Travelling and living in the country results in a 6-month donation deferral period as malaria occurs throughout the country. The donation deferral period begins from the date of return from the country or the date when you ended your anti-malaria medication treatment.
Everyone who lived in the country as a child (under the age of 5) is tested for antibodies to malaria in a blood test when they come to donate blood for the first time.
Read more about blood donation and malaria-risk areas.
Would you like more information? Please call the free information number for donors on 0800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).