Donating Blood & Platelets: Restrictions Related to International Travel & Immigration

Residency in certain countries or geographic regions or travel to those areas, may make you ineligible to donate.

Malaria

If you have been diagnosed with malaria or traveled to an area where malaria is prevalent, you may still donate blood if it has been:

More than three years since:

  • You last experienced symptoms of malaria.
  • You lived for five or more consecutive years in a country that has any area(s) considered to be at risk for malaria transmission

More than one year since:

  • You returned from any other area where malaria is prevalent and are free of malarial symptoms.

The website of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has areas of malaria risk listed by country

You may not donate blood if:

  • You spent three or more months cumulatively in the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar or the Falkland Islands) from 1980 through 1996.
  • You spent five years or more cumulatively in Europe (including the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996) from 1980 to the present.
  • You received a blood transfusion in the United Kingdom or France since 1980.
  • You were a member of the US military from 1980 through 1996, a civilian military employee, or a dependent of a member of the U.S. military and spent six months or more at a US military base in any of the following countries:
    • From 1980 to 1990: Belgium, the Netherlands, or Germany
    • From 1980 to 1996: Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, or Greece

Additional Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Precautions

You may not donate blood if you have obtained and been injected with any non-US licensed drug products made from cattle since 1980 (eg. Bovine insulin).

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