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Customs Declaration Notice
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I. General

Ethiopian considers children from the age of 5 to end of 11 years who are traveling alone on Ethiopian or Other Airline as Unaccompanied Minors. Escort service is mandatory for unaccompanied minors aged between 5 to end of 11 traveling on a codeshare flight but escort is optional on Ethiopian flights provided only when special attention is requested by the guardian.

Ethiopian considers youth between the ages of 12 to17 as unaccompanied minors as well if special attention is required by youth’s parents or guardian. If the flight is operated by Ethiopian Airlines that is if the flight is none code share flight, there is no need for escort and service fee payment for a minor aged between the ages of 12 to 17 unless special attention is requested. If, however, the flight is not operated by Ethiopian Airlines, that is if the flight is code share flight operated by other airlines, the minor aged between 12 to 17 shall be required to pay adult fare plus service fee applicable to the sector as detailed below. But escort service is still not mandatory even on code share flights unless special attention requested for this age group.

Please refer Unaccompanied Minors service and escort fees table below for detailed information. 

Note: The parent/guardian of the minor shall be expected to finalize the unaccompanied minor formalities of the other involved airline for the onward sector.

Currently United Airline does not offer unaccompanied minor service connecting to or from other airline’ flights. For more information please visit United Airline website click here.  

II. Policy

  1. Unaccompanied minors under the age of five (5) years shall not be accepted on all Ethiopian flights without accompanying family member.
  2. A Company escort (cabin crew) is optional for unaccompanied minors between the ages of 5 to end of 11 years on domestic/ international routes operated by Ethiopian (Non-codeshare flights).
  3. An escort can be provided by Ethiopian, at an applicable charge, on both domestic and international routes.

III. Procedures

Prior to issuance of ticket, the client should fill an Unaccompanied Minor Form with complete addresses and telephone numbers of all the responsible persons involved who will be responsible at origin, intermediate (if transfer is involved) and destination stations.

  1. In the event that arrangement cannot be made by a parent or guardian to receive the child at transfer point and no escort service is requested, Ethiopian will assist in making arrangements for a suitable custodian without, accepting any liability. This arrangement of such custodianship is for children who are 12 and above years of age.

    IV. Unaccompanied Minors service and Escort fees

    Age group(year)Applicable FareLocation To/From ADDAmount in USD per sectorCompany Escort
    International RouteDomestic Route
    5 to end of 11 yearsAdult FareAfrica100optionaloptional
    5 to end of 11 yearsAdult FareMiddle East100optionaloptional
    5 to end of 11 yearsAdult FareEurope125optionaloptional
    5 to end of 11 yearsAdult FareAsia150optionaloptional
    5 to end of 11 yearsAdult FareNorth and Latin America175optionaloptional
    12 to end of 17 YearsAdult Fare optionaloptionaloptional
    Domestic sector 500 birr per sector

    Note: For age group 5 to end of 11 years, If escort is requested the applicable charge is Child Fare + One way adult fare for Escort + Service charge.

    Youth from 12-17 years will pay applicable service charge if special attention is required.

    Age group (year)
    Applicable Fare
    Location To/From ADD Amount in USD per sector Company Escort Requirement Company Escort Fare
    5 to end of 11 years Adult Fare Africa 100 Mandatory One-way adult fare
    5 to end of 11 years Adult Fare Middle East 100 Mandatory One-way adult fare
    5 to end of 11 years Adult Fare Europe 125 Mandatory One-way adult fare
    5 to end of 11 years Adult Fare Asia 150 Mandatory One-way adult fare
    5 to end of 11 years  
    Adult Fare
    North & Latin America  
    One-way adult fare
    12 to end of 17 Years Adult Fare  Optional Optional Optional
    Domestic sector 500 Birr per sector


    Note: For age group 5 to end of 11 years, applicable charge is Child Fare + One-way adult fare for Escort + Service charge.

    Youth from 12-17 years will pay adult fare + applicable service charge.

    Unaccompanied minor form Click Here


    These pages are for informative purposes only and do not form a contract. As such, any information contained within this site is subject to change with or without notice. Ethiopian Airlines assumes no liability for these changes. Ethiopian also reserves the right to interpret and apply these policies and procedures. In each case, Ethiopian’s interpretations and applications shall be final and conclusive.



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