Medical guide for passengers

Below we reproduce a simple table taken from the Aeronautica Civil (Civil Aviation Authority) Medical Guide for Authorization of Passenger Transport, issued on the 23rd of July of 2008. 

Note: For further details please consult the Original Medical Guide.

 

​ ​ Most common conditions seen in daily practice

​ ​1. Special medical conditions to take into account when booking a flight

DIAGNOSIS OR CONDITION TIME UNTIL FLYING IS ALLOWED      (see note) MEDICAL CERTIFICATE​
1.1.Compression sickness: In Divers 2 days after the last dive. ​No
1.2. Diabetes Must be controlled and under medical treatment. ​No
1.3. Fractures with circular plaster cast
(This cast cannot be easily taken off)
48 hours after the plaster cast is applied. ​No
1.4. Ophthalmologists: Cataracts, Retinal Detachment Surgery, Cornea Transplant, Glaucoma Surgery and Lasik Refractive Eye Surgery ​Cataracts: 14 days after the procedure. Retinal detachment surgery: 21 days after the procedure.
Cornea Transplant: 28 days after the procedure.
Glaucoma Surgery: 28 days after the procedure.
Lasik Refractive Eye Surgery: 5 days after the procedure.
​Yes*

2. Neurological and psychiatric contraindications to flight

DIAGNOSIS OR CONDITION TIME UNTIL FLYING IS ALLOWED (see note) MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
2.1. Any person who poses a hazard to other passengers or displays aggressive conduct due to a psychiatric illness cannot fly on commercial flights. ​Psychiatric patients can travel once they are medically controlled. Yes*
2.2. Passengers with controlled convulsive syndrome. ​24 hours after the last convulsion. ​No

3. Cardiovascular contraindications to flight​ ​ ​

DIAGNOSIS OR CONDITION ​TIME UNTIL FLYING IS ALLOWED    
(see note)
​MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
​3.1. Myocardial infarction-heart attack ​21 days after the heart attack.
​Yes*
3.2. Cerebrovascular accident (stroke) ​14 days after the stroke ​Yes*
​3.3. Varicose veins surgery 14 days after the surgery. ​No

4. Contraindications to travel during pregnancy and with newborns ​ ​

​DIAGNOSIS OR CONDITION TIME UNTIL FLYING IS ALLOWED   
(see note)
​MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
4.1. Pregnancies
For national flights within Colombia: authorization to fly until the 36th week of pregnancy.
For international flights authorization to fly up to the 35th week of pregnancy.

Note: In case of multiple pregnancies, boarding will be allowed up to week 36 for domestic flights and week 34 for international flights.
YES* for all  pregnant women who are more than 30 weeks pregnant.
4.2. Newborns
​ 10 days after birth. ​No

5. Contraindications to travel: post operative or common surgical procedures ​

DIAGNOSIS OR CONDITION TIME UNTIL FLYING IS ALLOWED  
(see note)
​MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
5.1. Colonoscopy ​1 day after the procedure. ​No
​5.2. Arthroscopy, hysterectomy, laparoscopy diagnosis 3 days after the procedure. ​No
5.3. Any open abdominal surgery for example: Cesarean section, appendectomy, laparoscopic surgery. 10 days after the procedure. ​No
5.4. Thorax surgery: open heart or lung surgery. 21 days after the procedure. ​Yes*
5.5. Liposuction, mammoplasty and gluteoplasty ​10 days after the procedure. Note: When various aesthetic surgeries have been performed at the same time, travel is postponed for 14 days after the surgery. ​​Yes*
5.6. Other aesthetic surgeries Each case will be evaluated by the Sanidad (Health) Department Doctors according to the table issued by the Civil Aeronautics. ​Yes*
5.7. Rhinoplasty and Septo-rhinoplasty 10 days after the procedure. ​Yes*

6. Contraindications to flight: burns patients​ ​

DIAGNOSIS OR CONDITION    TIME UNTIL FLYING IS ALLOWED
(see note)
​MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
6.1. Patients with 2nd and 3rd degree burns (extensive coverage). ​Not allowed to fly ​Does not apply

7.  Absolute contraindications to carriage of patients on commercial aircraft

DIAGNOSIS OR CONDITION TIME UNTIL FLYING IS ALLOWED
(see note)
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
​7.1.Contagious and infectious diseases (chickenpox eruptive type , measles, roseola, German measles, mumps, meningitis, septicemia, gaseous gangrene, bird flu, hepatitis, tuberculosis, atypical pneumonia, tetanus, rabies, typhoid fever, yellow fever, diphtheria, SARS cholera) Not allowed to fly Does not apply
7.2. Acute Ear infection (Otis media) and acute sinusitis Not allowed to fly Does not apply
7.3. Patients with jaw fractures, who cannot open their mouth (wired fixed) and injuries that prevent displacement due to thorax trauma Not allowed to fly ​Does not apply
7.4. Terminal diseases or when the passenger is in such a poor state of health that the flight may cause complications such as premature childbirth, arterial hypertension, a stroke, cerebral hemorrhages (HIV, Cancer in advanced stages) or even death.
Not allowed to fly ​Does not apply
​7.5 Any person who displays aggressive conduct due to a psychiatric illness cannot fly on commercial flights. Psychiatric patients can travel once they are medically  controlled. ​Yes*
​7.6. Inebriated travelers or passengers under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs Not allowed to fly Does not apply
YES*: All required medical certificates must have been be issued a maximum 10 days before the trip date and are valid for the return flight (however long the trip lasts).    ​ ​ ​
NOTE: In all cases where a difference in opinion exists in the number of days required before flying is allowed  between the passenger's doctor and the Airport Health Department (Sanidad Aeroportuaria)  the Airport Health Department's decision always takes precedence.​
 
 
 

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