Blood Donation Requirements in Mexico

(Requirements in Mexico are different than in the United States and Canada.)

This list of donor requirements below are the basic requirements, medical professionals will discuss and evaluate each donor's medical history and activities in a confidential setting, prior to the blood donation. Donor eligibility criteria are intended to protect the health and safety of the donor and the patient receiving the transfusion.


  • Over 18 years old and maximum of 65 years old.
  • You should fast a minimum of 4 hours and no more than 8 hours.
  • No alcohol beverages for 48 hours prior to donation.
  • Minimum weight 50 kilos.
  • General good health (meaning the donor feels well and is able to perform normal activities without chronic conditions).

Do Not Donate Blood if You Have:

  • In the past month, have received any vaccinations, taken antibiotics and certain medications. Over 18 years old and maximum of 65 years old.
  • Have tattoos (unless you have had the tattoo more than five years). If this is the case, it will depend on the size and colors in the tattoo. The physician will decide if you are eligible to donate.
  • Have had any recent piercing (within the last year). The doctor will decide if you are eligible to donate.
  • Are pregnant, breast feeding or menstruating.
  • Have received a recent blood transfusion.
  • Have had a recent surgery (within the last year).
  • Have had sexual contact with more than three people in the past five years, or if you are male who has had sexual contact with another male. (Bi-sexual, homosexual).
  • Have AIDS or a positive HIV test, Hepatitis, or Syphilis

Donations may be made:

Monday through Friday 8am to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm
Saturday 8am to 2pm
Blood Bank
Location: Hospital San Javier Marina - second floor

Donor Card Benefits

Once you have donated blood, the following exams are performed (free of charge):
HIV, Hepatitis C, Brucella, Syphilis, VDRL, Chagas, Hematocrit, Rh Factor, Blood Type, Cross Match Compatibility.
Results and Donor Card will be available 15 days after your donation.

If you are an altruistic donor and the situation arises that you need a transfusion, you will receive one unit of blood for each unit you donate.
(Blood donors will have up to 5 years to claim this benefit, restrictions may apply based on availability)