Health Requirements for U.S. Travel

You should take your physical condition and fitness for air travel into account when planning your journey. If you have a pre-existing condition, suffer from general debility and/or require frequent medication, you should speak to your GP before travelling.

After a serious illness, injury and/or operation the periods you should wait before travelling by air, as a guideline, are as follows:

  • Heart attack / Cardiac infarction: 8 weeks (12 weeks after a serious cardiac infarction)
  • Stroke: 8 weeks
  • Thoracic and abdominal operations: 6 weeks
  • Cranial operations: 6 – 12 months
  • Eye operations: 1 – 3 months
  • Fractures: Within the first four days, carriage may be permitted under exceptional circumstances provided medical transport is available or the passenger has a doctor's certificate confirming that it is safe for him or her to fly. After four days, the passenger can be flown with a plaster dressing and a split cast is recommended.
  • Pneumothorax (lung rupture): 6 – 8 weeks

airberlin may refuse transport, require a medical certificate or impose conditions, restrictions or requirements if it determines that a passenger with a communicable disease or infection that poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other passengers. Examples of such diseases include hepatitis, open TBC, chicken pox, measles and German measles.

While medical certificates are not required in most cases, airberlin may make an individual assessment that a medical certificate is necessary to alleviate concerns of health risks to other passengers.

airberlin may also make an individual assessment that the least restrictive option for the passenger who has been assessed to pose such a threat to the health of others to wear a mask to protect other passengers from risk of being exposed to the communicable disease or infection.

To the extent possible, we urge you to notify the Service Centre » at least 7 days prior to departure of any serious illnesses, recent operations and special medical requirements, as the medical service may need to make an assessment in individual cases. 

Generally passengers with disabilities do not need to provide any advance notice to airberlin. However, in certain instances in order to offer the passenger the proper care and assistance, airberlin may require advance notice as follows:

  • 72 hours advance notice for use of medical oxygen supplied by airberlin for international flights.
  • 48 hours advanced notice for use of a respirator, ventilator, POC or CPAP.
  • 48 hours advance notice for carriage of an incubator.
  • 48 hours advance notice for passengers travelling on a stretcher
  • 48 hours advance notice for the transportation of a passenger with both severe vision and hearing impairments.

Vaccinations: When travelling to some countries you will need to be vaccinated or inoculated against specific diseases. Before booking your trip, please contact a doctor qualified in travel medicine, the travel medicine information system of the airberlin group’s medical service at » or the health authorities of your destination or transit country.

Information about transporting medication: If you have medication that you constantly require, you should carry this in your cabin baggage; other medication should be carried in your checked baggage. If you are diabetic, please remember to carry sufficient amounts of insulin for the entire flight in your cabin baggage so that you always have it to hand. You should also carry a current prescription for this medication.