Planning

Special Needs and Assistance

Infants

Any guest 23 months or younger is classed as an infant, and must be accompanied by a guest 15 years of age and over, or the parent/legal guardian – who is 13 years of age and over. Infants travel at discounted rates, or free-of-charge, depending on the Virgin Australia service they are flying.

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Children

Any guest over 2 years of age who is not yet 12 years of age is classed as a child and must occupy a seat with their own ticket. A child’s seat is discounted on our international long haul service. Virgin Australia accepts the carriage of selected child restrain systems (CRS).

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Children Travelling Alone (Unaccompanied Minors)

Unaccompanied Minors can only be booked on flights operated by Virgin Australia if certain conditions are met. We cannot book Unaccompanied Minors on flights operated by our partners, and do not accept Unaccompanied Minors on our international long haul service.

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Travelling with an Assistance Dog

Virgin Australia accepts Assistance Dogs (including Guide Dogs) that have been appropriately trained, sufficient to pass a public access test by one of the several accredited organisations. The owner of an Assistance Dog must carry a proof of identity card, showing the level of appropriate training attained.

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Vision and Hearing Impairments

If you require special, ‘individual’ assistance, at the airport or during your flight, we ask that you tell us about it in advance. That way, we can plan for your arrival and ensure that your travel is hassle free.

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Special Meals

To satisfy the dietary and medical needs of all our guests we offer a selection of special meals on our international long haul service.

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Pets

We only accept domestic dogs and cats for pet travel; and only on domestic flights. All other types of animals, or pets travelling overseas, must be sent by freight.

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Flying While Pregnant

Many women fly while pregnant and have no difficulties. If you are pregnant and intend to fly we recommend that you discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you fly.

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Baggage Meet and Assist

Meet and Assist is a service we offer for guests who require Special Assistance with carrying cabin baggage while boarding and disembarking the aircraft; through Customs for international flights; or to/from the check-in gate, to/from the boarding gate and to the aircraft.

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Medical Conditions

Some medical conditions may restrict your ability travel, or require clearance from a medical practitioner before you can fly. If our medical clearance form has not been completed in advance, travel may be refused for guests with a relevant medical condition.

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Mobility Assistance

To make your flight as enjoyable as can be, we need to know about your special needs in advance. To ensure we know what your requirements are, you must make your booking via our Guest Contact Centre. Should you fail to advise us in advance, your travel may be refused.

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Independent Travel Criteria

Our cabin crew can only assist guests with certain activities. Guests who need help beyond the assistance that our crew can provide will need to assess their travel arrangements.

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Disability Access Facilitation Plan

Virgin Australia's Disability Access Facilitation Plan contains information about the services Virgin Australia can provide guests who require Special Assistance.

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