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Blood Donations | Amigos de Bucerias AC
Blood Donations 2016-07-02T12:18:10+00:00

Donating blood here in Mexico has different rules to other countries. If you are willing to donate blood please check the following requirements so that you don’t waste your time or that of the blood bank.

There is only one blood bank in the area, the Puerto Vallarta Blood Bank. It is on the 2nd floor at Hospital San Javier, across from where the cruise ships dock. The Blood Bank is open from 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday.

If you are donating for a specific person it is very important that you give the blood bank that person’s name and which hospital they are in. Then contact Pamela Thompson (see details below) who will follow up on this.

Although the list comes directly from the Blood Bank Director, it is not complete. Medical professionals will discuss and evaluate each donor’s health history and activities in a confidential setting prior to blood donation. Donor eligibility criteria is intended to protect the health and safety of the donor as well as the patient who will receive the transfusion.



Blood Donation Requirements in Puerto Vallarta Pamela Thompson –

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Thompson at 044-322-107-7007 orpamela(at)

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – It is a daily battle searching for blood for critical patients in all of our local hospitals.

Did you know that in Mexico, less than 20% of the population donates blood voluntarily? And nearly every FOUR SECONDS someone needs blood? Did you know that if you donate blood, you are banking blood for yourself? This affects everyone – especially people with rare blood types.

Please consider donating the Gift of Life.

Blood Donation requirements in Mexico are different than in the United States and Canada, but the rules have been relaxed for healthy people who want to donate.

Here is How You Can Qualify:

Tattoos: Ok if it has been over one year and there was no adverse reaction when you received it.

Piercings: Ok if it has been over one year and no reaction at the time of the piercing.

Vaccinations, Antibiotics and certain Medications: OK if it is after one month of receiving.

Surgery: Ok if it has been over six months ago.

Recent Illness: OK if it is not current and has been cured (flu, cold)

Sexual Contact: Ok if you have not been with more than five people in five years and OK if you have a same sex partner.

Maximum Age: The 65 Limit is relaxed if you are in  good health.

Menstruating Women: Ok if you are in good health.

NOTE: If you are taking oral anti-coagulants such as aspirin, Coumadin, Clopidogrel, Meloxicam, Diclofenac, Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication, it should be discontinued for two days prior to donating.

To Donate You Must:

  • Be over 18 years of age and have a minimum weight of 50 kilos (110 Lbs)
  • Fast for a minimum of 4 hours and no more than 8 hours
  • Consume no more than 2 alcohol beverages for 48 hours prior to donation
  • Be in general good health
  • MUST take a photo ID

Once you have donated blood, the following exams are performed: HIV, Hepatitis C, Brucella, Syphilis, VDRL, Chagas Disease, Hematocrit, Rh Factor, Blood Type, Cross Match Compatibility among others. A Donor Card will be issued to you as proof and validity in case you need blood for yourself or a family member.

If you are an altruistic donor and you need a transfusion, you will receive one unit of blood for each unit that you donate. It is very important that if you are donating for a specific person you be sure and give the blood bank that person’s name and then let me know that the donation has been made.

Please consider donating the Gift of Life, just as soon as you can! It’s a daily battle , please feel free to contact the Blood Bank (322) 226-1010 or email Pamela(at)

Disclaimer: This information is not meant as legal advice. It is for educational and informational purposes only. Government policies vary between States and offices, and Mexican Government officials have broad discretion in how they individually enforce policies, so, your personal experiences may vary. See a professional for advice on important issues.