Airline Pregnancy Policy – Find Them All Here!

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If you’re trying to figure out the best airline pregnancy policy and pregnancy flight restrictions to maximise your adventures before little one comes along this post is for you. Perhaps you just want to know the rules for air travel during pregnancy or what’s the latest you can fly when pregnant.

Firs things first, congratulations! And if you’re looking up airline pregnancy policies because you want to book a babymoon, yay! They’re so much fun! You’ll find lots of recommendations and pregnancy travel tips here too.

I’ve simplified the rules in this airline pregnancy policy guide and included a direct link to the pregnancy policy so you can double check all the details. You’ll find them all in alphabetical order.

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Aer Lingus

The Aer Lingus pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 27 with no restrictions.

Thereafter, your doctor must complete an Expectant Mother Travel Advice Form and submit it via the special assistance request form or by fax to 00 353 1 886 6868.

For European flights you can’t travel in week 36 or over, and for transatlantic flights you can’t travel in week 34 or over.

Alaska Airlines

The Alaska Airlines pregnancy policy says:

There are no restrictions if flying when pregnant.

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American Airlines

The American Airlines pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to 4 weeks before your due date with no restrictions.

Thereafter, you must provide a doctor’s certificate stating that you’ve been recently examined and you’re fit to fly.

Domestic Flights

For domestic flights under 5 hours, you won’t be permitted to travel within 7 days (before and after) your delivery date. However, if you need to travel within this time frame approval from your physician and a special assistance coordinator is required.

Your physician will be required to fill out a passenger medical form before your flight. A special assistance coordinator will send the form directly to your physician.

International or Travel Over Water

Clearance from a special assistance coordinator is required for international travel or travel over water as follows:

Within 4 weeks of your due date (travel also requires a physician’s note stating that you’ve been examined within the past 48 hours and you’re fit to fly).

7 days before or after your delivery (travel also requires a passenger medical form to be completed by your physician).

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Air Canada

The Air Canada pregnancy policy says:

If you have a normal pregnancy and no previous history of premature labour, you may travel by air up to and including week 36 on Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express.

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Air France

The Air France pregnancy policy says:

You do not need medical clearance to fly. Their policy is as simple as that!

British Airways

The British Airways pregnancy policy says:

You cannot fly after:

  • the end week 36 if you are pregnant with one baby
  • the end of week 32 if you are pregnant with more than one baby

BA recommend you carry a letter or statement from your doctor or midwife confirming:

  • Whether your pregnancy is single or multiple
  • Your expected due date
  • There are no complications with your pregnancy

The letter should be dated as close to your travel date as possible and covers you for your entire journey (outbound and return) provided you do not require any medical care during your trip.

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Cathay Pacific

The Cathay Pacific pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 28 with no restrictions for an uncomplicated pregnancy.

Thereafter, you need a medical certificate which must be dated within 10 days of the initial outbound travel date.

Passengers who are deemed to have a complicated pregnancy need to complete a special form which will be reviewed and a decision granted on a case by case basis. The form needs to be submitted at least 48 hours prior to travel.

You can travel up to week 36 for a single, uncomplicated pregnancy.

You can travel up to week 32 for a multiple, uncomplicated pregnancy.

Delta

The Delta pregnancy policy says:

Delta don’t impose restrictions of flying if you’re pregnant and don’t require a medical certificate for you to travel.

easyJet

The easyJet pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to the end of week 35 for single pregnancies and week 32 for multiples.

It doesn’t say that you have to show any notes, but be mindful that I was asked for mine during two flights. I had a large bump!

Emirates

The Emirates pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to and including week 28 without any restriction.

Thereafter, 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
  • The date up to which you are expected to be fit to travel
  • That you are in good health
  • That there is no reason known to them that would prevent you from flying

For single, uncomplicated pregnancies you can travel up to week 36.

For multiple, uncomplicated pregnancies you can travel up to week 32.

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Ethiad

The Ethiad pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 28 without any restrictions.

For single pregnancy, from weeks 29 to 36, you will require a medical certificate to fly, which you’ll have to present when you check in at the airport. You can travel up to week 37.

For multiple pregnancy, from weeks 29 to 32, you will require a medical certificate to fly, which you’ll have to present when you check in at the airport. You can travel up to week 33.

Lufthansa

The Lufthansa pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 28 without any restrictions.

Thereafter, it’s recommended that you should carry a medical certificate stating:

  • Confirmation that the pregnancy is progressing without complications
  • The expected due date
  • The patient’s pregnancy does not prevent her from flying

For single, uncomplicated pregnancies you can travel up to week 36 or 4 weeks before the expected due date.

For multiple, uncomplicated pregnancies you can travel up to week 28.

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JetBlue

The JetBlue pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to seven days before the due date with no restrictions.

Thereafter, you need a letter from your doctor, dated no more than seventy-two (72) hours prior to departure, that states: 

  • The doctor has examined you and found you be physically fit for air travel to and from the destinations requested on the date of the flight.
  • Your estimated date of delivery is after the date of your last flight.

KLM

The KLM pregnancy policy says:

You can travel without any restrictions up to week 36. However, if you have any complications or a multiple pregnancy you must have permission from your physician.

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Qantas

The Qantas pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 28 with no restrictions.

Thereafter, 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 your pregnancy is routine and that there are no complications.

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. If you do have complications with your pregnancy, medical clearance is also required.

Flights of 4 hours duration or greater

For routine pregnancies, you can travel up to the end of week 36 for a single pregnancy and the end of week 32 for a multiple pregnancy.

Flights of less than 4 hours duration

For routine pregnancies, you can travel up to the end of week 40 for a single pregnancy and the end of week 36 for a multiple pregnancy.

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Ryanair

The Ryanair pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 28 without any restrictions for an uncomplicated pregnancy.

Thereafter, you should carry a ‘fit to fly’ letter completed by your midwife or doctor.



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

For an uncomplicated twins, triplets etc. pregnancy, travel is not permitted beyond the end of week 32 of pregnancy.

Singapore Airlines

The Singapore Airlines pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 28 without any restrictions.

Thereafter, you must provide a medical certificate stating:

  • fitness to travel
  • number of weeks of pregnancy
  • estimated date of delivery.

The certificate must be dated within ten days of the first flight after 28 weeks of pregnancy and upon request, it must be presented at check-in.

For single, uncomplicated pregnancies you can travel up to week 36.

For multiple, uncomplicated pregnancies you can travel up to week 32.

Southwest Airlines

The Southwest Airlines pregnancy policy says:

Southwest Airlines recommends against air travel beginning in week 38 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.

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United Airlines

The United Airlines pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 36 of pregnancy with no restrictions.

Thereafter, you must have the original and two copies of an obstetrician’s certificate, which must:

  • Be dated within three days (72 hours) prior to flight departure. It is preferable to have a certificate dated within one day of flight departure.
  • State that the obstetrician has examined you and found you to be physically fit for air travel between the specified dates.
  • The estimated birth date of the baby (which must be after the date of the last flight on the itinerary).

The original certificate should be handed to a United Representative at check-in. The remaining copies are for reference during air travel.

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Virgin Atlantic

The Virgin Atlantic pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 28 without any restrictions for an uncomplicated pregnancy.

Thereafter:

Single pregnancy

If you’re expecting one baby and want to travel between week 28 and 36, we’ll need you to travel with a certificate from your doctor. The certificate should state:

  • That you have had no complications
  • Your estimated delivery date.

The certificate might be asked for at the airport or onboard.

After your 36th week, you mustn’t fly unless there are mitigating circumstances – which you can find listed below.

Multiple pregnancy

If you’re expecting more than one baby and want to travel between week 28 and 32, you’ll need to travel with a doctor’s certificate stating:

  • That you’ve had no complications
  • Your estimated delivery date.

You mustn’t fly after the end of your 32nd week.

Travelling after the cut-off date

For travel after week 36 for single pregnancies, or after week 32 for multiple pregnancies, Virgin Airlines can only carry you for urgent medical or compassionate reasons, and only on approval from medical advisors. They may also ask that a suitable medical attendant accompany you. 

WestJet

The WestJet pregnancy policy says:

You can travel up to week 36 without any restrictions.

Thereafter (and including) it’s recommended you check with your midwife.

So, Can you Fly When Pregnant?

Yes, you most definitely can! I was lucky enough to travel loads during both of my pregnancies.

You’ll need to check the relevant airline pregnancy policy (see above) if you plan to fly when pregnant. You should also listen to any advice from your midwife and/or doctor.

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This post is updated regularly, but please double-check any policy details (via the relevant links) before making any travel arrangements.

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