Travel with young children - Safe travel with your little ones

There are special rules and regulations to follow – as well as benefits – when you travel with one or more children. These rules differ by airline, so please check with them before you travel.

Travel and children

Parental consent

If you travel alone with a child (under 18), you must be able to prove that you have permission from the (other) parent(s). Without this permission, you can be stopped at the border by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. This is a measure to prevent child abduction. Visit the site of the Ministry of Defence for more information and the permission form.

Special child-only rates

When booking a flight, children can often travel for a lower fare than adults. Many airlines offer concessionary rates for infants aged 2 or under, and children aged 2-12. However, there are several airlines that charge full fare for children aged 2 and up.

Children travelling alone

There may be times when a child needs to travel unaccompanied. Please check the minimum age for both your child and a competent supervisor with your airline. You may be able to request paid assistance, which means your child will be accompanied at all times at the airport, during the flight and met by an employee at the destination airport. Please note that infants can not travel unaccompanied. Check the website of your airline for more information.

On-board services

Many airlines offer special packages for children, which include toys and meals. These always need to be booked in advance by your airline, so please contact them for details.

Prams and baby buggies

Pram and baby buggy rules vary by airline. You can usually bring collapsible buggies as far as the gate. An airline employee will then place it in the hold for the duration of your flight. You will normally need to check-in prams and baby buggies at your airline’s check-in desk.

Seat or lap

Every airline sets its own rules about travel with a young child, and whether they can sit in your lap or on a chair. Please check with your airline.

Travel with a sick child

If your child has a contagious disease like mumps, whooping cough, measles or chickenpox, they will need medical clearance before flying.

Care for your baby

If you would like to change a baby's nappy or use a breast pump, you can do so at one of the many Baby Care facilities at the airport. These are located near the toilets.

In addition, there is a well-appointed Baby Care Lounge on Holland Boulevard (between Departure Lounges 2 and 3). It offers private spaces where you can bathe, feed and even let your baby sleep in one of the special bed cabins. Meanwhile, the parents can relax in the comfortable chairs or on the sofas.

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