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Pregnant women

Read our guidelines for travelling while pregnant, to ensure a more safe and comfortable journey.

While it is generally safe to fly while pregnant, we advise all pregnant passengers to consult their treating doctor or midwife before planning a trip. It is recommended that all pregnant passengers carry documentation stating the expected date of delivery whilst travelling.

Acceptance of pregnant passengers

Passengers who have reached their 28th week of pregnancy should thoroughly read all the requirements listed on this page, to help guide them and to ensure acceptance onboard our flights.

We will accept passengers with:

  • uncomplicated single pregnancies up to 36 weeks (i.e. 35 weeks + 6 days)
  • uncomplicated multiple pregnancies up to 32 weeks (i.e. 31 weeks + 6 days).

Prerequisites for pregnancies on/after 28 weeks

For all pregnancies after 28 weeks (i.e. after 27 weeks + 6 days from Date of Last Menstrual Period), a medical certificate, dated within 10 days of the initial outbound travel date, is required, stating:

  • whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy
  • the estimated week of pregnancy
  • the expected date of delivery (EDD)
  • that you are in good health and the pregnancy is progressing normally, without complications
  • that you are fit to travel

If you experience any medical complications during your travel, medical clearance from our medical team will be required prior to your return journey. (View section below on Complicated pregnancies for details).

For your safety, Cathay Pacific Airways reserves the right to deny boarding under the following circumstances:

  • if you are not carrying a medical certificate
  • if your medical certificate is outdated or does not contain the information required

Complicated pregnancies

Medical clearance from our medical team is required prior to travel should you experience any complications during your pregnancy. Please ensure you and your treating doctor complete our MEDA form and submit it no later than 48 hours prior to your planned departure.

It is recommended to have health insurance / travel insurance to cover pregnancy-related problems for your travels. You should also check whether the medical facilities at the destination country are adequate to cope with any problems which may arise during your visit and avoid travelling to remote locations whilst pregnant.

If you require medications during your pregnancy, you must have an adequate supply for the journey. Please remember that certain medications, such as some types of malaria prophylaxis and vaccinations, cannot be used during pregnancy. If the destination country requires such prophylaxis, it may be better to postpone the journey until after your pregnancy.

Some countries place limitations on the entry of non-national pregnant women. It is advisable to check with the local consulate to confirm the country specific requirements.

Travel after delivery

Medical clearance is required for passengers travelling within 7 days of their delivery date. Infants cannot travel for 48 hours after birth and need medical clearance to travel between 3 and 7 days after delivery.

You can obtain further information from your obstetrician or midwife, or from the website of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific.