Flying Pregnant


​​Pregnant Women are Welcome on EL AL Flights

Flying Pregnant with EL AL  

Pregnant women can fly and enjoy. Being pregnant is no reason to stop living your life as you wait for your baby to be born. As in many circumstances you are forced to adjust to the new situation (eating healthfully and avoiding some of your favorite foods), at least in terms of travelling, there is no reason that pregnancy should prevent you from flying (until 4 weeks before the estimated date of birth, assuming there are no complications.) 

 For your safety and peace of mind, below please find some general instructions that apply to pregnant women while flying on one of EL AL flights​​

As a rule, pregnant women are allowed to fly. However, here are some guidelines:
  • A pregnant woman can fly up to 4 weeks before her estimated due date (until the last day of her 35th week), assuming she is healthy and has not experienced any pregnancy related complications and/or other medical problems.
  • Starting from week 28, a pregnant passenger must hold a certificate from her attending physician, containing information about the pregnancy (such as her week of pregnancy) and present it to the Station Manager as required.
  • The medical certificate must be dated up to 48 hours prior to the date of departing flight and is also valid for the return flight, provided that the return date does not exceed 36 weeks.
  • A pregnant passenger in her 36-37 weeks of pregnancy that is required to fly due to medical reasons must present a certificate from her attending physician (gynecologist or family doctor); her flight will be subject to the approval of the MDA (Chief EL AL Physician/trusted Physician).​

Pregnant women will not be permitted to fly in the following cases:
  • From week 38 onwards.
  • In case the return flight date exceeds 36 weeks of pregnancy.
  • In case of an uncertainty of pregnancy development or the estimated date of birth, when the passenger had multiple births or that childbirth complications are expected.
  • In the first 7 days after birth, a special medical certificate signed by a trusted physician will be required.
  • For additional information, please contact EL AL Customer Care: Tel: 972(3)9771111 or *2250

Flying a week after giving birth is not permitted unless approved by EL AL`s Physician.

  • Pregnant passengers must obtain a medical travel insurance policy, including special coverage for pregnant women.

    On codeshare flights and flights operated by other airlines, in the case of advanced pregnancy weeks that require medical approval, booking must be made directly through the operating airline and not through EL AL. The flight arrangements will be made by the operating company.​

Pregnant women will not be permitted to fly in the following cases:
  • It is recommended to avoid flying in case of risk of premature birth or other complications.
  • During the flight, it is recommended not to tighten the seat belt excessively, and place it at a higher point on your belly
  • After the 28th week of pregnancy it is recommended to fly with an escort. It is advisable to reserve the seat next to you, so that your escort can assist you during the flight.
  • Wear compression stockings to help maintain blood circulation and massage feet from time to time.
  • It is advisable to reserve an aisle seat, so you can get up and walk around from time to time.
  • During the flight, drink plenty of water and avoid carbonated beverages.​