Being pregnant does not mean that you can no longer travel. As long as you have asked for your doctor’s advice, and you have the needed documents, there is no reason to be grounded at home.
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Of course, your doctor must assess you first before you book your flight. If you are fit to travel, then you can begin preparing for your flight. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, you’ll need to present a medical certificate before you can be allowed to board your flight. However, Qatar Airways will not allow you to fly with them if you are 9 months pregnant.
Pregnant and Still Flying
Being cleared to fly is your foremost consideration before buying a plane ticket. As stated in the guidelines released by Qatar Airways, women without pregnancy complications and at the early stage of their pregnancy may show their medical certificates to avoid delay in their flight. They are also not required to show their MEDIF (or Medical Information Form), as stated in the guidelines.
Those who are in the late stage of their pregnancy but without complications will need to present both their medical certificates and MEDIF. But those who are pregnant with complications and at the late stage will not be allowed to fly with Qatar Airways.
You can refer to this table to know the exact details of when are you still allowed to fly or not.
Source: Qatar Airways
According to Qatar Airways, your medical certificate must be written in English and should contain this information:
- Patient’s name and date of birth
- Estimated date of delivery
- Proposed dates of travel
- Confirmation of an uncomplicated single pregnancy or a multiple or complicated pregnancy
- Confirmation that the patient is “fit for travel” for the entire journey, including the return date (where applicable)
- Date, stamp, and contact details of a qualified doctor
- Ensure that the medical certificate is dated within 10 days of the passenger’s flight date and is valid for the whole duration of the trip.
Download the medical certificate :
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways advises this regarding the MEDIF
- Must be written in English
- Must be submitted to Qatar Airways starting up to 48 hours or until 7 days before the passenger’s flight departure and return flight
- If the same MEDIF will be used in the return flight, the notation should be “Approved (full journey)”
The MEDIF can be downloaded here: https://www.qatarairways.com/iw-cc/qatar/MEDIF.jsp
To further ensure a more comfortable journey, you can request an aisle seat to quickly assess the lavatory. You can also request a seat with a leg rest to help keep your feet elevated during your journey. You should also bring hand sanitizers to keep your hands clean all the time.
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