Airline policies for pregnant women

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It is fine for you to fly on commercial airlines whilst you are in your first and second trimester, but airline policies differ between each airline once you reach the last few months of pregnancy. All airlines recommend that you consult your doctor before traveling during pregnancy.

It might be a good idea to get a ‘permission-to-travel’ letter from your GP before you travel, but bare in mind your return date and whether this will be past the time airlines permit you to fly. If your pregnancy is considered high risk at all, your GP may advise you not to fly.

Here is our gurgle guide to airline travel and each different airline’s policies for our lovely mums-to-be. Please check these policies online before you fly as they can sometimes change or be updated.

European travel

Atlantic Airlines

Pregnant passengers may travel with Atlantic Airways as follows:

  • Up to and including the 34th week of pregnancy, there are no restrictions.
  • In the 35th to the 37th week of pregnancy, a doctors certificate is required, stating that the passenger may travel without complications.
  • After the 38th week of pregnancy until due date or giving birth, pregnant passengers are not accepted on the flight.

Aer Lingus

Between Ireland and the UK

  • You may travel up to week 32 of pregnancy with your doctor's written permission. Between weeks 32-35 your doctor must complete an Expectant Mother Travel Advice Form.
  • Aer Lingus will not carry any passengers over 36 weeks for any part of their journey, outbound or return.

All Other Routes

  • You may travel up to week 28 of pregnancy with your doctor's written permission. Between weeks 28-33 your doctor must complete an Expectant Mother Travel Advice Form.
  • Aer Lingus will not carry any passengers 34 weeks or over for any part of their journey, outbound or return.

Ireland, UK and Continental Europe originating passengers will need to fill out the Expectant Mother Travel Advice Form signed by their doctor and send it by fax to 00 353 1 886 6868.

Passengers are required to provide a minimum of 48 hours notice of their intention to travel.

Please contact Aer Lingus Special Assistance for more details.

Air Berlin

Expectant mothers are carried up to 4 weeks before the expected delivery date. The return flight also has to be completed before this date. As proof that the 36th week of pregnancy has not been exceeded, the presentation of pregnancy records or a medical certificate may be required.

Air France KLM

Suggests consulting a medical profession prior to embarking on air travel at any time during pregnancy.

KLM advises that pregnant passengers should not travel after 36 weeks of pregnancy, or after the 34th week of pregnancy if expecting a multiple birth.

For Air France, travel beyond 36 weeks requires a medical certificate.

Alitalia

Alitalia advises you not to travel if you have given birth seven days before you travel, or if you are due to give birth seven days after you travel.

A doctor’s certificate is obligatory if:

  • You are in the last four weeks of pregnancy.
  • Your pregnancy has some medical complications.
  • You are going to have twins.

Austrian Airlines  

Austrian Airlines accept pregnant women who are more than four weeks from their expected due date, as birth in Central Europe occurs too early in 6 or 7 % of the cases, around the 38th pregnancy week. Each risk pregnancy means an absolute no for flying!

A pregnant woman should consult her gynecologist or treating doctor prior to every flight during the pregnancy as there could be a higher risk of the development of a deep vein thrombosis.

BA City Flyer

For uncomplicated single pregnancies, we restrict travel beyond the end of the 36th week, and for twins, triplets etc., beyond the end of the 32nd week. After your pregnancy has entered its 28th week, we ask that you carry with you a letter from your doctor or midwife, stating the pregnancy is uncomplicated and confirming the expected date of delivery. In this letter, your doctor should state that you are in good health, that they are happy for you to fly, and that (in their opinion) there is no reason why you cannot fly.

BMI and BMIbaby

You may travel to the end of week 30 without certification. Between 30 and 36 weeks of your pregnancy you'll need written approval from your doctor confirming your expected date of delivery, that you are in good health and that there is no reason why you should not fly. Beyond 36 weeks we will refuse travel. Please consider your return journey when you make your reservation. For mothers expecting twins or triplets travel may be permitted up to the end of your week 32 of pregnancy.

British Airways

For uncomplicated single pregnancies, we restrict travel beyond the end of the 36th week, and for twins, triplets etc., beyond the end of the 32nd week. After your pregnancy has entered its 28th week, we ask that you carry with you a letter from your doctor or midwife, stating the pregnancy is uncomplicated and confirming the expected date of delivery. In this letter, your doctor should state that you are in good health, that they are happy for you to fly, and that (in their opinion) there is no reason why you cannot fly.

Easyjet

If you are pregnant you'll still want to fly on business, or for holidays. But can you? Here's the rules explained:

EasyJet will accept expectant mothers for travel up to 27 weeks (inclusive) without a medical certificate. When travelling between 28 - 35 (inclusive) weeks a medical certificate confirming the number of weeks of pregnancy is required confirming that the passenger is fit to fly. Pregnant passengers cannot be accepted for travel on or after week 36, and therefore all return sectors must be completed no later than week 36.  All medical certification must be supplied by a doctor - medical certificates completed by a registered midwife cannot be accepted.

Flybe

If your child requires a car seat or harness but is over the age of 3 years, please contact us and we will look at making the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

We would discourage expectant mothers from travelling after their 28th week of pregnancy, however we will welcome you onboard up to the 34th week of pregnancy provided that you have a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are able to travel by air.  If you have experienced any problems during your pregnancy, we would ask that you present a certificate from your doctor stating that you are fit to travel.  Furthermore, we would not recommend the carriage of babies less than 7 days old or of new mothers who have given birth within the last 7 days.
Exceptions may be made to allow expectant mothers to travel after this time on the Scottish Highlands and Islands routes.

Iberia

Although pregnancy is not considered to be a medical condition and you are able to travel until quite late into your pregnancy, please note that:

  • you can travel up to the end of the 36th week for single pregnancies and the end of the 32nd week for multiple births (e.g. twins).
  • after 28 weeks, you need to carry a certificate from your doctor or midwife confirming the estimated date of delivery and that there are no complications with your pregnancy.

Monach Airlines

If you are pregnant you can fly with Monarch provided you won't have passed your 34th week of pregnancy by the time of your return flight.

If you are 28-34 weeks pregnant, you will need to carry with you a doctor or midwifes certificate of fitness to fly. The certificate will only be accepted if:

  • it is dated not more than 14 days prior to the start date of your trip.
  • it is signed by a Doctor or Midwife and states that you are fit to fly on both the outbound and inbound flight dates.
  • it states the expected date of delivery of your baby.
  • your Doctor or Midwife states that you are in good health, that they are happy for you to fly, and that (in their opinion) there is no reason why you cannot fly.

New mothers are not permitted to travel for the first 14 days after giving birth

New born infants are not permitted to travel for the first 7 days after birth and further restrictions apply if the baby was born prematurely

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

No restrictions during first eight months of pregnancy.

A medical information form, MEDIF, is required for pregnant women traveling between two to four weeks of expected delivery date, and travel must be approved by the SAS Medical Department. Travel during this time of pregnancy must be limited to four hours per flight on SAS.

Within two weeks of due date, pregnant passengers are not permitted to travel.

Swiss

Mothers-to-be whose pregnancy has proceeded without complications can travel on Swiss flights up to the end of the 36th week of pregnancy, i.e. up until four weeks before their scheduled delivery date. If you are expecting a multiple birth and the pregnancy proceeds without complications, you can travel on Swiss flights up to the end of the 32th week of pregnancy.

We recommend expectant mothers beyond the 28th week of their pregnancies to carry a current letter from a physician stating that the pregnancy is uncomplicated and confirming the expected date of delivery. The physician should state that the patient's pregnancy does not prevent her from travelling by air.

Pregnant women also run a higher risk of developing a deep-vein trombosis throughout their pregnancy. In view of this, if you are flying while pregnant, we advise you to wear compression stockings, and to drink enought. Best of all, discuss your air travel plans with your gynecologist in advance, to minimize any additional risk.

Thompson Airways

For uncomplicated single pregnancies, return travel with Thomson Airways must be completed by 36 weeks for shorthaul, and 34 weeks for long haul.

For multiple pregnancies (e.g. twins), Thomson Airways will carry expectant mothers up to 32 weeks.

Other airlines may only allow travel up to the 28th week. Thomson Airways will require a note from your doctor or midwife if you will be over 28 weeks pregnant when you are due to fly.  This note should state your date of confinement pregnancy is uncomplicated, and you are fit to fly. Please ensure you have insurance cover for the entire trip as many policies cover only up to the 28th week.

Turkish Airlines

Women with pregnancies can fly up to their 28th weeks of pregnancies without doctor report.

Pregnant women expecting one baby can fly with doctor report states fit to fly by air carriage between 28-36 weeks. After that, they are no longer fit to fly even with medical clearance.

Pregnant women expecting twins or more can fly with doctor report states fit to fly by air carriage between 28-32weeks. After that, they are no longer fit to fly even with medical clearance.

Medical clearance must be dated 7 days prior to the flight.

Doctor’s name and surname, diploma number, signature must be shown clearly on the medical clearance.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines

As long as you haven’t experienced any complications during your pregnancy, you can fly until your 28th week without needing to tell us. Beyond the 28th week, you’ll need to take note of the guidelines below.

Single pregnancy

  • If you're expecting one baby and want to travel between your 28th and 36th weeks, we'll need your doctor to fill out a Pregnancy Information Form. Once completed, please send the form through to our Special Assistance team -you'll find the form and address below.
  • After your 36th week, you must not fly unless there are mitigating circumstances which you can find listed below.

Multiple pregnancy

  • If you're expecting more than one baby and you want to travel between your 28th and 32nd weeks, we'll need your doctor to fill out a Pregnancy Information Form. Once completed, please send the form through to our Special Assistance team - you'll find the form and address below.
  • You must not fly after the end of your 32nd week.

Travelling after the cut-off date

For travel after the 36th week for single pregnancies or after the 32nd week for multiple pregnancies, we can only carry you for urgent medical or compassionate reasons, and only on approval from our medical advisors. We may also ask that a suitable medical attendant accompany you.

Ryanair

Once an uncomplicated pregnancy enters its 28th week, expectant mothers are required to carry a 'fit to fly' letter completed by their midwife/doctor. This completed letter should be dated within 2 weeks of your 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.

For uncomplicated pregnancies travel is not permitted beyond the following dates:

  • For an uncomplicated single pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 36th week of pregnancy
  • For an uncomplicated twins, triplets etc. pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy

Africa/Middle East

Emirates

If you are pregnant and plan to travel once you have entered your 29th week of pregnancy, a medical certificate or letter signed by an appropriately qualified doctor or midwife is required, stating:

  • The confirmation of a singleton or multiple pregnancy.
  • The pregnancy is progressing without complications.
  • The estimated date of delivery.
  • That you are in good health.
  • That there is no reason known to them that would prevent you from flying.

Please note that if you choose not to carry a medical certificate, you may not be accepted for travel if there is any doubt about your ability to complete the journey safely.

If yours is a multiple pregnancy, no air travel is permitted after the 32nd week of gestation. For single pregnancies, travel after the 36th week of gestation will be permitted only after prior clearance is granted by the Emirates medical department. A medical information form (MEDIF) will need to be submitted for clearance purposes.

Thought should be given to whether the medical facilities at your destination country are adequate to cope with any problems which may arise. Sufficient travel insurance is strongly recommended in case of preterm labour abroad. It is wise to avoid traveling to remote locations whilst pregnant.

Some countries restrict or limit entry of non-national pregnant women. We recommend that you consult with the local consulate or embassy if in any doubt.

Heavy lifting during pregnancy should be avoided, so take care with your baggage.

Qatar Airlines

Prior to booking your ticket, Qatar Airways recommends that you visit your doctor and inquire about your fitness to fly the length of trip you intend to take.

For your own safety and the well being of your child, Qatar Airways will not accept expectant mothers who are pregnant from their 36th week or beyond.

Expectant mothers travelling after their 28th week of pregnancy are required to provide a medical certificate from a qualified doctor.

We also recommend that you provide a medical certificate during early and mid-stages of pregnancy to ensure a smoother and easier check-in process at the airport. The medical certificate should include:

  • Confirmation that the pregnancy is free of complication.
  • That the mother is “Fit to travel”.
  • The estimated delivery date.
  • The date of the consultation, the doctor’s stamp and contact details.

If you have a multiple or complicated pregnancy at the 29th  through 32nd week of term, a medical approval from a Qatar Airways doctor via a MEDIF form filled by your obstetrician will be required in order to travel. A MEDIF form can be obtained from your travel agency or your nearest Qatar Airways sales office.

Qatar Airways will not accept expectant mothers who have a multiple or complicated pregnancy that is in their 33rd week of term or beyond.

Saudi Arabian Airlines

It is admisible for a pregnant woman who is less than (32) weeks and did not have any complications during a prior pregnancy, such as former drain or the birth of twins, to fly by air after filling up the mobilization model of the pregnant women. The form must be filled in by a competent doctor and is valid for a period of seven (7) days from the date of issue.

After week (32) of her pregnancy, the pregnant woman should provide a medical certificate (MEDIF) filled in by a competent doctor. The form is valid for a period of seven (7) days from the date of issue.

Asia/Pacific

Qantas Airlines

If you are pregnant, the following precautions must be observed.

For travel after the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy:you need to 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 there are no complications with your pregnancy.

For flights of four hours or more:

  • If you are having no complications with your pregnancy you can travel up to the end of the 36th week of your pregnancy for single pregnancies or up to the end of the 32nd week for multiple pregnancies (for example, twins).
  • Medical clearance is required if you are having complications with your pregnancy.

For flights of less than four hours:

  • If you are having no complications with your pregnancy you can travel up to the end of the 40th week of your pregnancy for single pregnancies and up to the end of the 36th week for multiple pregnancies (for example, twins).
  • Medical clearance is required if you are having complications with your pregnancy.
  • If you wish to travel within seven days after delivery, medical clearance is required. Infants cannot travel for 48 hours after delivery and need medical clearance to travel between three and seven days after delivery.

Please Note:

  • We do not represent that travel is safe for you at any particular point during your pregnancy. You must seek advice from your own medical practitioner prior to your flight. The periods referred to above are only our minimum requirements.
  • Some countries place limitations on the entry of non-national pregnant women. Check with the relevant embassy or consulate before you travel to confirm any further limitations.

AirAsia

Pregnant Passengers: It is the duty of pregnant passengers to advise us of the progress of their pregnancy at the point of booking of Seat and at the check-in counter. Our carriage of pregnant passengers are subject to the following conditions:

Pregnancy up to 27 weeks (inclusive): Guest must sign AirAsia/AirAsia X Limited Liability Statement at the time of check-in to absolve AirAsia/Airasia X against any liabilities arising there from.

Pregnancy between 28 weeks to 34 weeks (inclusive):

  • Submission of an approved doctor's medical certificate required. Doctor's medical certificate confirming the number of weeks of pregnancy and that she is fit to travel which certificate shall be dated not more than thirty (30) days from either the scheduled outbound or the scheduled inbound flight departure date as the case may be .
  • Guest must sign AirAsia/AirAsia X Limited Liability Statement at the tine if check-in to absolve AirAsia/AirAsia X against an liabilities arising there from.

Pregnancy 35 weeks and above: carriage not permitted on AirAsia/AirAsia X.

Air China

Expectant mother within 32 weeks of pregnancy or more than 8 weeks from estimated delivery date may travel and be accepted by China Airlines as normal passengers without a medical certificate.

For the expectant mother whose estimated date of delivery is 4-8 weeks, a release from indemnity” form, and a “Medical Certificate for Air Travel” must be filled out and signed by an obstetrician within 7 days prior to commencement of travel.
for any expectant mother whose due date is within 4 to 8 weeks.

In principle, during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, an expectant mother cannot travel on China Airlines flight.

China Airlines will not carry a new mother within 14 days after her delivery for safety reasons.

Some countries have stipulated different regulations for the limitation of expectant mother's arrival. We recommend you check travel requirements with the local diplomatic mission of your destination country before your travel.

Air New Zealand

A medical clearance is required if:

  • You have a complicated pregnancy such as twins; or
  • You are travelling beyond the start of 36th week of pregnancy on a flight longer than 5 hours.

If you are travelling internationally in the late stages of pregnancy and have stop-overs in your journey, please consider the possibility of early labour occurring during your stop-over. We have seen occasions where this happens and causes considerable distress - and often unexpected expense - for the mother. Our advice is to travel well ahead of the date your baby is due. We also advise that whilst onboard, you drink plenty of water (bottled may run out, so you may want to purchase additional water to bring with you once you have cleared security. Go for plenty of walks where permitted and if at all possible, elevate your legs.

 ANA-All Nippon Airlines

We restrict travel for pregnant passenger whose baby is expected within 28 days of delivery (including that expected delivery date).

Passengers expecting confinement within 14 days(Including expected delivery date):

  • Medical information form is required. Passenger must be accompanied by a physician.

Passengers expecting confinement within 28 days to 15 days(Including expected delivery date):

  • Medical information form is required.

The medical information form is to indicate that the pregnancy is not complicated, and passenger is in good health for air travel and expected date of delivery. It must be issued by a physician no more than seven days (including the day of departure) prior to departure.
The medical information form will be accepted even if it is not ANA's prescribed form.

Get a Medical Information Form (MEDIF)

Please print it out and fill in the form before you come to the airport.
Passengers expecting confinement within 28 days may accompany only 1 infant. In this case, you need to buy a ticket for the infant and he or she needs to sit by him/herself using a child seat.

Pregnant passengers may not be allowed to travel if the flight might change the destination due to weather conditions, etc. or if the conditions may be considered to effect on the passenger's health during the flight.

Cathay Pacific

It is generally safe to fly while pregnant. However, we advise all pregnant passengers to consult their treating doctor or midwife before planning a trip. It is recommended that all pregnant passengers carry documentation stating the expected date of delivery whilst travelling.

28 weeks:

For all pregnancies after 28 weeks (i.e. after 27 weeks + 6 days from Date of Last Menstrual Period), a medical certificate, dated within 21 days of the initial outbound travel date, is required, stating:

  • Whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy.
  • The estimated week of pregnancy.
  • The expected date of delivery (EDD).
  • That you are in good health and the pregnancy is progressing normally, without complications.
  • That you are fit to travel.

If you experience any medical complications during your travel, you would require medical clearance from our medical team prior to your return journey. (Please see below for details)

Please note that for your safety, if you choose not to carry a medical certificate, if your medical certificate is outdated or if it does not contain the information required, Cathay Pacific Airways reserves the right to deny boarding.

32 weeks:

We will accept passengers with uncomplicated multiple pregnancies up to 32 weeks (i.e. 31 weeks + 6 days).

36 weeks:

We will accept passengers with uncomplicated single pregnancies up to 36 weeks (i.e. 35 weeks + 6 days)

Complicated Pregnancies

If you experience any complications during your pregnancy you would require medical clearance from our medical team prior to travel. Please ensure you and your treating doctor complete the relevant sections of our MEDA form and submit it no later than 48 hours prior to your planned departure.

We recommend that you make sure that your health insurance / travel insurance cover pregnancy-related problems while traveling abroad. It is also recommended to check whether the medical facilities at the destination country are adequate to cope with any problems which may arise during your visit. It is wise to avoid travel to remote locations whilst pregnant.

If you require medications during your pregnancy, please ensure that you have an adequate supply for the journey. Please remember that certain medications, such as some types of malaria prophylaxis and vaccinations, cannot be used in pregnancy. If the destination country requires such prophylaxis, it may be better to postpone the journey until after your pregnancy.

Some countries place limitations on the entry of non-national pregnant women. It is advisable to check with the local consulate to confirm the country specific requirements.

JAL Japanese Airlines

As pregnancy is not an illness, air travel does not usually present health concerns for pregnant women. However, we recommend careful planning in consideration of your destination and schedule.

Precautions before travel

  • Consult your physician in advance to see if it is safe for you to fly.
  • Consult with your doctor if you have any systems such as bleeding or morning sickness, or if you have any complications including threatened miscarriage, anemia, or toxemia of pregnancy during pregnancy.
  • Reduce stress as much as possible.
  • The best time to travel during pregnancy is the stable period between 12 and 28 weeks.

[Cases when a consent form and medical certificate are required for international routes]
(Consent forms and medical certificates are always available at JAL offices)

  • When the expected delivery date is in 4 weeks or less (36th week of pregnancy or after)
  • When the due date is in 14 days or less, an obstetrician must accompany the expectant mother.
  • When the due date is not certain.
  • When multiple births may be expected
  • When there were previous premature births.

Medical certificates

  • The doctor responsible must fill in the due date, whether or not it is safe for the woman to fly, and any special precautions that should be taken during travel.
  • Medical certificates must be completed 7 days or less before departure.

Precautions during travel

  • An aisle seat is recommended for easy access to the lavatories.
  • Perform leg exercises during long flights.
  • Fasten the seatbelt over a blanket so that pressure is not applied directly to the uterus.

Korean Airline

Whether a passenger can travel during pregnancy depends on the expected date of delivery and pregnancy type (single or multiple pregnancy - multiple pregnancy means that a woman has two or more babies in her uterus). For the safety of pregnant women and unborn babies, passengers with multiple pregnancy are subject to a different policy than those with single pregnancy according to IATA Medical Guidelines, 3rd Edition. However, a separate rule applies to pregnant women with complications (e.g., gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, obstetrical hemorrhage).

Within 32-36 weeks (single pregnancy) or 32 (multiple pregnancy)- please indicate the period of pregnancy when booking. You are required to present a medical certificate issued within 72 hours prior to departure during check-in.

37 weeks or more (single pregnancy) or 33 weeks (multiple pregnancy)-  air travel by pregnant women during this period of pregnancy is prohibited due to safety concerns.

Malaysia Airlines

The following travellers generally need medical clearance by their own doctors or the Malaysia Airlines Medical Services Department before flying: Expectant mothers approaching 35 weeks (international travel) or 36 weeks (domestic travel) of pregnancy.

Non-Malaysian women who are pregnant beyond 6 months are not allowed to fly into the country.

Thai Airways

Pregnancies last on average 40 weeks. For uncomplicated pregnancies, THAI has imposed certain guidelines for traveling expectant mothers, as follows:

  • After the 28th week of pregnancy, passengers must obtain a medical certificate of fitness to travel issued by their attending obstetrician, stating the number of weeks of pregnancy and estimated date of delivery. The medical certificate issued by the doctor must be issued no later than 7 days prior to departure, which must be carried with the expectant passenger when boarding the flight.
  • For safety reasons, THAI reserves the right to deny boarding under certain circumstances if expecting passengers choose not to carry a medical certificate.
  • Expectant mothers may be permitted to travel up to the end of the 36th week of pregnancy on flights less than 4 hours (the estimated date of delivery being 4 weeks or more).
  • On flights more than 4 hours, expectant mothers may be permitted to travel up to the end of 34th  week (for pregnancies with the date of delivery estimated at being 6 weeks or more).
  • Expectant mothers whose pregnancy has entered beyond the 36th week of pregnancy will not be permitted to travel due to safety reasons.

Complicated Pregnancy

  • Expectant passengers with pregnancy complications such as twin babies or history of miscarriage are required to obtain medical approval from their obstetrician. The passenger’s obstetrician is required to complete a  “Medical Clearance Form” (MEDA) and submit it to THAI no later than 48 hours prior to flight departure.

It is strongly advised that expecting passengers contact the local THAI office if they need travel-related assistance or further information.

Note: Since certain countries, such as Singapore or Malaysia, have imposed certain restrictions regarding expectant mothers of other nationalities from entering their nation, THAI strongly advises that passengers obtain information prior to flight departure.

Latin America/Caribbean

Gol Linhas Aereas

If you are pregnant or are accompanying someone who is, please go to the GOL check-in counter at the airport to request preferential treatment.  It is important to remember that if the pregnancy has not progressed into the 27th week, or 25th week for twins, no medical authorization is required to travel.

But if the pregnancy is between the 28th and 36th week, the mother must complete the Declaration of Responsibility provided by GOL and present a medical authorization for travel by air. 

An expectant mother who is in her 37th to 39th week of pregnancy, or 33rd for twins, must be accompanied by the responsible physician.  Over the 40th week of pregnancy, the customer cannot board, unless it is due to an  extreme medical necessity and she is in the company of an OBGYN.

Important! In order for the medical authorization to be valid, it must have been issued no more than one week prior to boarding.  Even with medical authorization it is not recommended for a mother to fly seven days before  or seven days after giving birth. GOL also recommends that newborn babies only travel after they are one week old.

LAN Airlines

Pregnant women can travel without restriction up until they reach the 36th week of pregnancy(eight months).

Beginning the 36th week:

  • They cannot travel on flights lasting more that six hours.
  • For flights lasting less than six hours, they must present a certificate from the doctor treating them detailing the estimated date of delivery and authorizing air travel.

Pregnant women will not be boarded on any flight within seven days of their expected delivery.

North America

American Airlines

In addition to the information below, please also be aware that a medical certificate is required if you will be traveling within four weeks of your delivery date in a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.

Domestic Travel (Not Including Travel Over Water)

  • For domestic flights under five hours, travel is not permitted within seven days before and after your delivery date. If you should need to travel within seven days before or after delivery, a medical certificate is required as well as clearance from our Special Assistance Coordinators.

International/Over Water Travel

  • For international travel or any flights over the water, travel is not advised within 30 days of the due date, unless you are examined by an obstetrician within 48 hours of outbound departure and certified in writing as medically stable for flight. Travel within 10 days of the due date for International travel must have clearance from our Special Assistance Coordinators. Travel within 7 days after delivery requires clearance as well.

Air Canada

Any woman with a normal pregnancy and no previous history of premature labour may travel up to and including her 36th week on Air Canada, Jazz and Air Canada coded flights operated by Tier 3 carriers.

Continental Airlines

Medical certificate required if traveling within seven days of due date. Certificate must state that the passenger has been examined and is fit to travel.

Delta Airlines

No restrictions for pregnant travellers.

Delta Airlines does suggest referring to a medical professional to make sure that pregnant passengers traveling within one month of due date are fit to travel.

Southwest Airlines

While air travel does not usually cause problems during pregnancy unless delivery is expected within 14 days or less, in some cases, traveling by air has been known to cause complications or premature labor. Female Customers at any stage of pregnancy should consult with their physicians prior to air travel. Southwest Airlines recommends against air travel beginning at the 38th week of pregnancy. Depending on their physical condition, strength, and agility, pregnant women may, in some cases, be asked not to sit in the emergency exit row.

United Airlines

Passengers traveling in their ninth month of pregnancy must have an obstetrician’s certificate dated within 24 to 72 hours prior to their flight departure.

The certificate must state:

  • The passenger has been examined by an OB and is physically fit to travel by air.
  • Departure and arrival destinations and dates.
  • The estimated birth date of the baby.

US Airways

Any person who is pregnant and expecting delivery within 7 days may not fly unless the passenger provides a doctor's certificate dated within 72 hours of departure stating that the doctor has examined and found the passenger to be physically fit for air transportation.

Please check each airlines policy before you book tickets in case they have been updated or changed.

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