Health & medical conditions
Preparing ahead of your flight can help you avoid potentially serious problems that can cause disruption or discomfort on your trip.
Good to know
All travelers need to satisfy certain general medical criteria to fly with us.
Bring enough medication for the flight and your time at your destination, and pack them in your carry-on baggage.
If you are deemed too sick to travel at check-in or at the gate, you may be denied entry to the aircraft.
For you and your baby's safety, you need a medical certificate to fly with us at the late stages of your pregnancy.
If you are affected by any disease, physical impairment or medication, make sure to consult your doctor before booking your flight. Some medical conditions require advance notice and medical approval.
We may require a medical certificate if you:
Are at a late stage of your pregnancy
Need additional oxygen or use of medical equipment on board
Are travelling for medical reasons or treatment
Have an existing unstable medical condition
Have had a recent illness, hospitalisation, injury or surgery
If you're required to travel with a medical certificate, we recommend that you carry it in your hand baggage, as you may need to show it at check-in or to our cabin crew on board your flight. On international flights we require this certificate to be in English.
You can fly with SAS during most of your pregnancy. However, towards the end, there are some limitations. We recommend that you ask your insurance company about your insurance coverage when flying while pregnant.
If you're flying with one of our airline partners, other rules may apply.
Pregnant with one child
You can travel up until four weeks before due date without a medical certificate.
From four to two weeks before due date:
Travel times may not exceed four hours.
You must complete a form (PDF, 59KB) not earlier than 10 days before departure for approval by the SAS Medical department.
Earliest from two weeks or less than two weeks before due date
For your safety and the safety of your unborn child, you will not be permitted to fly with us.
Pregnant with twins, triplets or more
You can travel up until twelve weeks before due date without a medical certificate.
From 12 to 8 weeks before due date:
Travel times may not exceed four hours.
You must complete a form (PDF, 59KB)not earlier than 10 days before departure for approval by the SAS Medical department.
From eight weeks or less before due date:
For your safety and the safety of your unborn children, you will not be permitted to fly with us.
You have to fill out a medical certificate if you're expecting more than one child and travelling 8-12 weeks before due date.
If you need to use medical oxygen – just let us know in advance and we will arrange it for you. On certain flights you have the option to bring your own tanks.
Bring your own oxygen
If you need oxygen or another critical piece of medical equipment on the way to and from your flight, or onboard the aircraft, you may bring it free of charge. You need to add it to your booking no later than 48 hours before departure and notify SAS Medical of the number of tanks you'll be bringing with you.
Oxygen tanks may not weigh more than 5 kg.
Tanks and controls must be impact proof so that the contents cannot be accidentally released on impact.
You may not bring liquid oxygen onboard the aircraft.
We can supply medical oxygen from AGA for a fee if you book it no later than 48 hours before departure. Remember to complete a Medical information form. For help, contact SAS Medical.
Cost for medical oxygen
The cost to buy medical oxygen is per direction, and only on flights operated by SAS. More info about our fees.
In case you have any severe allergy, please let us know in advance and preferably at the time of booking. Don't forget to also bring your allergy medicines on board.
Fill out the Medical Information Form with your doctor, and we can assess your needs and fitness to fly.
Applies to travelers with any of the following conditions:
• If you have any illness, physical or mental disability and are in doubt of your possibility to travel.
• If you have been treated for a medical condition including surgical procedures within the last seven days. This applies both for domestic and international travel.
If you’ve become sick or have been injured and still need to travel, we will do everything we can to guarantee you a safe and pleasant flight.
We can provide assistance with the following:
Medical information form (MEDIF) in the booking and a medical certificate to enable you to fly on SAS.
Arrange extra legroom if you have a leg injury.
Install approved battery-powered medical equipment onboard if needed.
Install extra oxygen for use onboard the aircraft if needed.
To guarantee the best possible service, you need to contact Customer Service at least 48 hours prior to departure.
Before you contact SAS Medical, check to ensure that your travel or medical insurance covers your return trip. If it does you first need to contact the insurer.
If you have a medical condition, SAS physicians must always approve the trip.