The body will replace the fluids of the donated blood in just 24 hours. The red blood cells will be replaced in about 6 to 8 weeks. After 3 months, a person can choose to donate again.
Most people who travel outside New Zealand are still able to donate blood when they return.
However, travel to an area where there is a risk of exposure to certain diseases can result in symptomless infection(s) that can be transmitted through blood transfusion.
If you're a NZ resident who has been overseas recently or are planning a trip, find out if and when you are able to donate after you return. Use the country search bar below or hover over the map to find the country you visited.
If you have recently arrived to New Zealand from another country - please contact our call centre on 0800 448 325 and ask to speak to a nurse to find out if you are eligible.
Blood Donor specific information regarding Zika virus can be found here.
To find out more about Zika virus precautions in place to protect the blood supply in New Zealand, click here.
Note: map view is not available when using a mobile device.
If you have visited multiple countries, please use the longest stand down period.
This information is provided only to inform if you are eligible to donate blood after returning from international travel. It is not intended for any other purpose, e.g. travel health advice.
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