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Can my child travel alone? If so, what travel documents are required?

Travelling to and from London

Under 12 years old: must travel with a responsible person aged 16 or older.

12 to 15 years old (inclusive):
can travel on their own on trains departing between 06.00 and 17.00 local time, as long as they’ve got a fully completed Eurostar unaccompanied minor form. This must be signed by their parent or legal guardian (or by a responsible adult given consent by the parent or legal guardian) at the station in the presence of a member of the Eurostar team.

Children under 16 cannot travel unaccompanied on our direct trains between London and the Netherlands. 

The child will need to keep this signed form with them throughout their journey and show it to the onboard team if they’re asked. When the parent or legal guardian gives written consent for the young person to travel, they accept and agree that the young person will travel unaccompanied and be treated as an adult passenger (i.e., the young person will not be supervised by a member of the Eurostar staff) for the entirety of the trip. The responsible person must also ensure arrangements are in place for the young person to be met on arrival. 


16 to 18 years old: can travel by themselves, as long as they’ve got all the usual travel documents and meet all the legal requirements (please see below).

French citizens and foreigners living in France

Anyone under 18 who is a French citizen or a foreigner living in France must complete an Authorisation de sortie de territoire (AST) form before they travel alone or without their parents.

This applies to journeys from France.


Documents your child will need

Passports are mandatory for all passengers, including children

Up to 16 years old
All unaccompanied minors

  • Eurostar ticket

  • Passport

  • Eurostar unaccompanied minors form signed by parent

French citizen or a foreigner living in France who is leaving France:

  • As above, plus:


Up to 18 years old
​​​​All unaccompanied minors

  • Eurostar ticket

  • Passport

French citizen or a foreigner living in France who is leaving France:

  • As above, plus:

 
Travelling between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany
 
Under 18s travelling on our routes between Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands

All children and teenagers under the age of 18, whether accompanied or not, travel under the responsibility of their parents (or guardians or other persons whom the parents have authorised to accompany them).
Parents or guardians must make sure that anyone travelling under the age of 18 possesses the necessary documents to cross any national border.
 
Please note: we do not allow children under the age of 12 to travel alone on our routes between Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.


 

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