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1. Posted by changedkae (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hey.

I'm under eighteen (16), and I'm trying to travel to West Yorkshire for Christmas to visit a friend of mine. My mother is fine with it, and supports me, I just don't know how I'll be able to visit. She will not be traveling with me, and from what I saw online only those who travel to visit another parent in another country is allowed to board without guardian. Also, mentioned on another website was the fact that it might take 6 months to get my passport validated, is this true in the UK? If any of you could help me out on where to find information, that'd be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

-Karen

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 29, 2006 6:28 PM by changedkae ]

2. Posted by androobe (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi Karen

Don't really know much about this, but as no-one else has answered I thought I'd see what I could find. From what I can see, there is no age limit on being allowed into the UK as a tourist (you don't need a VISA if you are on a US passport). However, it might be best to check. The link to the British Embassy in the US is here http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029395231&a=Collection&aid=1013618517645 where you will find contact numbers to call.

I would think any restrictions are more likely to apply from the airline themselves, so you may be best looking up some fares and then calling the airline concerned. By the way if you are trying to get to West Yorks, you'd be best off flying into Manchester if you can - much nearer than London. There are less flights than to London but still a good number.

Good luck and hope you enjoy England at Christmas!

Andrew

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I must admit that the main reason i don't fly is that i started travelling alone when i was quite young (13), and at the time, there was an agreement that said Under 15s can't travel on planes in Europe unattended unless signed in by a parent/nominated Guardian and signed out by one the other end, with the airline assigning staff to look after them in airports and on the plane so they were never alone.

As you are 16, don't think that would be too much of a problem. A letter signed by your parents wouldn't be a bad thing to carry around, and possibly being taken to teh airport at each by your parents/friends family, who can take care of any issues with check-in staff, but I think it will come down to the individual airlines policies.