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Airline Restrictions for Flying When Pregnant

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Understand airline restrictions before you fly while pregnant

Many people need to travel while they’re pregnant – whether it’s because of work commitments, to visit relatives, or to take a “babymoon” and enjoy one last child-free holiday.

However, it’s important to know most airlines have certain restrictions around flying while pregnant for the safety of yourself and your child.

For example, if you’re planning on flying while pregnant, you may need to carry a letter from your midwife or doctor saying that you’re fit to fly. Many airlines also won’t let you fly in late pregnancy or if you have any pregnancy complications.

To help, we've collated the relevant links to information about flying restrictions while pregnancy from some of the main airlines servicing Australia. This includes rules for Virgin Australia’s pregnancy policy and Qantas’ flying while pregnant conditions, as well as pregnancy policies at many other international airlines.

To prevent these pregnancy flying restrictions from ruining your travel plans, be sure to check the pregnancy policy specific to your chosen airline before you book your flights and contact them directly if you have questions.

Note: these airline restrictions differ from our travel insurance restrictions. Please refer to all pregnancy sections in the PDS for pregnancy cover inclusions and general exclusions.

Airline restrictions for flying while pregnant

Find your chosen airline below and click to learn more about their restrictions on pregnant flyers, including the different rules for single pregnancies and multiple pregnancies (two or more children), and any medical documentation required.

 

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QANTAS

 

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Korean Air

 

 

 

What is a MEDIF?

Many airlines require medical clearance, which is granted via a Medical Information Form (MEDIF). The MEDIF is filled in by your doctor and then submitted to the airline prior to travel.

For full information – including lead times for the forms – please visit the relevant airline’s website.

 

Looking for information on travel insurance for pregnancy?

At Cover-More, we may be able to provide cover for pregnancy as part of our travel insurance policies.

Visit our pregnancy travel insurance page for general information about our plans, benefits and restrictions that apply. For specific cover questions, visit our pregnancy travel insurance FAQs.

 

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The information and links to each individual airline’s website are accurate as of 22 November 2021. However, they are subject to change at any time, and you should always check with the airline prior to travelling to make sure you have the current conditions.

 

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