Fit to fly certificate

Understand the difference between standard Fit-to-Fly Certificates and COVID-19 Fit-for-Travel Certificates

In countries across the world, air travel has become accessible.  People now go abroad for holidays, work or study. Most travel to make up for the time spent indoors.

Airlines are now collaborating with governments and government bodies to ensure strict compliance to Covid19 prevention rules. One of such rules is carrying out tests to get a Fit-to-fly certificate.

Fit Fly Health Certificate is a declaration by a doctor that you are free from symptoms and fit to fly. For example, when you have had a health issue or you have to wear a cast due to an incident, your airline or travel insurance company may require a fit to fly certificate to know that you are in good shape to fly and that it would not be a risk for you, for them or other passengers on board to have you on a plane.

Health care providers would need to consider discussing with their patients the effect a pre-existing medical condition may have on them as a result of air travel. The Aviation Health Unit of the CAA has summarized a helpful resource that sums up factors to consider when allowing passengers board a plane. The factors to consider include and are not limited to the effect of decreased air pressure in the cabin, immobility, timings of medication, the mental and physical effect of navigating through airports a  the need for health insurance.

The COVID-19-Fit for travel Certificate on the other hand is the laboratory test result indicating that COVID-19 has not been detected in a patient.

Since both documents must be issued within 72 hours before departure, it is important to note that the COVID-19 test result and fit-to-fly health certificate must be two separate documents. You must present these two documents upon check-in and arrival in some countries.

Why do you need a COVID-Fit-to Fly Certificate?

  • You obviously cannot travel to most countries without one
  • The certificate proves that on the day of the test you were negative for the presence of COVID-19.

Even though It is likely that you were negative just 72 hours before, it is assumed that you will be safe to fly and not be carrying coronavirus onboard the plane.

What home test can I take before travelling?

If you are looking to check for coronavirus then the PCR Swab test is the answer. Health care providers carry this out by searching for pieces of the virus in a patient’s sample of saliva or mucus. The test will tell if a person is infected on the day of the test.

To order your test kit and learn more about the PCR swab test,

What ways can I keep safe while travelling?

  1. Always wash or Sanitize your hands

 Washing your hands regularly would go a long way in ensuring you are safe from droplets of the virus you may unknowingly come in contact with on surfaces. In case you don’t have access to clean water and soap, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer could come in handy.

  1. Always wear a Mask

 You don’t need the surgical face masks that healthcare workers wear. As long as it is always clean and gives you adequate breathing space, any type of mask is fine

  1. Observe Social Distancing

To protect yourself, practise social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people.