Some passengers need special medical consideration when they travel. In some cases this may involve clearance for fitness to fly from our Aviation Medicine Unit. Medical clearance to fly may be required when:
- A passenger’s fitness to travel is in doubt as a result of recent illness, hospitalisation, injury or surgery and there is reasonable doubt that they can complete the flight safely without requiring extraordinary medical assistance during the flight.
- A passenger has an existing medical condition where there is reasonable doubt that they can complete the flight safely without requiring extraordinary medical assistance during the flight e.g. breathing difficulties, unstable angina, terminal illness, etc.
- A passenger requires supplemental oxygen inflight. (Please also read Passengers requiring oxygen inflight)
- A passenger require medical equipment inflight e.g. stretcher, incubator, etc.
Note: Passengers wishing to use Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) Devices inflight do not need medical clearance. We do however; still require advance notice of 48hours before your flight to ensure that your device complies with safety regulations.
For details of medical clearance requirements for specific conditions please see our Medical Clearance Guidelines.
In certain situations, a passenger may be asked to fill in a Passenger Medical Clearance (MEDA) form with details of your condition. The purpose of the MEDA form is for Cathay Pacific, in conjunction with your doctor, to determine that you are able to complete your journey safely and whether any special assistance or medical services are required.
If you are requested to submit a MEDA form, please ensure that Part 1 and Part 2 are completed in full.
Part 1 is to be completed by the passenger and Part 2 by the treating doctor. The completed forms should be submitted to the local Reservation office as early as possible, but no less than 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time.
Please note: for all requests of inflight medical oxygen or non-peanut containing cocktail snacks, we recommend that the completed MEDA form be submitted 72 hours prior to your scheduled flight departure time.
MEDA (Passenger Medical Clearance Form; Part 1) (To be completed by passenger)
MEDA (Passenger Medical Clearance Form; Parts 2 and 3) (To be completed by the treating doctor)
Additional information is available in the Aerospace Medical Association’s Medical Guidelines for Airline Travel, Second Edition or the World Health Organisation’s Fitness to Fly Information.