You will be asked about your travel history during the screening process. This is done to determine if you traveled to an area that could pose a risk to the blood supply.
If you travel to a known malarial country you must wait one year to make your next donation. If you are unsure of a malarial zone, our staff will be able to assist you with this information.
If you have lived in a malarial zone for five years or longer you must wait three years following your immigration to the U.S. in order to donate.
The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) put in place a lifetime deferral for individuals who resided three months or longer in the United Kingdom between the years of 1980 and 1996.
This deferral is also in place for those who were a member of the U.S. Military, a civilian military employee or dependent of the U.S. Military for a period of six months or longer during the time frame of 1980 through 1996.
List of countries in the United Kingdom
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, The Channel Islands, Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands
List of countries in Europe
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark (includes Greenland and Faroe Islands), Finland, France (includes Martinique, Guadeloupe, Re’union, French Guiana, Mayotte and Corsica), Germany, Greece (includes Crete, Cyprus, and other Greek Islands), Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy (includes Vatican City, Capri, Sardinia, Sicily, and other Italian Islands), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands (Holland), Norway (includes Svalbard), Poland, Portugal (includes Azores and Madeira Island), Romania, Slovak-Republic (Slovakia), Slovenia, Spain (includes Canary Islands, North African Territories of Ceuta, Isla de Alboran, Islas Chafarinas, Melilla, Penon de Alhucemas and Penon de Velez de la Gomera), Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, The Channel Islands, Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands), Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (includes Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia)