along with written, signed authorization from the absent parent(s) or legal guardian. The authorization must explicitly grant permission for the child to travel alone, with one parent, or with a third party, by name. When a parent is deceased, a notarized copy of a death certificate is required instead of written authorization. When one parent has sole custody of the child, that parent may present a custody decree instead of the other parent’s written authorization.
If the documents to be presented originated in the United States, they must first be translated into Spanish and then signed in front of a Colombian consul at a Colombian consulate. Then, upon arrival in Colombia, the documents must be presented to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for certification of the consul’s signature.
Alternatively, the documents can be translated into Spanish, then notarized by a notary public in the United States, and authenticated by requesting an apostille from the competent authority in the state where the documents were prepared. The document, translation, and apostille can then be presented to immigration officers at the airport when the child travels.
If the documents originated in Colombia and are written in Spanish, only notarization by a Colombian notary is required. For documents originating in countries other than the United States or Colombia, please inquire with the Colombian embassy serving that country.
In cases where the absent parent refuses or is unable to provide consent, the other parent can request assistance from the Colombian child protective service, Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF). In appropriate cases, ICBF will investigate and may issue a document that will allow the child to travel without both parents’ consent. This process may take a significant amount of time and is not within the control of the U.S. government.
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:
NOTE: Minors who arrive without the required documentation will not be admitted into Curaçao.
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:
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:
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:
The specific guidelines on the Dominican regulations governing the travel of children in the Dominican Republic may be found by clicking here.
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.
Airport crewmembers will ensure that the appropriate forms are completed for flights to Grenada, including:
Unaccompanied minors will not be released to anyone other than the adult listed on the child’s paperwork.
For Flights to Haiti, children under age 18 traveling to Haiti 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.
Airport crewmembers will ensure that the appropriate forms are also completed:
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.
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.
For Flights to 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
Children 18 years of age and younger traveling alone or with someone other than a parent or legal guardian are required to hold a notarized parental letter of consent. This letter should be from the parent authorizing travel and should be accompanied with a copy of the parent's photo identification. In the case of organized group travel, a letter is not necessary; it is assumed that the chaperone has obtained prior permission.
Please contact the Embassy of the Saint Lucia for additional entry/exit requirements for children under the age of 17.
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: