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House of Commons Hansard
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Immigration: Young People
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requirements there are on travellers below a given age to carry a letter of permission to travel alone; and what steps are taken to verify such letters. [294589]

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The UK Government have no specific requirements for travellers below a certain age to carry a letter of permission to travel alone. However, most carriers have their own policy on children travelling unaccompanied and published Government guidelines advise parents to check with the relevant carrier prior to booking a ticket.

Where a child arrives in the UK unaccompanied, the UK Border Agency will only allow them entry/admission once they are satisfied that suitable arrangements are in place for their care.