Children travelling

We love making both kids and their parents happy. Find out everything about making your family trip with KLM your best one yet!

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Prepare for travel

Travel documents

  • Is your child travelling alone, with only one parent or guardian, or with an adult that does not have parental authority? Before going through security control, you will have to complete a consent form. Read more about the consent form for minors travelling abroad  (English only).
  • Does your child have a different last name than you? Please bring the family booklet or birth certificate to prove your affiliation.
  • Children of European Union citizens travelling from, to or via countries in the European Union need to carry their own passport or ID card. Having their names entered in their parent’s passport is no longer permitted. This rule does not apply to document holders of the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • Are you travelling with your child(ren) in Economy Class departing from an airport in the United Kingdom? Read more about the abolishment of Air Passenger Duty for children under 16 .
  • For travel to and from South Africa, children might need to bring various documents, regardless if they travel with both parents, with one parent, with an accompanying adult or alone. Read more about the documents needed for travel to and from South Africa .
  • Read more about travelling with children on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Defence  (applicable for all nationalities) or check the website of the embassy of the country concerned.

Vaccinations and medicines

When travelling to a (sub)tropical destination, be sure to check if your family has all the right vaccinations. Check the health advice for your destination 

You can bring all necessary medication for your family on KLM flights – just make sure the person’s name is stated on the medication. If you want to bring more than 100 ml (3,4 oz) of liquid medication with you, please do not forget to bring a declaration from your doctor.


If you are 36 weeks or more into your pregnancy, we advise you not to fly. We also discourage flying during the first week following delivery. If you are expecting more than 1 baby, we always advise you to consult your physician before flying. If you have had complications, you need to have permission to fly from your physician.