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Flying while pregnant

When travelling pregnant, you may notice you have a little less room to move than before! Most airlines have certain restrictions around flying while pregnant for the safety of your child. These restrictions differ from the travel insurance restrictions. Visit our Pregnancy travel insurance page for helpful tips and information on purchasing your policy. For specific questions, visit our Pregnancy travel insurance FAQs.

You may need to carry a letter from your midwife or doctor saying that you’re fit to fly. Many airlines won’t let you fly in late pregnancy or if you have any pregnancy complications. Be sure to check the pregnancy policy specific to your chosen airline before you book your flights. We've put together a helpful pregnancy guide to Airline Restrictions on Pregnancy Travel for some of the main airlines servicing Australia. This information is accurate as at 28/09/2017. This is a guide only and pregnant travellers should confirm with the airline prior to travel.  

Airline restrictions on pregnant travellers

Airline Single Pregnancy (1 child) Multiple Pregnancy (2 or more children) Medical proof needed? 
Virgin Australia

Flight >4hrs – up to end of 36th week

Flight <4hrs – up to end of 40th week

Flight >4hrs – up to end of 32nd week

Flight <4hrs – up to end of 36th week

Letter from doctor or midwife needed from 28 weeks. See Virgin Australia website for letter details.  
QANTAS

Flight >4hrs - up to end of 36th week

Flight <4hrs - up to end of 40th week

Flight >4hrs - up to end of 32nd week

Flight <4hrs - up to end of 36th week

Medical clearance required if you’ve had any complications with your pregnancy
Air New Zealand

Flight >5hrs - up to end of 35th week

Flight <5hrs - up to end of 37th week

Up to the end of the 31st week Letter from doctor or midwife recommended past 28th week
Air Asia

Up to end of 27th week – must sign liability waver

From 28th to 34th week – must sign liability waver and supply a recent (within 30 days) approved doctor’s medical certificate with number of confirmed weeks.

From 35th week onwards – carriage not permitted.

This is regardless of single or multiple pregnancies, and excludes flights to/from the USA.

Cathay Pacific No complications – up to end of 35th week No complications – up to end of 32nd week Medical certificate needed from 28 weeks, see Cathay Pacific website for details and information on complicated pregnancies
Korean Air

From 32-36 weeks, indicate term during booking and present declaration form during check-in.

From 37 weeks on not permitted to fly.

From 32nd week indicate term during booking and present declaration form during check-in.

From 33 weeks on not permitted to fly.

Medical certificate and declaration form required for any pregnancy with complications.
Emirates Travel after 36th week for uncomplicated pregnancies only permitted with prior clearance from Emirates Medical Services. Travel after 32nd week for uncomplicated pregnancies only permitted with prior clearance from Emirates Medical Services. From 29th week onwards, a medical certificate or letter from doctor or midwife is required.
Malaysia Airlines

Air travel permitted up to end of 35th week for international flights, and the 36th week for domestic flights. 

Note: Non-Malaysian women beyond 6 months gestation are not allowed to fly into Malaysia.

Air travel permitted up to end of 32nd week. Medical clearance required for pregnancy women approaching 35 weeks (international travel) or 36 weeks (domestic travel) of pregnancy.
Singapore Airlines

From 29-36 weeks for uncomplicated pregnancies a medical certificate is required.

From 37 weeks on not permitted to fly.

From 29-32 weeks for uncomplicated pregnancies a medical certificate is required.

From 33 weeks on not permitted to fly.

Medical certificate needed from 29 weeks. For full details visit Singapore Airlines website.
United Airlines

Travel up to the end of 35th week without documentation.

From 36 weeks onwards the passenger must have the original and two copies of an obstetrician’s certificate dated within three days of departure.

 

Some airlines required medical clearance. A MEDIF application form filled in by your doctor is to be submitted to the airline prior to travel. For full information including lead times for the forms please visit the relevant airline website.