Red blood cells only last 35 days.
Please check our Donating after Travelling tool to determine how long you need to wait before donating blood after returning from a country that has mosquito-borne infections including Zika and dengue viruses, and malaria.
Female donors exposed to Zika virus:
If you have a male sexual partner who recently returned from overseas AND in the last 3 months -
1) Has had Zika infection,
2) Has tested positive for Zika infection, or
3) Is awaiting test results for Zika infection:
You will need to wait 28 days from the last sexual contact with your partner before you can donate blood.
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Common reasons for deferral are also available.
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Once registered, your login details will be the same for both the website and the NZ Blood Service Donor app.