Legal Status
While there are no surrogacy-specific laws in Colombia, neither are there any bans on surrogacy. The Constitution states: “Children born in or out of wedlock, adopted and procreated naturally or with scientific assistance, have equal rights and duties.”

A Constitutional Court ruling of 2009 clarified that: “In the Colombian legal system there is no express prohibition for the realization of this type of agreement. However, regarding the techniques of assisted reproduction, within which surrogate or surrogate motherhood is located, the doctrine has considered that they are legitimated legally.”

Eligibility
The Colombian constitution does not allow discrimination, so all singles, heterosexual couples, and same-sex couples are eligible as long as there is a genetic link to the baby.

This was recognized by the Constitutional Court in 2015 which ruled that excluding same-sex parents as potential adopters was a limitation of the right of children to have a family and not be separated from it.
Equal rights also extend to foreigners in Article 100 of the Constitution which grants foreigners the same civil rights and guarantees as those granted to citizens.

Intended parents must provide a recent criminal record check and undertake a psycho-social evaluation

Legal parameters
Surrogacy is lawful only where
– it is altruistic (Expenses only can be paid)
– the surrogate’s eggs are not used
– there is a physiological problem conceiving
– the surrogate is mentally and physically healthy and has her own child(ren)

Protections
* The surrogate, having signed informed consent and undertaken embryo
transfer, is obligated to give up the child
* The biological parents cannot refuse to care for the child
* Next-of-kin must be nominated to ensure that another party will care for
the child in any case where the biological parents die prior to delivery
* The surrogate may terminate the pregnancy where this is medically
indicated
* All surrogates and newborns are covered by insurance

Egg Donors
Under Columbian law, donors must be anonymous

Birth Certificates
The initial birth certificate will list the surrogate and the biological father. It is possible to undertake a court process to remove the surrogate from this document

Surrogacy Experience
Colombian providers have only been taking foreign surrogacy cases since late 2018. The first births have occurred for US citizens in September 2019.

Gender Selection
This is legal and available via PGS techniques

Costs
Colombia’s cost of living is approximately one-third of California’s. This means significantly lower fees for medical care and surrogate compensation when compared with the US.
Surrogates in Colombia earn the same or more than their US counterparts when adjusting for average incomes in the two nations.
The different costs of living mean that a surrogate earning $15,000 in Bogota earns the equivalent of a US surrogate paid $45,000.
IVF costs that might be $25,000 in the US are a fraction of that in Colombia.

Both shipped embryo and ‘guarantee’ egg-donor programs are available, starting from US$56,000.
A range of additional fees are payable if a surrogate is changed or there are multiples or miscarriage

Where to Stay in Bogota
https://www.wellnesshotelspa.com/ is in the medical precinct, so convenient for clinic visits but is not exciting for a longer term stay

Zona Rosa / Zona T are the ideal areas to stay (Hotel or Air BnB) given their good shopping, eating and culture. The large Andino mall has stores with baby products