Work, travel and living overseas

Some places you travel to or live in can affect whether you can donate, or when. Find out how. 

For most people, not at all.   You can still donate blood if you work in an abattoir, or as a healthcare worker. But, if you're a professional athlete there are some things to consider before you donate.  We don't recommend giving blood during a competitive period or season. It could have a minor, temporary impact on performance — it’s common to feel a bit tired after donating. Consider… Read More
Lifeblood currently can’t take blood or milk donations from people who lived in the UK for six months or more from 1980–1996. This is related to the fatal variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (*vCJD, the human form of the bovine condition sometimes known as ‘mad cow disease’): There is currently no blood test available for vCJD suitable for screening donors. vCJD can incubate in someone for many… Read More
It depends on the type of vaccine. Check yours here.  Some vaccines don't include any live material and you can donate straight away after having one. Other vaccines are made from live material, meaning you can give plasma right away but need to wait four weeks before donating blood or platelets. You’ll need to wait 2 weeks before donating anything if your vaccine was for Hepatitis B.  Some… Read More
Coronavirus has changed how travelling affects your eligibility: check out the latest updates. It depends where you’ve travelled, but you’ll need to wait at least four weeks to donate, and it could be up to four months. Even if you do everything 'right', it's possible that you can still catch something and not realise: especially in areas that have a high risk of certain infections carried by… Read More