Flying after an illness or operation

Have you recently undergone an operation or suffered from a serious illness? Can you still travel on your scheduled date? Here’s what you need to know.

Do you require a medical certificate?

If you have recently undergone an operation and are booked to fly with fastjet, you must:

  1. Bring a letter from your doctor or medical practitioner stating the date of the operation (if applicable) and confirming your fitness to fly.
  2. Complete our Medical Indemnity form.


Depending on the type of operation we do have some restrictions. Contact the Call Centre to confirm what information we require or read our Terms and Conditions.


If you have recently suffered a serious illness for example a heart attack, stroke, pneumothorax to name a few, we require:

  1. A medical certificate confirming your fitness to fly.
  2. You contact our Call Centre so that they can confirm any additional requirements depending on your condition.
  3. You complete our Medical Indemnity form.


Heart attack

If you have experienced a minor or uncomplicated heart attack you can fly 7 days after the event. A medical certificate is required confirming fitness to fly. If you suffered a major or complicated heart attack, we require that your doctor or medical practitioner complete the fastjet Medical Form confirming that you can fly.



If you have experienced a stroke you can fly 10 days after the event. If the stoke happened up to 21 days prior to your flight, a medical certificate confirming fitness to fly is required.



Asthmatics are reminded to ensure that they pack their inhalers in the hand baggage. If you are short of breath you may not be permitted to fly.


Minor infectious disease

If you are travelling with a minor infectious disease, including any of the following conditions, you are permitted to fly in accordance with the guidelines in the table below.



Infectious diseases

Permitted to travel


4 days after the appearance of the rash


7 days after the appearance of the rash


When all swelling has subsided (usually after 7 days)

Chicken pox

7 days after the appearance of the last new spot

Viral infections (e.g. seasonal flu)

When no longer contagious



Read our Terms and Conditions for more information.