Approximately 147,000 units of blood are donated every year in New Zealand.
There is increasing awareness of the risks associated with the transmission of mosquito borne viruses (arboviruses) via blood transfusions. While the mosquitoes that carry these viruses are not present in New Zealand, the risk of acquiring the infection is linked to being bitten while travelling overseas.
The most important viruses in this group are Chikungunya, Dengue, West Nile Virus and Zika. There is considerable overlap in the geographic risk areas for some of these viruses.
When can I donate?
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.
Go back to the Donating after Travelling tool
Login using your online or NZ Blood Service Donor App login details.
If you do not have a login please Register Now, using the button below.
Once registered, your login details will be the same for both the website and the NZ Blood Service Donor app.