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Changes to donor suitability beginning 1 February

2/1/2021 16:00

As of 1 February, the deferral period for those returning from EU/EFTA countries or the United Kingdom will be 14 days instead of 10 days. Read about other current changes too.

​As of 1 February, the deferral period for those returning from EU/EFTA countries or the United Kingdom will be 14 days instead of 10 days* in accordance with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare guidelines governing travel in countries affected by the pandemic. You will find the current restrictions for blood donation after travelling here.

If you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for coronavirus you will not be able to donate blood for 14 or 21 days (the quarantine issued by a physician of infectious diseases). As of 1 February, staff treating coronavirus patients don’t get a deferral time as long as they have been using protective equipment.


* As an exception, blood donation is permitted without safety period for those living in border communities of Sweden or Norway who cross the border regularly because of work; coronavirus testing requirements by the authorities must be followed.

Information about the use of face masks at blood donation