Are you pregnant and planning to travel by plane? Not sure if you have to have “Fit to Fly” written permission from your doctor or midwife before travel? This topic can be especially confusing as each airline has different rules and restrictions when it comes to air travel during pregnancy, but don’t worry, below we’ve compiled the regulations for flying while pregnant from some of the major airlines.
Before booking flights with Ryanair expectant mothers need to keep in mind the following rules:
When an uncomplicated pregnancy enters in week 28, pregnant women are required to have written permission from a doctor/midwife stating that they are fit to fly with Ryanair. This form must be completed and dated two weeks before scheduled flight departure and presented at the baggage drop counter and/or boarding gate.
For uncomplicated pregnancies it is not permitted to travel beyond the following dates:
- For single pregnancies, it is not permitted to travel after the end of the 36th week
- For multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.) it is not permitted to travel after the end of the 32nd week
The newborn’s mother can travel 48 hours after giving birth, as long it was an uncomplicated childbirth that did not require surgical intervention. If the mother has had surgery or a cesarean section, the minimum period of time that must pass before travel is 10 days. However, these periods are also subject to doctor’s approval.
If you are pregnant and flying with easyJet you can travel up until the end of the 35th week for single pregnancies.
If you are expecting more than one child, you can travel up until the end of week 32.
Written permission from a doctor/midwife is not required, however, if you have experienced complications during pregnancy, consult your medical professional before flying.
British Airways does not permit pregnant women to travel after the end of the 36th week for single pregnancies without complications, and after the end of the 32nd week in the case of twins, triplets, etc. If the pregnancy has reached the 28th week, a note is required from a doctor/midwife indicating that there are no complications and confirming the expected delivery date. In this letter the doctor or midwife certify that you are healthy and that there is no reason why you should not be able to fly in their opinion.
The rules for flying while pregnant with Aer Lingus depend on the route. For flights between Ireland and the UK, pregnant women can travel up to week 32 with written permission from a doctor. To travel between weeks 32-35, the woman must bring a “Expectant Mother Travel Advice form” completed by their medical professional. After week 36, pregnant women are not allowed to fly with Aer Lingus.
For all other Aer Lingus routes, it is allowed to travel up to week 28 of the pregnancy with written permission from a doctor/midwife. Between weeks 28-33 the woman must bring a Expectant Mother Travel Advice form completed by their medical professional. After week 34, pregnant women are not allowed to fly with Aer Lingus.
Flybe discourages expectant mothers from traveling after week 28, but officially will allow pregnant women to fly up to the 34th week as long as they have a Fit to Fly medical certificate from their doctor. If the woman has experienced complications during the pregnancy, a medical certificate must also be presented.
Newborns under 7 days old or mothers who have given birth within the last 7 days are discouraged from flying with Flybe.
Pregnant women may fly with Monarch as long as the return flight does not pass the 34th week. Expectant mothers in weeks 28-34 are required to bring a Fit to Fly certificate from a doctor or midwife. The certificate will be accepted as long as it is not dated more than 2 weeks before the date of departure, is signed by a doctor/midwife saying you are fit to fly for both the outbound and inbound flight dates, it states the expected delivery date, and the doctor or midwife states that in their opinion there is no reason you cannot fly.
New mothers are not allowed to travel for the first 14 days after birth. Newborns cannot travel for the first 7 days.
Have a comment or question about the airlines listed above? Would you like us to add another airline? Drop us a line below!