The health of our passengers is important to us. Here you’ll find important information concerning matters of physical wellness when travelling with Arik Air, including doctor’s consultations, travel convenience, illness and other advice.
Consult your doctor
If you have any medical concerns about making a long journey, or if you suffer from a respiratory or cardiovascular condition, it is best to consult your doctor before travelling. Think about the destination as well as the journey. Ask your doctor whether you will need any vaccinations or special medication. Note that visiting cities in some high altitude areas or cities suffering from heavy pollution can aggravate asthma or other respiratory problems.
There are many examples of over-the-counter medication available, but we recommend that you always consult your doctor to determine which are suitable for you.
Be sure to ask for medical advice, especially if you:
- Are under a doctor´s care
- Suffer from a chronic illness
- Have recently been in a hospital
- Are pregnant.
Expectant mothers are not regarded as PRM. Nevertheless, expectant mothers can be accepted until the end of week 34 on all domestic flights at their own risk. It shall be noted that between week 28 and week 34 of the pregnancy a doctor’s certificate is required.
Expectant mothers can be accepted until the end of week 30 on all international flights at their own risk. It shall be noted that between week 28 and week 30 of the pregnancy a doctor’s certificate is required. Exception to this rule on International flights only, Between the end of week 30 and end of week 34 Expectant mothers can still be accepted (with a doctor’s certificate) until the end of week 34, providing that the mother is returning to the country of her origin/residence for which they are in a possession of valid documents at the time of travel.
For your travel convenience, here are some tried-and-tested tips to enhance your travel experience and minimize discomfort during your flight:
- Get a good night's sleep
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water
- Avoid drinking alcohol and drinks containing caffeine such as coffee and tea
- Eat light and easily-digested food
- Wear loose fitting clothing, comfortable shoes and, if necessary, support stockings
- Consult your doctor on the usage of anti-embolic medications
- Keep prescribed medication with you in your carry-on bag
- Avoid taking sleeping pills
- Take a brisk walk on arrival
The common cold, flu and ear infections
Avoid traveling if you have an ear infection or are suffering from a severe cold or flu. If you must travel, consider the following:
- Drink plenty of liquids, preferably non-carbonated water and fruit juice
- Use nose drops half an hour before takeoff and landing
- Suck on a sweet or chew gum during takeoff and landing
- Remember to bring any prescribed medication with you as well as your glasses or contact lenses.
- Watch out for infectious or parasitic illnesses. These are often contracted by eating raw vegetables or drinking infected water. You can minimise risks by making sure to:
- Drink only bottled beverages with sealed tops, preferably a named brand. If you must drink tap water, boil it or use sterilization tablets which you can obtain from your local pharmacy
- Eat cooked food and make sure it is hot. Don´t eat raw vegetables unless they have been thoroughly washed and peeled
- Wash your hands regularly
- Remember to get vaccinated. Some vaccinations involve a series of injections. Plan your vaccinations well in advance and make sure you leave enough time to see your doctor before you travel. Remember that the authorities of some countries require vaccinations before they will admit you into the country. e.g in the case of Yellow Fever
- Protect yourself against malaria; if contracted and it goes un-treated, it can be fatal. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes found in most tropical countries, which usually come out between twilight and daybreak. A course of preventive treatment is highly recommended. To avoid insect bites, wear protective clothing and spray insect repellent on any exposed parts of your body
- Avoid heat and sun exposure and apply a high-SPF sun block cream or lotion.