Travel outside the country requires individual evaluation for possible exposure to Mad Cow Disease (vCJD) malaria, Zika, Ebola and/or HIV. Some causes for indefinite deferral include:
- A cumulative stay of three (3) months or more in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996.
- A cumulative stay of five (5) years or more in Europe (including time in the UK from 1980-1996, and time spent in France since 1990).
- If stationed in Europe with the military: members of the U.S. military, a civilian military employee, or a dependent of a member of the U.S. military are indefinitely deferred if they spent a total of 6 months or more associated with a military base in any of the following countries, as these donors may be at risk of developing vCJD from eating beef from the UK. There may be a risk of transmitting vCJD through blood transfusion.
- From 1980 through 1990 in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Germany
- From 1980 through 1996 in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Greece or Saudi Arabia.
- A twelve (12) month deferral is required to areas of the world deemed at risk for acquiring malaria by the CDC, and there is a three (3) year deferral following recovery from malaria.
- An eight (8) week deferral is required if you have lived in, or traveled to, a country with wide-spread transmission of Ebola virus disease or infection. There is an indefinite deferral for donors with a history of Ebola virus infection or disease.
Have you traveled outside of the United States recently?
If you have any concerns regarding your travel history and eligibility to donate, please complete and submit the form below.