The Republic of Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.
Cyprus is partitioned into two main parts: one area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west comprising about 59% of the island’s area, and the north, administered by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 36% of the island. Another nearly 4% of the island’s area is covered by the UN buffer zone. The international community considers the northern part of the island to be territory of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by Turkish forces
Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With an advanced, high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the eurozone.
Cyprus allows embryo transfer to a surrogate without any legal challenges. However Surrogacy does not have solid legal grounds, therefore, like UK and Australia, any agreement with your surrogate is not enforceable.
Hence it is important to ensure that all parties are happy with the terms, the treatment options and the costs associated.
Where the surrogate is single, the child is considered to be child of the intended father and the surrogate, born out of wedlock. In this case paternity may be established either by voluntary acknowledgement or by a Court order. A voluntary acknowledgement cannot be revoked. In this case the intended father needs the consent of the surrogate as she is deemed to be the natural mother.
Local heterosexual couples can make a court application for adoption. Under Cyprus Adoption Law 19(I)/1995 an adoption order can be effected provided that the surrogate gives her consent (at least 3 months after birth).
Surrogacy procedures are available to single intended parents or couples
Intended parents may be heterosexual or gay
There is not an age limit for intended parents
The surrogate and the intended father appear on the Cypriot birth certificate
A number of foreigners engage in embryo transfers in Cyprus with their own surrogate, who may be a friend or family member travelling with them from the UK or elsewhere. Cyprus is used to save on expensive IVF costs. In these scenarios, births occur back in the surrogate’s home country.
Several Cyprus-based agencies can also recruit surrogates to carry, where intended parents require this. (See service providers)
IVF Costs can be as little as €4,500.
Guarantee surrogacy programs, including surrogate recruitment, screening, support, as well as medical preparation, IVF and transfer fees can cost €71,000