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Airlines Policies: for Pregnant Travellers & Infants

on Saturday, 01 November 2014. Posted in The Next 9 Months, Life With Baby, Practical Advice

Get the low-down on specific policies of major airlines for pregnant women and infants.

Airlines Policies: for Pregnant Travellers & Infants

Let's say you're an expectant mum planning your last holiday before your wee one pops out? Or perhaps you've just had your baby, and you're heading back home to show off the new addition to the family? Whatever your situation might be, travelling is usually a little more tricky when you're pregnant, or if you've got a new-born to care for throughout the flight. Air-travel policies differ from airline to airline, so for easy reference, we've assembled a comprehensive list of all the major carriers and their individual policies.

 

The following list outlines the policies of all major commercial airlines (listed in alphabetical order) that fly in and out of Hong Kong.
 

AIRLINE

PREGNANT WOMEN

INFANTS (UNDER AGE 2)

Air Asia

  • Women up to 27 weeks (inclusive) pregnant must sign AirAsia/AirAsia X Limited Liability Statement at check-in.
  • Women 28 to 34 weeks (inclusive) pregnant are required to submit additional medical certificates.
  • Travel at 35 weeks or more is not permitted.
  • Air Asia reserve the right to procure a Limited Liability Statement to determine whether to allow carriage of women, post-pregnancy.
  • See website.
  • Infants must be at least 9 days old to travel. Special cases may be granted if sanctioned in writing by medical practitioner or relevant authorities, and subject to parents signing Limited Liability Statement.
  • Infant fare; must be seated on parent’s lap.
  • See website.

Air Canada

  • Women with normal pregnancy and no history of premature labour may travel up to and including their 36th week of pregnancy.
  • See website.
  • Infants as young as 7 days old may travel.
  • Only one infant is allowed per adult passenger (16+ yrs.)
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • Child's fare; reserved own seat w/ child restraint device.
  • See website.

Air China

  • Less than 32 weeks: can travel normally unless deemed unfit to travel by physician
  • Between 32 and 35 weeks: must present a Certificate of Diagnosis issued by doctor within 7 days of departure.
  • 35 weeks or over / women whose due-dates are within 4 weeks of travel / women who've delivered within 7 days of travel: not permitted.
  • See website.
  • AC do not carry infants less than 14 days old or premature infants less than 90 days old.
  • Infants (between 14 days and 2 yrs. old) must be accompanied by an adult (18+ yrs.)
  • Only one infant less than 2 years old can accompany one adult free of charge; seat must be purchased for second infant.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parent’s lap.
  • If you prefer to reserve a seat for your infant, you will be charged the child's fare.
  • See website.

Air France

  • AF advise women to avoid travel in the final month (30 days) of pregnancy, and the first 7 days after delivery.
  • Medical clearance is not required (although you should seek your doctor's opinion).
  • See website.
  • Travel not recommended for infants in the 7 days following birth.
  • Reduced fare on int'l routes; seated on parents’ lap.
  • You can also reserve a seat for your infant and benefit from reduced fare (as above).
  • See website.

American Airlines

  • Travel is not advised within 30 days of the due date, unless medically examined and cleared by obstetrician within 48 hours of departure, and also issued a written certificate.
  • Travel within 10 days of the due date requires clearance from AA's Special Assistance Coordinators.
  • Travel within 7 days after delivery also requires clearance.
  • See website.
  • Infants are accepted 2 days after delivery (although a min. of 7 days is recommended).
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • If your infant will sit in his / her car-seat throughout the flight, you must buy a ticket and bring a safety seat approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • See website.

British Airways

  • Travel is allowed up to the end of the 36th week for single pregnancies, and at the end of 32nd week for multiple births (e.g. twins).
  • After 28 weeks, certificate from your doctor or midwife confirming the estimated date of delivery and that there are no complications with your pregnancy is required.
  • See website.
  • Infants as young as 2 days old are allowed to travel.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap
  • See website.

Cathay Pacific

  • Travel is allowed up to the end of the 36th week for uncomplicated single pregnancies, and at the end of 32nd week for uncomplicated multiple births (e.g. twins).
  • After 28 weeks, medical certificate dated 21 days of the intial outbound travel date, is required.
  • See website.
  • Infants cannot travel for 48 hours after birth and need medical clearance to travel between 3 & 7 days after delivery.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap
  • See website.

China Airlines

  • Medical certificate is required for expectant mothers over 32 weeks of pregnancy and due to deliver within 4 to 8 weeks. An indemnity form is also required to be signed by the mother.
  • A new mother who has delivered within 14 days will not be accepted for travel.
  • See website.

  • Newborn infants over 14 days old are allowed to travel.
  • Infant fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Delta Air Lines

  • No restrictions on flying for pregnant passengers.
  • See website.
  • Infants less than 7 days old require a letter of approval from physician
  • Discounted fare may apply.
  • See website.

Dragonair

  • Travel is allowed up to 36th week for uncomplicated single pregnancies, and up to 32nd week for uncomplicated multiple births. After 28 weeks, medical certificate dated within 21 days of departure is required.
  • Medical clearance required for travel within 7 days of delivery date.
  • See website.
  • Infants over 2 days old are allowed to travel. Medical clearance required to travel between 3 and 7 days after birth.
  • Infant fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Emirates

  • After 29 weeks, medical certificate from doctor or midwife required. After 36 weeks, travel is permitted only if cleared by Emirates medical department. Travel for multiple pregnancy over 32 weeks is not permitted.
  • Travel within 7 days of delivery is permitted only if passenger is traveling  for emergency medical treatment, and presents Medical Information for Fitness to Travel or Special Assistance (MEDIF) form.
  • See website.
  • Infants under 7 days old are permitted to travel only for emergency medical purposes, or if mothers are traveling on compassionate grounds. Infants between 6 to 36 months old are permitted to travel only if separate seats are purchased.
  • Discounted fare; seated on parents’ lap or in bulkhead-row bassinet.
  • See website.

Finnair

  • After 28 weeks, doctor’s certificate is required.
  • Travel after 36 weeks is not permitted on majority of Finnair flights
  • See website.
  • Infants as young as 2 days old are allowed to travel.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

JAL (Japan Airlines)

  • Medical certificate required if travel within 4 weeks of the EDD or for multiple pregnancy. Certificate must be signed by physician dated within 7 days of departure. Consent form required at 36th week for multiple or previous premature births.
  • Passengers traveling within 2 weeks of EDD must be accompanied by obstetrician.
  •  See website.
  • Infants as young as 8 days old are allowed to travel.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Jetstar Asia

  • Between 28-35 weeks, doctor’s certificate is required. Medical clearance required for complicated pregnancies. Travel at 36 weeks or more is not permitted.
  • For complication-free pregnancies, travel on flights of 4 hours or more is permitted up to end of 36th week for single pregnancies, or up to end of 32nd week for multiple pregnancies. On flights less than 4 hours, travel is permitted up to end of 40th week for single pregnancies, or up to end of 36th week for multiple pregnancies.
  • See website.
  • Airline reserves right not to carry infants less than 7 days old.
  • Infant fare (if less than 2 years old); seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

KLM
(Royal Dutch Airlines)

  • Medical Information Form A completed  by passenger, and Form B completed by doctor, must both be submitted within 48 hours of departure.
  • Travel is not advised after 36 weeks of pregnancy, or one week after delivery.
  • See website.
  • Infants under 2 years old are permitted to travel.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Korean Air

  • Medical certificate issued within 72 hours of departure, and 2 copies of Korean Air official declaration form are required.
  • See website.
  • For infants less than 7 days old, Medical Information Form must be submitted and transportation request made to Korean Air 72 hours before departure.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Lufthansa

  • Passengers with complication-free pregnancies may travel up to end of 36th week, or up to 4 weeks before EDD without a medical certificate.
  • Passengers more than 36 weeks into pregnancy or those with complicated pregnanciescan request a certificate of exemption via Lufthansa’s Medical Operation Centre. After this time, doctor’s certificate dated within 72 hours of departure is required.
  • See website.
  • Infants less than 2 years old are permitted to travel.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Malaysia Airlines

  • Passengers with complication-free pregnancies may travel up to 35th week.
  • Travel is not advised in last month of pregnancy or one week after delivery.
  • See website.
  • Travel is not advised for infants less than 2 days old.
  • Approx. 10% of adult fare.
  • See website.

Qantas

  • For complication-free pregnancies, passengers may travel up to end of 36th week for single pregnancies, or up to end of 32nd week for multiple pregnancies.
  • After 28 weeks, medical certification from medical practitioner or midwife is required. Medical clearance required for complicated pregnancies, or if travelling within 7 days of delivery.
  • See website.
  • For infants less than 2 days old, medical clearance is required.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Qatar Airways

  • Between 29 and 35 weeks, doctor’s certificate is required for complication-free single pregnancies.
  • Between 29 and 32 weeks, Medical Information Form (MEDIF) is required for multiple or complicated pregnancies.
  • Travel at 36 weeks or over is not permitted.
  • See website.
  • Infants less than 10 days old may fly only under special medical circumstances.
  • 20% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Singapore Airlines

  • For complication-free single pregnancies, medical certificate is required for passengers 29 to 36 weeks pregnant. Travel over 36th week is not permitted.
  • For complication-free multiple pregnancies, medical certificate is required for passengers 29 to 32 weeks pregnant. Travel beyond 32nd week is not permitted.
  • See website.
  • Infants over 7 days old are allowed to travel.
  • Approx. 30% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Thai Airways

  • After 28 weeks, medical certificate completed by doctor within 7 days of departure is required. Passenger may travel up to end of 36th week of pregnancy on flights less than 4 hours, or up to end of 34th week on flights more than 4 hours.
  • Travel over 36th week is not permitted. Passengers with complicated pregnancy must submit Medical Clearance Form (MEDA) within 48 hours of departure.
  • See website.
  • Infants over 7 days old may travel.
  • Infant fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Turkish Airlines

  • Doctor’s report is required for single pregnancies between 28 and 36 weeks, after which travel is not permitted. Doctor’s report is required for multiple pregnancies between 28 and 32 weeks, after which travel is not permitted.
  • Medical clearance dated within 7 days of departure is required.
  • See website.
  • Infants over 7 days old may travel. Infants less than 7 days old may travel only under special medical circumstances.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

United Airlines

  • Passengers 9 months into pregnancy require doctor’s certificate dated within 72 hours of departure.
  • See website.
  • Infants over 7 days old may travel.
  • 10% of adult fare; seated on parents’ lap.
  • See website.

Virgin Atlantic

  • For single pregnancies between 28 and 36 weeks or multiple pregnancies between 28 and 32 weeks, Pregnancy Information Form completed by doctor must be submitted to airline’s Special Assistance team.
  • Travel for single pregnancies after 36 weeks, or for multiple pregnancies after 32 weeks, is only permitted for medical emergencies.
  • See website.
  • Infants must be at least 2 days old to travel.
  • Approx. 10% of adult fare.
  • See website.

 

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