Pregnant Women

If you are pregnant and about to travel by plane, please see the information below


Passengers with uncomplicated single pregnancies may travel on flights operated by TAP until the end of the 36th week of the pregnancy or up until 4 weeks before the expected delivery date.

Passengers with uncomplicated pregnancies of twins, triplets etc may travel on flights operated by TAP until the end of the 32nd week of the pregnancy.

In either case, expectant mothers must carry a medical certificate – from the 28th week – stating that it is an uncomplicated pregnancy and confirming the number of weeks of pregnancy.

This doctor's letter must also state that the pregnancy does not constitute a reason not to fly.

The prior authorisation of the TAP doctor is required in the following cases:

  • Risk and high-risk pregnancy.
  • Complicated pregnancy.
  • Single pregnancy beyond 36 weeks.
  • Pregnancy of twins, triplets etc beyond 32 weeks.
  • If there are any doubts as to the stage of the pregnancy and the expected delivery date.
  • Anticipated delivery complications
  • Risk of miscarriage or recent miscarriage.

In the above case(s), the TAP Medical Information for Fitness to Travel - MEDIF (Part 2) (PDF, 0.6MB, EN) must be filled in by the passenger's doctor and sent to TAP Portugal.

After this document has been analysed by the TAP doctor, the passenger will be informed if she can travel and under what conditions.

The necessary due diligence for the well-being and comfort of the pregnant passenger will be carried out.

Recommendations while travelling

Before the flight:

  • Arrive at the airport in good time in order to carry out all boarding procedures and transfer within the airport in a relaxed manner.
  • Request an aisle seat to make trips to restrooms and short strolls easier, especially on long-haul flights.

During the flight:

  • Seat-belt use is obligatory and should be placed beneath the abdomen in the pelvic region so as not to compress the uterus.
  • Sparkling beverages or leguminous foodstuffs that increase intestinal gases before flying are not advised as this may cause discomfort during your flight.
  • In-flight conditions are drier than on land and pregnant women should drink water regularly throughout their entire flight.
  • To reduce the risk of venal thrombosis, especially on flights of over 3 hours flying time, pregnant women should do exercises on-the-spot moving their lower limbs about.

At your destination:

  • If you have crossed more than 3 time zones try to adapt your body to local time, taking meals at local times, exposing yourself to sunlight and taking moderate exercise such as short walks. This way your internal body clock is able to adjust more quickly
  • During pregnancy taking jet-lag medication is counter indicated.

Transport within 7 days following delivery is not recommended, the same applies to newborns.