Travelling with infants and children

If you’re flying with a little one, here’s some things you might want to know to help make your journey as seamless as possible.  

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Please note that information on this page only applies to flights operated by Virgin Australia.
For flights operated by other airlines, please contact the airline directly.

 

Overview

For an overview on your travel requirements and options when travelling with infants or children, please refer to the information below.

Infant (Under 2 years old)

Fare Eligibility: Infant flight fare may be booked with or without an allocated seat.

Travel Requirements:

Must be accompanied by the parent/legal guardian^ or a passenger who is 15 years of age or over.

Only one infant may be booked to travel with each adult or guardian.

Travel Assistance Options: Not available.

Child (2-4 years old)

Fare Eligibility: Child flight fare must be booked.

Travel Requirements:

Must be accompanied by the parent/legal guardian^ or a passenger who is 15 years of age or over.

Travel Assistance Options: Not available.

Child (5-11 years old)

Fare Eligibility: Child flight fare must be booked.

Travel Requirements:

May travel alone under the Unaccompanied Minor program.

Travel Assistance Options:

You must book your child as an Unaccompanied Minor if they are travelling alone or travelling in a different cabin class to their Parent/Legal Guardian.*

Young Person (12-17 years old)

Fare Eligibility: Adult flight fare must be booked.

Travel Requirements:

May travel alone.

Travel Assistance Options:

You may book your child as a Young Person Travelling Alone.**

If your child is aged 12-15 years, you may request for Unaccompanied Minor assistance.*


^ Parent/legal guardian must be aged 13 years or over.
* Unaccompanied Minors can only be booked on Domestic or International Short Haul flights operated by Virgin Australia. Unaccompanied Minors cannot be booked on connecting flights.
** Young Persons Travelling Alone can be booked on all Virgin Australia flights including connecting flights.
 

Fares for Infants and Children

Find the cost of infant and child fares across our network in the table below. Fares must be booked based on the age at the time of travel. For example, if booking for a child who will turn 12 years old during the journey, the flight must be booked as an adult.

To book fares for infants and children, book online or call our Guest Contact Centre.

Cost of Fare Infant
Not occupying own seat
Infant
Occupying own seat^
Child
Domestic Free Full fare Full fare
Trans-Tasman 10% of full fare* Full fare Full fare
International
Short Haul
10% of the full fare* 75% of the full fare* 75% of the full fare*

 
^ For infants occupying their own seat, an approved child restraint system must be used. To book fares for infants occupying their own seat, call our Guest Contact Centre.
* Excludes taxes, fees and surcharges.
 

Required Travel Documents 

At check-in, you may be asked to provide proof of date of birth. Passports, extracts or copies of birth certificates and immunisation books are acceptable. 

For International flights, all passengers will need their own passport plus any visas or authorisation letters required by the destination country. Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website for more information about required travel documents.

 

Baggage Allowances for Infants and Children

For information on baggage allowances and the carriage of special items, please refer to the table below.

Allowance Infant Child
Checked Baggage

Adults accompanying infants are entitled to check-in three Special Infant Items free of charge including a 23kg bag on Virgin Australia operated flights. Special Infant Items include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • Pram/stroller
  • Portable cot
  • Car seat
  • Baby capsule
  • Bag

Children are entitled to the same checked baggage allowance as adults. Adults accompanying children are entitled to carry two special items, as checked baggage free of charge. These include items, but are not restricted to the following:

  • Pram/stroller
  • Portable cot
  • Car seat
  • Baby capsule
Carry-on Baggage

Adults travelling with infants are entitled to take an additional 7kg carry-on baggage free of charge for essential baby products. Baby products may include, but are not limited to:

  • Baby milk, including breast milk
  • Sterilised water
  • Juice
  • Baby food in liquid, gel or paste form
  • Disposable wipes

For International flights: Liquid, aerosol and gel (LAGs) restrictions apply for baby products in carry-on baggage. See more information on LAGs restrictions.

Children are entitled to the same carry-on baggage allowance as adults.

 

Specific Assistance for Children Travelling Alone

We’re here to look after our young flyers, which is why we provide assistance for Unaccompanied Minors and Young Persons Travelling Alone.

View more information on eligibility and how to book for Specific Assistance.

If you have made a booking for an Unaccompanied Minor, please download the Unaccompanied Minor form prior to arriving at the airport.