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This list is NOT a complete list of countries, but it includes the most visited countries. If the country you have visited is not listed, you may call (713) 791-6612 or (713) 791-6608 or email Medical Services. 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials announced changes in April 2020 that affect donor eligibility. One of the changes is the deferral period for people who have traveled to malaria-endemic areas has been shortened from a year to three months.  Click here to see a list of malaria-affected travel locations. 

LOCATION 

COMMENTS 

Africa 

Algeria: You can donate 

Botswana (Gaborone): You can donate 

Botswana (all other areas for more than 24 hours): You can donate three months after you return 

Kenya: You can donate three months after you return 

Nigeria: You can donate three months after you return 

South Africa (large cities such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth): You can donate 

South Africa - Large cities such as Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Middelburg, Pretoria, Kimberly Bloemfontein, Welkom, Klerksdorp, and Queenstown: You can donate three months after return.

TanzaniaYou can donate 3 months after you return 

Uganda: You can donate 3 months after you return 

Argentina 

You can donate 

Azerbaijan 

You can donate 

Belize 

You can donate 

Caribbean 

Individuals who travel to this region during the two weeks before donation are asked to call Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center if they develop unexplained post-donation illness with symptoms consistent with acute tropical infections, including fever, joint pain, headache and rash. Donors who have been diagnosed with chikungunya virus (CHIKV) are not eligible for 28 days after recovery. 

Bahamas: You can donate 

Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo): You can donate 

Dominican Republic (All other areas for more than 24 hours)You can donate three months after you return 

Honduras (San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa): You can donate 

Honduras (All other areas or Island of Roatan for more than 24 hours): You can donate three months after you return 

Cruises visiting a port located in a malaria-risk area for less than 24 hours: You can donate 

Colombia 

Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellin: You can donate 

All other areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

Costa Rica 

You can donate 

Ecuador 

Large cities in central highlands (Quito, Ambato, Guayaquil, Cuenca) and Galapagos Islands: You can donate 

El Salvador 

You can donate 

Europe 

Indefinite deferral if you traveled or lived in the United Kingdom, for three months, or Ireland and France for 5 years or more, between 1980 and 1996.

You can donate if you have traveled or lived for a total of five years or more in any other European country from 1980 to the present.

You can donate if you were associated with the military and stationed on a military base in Europe between 1980 and 1996 (except United Kingdom bases for 3 or more months between 1980-1996).

French Guiana 

Cayenne City: You can donate

All other areas: You can donate three months after you return.

Guatemala 

Large cities including Antigua, Guatemala City, and around Lake Atitlan: You can donate

India 

You can donate three months after you return 

Indonesia 

Large cities of Jakarta and Ubud, and resorts of Bali, Java, Gili Islands and the Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu): You can donate 

Travel to rural areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

Mexico 

Acapulco: You can donate 

Calica: You can donate 

Cancun: You can donate 

Cozumel: You can donate 

Isla Mujeres: You can donate  

Oaxaca: You can donate 

Playa del Carmen: You can donate 

Progreso: You can donate 

Puerto Vallarta: You can donate 

Nicaragua 

 Managua, Leon, Chinandega, Esteli, Masaya and Granada: You can donate 

All other areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

Panama 

Provinces of Cocle, Chiriqui, Herrera, Los Santos, Panama Oeste and the cities of Panama City, David, Santiago and Balboa: You can donate 

All other areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

Peru 

Lima, Arequipa, Ica, Moquegua, Nazca, Puno and Tacna; the highland tourist areas of Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca or along the Pacific Coast: You can donate 

All other areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

Philippines 

Large cities, such as Manila: You can donate 

Rural areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

Saudi Arabia 

Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, Riyadh and Ta’if: You can donate 

All other areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

South Korea 

Seoul, Pusan, Inch'eon, Chonju, Kunsan, Taegu, Teajon, Kwangju, OktoriTeojon and other cities SOUTH of Seoul: You can donate 

Areas north of Seoul and along the DMZ/border of North Korea: You can donate two years after you return 

Singapore 

You can donate 

Venezuela 

You can donate three months after you return 

Vietnam 

Da Nang, Haiphong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, the Mekong Delta and the Red River Delta: You can donate 

All other areas for more than 24 hours: You can donate three months after you return 

 

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