Information about donating blood as a foreign citizen 

Under current Hungarian law, foreign citizens who are giving blood for the first time in Hungary, have to provide a test sample when applying. 

No samples are taken if the doctor who has examined the applicant's state of health, definitively excludes the applicant from the possibility of donating blood. 

If the preliminary samples are successfully tested and the results of the communicable disease tests are negative, the applicant may donate blood after six months (180 days after the date of the preliminary sample).  

The Hungarian National Blood Transfusion Service will only send a notification to the donor's postal address in Hungary if the preliminary communicable disease tests give an unsatisfactory result. 

Foreign citizens must prove their identity in the same way as Hungarian citizens, with valid and original documents: 

  • Identity card or passport or driving licence (issued in latin caracters by Hungarian or foreign authoroty, bearing an identification number) 

  • Certicicate of residence (issued in latin caracters by Hungarian or foreign authoroty, bearing an identification number) 

  • Health insurance identification number (original or photocopied social security card or other document containing unique health insurance identification number) 

A Hungarian postal address for notification also needs to be provided when donating blood.