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What is needed for unaccompanied minor children to travel to Colombia?

by Miguel
(Heathrow, FL US)

Question: What do I need to do so my children 9 and 7 years of age can travel alone to visit their grandparents in Colombia?

I am a single dad (my wife passed away 7 months ago). I want my children to visit their maternal grandparents but I cannot travel myself. I have a friend who is a pilot with Jet Blue and flies the Orlando - Bogota (Colombia) route - where my sons would be going.

Do I need to have a letter authorizing them to travel alone? Please let me know what I need to do.

Answer:Minor children who travel by air without an accompanying adult are referred to as "unaccompanied minors". You need to inform the airline that your children will be flying unaccompanied when you book the flights.

Jet Blue charges a $100 fee per child for unaccompanied minors. This fee must be paid at the time you book the flights.

You must provide photo ID when dropping off your children for their flight and the person who picks them up in Bogota must also present photo ID.

Note, each airport has its own rules and regulations, also. You need to check with the Orlando and Bogota airports concerning this matter.

For more information about specific instructions about unaccompanied minors traveling on Jet Blue to Colombia, click the link below.

Jet Blue Instructions for Booking an Unaccompanied Minor

U.S. citizen children who travel outside the United States by air are required to present a valid passport. If you need to obtain a passport for your children, click the link below.

How to Get a Child's Passport

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