Safety and fitness to fly

Important information an expectant mother should know about air travel.
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/or 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 our check-in staff.
During the first 28 weeks of pregnancy:
Mothers expecting one or multiple children can travel without a medical certificate.

From the beginning of the 29th week to the end of the 36th week:
Mothers expecting one child will need to submit a medical certificate.

From the beginning of the 29th week to the end of the 32nd week:
Mothers expecting multiple children will need to submit a medical certificate.

From the beginning of the 37th week onwards:
Mothers expecting one child will not be accepted for travel.

From the beginning of the 33rd week onwards:
Mothers expecting multiple children will not be accepted for travel.

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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.

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.