Travelling if you have a medical condition can be daunting but most of the time you can travel without doing anything any differently. Sometimes you may need to take precautions and this information will help you understand what you need to be aware of.
We also recommend you buy suitable medical insurance as medical charges and repatriation costs can be very expensive depending on the country you are visiting. We offer you the opportunity to buy travel insurance as part of your flight booking but it is only available for some countries. If it's available you will see the option when you are confirming and paying for your flights.
Some medical conditions mean you need to talk to us before your flight so we can make sure you are fit to fly.
Conditions that may require medical clearance are:
We assess your fitness based on internationally accepted criteria so we can be sure you have a safe and comfortable flight. In some cases we may ask for additional information or ask you to travel with a medical escort or supplementary oxygen.
Traveller’s thrombosis or deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein, usually in the lower legs. Research has confirmed that if you are sitting in an aircraft, car, bus or train for more than four hours the risk of a blood clot forming may increase.
Factors increasing the risk of DVT include:
If you think any of the factors above may affect you, seek medical advice before travelling. You may be advised that compression stockings or anti-coagulant medication may help to avoid the possibility of DVT.
You can reduce the risk of DVT by:
We understand that pregnancy is not a medical condition but for your safety, and your baby’s, you cannot fly after:
After 28 weeks you must carry confirmation from your doctor or midwife (such as a letter or certificate, in addition to your pregnancy record) confirming your approximate due date and that there are no complications with your pregnancy.