Flying when pregnant

Many women fly while pregnant with no difficulties. We always recommend you discuss your travel plans with your doctor or midwife. You may need clearance from our medical team if you have complications or are expecting more than one baby.

The information on this page 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 as well.

Do I need medical clearance from Air New Zealand?

Clearance from our medical team is required if you have:

  • A complicated pregnancy, such as placenta previa or bleeding
  • A multiple pregnancy, such as twins or triplets
  • A history of premature labour
  • Begun the early stages of labour

To apply for medical clearance, see conditions requiring medical clearance.

How far through my term can I fly with Air New Zealand?

  • For multiple pregnancies, such as twins, up to the end of the 31st week
  • For a single baby with an uncomplicated pregnancy and clearance from your doctor or midwife:
    • Flights over five hours, up to end of the 35th week
    • Flights under five hours, up to end of the 37th week

If you want to travel for medical treatment, you can apply to the Air New Zealand medical team for clearance to fly later in your term. See conditions requiring medical clearance.

Do I need to carry proof of my 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.

Do you have any tips for international travel?

  • Our main advice is to travel well before your baby is due and take out travel insurance
  • If you are 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