Nasal obstruction and acute sinusitis commonly occur during an upper respiratory tract infection or during an allergic episode. During this time flying should not take place until the condition has resolved. Completion of an antibiotic treatment is permitted if the symptoms have resolved.

The condition may persist and become chronic. It is sometimes ignored by the applicant who may not realise that their nasal function could be better. 

Information to be provided

  • An applicant with chronic or recurrent sinusitis should provide an ENT specialist report.


An applicant with chronic sinusitis should be considered as having a condition that is of aeromedical significance unless:

  • The condition has been successfully treated; and
  • If functional sinus surgery has taken place, this procedure has been successful as confirmed by a follow up specialist report; and
  • At least three weeks have lapsed since surgery.