Jump to main content

Fitness to Fly

Am I Fit to Travel?

Most people are fit to travel by air, but special attention is required for passengers whose medical conditions may be exacerbated by altitude, hypoxia, travel stress, manhandling luggage, changing climates and food, as well as other travel related difficulties.
All passengers should ensure they are medically fit prior to embarking on air travel. We strongly recommend that you consult your own doctor or an aerospace medical specialist for advice before travel if you have any concerns or doubts about your fitness for travel.
Some passengers may require medical clearance from our Aviation Medicine Unit to help us ensure their health, safety and comfort inflight and facilitate the provision of any special assistance that may be required during the journey. 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.
  • 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.
  • special services such as oxygen or the use of medical equipment on board is required.

For details of our medical clearance requirements please see the Medical Clearance section under Special Assistance or contact our local Reservations office for advice before travelling.

More information is available in the Special Assistance section for the following passengers:

Pregnant Mothers

Please read more on Special Assistance regarding travel tips for pregnant mothers.

Passengers with Disabilities

Please read more on Disability Assistance regarding travel tips for passengers with disabilities.

Passengers requiring Oxygen inflight

Please read more under Special Assistance.

Passengers travelling with Electronic Medical Devices

Please read more under Disability Assistance.


For more details, please refer to the Medical Guidelines for Airline Travel.