Surrogacy Guides

Countries Allowing Surrogacy

The following countries allow specified types of surrogacy within their own jurisdictions. Where compensated surrogacy is not allowed within a country, citizens of that country with a need will often engage in surrogacy in a country which does allow it (International/ Cross Border Surrogacy)

COUNTRY

India

Thailand

Ukraine

Georgia

Russia

Mexico

Uganda

USA
(California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia)

United Kingdom

Canada (Alberta, British Columbia)

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

Hong Kong

Israel

COMPENSATED

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

UNCOMPENSATED

 

Yes

 
 
 
 
 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Countries in which no jurisdictions allow ‘in-country’ surrogacy

COUNTRY

Austria

China

France

Germany

Italy

Norway

Sweden

Switzerland

Prohibited

What recogition will my government grant children through cross-border surrogacy citizenship?

COUNTRY

Austria

Australia

China

France

Germany

Italy

Nigeria

Switzerland

Sweden

UK

USA

CITIZENSHIP

No

Yes, awarded prior to exit from source country, based on DNA link

 
 

No

No

Yes

No

 
 

Yes, awarded prior to exit from
source country,

Legal Parental Status

 

No

 

Yes

Yes

 
 
 

Yes, social services starts an investigation with the district court . Takes months for biological parent to become legal guardian. other parent files for adoption

Yes, via an application to High Court within 6 mnths of birth