Airline policies for pregnant women

Airline policies for pregnant women

It is fine for you to fly when pregnant 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

Airline policies for pregnant women

Can you fly when pregnant?

It might be a good idea to get a ‘permission-to-travel’ letter from your GP before you travel, but bear 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 flying during pregnancy and each different airline’s policies for our lovely mums-to-be. You should always check these policies on the airline's website before you fly as they can sometimes change or be updated.

European travel during pregnancy

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

Women who are expecting are able to fly with Air Berlin up to 4 weeks before their 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

  • Pregnant women who are more than four weeks from their expected due date are accepted on Austrian Airlines.
  • This is due to some births in Central Europe occuring too early in 6 or 7 % of the cases, around the 38th pregnancy week.
  • Each risk pregnancy means an absolute no for flying with this airline!
  • 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 they will refuse travel. Please consider your return journey when you make your reservation.

You are not recommended to travel within seven days of giving birth.

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, British Airways restricts 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, BA asks 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.

Airline Policies for Pregnant Women3

Flybe

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

Flybe would discourage expectant mothers from travelling after their 28th week of pregnancy, however 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, Flybe would ask that you present a certificate from your doctor stating that you are fit to travel.  Furthermore, they 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.

Monarch Airlines

Monarch Airlines pregnancy policy states that provided you have not passed your 34th week of pregnancy by the time of your return flight then you are able to fly with them.

A doctors note or certificate of your fitness to fly will need to be provided at 28-34 weeks of pregnancy. This will need to include the following for you to be accepted as fit to fly:

  • The note is dated within 14 days of your trip.
  • It has been signed by a Doctor or Midwife who state your fitness to fly on both outbound and return flights.
  • It states when your due date will be.
  • Your Doctor or Midwife should state that (in their opinion) you are of good health and fitness, and that they are happy for you to fly.

New mothers will not be able to travel with this airline for the first 14 days after giving birth.

A newborn infant cannot be permitted to fly for the first 7 days after birth.  There will also be further restrictions for newborns who were 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

Expectant mothers can travel onboard Swiss flights up to the end of their 36th week of pregnancy (four weeks before scheduled due date) provided their pregnancy has not had complications.

Mothers who are expecting a multiple birth, and have not had complications regarding their pregnancy, can fly up to the 32nd week of pregnancy.

A doctors note should be provided beyond the 28th week stating that the pregnancy has been uncomplicated and confirming the due date for delivery. The physician should also state that the pregnancy won't affect the expectant mother from travelling in the air.

As pregnant women run a higher risk of deep-vein trombosis during pregnancy, if you are flying while pregnant Swiss airlines recommend the use of compression stockings and to drink enough fluids. A discussion with your gynecologist in advance of flying is recommended to minimilize risks.

Thomson Airways

When flying with Thomson, return travel for women with uncomplicated single birth pregnancies must be completed by 36 weeks for a shorthaul flight and by 34 weeks for longhaul flights.

Whereas with multiple pregnancies, such as twins, Thomson Airways will only carry expectant mothers up until their 36th week of pregnancy.

Thomson Airways also requires that you have a note from your doctor or midwife if you will be past your 28th week of pregnancy when you are due to fly.  The note should contain:

  • The expected due date for delivery.
  • Your doctors/midwifes signature and in his/her own opinion stating that you are fit to fly.
  • That your pregnancy has been uncomplicated.

Insurance to cover your entire trip is important, as many policies will only cover you up until the 28th week.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines allows pregnant women to fly with them up until the 28th week of pregnancy without a doctors note.

  • Women expecting a single pregnancy, with a doctors note stating fitness to fly, can travel by air between 28-36 weeks.  After this time they are no longer cleared to fly even with medical permission.
  • Women expecting a multiple pregnancy, with a doctors note stating fitness to fly, can travel by air between 28-32 weeks.  After this time they are no longer cleared to fly even with medical permission.

The doctors note must have been written and signed no earlier than 7 days before the flight.  The note for medical clearance should clearly show your doctor's name, surname, diploma number and signature.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines

Virgin Atlantic state that as long as no complications during your pregnancy have occured, you can fly until your 28th week without needing to inform them. Past the 28th week however, you will need to inform the airline.

Single pregnancy:

  • If you are only expecting one baby and want to travel between the 28th and 36th week, then a Pregnancy Information Form will need to have been filled out by your doctor.  This form must then be sent back to Virgin Atlantic's Special Assistance team.  You'll find the form on Virgin Atlantic Airlines website here.
  • You must not fly after your 36th week of pregnancy, unless there are mitigating circumstances.

Multiple pregnancy:

  • If you are expecting more than one baby and want to travel between the 28th and 32nd week, then a Pregnancy Information Form will need to have been filled out by your doctor. This form must then be sent back to Virgin Atlantic's Special Assistance team. You'll find the form on Virgin Atlantic Airlines website here.
  • 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, Virgin Atlanntic can only carry you for urgent medical or compassionate reasons, and only on approval from our medical advisors. They 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

Up until 28 weeks Emirates do not need a written letter from your doctor or midwife stating your fitness to fly. At 29 weeks they will ask for a medical certificate or letter signed by an appropriately qualified doctor or midwife stating:

  • The confirmation of either a single or multiple pregnancy.
  • Proof of a pregnancy without complications.
  • The due date for delivery.
  • That you are in good health.
  • That in their opinion there is not reason you should be prevented from flying.

If you choose to not carry this letter then you may not be accepted for travel if there is doubt about your ability to travel safely.

If the mother is expecting multiples, twins for example, then no air travel is permitted after the 32nd week of pregnancy. For a single pregnancy, no travel after the 36th week unless permitted for clearance by the Emirates medical department. Emirates requires that a medical information form (MEDIF) is to be submissed for clearance purposes.

Emirates states that you shoud be aware that some medical facilities at your destination country may not be up to standards to cope with problems that could occur when abroad. This means that sufficient travel insurance is strongly recommened incase of a premature labour. It is also wise to avoid travelling to remote areas or locations whilst pregnant.

Also, some countries might restrict or limit the entry of non-national pregnant women. Emirates recommended that if in any doubt you should consult the local consulate or embassy.

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

Airline Policies for Pregnant Women

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 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 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

AirAsia states that it is the duty of pregnant passengers to inform the airline of their pregnancy when booking their seat and again at the check-in counter. Pregnant passenges on this airline are subject to the following coniditions:

Pregnancy before 28 weeks: You must sign the AirAsia/AirAsia X Limited Liability Statement at the check-in to absolve AirAsia/AirAsia X against liabilities against them.

Pregnancy after 28 weeks and up to 34 weeks: A doctors's medical certificate must been submitted confirming the number of weeks of pregnancy and stating that you are fit ad healthy to travel.  The note should not be dated more than 30 days before the outbound OR inbound departure date. You must also sign the AirAsia/AirAsia X Limited Liability Statement at the check-in to absolve AirAsia/AirAsia X against liabilities against them.

Pregnancy 35 weeks and later: 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.

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

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

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

Cathay Pacific airlines advises their pregnant passengers to consult their treating doctor or midwife before planning a trip.  This is because it's recommeded that pregnant passengers carry documentation (doctors notes etc) staying the expected due date whilst travelling.

For all pregnancies after 28 weeks, Cathay Pacific requires a medical certifiate dated within 21 days of the outbound departure date.  The certificate should note:

  • Whether the pregnancy is single or multiple.
  • The expected due date.
  • The estimated week of pregnancy.
  • That you are in good health and the pregnancy has been without complication.
  • That you are fit to travel.

If you experience medical complications during your time travelling, then prior to your return journey you will need medical clearance from Cathay Pacific's medical team.

If you choose to not carry a medical certificate, or your medical certificate is outdated and/or does not contain the correct information, Cathy Pacific Airways reserves the right to deny you boarding.

Complicated Pregnancies

If complications occur during your pregnancy, you will need to secure medical clearance from Cathay Pacific medical team prior to travelling. Make sure that you and your treating doctor completes the MEDA form and its relevant sections to submit no later than 48 hours prior to the planned departure.

It is viable that your health/travel insurance covers your pregnancy and all pregnancy-related problems when travelling abroad. It is also recommened to check the medical facilities at the destination country are able to cope with any problems which might arise during your visit, as well as avoiding travelling to remote locations whilst pregnant to prevent unecessary problems.

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

JAL Japan Airlines recommendeds careful planning in consideration of your flight destination and scheduling.

Precautions before travel:

  • Speak with your doctor or midwife to know whether you are fit 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.
  • Aim to reduce your stress as much as possible.
  • Between 12 and 28 weeks is the most stable time of your pregnancy, it is recommened to travel then.

When a consent form and medical certificate is required for international routes:

  • If you are flying and your expected delivery date is in 4 weeks or less (you are in your 36th week of pregnancy or after)
  • When your due date is in 14 days or less, you must be accompanied by an obstetrician.
  • When your due date is not certain.
  • When you are expecting a multiple birth, twins for example.
  • When you have experienced a premature birth before.

(Consent forms and medical certificates are always available at JAL offices)

Medical certificates

  • The consulting doctor must state the due date, whether or not (in their opinion) 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

  • For easy access to the lavatories it is recommened to book or request an aisle seat.
  • Perform leg exercises during long flights, and request a foot/leg rest to keep your legs elevated during the flight.
  • Fasten the seatbelt over a blanket so that pressure is not applied directly to the uterus.

Airline Policies for Pregnant Women2

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 of 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 on American Airlines 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

  • Travel is not advised within 30 days of the due date if its international or over water, 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 American Airlines' 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 travelling by air is not usually a cause for problems during pregnancy, unless delivery is expected within 14 days or less, there have been cases of air travel causing complications or premature labour.

Southwest Airlines recommends against air travel for pregnant women at the 38th week of pregnancy and later, and that at any stage before this week they should consult their consulting physician prior to air travel.

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 due date of the baby.

US Airways

US Airways states that a pregnant women who has a due date within 7 days may not fly unless they have provided a doctor's certificate dated within 72 hours of departure.

The certificate should state that the expecting mother has been examined by her consulting doctor and found to be physically fit for air transportation.

If you are planning to fly whilst pregnant please check each airline's policy before you book tickets in case they have been updated or changed.

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Win £50 Morrisons voucher and Heavenly Tasty Organics Hamper

Heavenly Tasty Organics are giving you the chance to win £50 Morrisons voucher and a hamper filled with their award...