Travelling with children

Travelling with children


How old is an infant?

An infant is between 0-23 months old. 

New-born babies are not allowed to travel during the 7 days following birth. 

As from 24 months, your infant is considered as a child, and needs to be booked with a seat.

How old is a child?

A child is considered between 24 month until 12 years.

Children up to 4 years of age must always be accompanied by a person aged at least 16 years (if member of the family or legal guardian) or 18 years (if not member of the family) who will bear responsibility for the child throughout the trip. In addition, the child must travel together with his/her accompanying person on the same flight and in the same travel class.

Children up to and including 12 years of age must always be accompanied by a person aged at least 12 years old, who is fully capable of taking care of the child during the entire trip. In addition, the child must travel together with his/her accompanying person on the same flight and in the same travel class, unless the Unaccompanied Minor service has been booked. 

Travelling by air does not present any specific health problems for a healthy baby or small child. However, if you are uncertain, contact your paediatrician. We advise changing your flight arrangements in the event of the following:

  • Acute head cold
  • Following illness with a raised temperature
  • After surgery

You must change your flight arrangements if your child is suffering from a contagious illness such as whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox etc.

Unaccompanied Minors (UM)

Children travelling alone with VLM Airlines are in safe hands. We accompany them throughout their journey, from the moment you say goodbye to them at the departure airport to the moment they are collected by family or friends at the final destination. 

This arrangement applies to children between 4 to 11 years, not accompanied by a passenger of at least 12 years of age, who is fully capable of taking care of the child during the entire trip.

Passengers between 12 and 18 years and travelling alone may be considered unaccompanied minors and accepted as such:

  • On special request of the parents or an appointed guardian
  • In case of doubt about his/her ability to travel alone.

How can I reserve an UM?

The booking of the unaccompanied minor service is processed through our Customer Service Center. We will be happy to explain the procedure to you. A fee of €50 is charged per journey per UM.

Customer Service Center: mon- fri 08.00 - 20.00

BE: +32 3 304 82 09 

UK: +44 207 048 06 14

DE: +49 89 262 057 00

CH: +41 445 510 310

Checked baggage

  • Infants (under 2 years) not occupying a seat are entitled to 1 piece of checked baggage of max. 10kg. 

Hand baggage

  • Infants (under 2 years) not occupying a seat are not entitled to free hand baggage allowance.
  • Parents are allowed nevertheless to carry free of charge 1 infant's carrying basket or 1 fully collapsible stroller/pushchair and the infant's food for consumption on board.


There is no charge for the transportation of folding buggies and pushchairs. The strollers must be labelled at check-in and will be folded and stored in the hold during the flight and delivered to the passenger upon arrival. Passengers are allowed to bring their babies up to the aircraft entrance in their own baby strollers.

Please be informed that all baby strollers, including all types of collapsible strollers (for example Pockit Buggy’s) are not allowed in the cabin and must be stored in the hold.

Needed documents for your child.

Make sure that all required travel documents have been arranged: your child needs to be in possession of an ID card with a picture or a travel passport with visa and health certifications if required.

Different legal requirements by country

Some countries' immigration departments require additional documentation for all children travelling into, out of or transitting their country. The extra documentation that you may require varies depending on the country, so please make sure you have everything you need before you travel.

The IATA Travel Centre can advise you what documentation is required for each country. Just make sure you use the date of birth of your child to ensure the extra requirements are displayed.

Check the IATA Travel centre for documentation required when travelling with children

The parent/guardian should ensure that the young person carries with them at all times:

Any necessary travel documentation such as valid passport(s), ID card, visas and proof that UM can travel alone (as required by Belgian law. Can be provided at city hall).

A signed VLM Airlines consent form

Any required medication and/or health certificates, if needed

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