Safety and comfort

Safety and comfort are of paramount importance to us. As an expectant mother there is some important information you should know about air travel.
Expectant mothers

Mothers expecting one or multiple children can travel with Etihad Airways during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy without a medical certificate.


• From the beginning of the 29th week to the end of the 36th week, guests expecting one child will need to submit a medical certificate from their doctor/midwife stating fitness for travel, number of weeks pregnant and estimated due date. Guests expecting multiple children must do the same from the beginning of the 29th week to the end of the 32nd week.
• From the beginning of the 37th week of pregnancy onwards, guests expecting one child will not be accepted for travel on an Etihad Airways flight.
• From the beginning of the 33rd week of pregnancy onwards, guests expecting multiple children will not be accepted for travel on an Etihad Airways flight.
• We recommend guests avoid air travel up to 7 days after delivery.

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We advise guests the following:

(a) Wearing compression stockings and elevating feet during flight as the threat of thrombosis is increased in pregnancy.
(b) Avoid lifting heavy weights during pregnancy, so particular care should be taken regarding baggage.

Medical certificate for pregnant women

The medical certificate required for women traveling during pregnancy must adhere to the following guidelines:

• Signed by the guest’s medical doctor or attending midwife.

• Written on a clinic/hospital letterhead and/or stamped by the medical doctor or attending midwife.

• Issued within 7days from the date of travel.

• State if the pregnancy is single or multiple.

• State the number of weeks of pregnancy and/or the Expected Date of Delivery (EDD).

• State that the guest is fit to fly.

• Be easily understood and written in English or Arabic, other languages are acceptable, but must be verified by Etihad Airways check-in staff.

• From the beginning of the 33rd week of pregnancy onwards, guests expecting multiple children will not be accepted for travel on an Etihad Airways flight.

• We recommend guests avoid air travel up to 7 days after delivery.