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Safety and fitness to fly

Expectant mothers


Medical Certificate Guidelines

  • Issued and signed by your doctor or attending midwife.
  • Written on a clinic/hospital letterhead and/or stamped by the doctor or attending midwife.
  • Issued within 7 days from the date of travel.
  • State if the pregnancy is single or multiple.
  • State the number of weeks of pregnancy and the Expected Date of Delivery (EDD).
  • State that you are fit to fly.
  • Easily understood and written in English or Arabic. Other languages are acceptable but must be verified by Etihad Airways check-in staff.
  • If you are travelling on one booking with multiple stopovers, the original medical certificate will be accepted for the whole journey, provided it is within the gestation period fit for travel. The certificate is valid up to the end of the 36th week for single pregnancy and up to the end of 32nd week for multiple pregnancy.

During the first 28 weeks of pregnancy

  • Mothers expecting one or multiple children can travel without a medical certificate.

Single pregnancy

  • From the beginning of the 29th week to the end of the 36th week: Mothers will need to submit a medical certificate.
  • From the beginning of the 37th week onwards: Mothers will not be accepted for travel.

Multiple pregnancy

  • From the beginning of the 29th week to the end of the 32nd week: Mothers will need to submit a medical certificate.
  • From the beginning of the 33rd week onwards: Mothers will not be accepted for travel.

Hints and Tips

  • We recommend you to avoid air travel up to 7 days after delivery.
  • Consult your doctor to discuss any potential risks or concerns you may have. 
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights. Extra care should be given when handling your baggage.
  • Request for a seat near the toilet.
  • Wear compression stockings and elevate feet during the flight as the threat of thrombosis increases during pregnancy.