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Travelling abroad and blood donation

Travelling and living abroad affects your eligibility to donate blood. The risk of infection grows with the length of your stay and distance of your trip. The longer your stay and the further you travel from your familiar surroundings, the greater the risk of getting an infection, which doesn’t occur in Finland. Some of these infections may cause very little symptoms, if any, but they may cause a risk for the recipient of the donated blood product. This is why we ask about travelling and living abroad before blood donation. We use criteria based on risk assessment when selecting donors. You can search for information about travel and blood donation from the chart on this page by inserting the name of the country into the search field.

COUNTRIES – A DONATION DEFERRAL OF 28 DAYS AFTER TRAVEL AND 3 MONTHS AFTER LONGER RESIDENCE    

Please find below a list of countries travelling or residing in which is associated with a risk of infectious diseases that deviates from Finland and that could be significant for the safety of blood products. After returning from a trip to any of these countries that has lasted more than 20 h, the donation deferral lasts 28 days. Residing in any of these countries (more than three months of residence over the previous six months) is followed by a three-month donation deferral.

Albania
American Samoa
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Australia
Azores (Portugal)
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chile
Christmas Island
Cook Islands
Cuba
Dominica
Egypt
Falkland Islands (Malvina Islands)
Fiji
French Polynesia
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Hong Kong (China)
Israel
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Lesotho
Lebanon
Libya
Macau (China)
Macedonia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritius
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Nauru
Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius)
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Mariana Islands
Oman
Palau
Pitcairn
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Réunion
Russia
Saint Helena (and Ascension)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
Samoa
Serbia
Seychelles
Singapore
Taiwan (China)
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Uruguay
Virgin Islands (USA)
Wake Island​

Do you want more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi

Countries (depending on the region or destination) - Visiting the country results in a deferral time of 28 days or more    

Staying overnight in those parts of the country where malaria occurs is followed by a donation deferral of six months. The donation deferral begins from the date of return from a malaria risk area or the date when you end your anti-malaria medication treatment.

A visit in those parts of the country where malaria does not occur is followed by a donation deferral of 28 days. Living in those areas of the country where malaria does not occur is followed by a donation deferral of three months.

If persons who have lived as children (under 5 years old) in areas where malaria is endemic travel to or reside in malaria risk areas in the countries listed below, the donation deferral is three years. Travel to an area with no malaria risk is followed by a donation deferral of 28 days and residing in such an area by a deferral of three years. People who have lived in the countries listed below as children will have their blood tested for malaria antibodies before the first donation. The malaria antibodies area tested regardless of in which part of the country the person has lived.

List of countries

Algeria – Malaria occurs in southern and central parts of the country. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Argentina – Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the Iguazu Falls, in Buenos Aires or on the Atlantic coast. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Armenia – Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Yerevan or Northern Armenia. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

The Bahamas – Malaria occurs only on the Great Exuma Island. There is no malaria risk in other parts of the country. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Bangladesh – Malaria occurs in most parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk in Dhaka. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Bhutan – Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the capital Thimphu. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Bolivia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the capital La Paz.  Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Botswana - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Gaborone or southern parts of the country. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Brazil - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Rio de Janeiro, Belém, São Paulo, or the Iguazu Falls. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Burma (Myanmar) - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Rangoon (Yangon) or Mandalay.  Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Cambodia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or Angkor Wat. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Cape Verde – Malaria occurs, for example, on the Santiago Island and the Boa Vista Island. There is no malaria risk, for example, on the islands of Brava, Fogo, Maio, Sal, Santa Luzia, Santo Antão, São Nicolau or São Vicente. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

China – Malaria occurs in rural areas in southern parts of China. On the other hand, there is no malaria risk in the northern parts of the country, megalopolises, industrial towns or, for example, on the island of Taiwan. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Colombia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Bogota and Cartagena. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Costa Rica - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in San José. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Dominican Republic - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in package holiday destinations (Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Punta Cana, La Romana, Juan Dolio). Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Ecuador - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Quito or Guayaquil. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Egypt - Malaria occurs only in the Faiyum Governorate in Middle Egypt. There is no malaria risk in any other part of Egypt. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Eritrea - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk in Asmara. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Ethiopia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Addis Ababa. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Georgia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Tbilisi or the Black Sea coast. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Honduras - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in San Pedro Sula or Tegucigalpa. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Indonesia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Jakarta, other megalopolises, the tourist destinations in Bali and Java or the towns on the island of Borneo. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Iraq - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Bagdad. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Iran - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Tehran.  Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Kyrgyzstan – Malaria occurs in the regions of Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh (incl. the capital Bishkek). There is no malaria risk in other parts of the country. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Laos - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk in Vientiane. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Malaysia – Malaria occurs in some parts of the country (e.g. on the island of Borneo), but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Penang, Langkawi or the coastal destinations on the Malay Peninsula or small islands nearby. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Mauritania – Malaria occurs in the northern parts of the country, near the border of Morocco (Dakhlet Nouadhibou Region and Tiris Zemmour Region). There is no malaria risk in other parts of the country. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Mexico - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the tourist destinations on the Yucatán Peninsula or in Mexico City. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Namibia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk in the southern parts of the country, for example, in Windhoek, Swakopmund or Walvis Bay. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Nepal - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk in Kathmandu. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

North Korea – Malaria occurs in the border disctrict of South Korea, but there is no malaria risk in other parts of the country. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Panama - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Panama City or Santa Clara. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Paraguay - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the Iguazu Falls or Asunción. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Peru - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the capital Lima. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Philippines - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the capital Manila. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Saudi Arabia - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina or Mecca. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

South Africa - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

South Korea - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in the southern parts of the country or in Seoul. There is a malaria risk associated with staying overnight in Incheon.  Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Sri Lanka - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Colombo, Hikkaduwa or Negombo. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Syria - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Damascus or the Mediterranean coast. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Thailand – Malaria occurs in rural areas and jungles across the country. The risk is the highest in the woody border districts near the borders of Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos, and in the Khao Sok National Park. There is no malaria risk affecting blood donation associated with beach holidays to package destinations or big cities. In other words, travelling to any of the following destinations is not followed by a deferral period caused by malaria risk: Ao Nang, Bangkok, Cha-am, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chicken, Coral Island, Hua Hin, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Koh Samet, Koh Tapu (James Bond Island), Khai Nok, Krabi Town, Pattaya, Phi Phi Le ("Leonardo DiCaprio's island"), Poda, Railey. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Turkey – Malaria occurs in the border districts of Iraq, Iran and Syria. There is no malaria risk, for example, in any large cities or beach destinations Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Uzbekistan - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Tashkent. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Venezuela - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Caracas or the Caribbean islands. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Vietnam - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Chi Ling, Biên Hòa, Da Nang, Di An, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hoi An, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Quy Nhon or Thu Dau Mot. There is no malaria risk in the package holiday destinations in the east coast area south of Da Nang, but north of Ho Chi Minh City. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

Yemen - Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, but there is no malaria risk, for example, in Sana'a. Are you still unsure whether you are eligible to donate/for blood donation? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to the address verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi to check your eligibility.

COUNTRIES (THE WHOLE COUNTRY) – RESIDING IN THE COUNTRY FOLLOWED BY A DONATION DEFERRAL OF AT LEAST SIX MONTHS    

Please find below a list of countries where malaria is endemic in the entire area of the country. A six-month donation deferral after return from the country and end of malaria medication for persons who have not lived in countries where malaria is endemic when they were under five.

A three-year donation deferral for persons who have lived six months or more in a country where malaria is endemic when they were under five. Anyone who has lived in these counties at under the age of five will have their blood tested for malaria antibodies before the first donation.

Afghanistan
Angola
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)
Djibouti
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Kenya
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mayotte
Mozambique
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
São Tome and Principe
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Sudan
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Togo
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Zambia

Do you want more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi

COUNTRIES IN EUROPE – A 28-DAY DONATION DEFERRAL DURING 1 JULY - 30 NOVEMBER    

Please find below a list of countries travelling or residing in which is associated with a 28-day donation deferral from 1 July to 30 November. During the summer season, the West Nile virus transmitted by mosquitoes is found in these areas. The risk of infection must be taken into account due to the safety of blood products.

Austria
The Balkans (*countries outside EU with 28 day deferral all year):

  • Albania*
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina*
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Greece mainland including the Peloponnese and Euboea peninsulas
       - no deferral period for the Greek Archipelago
  • Kosovo*
  • Macedonia*
  • Montenegro*
  • Serbia*
  • Slovenia

Hungary
Italy – except Sicily
Romania

France: the Var province in southern France

  • a 28 day deferral after visit to this region 1.9.-30.11.2017 due to the risk of Chikungunya, another (sub)tropical mosquito borne viral disease

Do you want more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi

COUNTRIES IN EUROPE - NO DONATION RESTRICTIONS AFTER TRAVELLING OR RESIDENCE    

Travelling or residing in any of the countries listed below is not associated with any donation restrictions at any time of the year.

Andorra
Belgium
Canary Islands (Spain)
Channel Islands
Czech Republic
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
Germany
Gibraltar
Greenland
Iceland
Ireland
Isle of Man
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal (including Madeira)
San Marino
Slovakia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom (If you lived or stayed in the British Isles a total of over six months between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996, this prevents blood donation permanently (risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which is the human form of BSE or 'mad cow disease').)
Vatican City​

Do you want more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi

LIVING ABROAD    

Since residing abroad outside the European area for longer periods of time is associated with greater risk of contracting infectious diseases that normally do not occur in Finland than short trips, blood donors need to have lived in Finland or some other EU or EFTA state for at least three months prior to donation.

Do you want more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi

LONG FLIGHTS    

Before taking a long flight, a blood donor needs to have restored his or her fluid balance. Therefore a long (such as an intercontinental) flight cannot be recommended within less than 24 hours from blood donation. Airlines and aviation organisations often have much stricter rules than this concerning the air crew.

Do you want more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or send email to verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi

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