In the past three years, have you been outside the U.S. and Canada?
Travel restrictions are constantly changing. With questions about specific places you have visited, contact our Medical Help Desk by calling 1-800-310-9556, Option 1, or direct dial at 412-209-7035 or submitting an inquiry through our Contact Us page.
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection keep track of the locations with malaria for international travelers from the United States. Because this list of malaria-endemic areas is frequently updated, it is impossible to include every country here, and you are encouraged to visit the CDC website.
To help expedite your donation process:
- Bring a list of your exact areas of travel with you when you come to donate blood. Often it’s not the entire country that is at risk for malaria, just certain areas of it. Knowing exactly where you have traveled is essential. The CDC website offers an interactive map that documents each country’s malaria risk.
- Know when you returned to the United States. If you traveled to a malaria-endemic area and stayed for less than six months, there is a 12-month deferral period for blood donation. The 12-month clock starts ticking the day you return to the United States.
Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (“Mad Cow Disease”) Risk
If you spent three or more months in the United Kingdom between Jan. 1, 1980 and Dec. 31, 1996, you cannot donate blood.
The U.K. comprises England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.
If you spent a total time that adds up to five or more years in Europe since Jan. 1, 1980, you cannot donate blood.
European countries are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Serbia Montenegro (formally known as Federal Republic of Yugoslavia).
U.S. Military Personnel and Their Dependents
Military personnel and their dependents who spent a total of six or more months associated with a military base in the following countries during the following time periods cannot donate blood:
- Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany: 1980 through 1990
- Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece: 1980 through 1996
U. S. military personnel stationed on ships off the coast of any of the above countries may donate blood as long as they did not spend a total of six or more months during the time periods listed above.