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Booking places to stay

The basics


  • How-to

    Booking requirements

    After the basics (name, email, and phone number), we need a little more info in order for you to book your stay.
  • Community policy

    Age requirements

    You must be at least 18 to make a reservation or host your place on Airbnb.
  • Rules

    Travelling with children

    Yes, children can travel on Airbnb, but some Hosts have specified that their space may not be safe or suitable for children or infants.
  • Community policy

    Accessibility Policy

    Our community is built on the principles of inclusion, belonging, and respect, which includes welcoming and supporting people with disabilit…
  • Rules

    Booking in Cuba

    Airbnb has been granted special authorisation by the US Department of Treasury that allows us to offer authorised travel services to non-US …
  • How-to

    Booking in Japan

    Get helpful info on what you need to know before booking a stay in Japan, including info you’ll give your Host.

Host interactions and pre-approvals

  • How-to

    Contacting Hosts

    If you want to find out more about a place or experience before booking, you can message the Host on Airbnb.
  • How-to

    How an invite to book works

    A pre-approval is a way for a Host to let you know that their listing is available when asked about a potential reservation. You have 24 hou…
  • How-to

    What does it mean if a host pre-approves me?

    If a host pre-approves you, you can automatically make your reservation for the dates you’ve enquired about without waiting for another resp…
  • How-to

    Invites and special offers

    You can contact a Host about their place before requesting to book it. The Host then has the option to pre-approve you or give you a special…
  • How-to

    When to message your Host

    You can make a reservation without contacting the Host beforehand, but it’s a good idea to message the Host if you have questions.
  • How-to

    Contacting a Host without making a reservation

    Before you book, you can ask a Host specific questions about a listing, availability, and more.
  • How-to

    If a Host asks you to sign a contract

    Some Hosts require a rental agreement to secure a reservation but they must disclose this requirement and its terms prior to booking.

Reservation requests