Disability and medical

Disability and medical assistance

Qatar Airways strives to cater for our customers with special needs.

In order to serve you better, we request that you contact us and advise us of your specific needs at the time of booking, and at least 48 hours prior to your flight.

You can visit 'Manage booking' to make certain requests, such as specially prepared meals, wheelchair assistance, stowage of assistive devices, seat selection or escort services for the visually impaired. For some special assistance requests, you may be required to fill out a Medical Information Form (MEDIF).

Some guidelines on the special assistance that we offer are described below. In case you have any specific query then please obtain clarification from your travel agent, or contact your local Qatar Airways office or contact centre.

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Mobility assistance

If you intend to travel with your own wheelchair or would like to request wheelchair assistance, then please inform us preferably at the time of booking and at least 48 hours prior to departure. We will carry your wheelchair or mobility aid free of charge. 

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At the airport

Wheelchairs are available for use at all airport locations and can be requested up until 48 hours prior to departure either online through 'Manage Booking' or through any of our reservation offices.

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On board

Qatar Airways aircraft have a range of mobility-friendly facilities on board, such as seats with movable armrests and hand rails in lavatories. In addition, on-board wheelchairs are available on our Airbus A319, A330, A340, A350, A380, and Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft.

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Travelling with a service dog

Qatar Airways’ procedure on its acceptance of live animals complies entirely with the IATA Live Animals Regulations, as well as with any additional government regulations required by the country of origin, transit and destination.

Qatar Airways permits service dog(s) free of charge on certain routes to accompany a passenger with a disability in the passenger cabin. On all other routes, service dog(s) will be accepted free of charge as checked baggage within the aircraft hold.

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Special dietary requirements

If you need a special meal on your flight, such as a medical or a customised health meal, please let us know at the time of booking, or through the 'Manage Booking' feature online.

Allergy policy

We do our best to accommodate passengers with special allergy needs. However, as our flights are open to the public, we cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment.

Sensory impairments

If you need any assistance to escort you to / from the aircraft then please advise us in advance to make necessary arrangements. You can also request special services online through 'Manage Booking', at least 48 hours prior to departure.

  • Hearing impaired passengers
    On board, our crew will offer safety briefings and the necessary assistance during the flight. The in-flight safety video displays subtitles in English and Arabic.

  • Visually impaired passengers
    On board, our crew will offer safety briefings and the necessary assistance during the flight. Braille Safety Cards are available on board for the benefit of customers with special needs. The card is available in English and in Arabic.

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Travelling while pregnant

Prior to booking your ticket, Qatar Airways recommends that you visit your doctor to find out if you are fit to fly taking into consideration your health and the length of your intended trip.

Eligibility for flying with Qatar Airways while pregnant depends on the stage of your pregnancy. At certain times, you may be required to present medical documents before your flight. 

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Disability access facilitation plan for flights to and from Australia

Qatar Airways has prepared this Facilitation Plan to provide information to its passengers with specific needs and to enable them to provide Qatar Airways with the information it needs to make their travel experience more enjoyable. The Facilitation Plan applies to Qatar Airways' operations in Australia.

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US legislation

Properly accommodate customers with disabilities and other special needs

Qatar Airways staff is trained as well as mindful of the needs and requirements of our customers who require additional assistance, including individuals with disabilities and unaccompanied minors. We make sure that customers are not discriminated against on the basis of disability. In the event of a lengthy tarmac delay at a US airport, our flight crew will make every effort to properly take care of customers with disabilities or special needs.

Consumers can obtain a copy of this Part 382, the regulations regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in air travel, in an accessible format from the Department of Transportation by any of the following means:

  • For calls made from within the United States, by telephone via the Toll-Free Hotline for Air Travelers with Disabilities at 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY),
  • By telephone to the Aviation Consumer Protection Division at 202-366-2220 (voice) or 202-366-0511 (TTY),
  • By mail to the Air Consumer Protection Division, C-75, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., West Building, Room W96-432, Washington, DC 20590, and
  • On the Aviation Consumer Protection Division's Web site (http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov). You are now exiting Qatar Airways U.S website. Linked content may not meet accessibility guidelines).

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