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 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.

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.

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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.