Emirates A380 flight from Dubai to Paris CDG had to divert to Larnaca, Cyprus after birth of a baby boy during the flight.

  • UPDATE 1912 UTC The mother and baby are in Larnaca hospital. The medical condition of the baby is still unknown.
  • UPDATE 1935 UTC Emirates flight just left Cyprus.

Report by PaLoungos SteLios

Emirates rules to fly while pregnant

If you are pregnant and plan to travel once you have entered your 29th week of pregnancy, a medical certificate or letter signed by an appropriately qualified doctor or midwife is required, stating:

  • the confirmation of a singleton or multiple pregnancy
  • the pregnancy is progressing without complications
  • the estimated date of delivery
  • the date up to which you are expected to be fit to travel
  • that you are in good health
  • that there is no reason known to them that would prevent you from flying

Please note that if you choose not to carry a valid medical certificate, you may not be accepted for travel if there is any doubt about your ability to complete the journey safely.

If yours is a multiple pregnancy, no air travel is permitted after the 32nd week of gestation. For single pregnancies, travel after the 36th week of gestation will be permitted only after prior clearance is granted by the Emirates medical department. A medical information form (MEDIF) will need to be submitted for clearance purposes.

Thought should be given to whether the medical facilities at your destination country are adequate to cope with any problems which may arise. Sufficient travel insurance is strongly recommended in case of preterm labour abroad. It is wise to avoid travelling to remote locations whilst pregnant.

Some countries restrict or limit entry of non-national pregnant women. We recommend that you consult with the local consulate or embassy if in any doubt.

Heavy lifting during pregnancy should be avoided, so take care with your baggage.

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