Travelling in an area where malaria is endemic prevents you from donating blood for six months after returning from the trip and ending the course of antimalarial drugs.
Areas where there is even the slightest risk of becoming infected with malaria according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) are considered to be malaria endemic areas. The list includes areas where taking antimalarial drugs may not be recommended to travellers.
If you have lived in a country where malaria is endemic when you were under five years, you will be examined for malaria antibodies before the first donation. In addition you must wait three years after your last visit to an area with malaria risk before you are allowed to donate blood. A positive result from the malaria antibody test prevents blood donation permanently.
If you have had malaria you are not eligible to donate blood for three years after your treatment. In addition, you will be examined for malaria antibodies before the first donation. A positive result from the malaria antibody test prevents blood donation permanently.
Antimalarial drug therapy that is started in Finland before the trip to a malaria risk area does not prevent donation.
Further information on countries with malaria risk in Travelling abroad and blood donation: https://www.bloodservice.fi/blood-donation/donate-blood/can-you-donate/travelling-abroad-and-blood-donation
Would you like more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors on +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).