Kenya Airways Fit to Fly

Patients travelling from one country to other for Medical treatment, or returning back from treatment should have Fit to Fly certificate from recognized Hospital.

Kenya Airways gives very high importance for passenger health and safety. Hence all patients travelling through Kenya Airways should have Fit to Fly certificate.

A Fit to Fly certificate is a official document that certifies that a passenger is fit to fly and does not pose a risk to other passengers or crew members. This certificate is much required especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety of all passengers and reduce the spread of the virus.

To obtain a Fit to Fly certificate for Kenya Airways travel, you may need to provide medical documentation or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, depending on the CURRENT requirements of the airline or the destination country. You should check with the local embassy or consulate of your destination country to determine their specific new requirements for a Fit to Fly certificate.

Kenya Airways policy and procedures regarding Fit to Fly certificates keep changing based on current different global parameters. Contact for the latest updates.

Kenya Airways is founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently operates scheduled passenger and cargo flights to over 70 destinations worldwide, including destinations in Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe.

Kenya Airways is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, a global airline alliance that includes major International airlines. The airline operates a fleet of modern aircraft, including Boeing 787, Dreamliners and Embraer E190s.

Who can provide Kenya Airways Fit to Fly Certificate?

Kenya Airways accepts Fit to Fly certificate from following,

  1. Board Certified Doctors from the country of origin of patient
  2. Board Certified Doctors from the country where patient is onboarding
  3. Recognized hospital where patients is taking treatment
  4. Well known hospital where patient has done health checkup
  5. Recognized medical officers


Kenya Airways Fit to Fly Requirements


There are certain guiding principles in deciding whether or not a person is physically and emotionally fit to travel by air. Although each case will be considered on its own merit by the carrying airline, the following conditions are generally considered.

Who needs Medical Clearance for flying in Kenya Airways

  • Recently had a major medical incident (heart attack, heart failure, stroke and respiratory failure or recent pneumothorax etc.).
  • Had surgery within the previous two weeks
  • One has a pre-existing heart or respiratory condition
  • Have a medical condition which may be adversely affected by flying
  • Have thrombophlebitis or history of pulmonary embolism
  • Have unstable mental illness/impairment
  • Have a medical condition that is a potential hazard to the health and safety of other guests or punctuality of the flight
  • You are unable to care for yourself hence needs special assistance
  • If you cannot use a normal upright seat e.g. a stretcher or medical condition that necessitates extra legroom
  • Need in-flight oxygen, a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) or ventilator
  • Need battery-powered* medical equipment (except for CPAP) or a medical procedure during the flight

Fit to Fly Processing time

Fit to Fly certificate is provided at recognized hospital and board certified Doctor. Processing time takes 1-4 hours based on multiple factors including

  • Required tests to be completed for Fit to Fly
  • Time taken for reports
  • Availability of Doctor / Medical officer
  • Rush at the peak hours


Kenya Airways Fit to Fly Certificate Validity

Kenya Airways fit to fly certificate is valid for a given duration and it’s not permanent. Every country has different rules on the validity of fit to fly certificate.

Usually if you have taken Fit to Fly certificate just before 48 hours departure time, it should be sufficient.

Checking important vitals and health status is very important for fit to fly certificate validity.

You should make sure to obtain the certificate within the required timelines to ensure that it is valid for your safe travel. If you are unsure about the validity of your certificate, please consult with the local embassy or consulate of your destination country.


Kenya Airways Passenger Medical Clearance process

Passenger Medical Clearance form (PMC) stating the conditions of clearance will be provided after successful approval. Please carry this form throughout your travel.

Please find the steps below,

  • The MEDIF and any other medical report must be filled in English. It is valid for 7 days from the date of issue.
  • The MEDIF must be completed fully including the passenger declaration part. It must be signed, stamped and dated clearly. Failure to fill it will lead to a delay in the clearance process.
  • You will need a new MEDIF form for clearance on your return trip
  • Notify us immediately of any change in your condition before your flight; If your condition changes significantly, you may be asked to obtain another MEDIF form to confirm that you are fit to fly
  • You are required to do prior arrangement for any ground support services before and after your flight except as provided by applicable law. This includes connecting points and onward flights e.g. ambulift, ambulance, oxygen, hospital and pre-hospital ambulance services. 

Kenya Airways Medical Equipment

If a patient is travelling with Medical equipment through Kenya Airways then following conditions to be met,

  • IATA Standard Medical devices allowed
  • Dry cell only battery operated with supply of 1.5 times the flight duration
  • Ventilator cases to be pre-approved with assisting physician experience in aeromedical transportation
  • Portable oxygen concentrator – Battery must be removed and packages separately

Common Questions about Kenya Airways Fit to Fly Certificate

Fit to Fly certificate is it compulsory for patients travelling in Kenya Airways?

Yes. Kenya Airways gives at most importance for safety of passengers and crew members.

Where can I get Fit to Fly certificate for Kenya Airways travel?

Apply for Kenya Airways Fit to Fly certificate based on information provided here.

Who can provide Fit to Fly certificate for Kenya Airways travel?

Fit to fly certificate is provided by recognized authorities mentioned here

What is Fit to Fly Certificate?

Fit to Fly certificate is valid for 2 days to a week based on patient medical condition.

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