Flying While Pregnant – Asian Airline Roundup

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A weekend at one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches or to visit family in the countryside can be the perfect way to stay relaxed, especially with the stress that pregnancy can bring. While traveling during pregnancy isn’t recommended — particularly during the last six weeks — you might be surprised to find out the rules vary from airline to airline.

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To help you out, we at ExpectingExpats.com have put together a list of the rules and regulations from Asia’s major airlines. Use this to make your own handy checklist of what to remember.


Air Asia

Air Asia Regulations

If you are up to 27 weeks pregnant:

You must inform the airline at the check-in counter that you are pregnant and also sign a AirAsia/AirAsia X Limited Liability Statement.

If you are between 28 weeks to 34 weeks pregnant:

  • You must inform the airline at the check-in counter that you are pregnant and also sign a AirAsia/AirAsia X Limited Liability Statement.
  • You must also present an approved doctor’s medical certificate. [Editor's Note: See the comments section for this post  for a user experience that differed from this published Air Asia policy]

The certificate must:

  1. confirm the number of weeks of pregnancy
  2. confirm that you are fit to travel
  3. be dated no more than 30 days from your departure date (either outbound or inbound).

If you are more than 35 weeks pregnant, you cannot fly with this airline.


Bangkok Airways

Bangkok Airways Regulations

If you are less than 32 weeks pregnant:

  • You must inform the airline at the check-in counter that you are pregnant and sign an Indemnity form.
  • You do not need doctor’s approval.

If you are more than 32 weeks pregnant:

  • You must inform the airline at the check-in counter that you are pregnant and sign an Indemnity form
  • You must have doctor’s approval in signed document form.

If you are within seven days of your due date, you cannot fly with this airline.


Thai Airways

Thai Airways Regulations

If you are more than 28 weeks pregnant:

  • You must inform the airline at the check-in counter that you are pregnant
  • You must present a medical certificate.

The certificate must:

  1. be issued and signed by your obstetrician or doctor
  2. state the number of weeks you are pregnant and due date
  3. be dated no more than seven days before your departure date

If you are more than 34 weeks pregnant:

  • You can travel more than four hours
  • See above (28 weeks)

If you are between 34 and 36 weeks pregnant:

  • You can only fly less than four hours
  • See above (28 weeks)

If you are more than 36 weeks pregnant, you cannot fly with this airline.

More on YouTube about flying while pregnant:

A quick, minute-long video about flying while pregnant:

A quick, minute-long Q&A with a doctor on pregnancy travel tips:

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2 Comments

  1. Michelle  /  October 26, 2013, 3:49 pm Reply

    I just traveled from Chiang Rai to Bangkok and back at 29/30 weeks pregnant, and wanted to give a little update on the Air Asia policy. Air Asia would not let me on the plane, because my doctor’s certificate came from my OB’s private office rather than from the hospital (I visit his clinic for all my visits, and won’t be at the hospital until delivery). Nowhere on AirAsia’s website does it say anything about a hospital, but be aware this might be the case. Of course they also refused to refund my ticket.

    I did however walk over to the Nok Air counter and book a last minute flight with no problem. They accepted my doctor’s certificate, and I had no problems with them on my return flight either.

    • ExpectingExpats.com
      ExpectingExpats.com  /  October 27, 2013, 8:26 am Reply

      Thank you for this information. We hope that future travelers will find it useful. Note that we have updated the article to direct visitors to your comment.

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