Airline Policies for Pregnant Passengers

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AIRLINE   EXPECTANT MOTHERS CANNOT TRAVEL BEYOND
Philippine Airlines 35 weeks
Cebu Pacific See below
Air Asia 35 weeks

If you are not beyond the airlines’ cutoff for carriage, you can still travel but you will need a medical certificate. The different airlines’ policies vary so please read below for the details.
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Philippine Airlines
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  • Below 24 weeks — The pregnant passenger should fill up Part 1 of the Expectant Mothers Information Sheet (EMIS) Form.
  • 24 to 32 weeks — The personal physician of the pregnant passenger should fill up Part 2 of the EMIS Form.
  • Beyond 32 weeks — A PAL physician (Flight Surgeon or Company Physician) should fill up Part 3 of the EMIS Form and issue a clearance for travel.
  • Beyond 35 weeks — Will not be accepted for carriage by PAL.

Note:

  • Expectant mothers need to fill up the EMIS form on a per flight basis.
  • The EMIS form is only valid for 7 days from the date of issuance.
  • If the expectant mother is below 21 years of age, written consent of the husband, parent or guardian must be secured.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com/ph/Home/TravelInformation/BeforeYouFly/SpecialHandling/ExpectantMothers 

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Cebu Pacific
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(Updated April 2016)

  • 34 weeks AOG and beyond – Present a medical certificate with the notation “Fit to Travel” and signed by a physician. Travel must be completed within the validity period of the medical certificate — ten (10) days from date of issuance. Exception: flights to or from the United States, where the expectant mother is only required to submit a medical certificate for her outbound travel, and the medical certificate must be dated within ten (10) days of the scheduled date of initial departure.
  • High risk pregnancies “such that a condition exists that creates a reasonable doubt that the mother or baby can complete the flight safely without needing extraordinary medical care” – Same requirements and exceptions as pregnancies 34 weeks AOG and beyond

The Cebu Pacific General Terms and Conditions of Carriage of Passengers and Baggage is now silent as to the requirements for pregnancies below 34 weeks age of gestation. These were the previous requirements:

  • Below 24 weeks — Fill up the Special Handling Form.
  • 24 to 34 weeks — “The Special Handling Form is required to be presented together with a medical certificate stating age of gestation with notation “Fit to Travel” and signed by the pregnant passenger’s personal OB-Gyne. Pregnant passenger must complete her travel within the validity period of the medical certificate which should be seven (7) days from date of issuance.”

Source: https://www.cebupacificair.com/Pages/terms-and-conditions-of-carriage.aspx

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Air Asia
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  • Up to 27 weeks — Complete the AirAsia/AirAsia X Liability Statement at the check-in counter.
  • 28 to 34 weeks — “Submit a doctor’s letter or a medical certificate confirming the number of weeks of pregnancy. The letter or certificate must not be dated more than 30 days from the date of travel.” Complete the AirAsia/AirAsia X Liability Statement at the check-in counter.
  • 35 weeks or more — Will not be allowed to travel with AirAsia/AirAsia X.

Source: http://www.airasia.com/ph/en/at-the-airport/special-guests.page

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Airline Policies for Pregnant Passengers
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