Children

General information

Infants acceptance

All our aircraft are equipped with special baby bassinets and packs as well as a wide range of baby food. Each aircraft has at least two toilets with special fold-down tables for changing diapers.

A healthy newborn infant is ready to travel with us after the first week of delivery. The infant must be accompanied by a parent / guardian. Infant fare will be charged when an infant travels with a parent / guardian and the infant does not occupy a seat.

A maximum of two infants can be accepted for travel with each parent / guardian under the following conditions:

  • One of the two infants must be at least 6 months old and occupy an infant car safety seat. The applicable child fare will be charged.
  • The other infant must be secured onto the parent / guardian with a child restraint device. Infant fare will be charged.
  • The parent / guardian should bring their own infant car safety seat which must comply with the Cathay Pacific approved specifications below.

Ticket number reporting for infant not occupying seat

When you change the flight/date of a booking that consists of adult and infant (not occupying seat), it is essential that you send SSR TKNM to CX/KA for all passengers including the infant. The SSR TKNM information is important for airport to accept the infant travel.

Despite auto ticket revalidation will take place at CX/KA when flight/date changes for adult passengers that have booked, the process does not apply to infant not occupying seat.

After sending the SSR TKNM to CX/KA, you are not required to contact CX/KA office to update the flight information to the infant ticket, as long as the ticket validity fulfils, CX/KA will accept the travel.

If there is absolute need for an updated ticket for the infant passenger after any flight/date change, a ticket reissue is required.

Car seats

Subject to restrictions below, a personal infant / child car safety seat can be taken on board if it complies with the following requirements:

  • The seat must be forward facing.
  • The seat must be designed for carrying an infant / child between the age of 6 months and 3 years inclusively, and weighs 18 kg or less.
  • The seat must be in operational condition.

Due to safety requirements, infant / child car safety seats may not be used on some of our aircraft passenger seats. This includes:

  • New Business Class seats on all aircraft types.
  • New Economy Class seats on Airbus and B777-300ER aircraft.

Please call your local Cathay Pacific reservation office or your travel agent for the aircraft type of your flight.

Bassinet

Subject to restrictions below, a personal infant / child car safety seat can be taken on board if it complies with the following requirements:

  • All our aircraft are equipped with special baby bassinets. A bassinet measures 76.20 cm (30") × 38.10 cm (15") × 20.32 cm (8") and can carry up to 12 kg.
  • Please note however a baby older than 6 months may feel uncomfortable in a bassinet.
  • A request for a baby bassinet (BSCT) can be made at time of reservation if passenger is travelling with an infant.

Travel chair for disabled children

For a child passenger who has limited upper body support (e.g. due to cerebral palsy) and requires use of a disabled child travel chair onboard, please advise a client of the following:

  • The accompany family member traveling together with the child has to bring their own disabled child travel chair and be fully responsible for installation, usage and removal.
  • Cathay Pacific's airport staff are required to check if the type of chair is pre-approved.
  • Currently only one type of such chair is approved for use on CX operating aircraft: Daws Engineering Disabled Children Travel Chair PN TC2000-00.
  • Pre-approved disabled child travel chair is allowed to be used only on a certain type of aircraft.

Should your client require the use of a disabled child travel chair, you are required to contact our Cathay Pacific North America reservations team at 1-800-268-6868.

Charges

Per sector basis on top of the applicable fare by VMPD/MCO as appropriate. All Cathay Pacific designated flights as follows:

  • Between Hong Kong and South West Pacific, North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), and between Bangkok and Dubai - USD64.
  • Between destination not listed above - USD26.
  • Trans-border one-way or roundtrip, originating from Canada - USD26 per sector plus 5% GST.

Interline carriers may assess their own fees. Please add a reason for issuance code (RFIC) 98J onto VMPD/MCO/EMD. The coupon will be consumed at issuance time.

Unaccompanied minors

Unaccompanied minors acceptance

An unaccompanied minor (UM) is a child between the ages of 6 to 12 who is not traveling in the care of a parent/guardian or designated adult. A child is not necessarily considered an UM if he/she is traveling in a different class/compartment, but on the same flight as the adult.

Less than 3 months old

Status:
Not accepted for travel as an unaccompanied minor.

3 month old to less than 6 years old

Status:
Must provide own escort aged 18 or above.

6 years old to less than 12 years old

Status:
May be accepted to travel alone as unaccompanied minor given Unaccompanied Minor Guidelines are complied with.

12 years old to less than 18 years old

Status:
Upon request of parents may be considered an unaccompanied minor, shall be recorded as UMNR, and must fulfil all the UMNR formalities as the current practice and subject to an unaccompanied minor service fee.

Unaccompanied minors guidelines

  • UM request must be made at least 24 hours before flight departure.
  • UM can travel with Cathay Pacific redemption ticket on Cathay Pacific operating flights.
  • UM can be accepted for carriage only when the whole itinerary has confirmed space throughout.
  • UM can be accepted for travel if transit time does not exceed 5 hours and does not involve any change of airport at the transfer point. Besides, CX/KA will only confirm the UMNR service on the CX/KA flight when the connecting carriers confirm the SSR UMNR request on the interline segments. Approval from interline carrier is required and UM fee should be paid directly to the interline carrier separately.
  • If UM request involving routing to/from China ports, parents/guardians shall contact the local/nearest ticketing office to fill in UM form and settle payment before departure.
  • UM fare to be charged, refer children/infant discount rules based on the routing.

When making reservations for UM, AGE & DATE OF BIRTH and information such as CONTACT and NAME OF PARENT/GUARDIAN meeting the child on arrival and departure must be obtained and entered in SSR and OSI elements as below, along with the VMPD/MCO details, if prepaid, under SSR OTHS message or SSR OTHS message for payment to be paid at airport during check-in.

1P = 3SAN1.1UMNR 8YRS/01SEP02
1A = SR UMNR - UM08 DOB01SEP02
1V = @:3UMNR/UM8 01SEP02
AA = 3UMNR/UM 08 01SEP02

OSI:CX LCTC HKG MOTHER MRS CHRISTINE WONG HOME TEL 21234234 X NIL OFFICE CTC AVAILABLE

OSI:CX LCTC SIN GRANDMA MRS HOLLY SOON HOME TEL 4312312 X OFFICE TEL 3632323

1P = 3SSROTHSCXNN1 VMPD 160XXXXXXXXXX ISSUED
1P = 3SSROTHSCXNN1 UM FEE TO BE PAID AT XXX AIRPORT DURING CHECK-IN

1V = @:3OTHSS1/N2-1/VMPD 160XXXXXXXXXX ISSUED
1V = @:3OTHSS1/N2-1/UM FEE TO BE PAID AT XXX AIRPORT DURING CHECK-IN

AA = 3OTHS1/VMPD 160XXXXXXXXXX ISSUED-1.1
AA = 3OTHS1/UM FEE TO BE PAID AT XXX AIRPORT DURING CHECK-IN-1.1

1A = SR*OTHS CX-VMPD 160XXXXXXXXXX ISSUED/S2/P1
1A = SR*OTHS CX-UM FEE TO BE PAID AT XXX AIRPORT DURING CHECK-IN/S2/P1

A copy of the VMPD or exchange coupon of the MCO must be attached to the electronic ticket receipt.

Each respective airport will collect the VMPD copy or MCO exchange coupon upon check-in. Passenger must be booked under operating carrier for unaccompanied minor service.

Required documents

Adoption

Passengers flying CX889 New York - Hong Kong or CX888 Hong Kong - New York must apply for a Canadian transit visa for adopted children.

Exception is if child is holding a national passport of the U.S., Mexico, EU (European Union) or EFTA (European Free Trade Association) member state.

Children who are not citizens of Philippines traveling to the Philippines

All children who are not citizens of Philippines under 15 years who are not accompanied by their parent(s) must be treated as UM, i.e. even if they are traveling with adults who are their relatives or friends, UM procedures will apply, no need to collect UM service fee.

It is advisable that the Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) is obtained before leaving the port of origin. With immediate effect, WEG cannot be applied and paid for on arrival in the Philippines. It must be secured by passengers (i.e. foreign minors not residing in the Philippines, travelling without parents) prior arrival. Failure to comply will result to refusal of entry - for minors. The passenger's passport will be retained by Immigration until the WEG has been secured.

Passenger is required to pay an immigration fee.

Passenger is required to submit:

  • An Affidavit of Request, Consent and Guarantee by parent or legal guardian, naming the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines, and with whom the child will be residing in the Philippines.
  • Birth Certificate.
  • Clear photocopy of the data page of the child's passport.
  • Clear photocopy of the data page of the passport of the accompanying adult or guardian.

Children under age 18 travelling to, from or transiting through South Africa

With effect from 1 October 2014, the South African Department of Home Affairs requires all children under 18 years of age, travelling to or departing from or transiting through South Africa, must hold the following documents:

Child travelling with both parents

Documents:

An original unabridged (full) birth certificate or a certified copy.

Child travelling with one parents

Documents:

An original unabridged (full) birth certificate or a certified copy, and any of the following:

  • An affidavit from the absent parent, stating consent to travel, issued no more than 3 months prior to date of travel.
  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities to the present parent.
  • In case the other parent is deceased, a death certificate.

Child travelling with an adult other than a parent

Documents:

All of the following:

  • A copy of the children's birth certificate.
  • An affidavit from the parents or legal guardians, stating consent to travel.
  • Copies of identification documents of parents or legal guardians.
  • Contact details of parents or legal guardians.

Child travelling alone

Documents:

All of the following:

  • A letter from the person receiving the children in South Africa, containing address and contact details.
  • A copy of identification documents of the person receiving the children, including visa or residence permit if required.
  • Contact details of parents or legal guardians.

and any of the following:

  • An affidavit from both parents or legal guardians, stating consent to travel.
  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities to the present parent.
  • Consent from one parent together with a court order granting full parental responsibilities.

Please note that the birth certificate must include the information about the children's parents. All documents issued in a language other than English must also be accompanied by a sworn translation into English, certified by the issuing country.

Please advise customers for the above requirements. For more information please contact local South African Embassy, the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.