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Travel and donation

Have you been on holiday or plan to travel? After you return, you may need to wait for a while before you can donate blood. This is to help ensure your blood is free of any infections you may have picked up while travelling.

Check the top destinations below or see other countries.

Bali (Indonesia)

Whole blood

You can donate 4 months after your return, or in 12 months if bitten or scratched by an animal.

Plasma

You can donate straight away, or in 12 months if bitten or scratched by an animal.

Platelets

You can donate 4 months after your return, or in 12 months if bitten or scratched by an animal.

Bali (Indonesia)

Malaria

Malaria is an infection carried by mosquitoes which thrives in tropical areas. Over half a million people worldwide die from malaria every year.

When you can donate:

  • Plasma – Straight away
  • Whole blood and/or platelets – 4 months after you return we can test your blood for malaria antibodies (proteins that your body makes when fighting a malaria infection). If it’s clear, you can resume donating these.

Rabies

You can get rabies from being bitten or scratched by an animal. It causes thousands of deaths each year but is preventable by vaccine, either before or soon after the bite or scratch.

When you can donate:

  • All donation types – 12 months after you return if you were bitten or scratched by an animal. This could be less if you’ve had the rabies vaccine, so call 13 14 95 to check.

If you are travelling to other parts of Indonesia outside of Bali, please refer to the travel map for more information.

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Thailand

Whole blood

You can donate 4 months after your return, or in 12 months if you had sex with someone who lives there, or were bitten or scratched by an animal.

Plasma

You can donate straight away, or in 12 months if you had sex with someone who lives there, or were bitten or scratched by an animal.

Platelets

You can donate 4 months after your return, or in 12 months if you had sex with someone who lives there, or were bitten or scratched by an animal.

Thailand

HIV/Aids

This infection is spread mainly by sexual contact, shared needles and from mother to child during pregnancy.
When you can donate:

  • All donation types – If you’ve had sex with a person who lives in this area you’ll need to wait 12 months

Malaria

Malaria is an infection carried by mosquitoes which thrives in tropical areas.
When you can donate:

  • Plasma – Straight away
  • Whole blood and/or platelets – 4 months after you return we can test your blood for malaria antibodies (proteins that your body makes when fighting a malaria infection). If it’s clear, you can resume donating these.

Rabies

You can get rabies from being bitten or scratched by an animal.
When you can donate:

  • All donation types – 12 months after you return if you were bitten or scratched by an animal. This could be less if you’ve had the rabies vaccine, so call 13 14 95 to check.
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USA

Whole blood

You can donate whole blood after 4 weeks have passed since you left this country.

Plasma

You can donate straight away, or in 12 months if you were bitten or scratched by an animal.

Platelets

You can donate platelets after 4 weeks have passed since you left this country.

 

USA

West Nile Virus (including Hawaii)

This is a mosquito-borne infection.

When you can donate:

  • Plasma – Straight away
  • Whole blood and/or platelets – 4 weeks after you return from the country.

Rabies

You can get rabies from being bitten or scratched by an animal. It causes thousands of deaths each year but is preventable by vaccine, either before or soon after the bite or scratch.

When you can donate:

  • All donation types – 12 months after you return if you were bitten or scratched by an animal. This could be less if you’ve had the rabies vaccine, so call 13 14 95 to check.
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Keeping blood safe

The Australia Red Cross Blood Service has one of the safest blood supplies in the world.

To protect the people who receive donated blood and the donors who give it, we ask a lot of personal questions before you can donate. These include questions about your health, sexual activity and drug use. 

Learn how we keep Australia's blood supply safe.

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