Flying when pregnant
We recommend that expectant mothers discuss their travel plans with their doctor before flying – particularly during the later stages of pregnancy (from 28 weeks).
This information refers to flights operated by Air New Zealand. If you are travelling on other airlines, including our codeshare and partner airlines, you should check their requirements too.
Clearance from our medical team is required if you have:
- A complicated pregnancy, such as placenta previa or bleeding
- A history of premature labour
- Begun the early stages of labour
To apply for medical clearance, see conditions requiring medical clearance.
Flying through your pregnancy
When and how long you can fly will depend on how far through your pregnancy term you are.
- For a single baby with an uncomplicated pregnancy and clearance from your doctor or midwife:
- You can board flights over four hours, up to the end of the 36th week
- You can board flights under four hours, up to the end of the 40th week
- For multiple pregnancies, such as twins, with an uncomplicated pregnancy and clearance from your doctor or midwife:
- You can board flights over four hours, up to the end of the 32nd week
- You can board flights under four hours, up to the end of the 36th week
If you want to travel for medical treatment, you can apply for clearance. See conditions requiring medical clearance.
Proof of pregnancy dates
If you are beyond your 28th week, we recommend you carry a letter from your doctor or midwife saying they believe you are fit for travel, confirming your pregnancy dates and that there are no complications. The letter should be dated no more than 10 days before your flight.
International travel tips
- Travel well before your baby is due and take out travel insurance
- If you're travelling in the late stages of pregnancy, plan for the possibility of early labour during a stopover - it happens
- Some countries have entry restrictions for pregnant non-national women; if in doubt please check with the relevant embassy or consulate before you travel
- While on board, drink plenty of water, go for walks when you can and elevate your legs. See more on inflight wellbeing
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