APH compares airline policies for pregnant travellers

pregnant-flyersIf you’re an expectant mum looking to grab a last-minute getaway before the big day arrives, APH has created a comprehensive guide to compare airline policies for travelling while pregnant.

Comparing 22 major airlines, covering both short- and long-haul journeys, we look at policies, documents and medical clearance that mums-to-be will need before heading to the airport.

From single to multiple births, we reveal all the information you need to ensure a stress-free and relaxing trip is had just when you need it the most…

Airline policies for pregnant travellers

Use the guides below to find out all the details from your airline…


Aer Lingus

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to week 32 of pregnancy
  • Between weeks 32-35 of pregnancy a doctor must complete an Expectant Mother Travel Advice Form

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to week 28 of pregnancy
  • Between weeks 28-33
    of pregnancy a doctor must complete an Expectant Mother
    Travel Advice Form

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
  • Required
  • Expectant Mother Travel Advice Form found on Aer Lingus website
  • Aer Lingus will not carry any passengers over 36 weeks of pregnancy for any part of a journey, outbound or return
  • North American originating passengers should contact Special Assistance North America for clearance to travel
  • Passengers are required to provide a minimum of 48 hours notice of their intention to travel


Air Canada

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to and including week 36 of pregnancy for passengers with normal and uncomplicated pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to
    and including week 36
    of pregnancy for passengers with normal and uncomplicated pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
  • Not required

 

Note: Clearance only required if travelling within the last month of pregnancy

  • A medical certificate signed by doctor stating that the pregnant passenger is fit to travel if within the last month of pregnancy
  • N/A


Air France

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to the final month of pregnancy
  • Flight restrictions during the first seven days after delivery

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to the final month of
    pregnancy
  • Flight restrictions during the first seven days after delivery

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
  • Not required
  • N/A
  • N/A


American Airlines

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Travel is not permitted within seven days before and after delivery date

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
Single Pregnancy

  • Travel is not advised within 30 days of the due date, unless examined by an obstetrician within 48 hours of an outbound departure

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
  • Required for short-haul travel seven days before or after delivery
  • Required for long-haul travel within 10 days of the due date

Note:

  • Travel within 7 days before or after delivery requires clearance
  • Medical certificate from doctor
  • When clearance is required, it must be acquired from the Special Assistance Coordinators

Atlantic Airways

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to week 38 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up to
    week 38 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Same as above
  • Medical clearance only required if flying between week 35-37 of pregnancy
  • Medical certificate signed by doctor, describing the pregnant passenger is fit to fly
  • N/A

British Airways

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 32 of pregnancy
  • Medical clearance only required after week 28
  • A letter from a doctor or midwife, stating the pregnancy is uncomplicated and confirming the expected date of delivery
  • Doctor should state that the passenger is in good health, and that there is no reason why the passenger cannot fly
  • N/A


Cathay Pacific

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Accepts passengers with uncomplicated pregnancies up to week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Accepts passengers up to week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • Accepts passengers with uncomplicated pregnancies up to week
    36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Accepts passengers up to week 32 of pregnancy
  • A medical certificate required after week 28 of pregnancy
  • Must be dated within 10 days of the initial outbound travel date

Complicated Pregnancies

  • Requires medical clearance from Cathay Pacific’s medical team prior to travel
  • Must complete the relevant sections of the MEDA form and submit it no later than 48 hours prior to the planned departure
  • The medical certificate should state:
    • Whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy
    • The estimate week of pregnancy
    • The expected date of delivery
    • That the passenger is in good health and the pregnancy is progressing normally, without complications
    • That the passenger is fit to travel
  • whether it is a si
  • that you are fit to travel
  • Cathay Pacific recommends that all pregnant passengers carry documentation stating the expected date of delivery whilst travelling
  • If a passenger chooses not to carry a medical certificate, if the medical certificate is outdated or if it does not contain the information required, Cathay Pacific Airways reserves the right to deny boarding


Delta Air Lines

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions
  • Not required
  • N/A
  • Ticket change fees and penalties cannot be waived for pregnancy
  • If travelling after 8 months of pregnancy, Delta Air Lines recommends to check with a doctor to be sure travel is not restricted

easyJet

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Travel is permitted up until the end of week 35 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Travel is permitted up until the end of week  32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • N/A

Multiple Pregnancy

  • N/A
  • If passengers have experienced complications during their pregnancy, they must consult a medical practioner before flying

 

  • N/A
  • N/A

Emirates

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 36 of pregnancy
  • Travel after week 36 will be permitted only after prior clearance has been granted by the Emirates medical department

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 36 of pregnancy
  • Travel after week 36 will be permitted only after prior clearance has been granted by the Emirates medical department

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 32 of pregnancy
  • Medical clearance is required after week 29
  • A medical information form (MEDIF) will need to be submitted

 

  • A medical certificate must be signed by a doctor
  • The certificate must state:
    • The confirmation of a single or multiple pregnancy
    • The pregnancy is progressing without complications
    • The estimated date of delivery
    • The date up to which you are expected to be fit to travel
    • That there is no reason known to them that would prevent you from flying
  • If a passenger chooses not to carry a medical certificate, they may not be accepted for travel if there is any doubt about their ability to complete the journey safely


Etihad

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • From the beginning of week 29 to the end of week 36 of pregnancy, travellers will need to submit a medical certificate
  • From the beginning of week 37 of pregnancy and onwards, travellers will not be accepted for travel

Multiple Pregnancy

  • From the beginning of week 29 to the end of week 32 of pregnancy, travellers will need to submit a medical certificate
  • From the beginning of week 33 of pregnancy and onwards, travellers will not be accepted for travel
Single Pregnancy

  • From the beginning of
    week 29 to the end of week 36 of pregnancy, travellers will need to submit a medical certificate
  • From the beginning of
    week 37 of pregnancy
    and onwards, travellers will not be accepted for travel

Multiple Pregnancy

  • From the beginning of week 29 to the end of week 32 of pregnancy, travellers will need to submit a medical certificate
  • From the beginning of
    week 33 of pregnancy
    and onwards, travellers will not be accepted for travel
  • Before week 29 of pregnancy, medical clearance is not required

 

  • A medical certificate must meet the following guidelines:
  • Issued and signed by your doctor or attending midwife
  • Written on a clinic/hospital letterhead and/or stamped by the doctor or attending midwife
  • Issued within 7 days from the date of travel
  • State if the pregnancy is single or multiple
  • State the number of weeks of pregnancy and the Expected Date of Delivery (EDD)
  • State that you are fit to fly
  • Easily understood and written in English or Arabic
  • Other languages are acceptable but must be verified by Etihad Airways check-in staff
  • N/A


Iberia

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are restricted from flying after week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are restricted from flying after week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 32 of pregnancy
  • After week 28 of pregnancy, passengers require authorisation from the Iberia Medical Service

 

  • N/A
  • Iberia allows pregnant travellers to access the plane preferentially
  • Travellers more than 36 weeks pregnant will not be able to fly on IB5XXX flights operated by Vueling


Japan Airlines

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions but recommend consulting with doctor past week 28 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions but recommend consulting with doctor past week 28 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions before week 36 of pregnancy but require medical certificate

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions before week 36 of pregnancy but require medical certificate
  • Medical clearance is required in the following situations:
    • When due date is not certain
    • When multiple births are expected
    • When there were previous premature births
  • A medical certificate must be completed 7 days or less before departure.
  • The certificate must state:
    • The due date
    • Whether or not it is safe for the woman to fly
    • Any special precautions that should be taken during travel
  • When the due date is in 14 days or less, an obstetrician must accompany the expectant mother
  • Due to the possible physical burden that may occur to pregnant passengers during an emergency evacuation, all pregnant passengers are required to reserve a Non- Emergency Exit row seats


KLM

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions before week 36 of pregnancy but recommend consulting with doctor
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions before week 36 of pregnancy but recommend consulting with doctor
  • Medical clearance only required if pregnant passenger has had previous complications

 

  • N/A
  • N/A


Lufthansa

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 28 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 28 pregnancy
  • Medical clearance is required if travelling past week 36 of pregnancy
  • Passengers past week 28 of pregnancy should carry a letter from a gynaecologist
  • The letter should include:
    • Confirmation that the pregnancy is progressing without complications
    • The expected due date
    • The gynaecologist should expressly state that the patient’s pregnancy does not prevent her from flying
  • N/A

 


Malaysia Airlines

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 35 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 35 of

pregnancy
Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from flying
    after week 32 of pregnancy
  • Medical clearance is required for passengers approaching week 35 (long-haul flights) or week 36 (short-haul flights) of pregnancy
  • A MEDIF application form should be completed by a doctor and be submitted to Malaysia Airlines through the ticketing offices or travel agents at least five working days before the intended date of travel
  • Non-Malaysian women who are pregnant beyond 6 months are not allowed to fly into the country


Qantas Group

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 40 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 36 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until the end of week 32 of pregnancy
  • Medical clearance is required if passenger is having complications with the pregnancy
  • After 28 weeks, passenger must carry a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner or registered midwife confirming:
    • The estimated date of delivery
    • Whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy
    • That the pregnancy is a routine pregnancy and that there are no complications with the pregnancy
  • The certificate or letter must be available on request and be carried with you at the airport and during the flight in your cabin baggage
  • N/A

Ryanair

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • For an uncomplicated single pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • For an uncomplicated multiple pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • N/A

Multiple Pregnancy

  • N/A
  • Once an uncomplicated pregnancy enters week 28, expectant mothers are required to carry a ‘fit to fly’ letter completed by their midwife/doctor, which is available to download on the Ryanair website
  • The completed ‘fit to fly’ letter should be dated within 2 weeks of the booked flight and presented at either the bag drop desk and/or the boarding gate
  • Ryanair reserves the right to refuse travel of an expectant mother over 28 weeks pregnant who does not present a completed ‘fit to fly’ letter from their midwife/doctor at either the bag drop desk and/or the boarding gate.

Singapore Airlines

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are restricted from travelling beyond week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are restricted from travelling beyond week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from
    travelling beyond week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from
    travelling beyond week
    32 of pregnancy
  • Not required
  • Passengers between week 29 and 36 of pregnancy are required to provide a medical certificate stating the following:
    • Fitness to travel
    • Number of weeks of pregnancy and
    • Estimated date of delivery. The certificate should be dated within 10 days of the date of the first flight exceeding 28 weeks of pregnancy. This certificate will have to be presented at check-in when requested
  • N/A


Swiss Air

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 32 pregnancy
  • Not required
  • Expectant mothers beyond week 28 are required to carry a letter from a physician confirming that the pregnancy is uncomplicated and the expected delivery date
  • N/A


Thai Airways

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 34 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are restricted from travelling beyond week 36 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • No restrictions up until week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from
    travelling beyond week 36 of pregnancy
  • Not required unless travelling on a long-haul flight with multiple pregnancy
  • Pregnancy more than 28 weeks must have a medical certificate confirming the date of delivery and conditions of pregnancy
  • N/A


Virgin Atlantic

SHORT HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS LONG HAUL FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MEDICAL CLEARENCE REQUIRED REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION STIPULATIONS
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are restricted from travelling beyond week 36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are restricted from travelling beyond week 32 of pregnancy
Single Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from
    travelling beyond week
    36 of pregnancy

Multiple Pregnancy

  • Passengers are
    restricted from
    travelling beyond week
    32 of pregnancy
  • Not required
  • If travelling between week 28 and 36 of pregnancy, Virgin Atlantic needs doctor to fill out a Pregnancy Information Form
  • Form must be submitted to Virgin Atlantic’s Special Assistance team
  • N/A


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