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Communicable diseases

We’re naturally keen to prevent our passengers from falling ill, so have guidelines for travelling with certain conditions.

If you’ve been unwell in the weeks before your flight, call our Special Assistance team on 0844 412 4455 to check if you’ll be OK to fly.

As the following illnesses can be contagious, we’ve put together the following information as guidance.  If you are unsure, please contact our special assistance department so you individual case can be assisted and supported.

Guidance on when you are usually able to travel

Illness When can you travel?
Chicken Pox 5 days after the rash first appeared, providing the spots are scabbed over
Cholera When your symptoms have settled, you feel well enough to travel and the public heath authority in your destination country agrees you are fit to travel
Hepatitis A When you feel well enough to travel
Measles 5 days after the rash first appeared
Mumps 5 days after the swelling first started
Rubella 5 days after the rash first appeared
Shingles 5 days after the rash first appeared, providing spots are scabbed over.
Tuberculosis If medical evidence proves you are not infectious
Whooping Cough 5 days after starting antibiotic treatment or 3 weeks after the onset of symptoms if not treated
Yellow Fever Once you feel well enough to travel and your doctor and the public authority in your destination country agree you are fit to travel
Flu Once your symptoms have resolved

As long as you feel well enough to fly, it’s fine for you to travel with these conditions:

  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Dengue fever
  • Viral Meningitis
  • Malaria