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In the following cases, Edelweiss may require a medical certificate before a passenger is permitted to travel:

 
If the passenger is travelling on a stretcher or in an incubator.
If the passenger needs medical oxygen during the flight (Portable Oxygen Concentrators POCs).
If the passenger has a medical condition that creates reasonable doubt that she/he can complete the flight safely without requiring extraordinary medical assistance during the flight.
If the passenger has a communicable disease or infection that poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other passengers.

While it is not required by U.S. law, having a valid medical certificate or equivalent documentation can be helpful in other circumstances to assist passengers through security checkpoints and also for their own safety. We therefore recommend that travelers take along a medical certificate or equivalent documentation in the following cases:

 
If the passenger is traveling with a cardiac pacemaker or implanted metal parts (artificial joints, metal fixtures for fractures).
If the passenger has a chronic disease such as diabetes that requires frequent medication (i.e. a certificate stating the diagnosis and required medication).
If the passenger is traveling to a country that requires certain vaccinations (i.e. inoculation and vaccination records).
If the passenger is traveling with a syringe used for medical purposes.

While it is not required by U.S. law, we also encourage passengers with disabilities to complete a SAF/MEDIF form prior to their flight. The purpose of this form issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is to enable Medical Service to determine that no medical concerns exist regarding fitness for air carriage and that all entities involved in travel can make the necessary arrangements. The form should be completed by the passenger concerned as well as their attending physician, and should be sent to the SWISS Medical Service.

A SAF/MEDIF form is recommended in the following cases:

  • In the case of an acute illness or an accident.
  • Passengers who need to be transported on a stretcher.
  • Passengers who require supplementary oxygen on board.
  • Passengers who need the assistance of an accompanying person due to a mental or physical health condition.
  • Passengers who recently underwent surgery.
  • Passenger who for medical reasons require an additional seat.
  • Passengers suffering from an illness which is suspected to be contagious (e.g. H1N1 virus).
  • Passengers who are deaf-blind.
  • Babies under 7 days of age.
  • People with an arm or leg plaster cast which was fitted within 5 days (for long-haul flights) or 48 hours (for short-haul flights) before departure.
  • If the passenger has a medical condition that creates reasonable doubt that she/he can complete the flight safely without requiring extraordinary medical assistance during the flight.