Air Seychelles, the national airline of the republic of Seychelles will reinforce its domestic travel policy for expectant mothers and new born babies’ effective Thursday, 7 June, 2018.
As part of the policy, expectant mothers upon reaching the gestation stage starting from 29 weeks to the end of 38 weeks, travelling between Mahe and Praslin will need to produce a medical certificate, signed and stamped by their medical doctor or attending midwife at the time of booking and on the day of travel.
The medical certificate which should include the number of weeks of pregnancy, the expected date of delivery and also certify that the guest is fit to fly, must be valid for three weeks (21 days) from the date of issue.
Beyond 38 weeks, expectant mothers will not be permitted to travel except in emergency cases where the guest will need to be accompanied by a certified medical staff at all times.
In regard to domestic travel of infants aged 7 days old and above, the parents will need to produce the birth certificate at the time of booking and prior to boarding the aircraft.
If the infant is less than 7 days old, the parents will need to present the birth certificate or the birth notification and the discharge summary if the infant has not yet been declared, including a medical certificate to certify the infant is fit to fly.
Parents travelling with infants less than or more than 7 days old requiring special medical assistance will need to present the completed Air Seychelles Medical Form (MEDIF) which can be collected at the airline’s sales office or downloaded online via www.airseychelles.com as well as a medical certificate (diagnosis report) certifying that the infant is fit to fly. In addition, the parents will also need to produce the birth certificate or birth notification including the discharge summary for identification purposes.
Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles said: “We have reinforced our domestic travel policy to provide more clarity about the current procedures in place for expectant mothers and infants travelling between Mahe and Praslin.
“In addition this will ensure that guests also provide the correct documentation and identification at the time of booking and prior to departure.
“The safety of our guests, crew and aircraft remains our utmost priority and we are grateful for the support of the public in abiding to the policy for further ease of travel.”
About Air Seychelles
The Seychelles' national carrier was incorporated in 1977 and was formally named 'Air Seychelles' in 1978. The airline began long-haul operations in 1983 and continues to remain one of the tourism pillars contributing towards the island's strongest growing economic sector.
In 2021, Air Seychelles managed to retain the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards including, ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class and Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew . The airline also marked a historic milestone at the 28th edition of the World Travel Awards for having its premium lounge recognised for the first time ever as ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge 2021’.