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)

India Yes
Thailand Yes
Ukraine Yes
Georgia Yes
Russia Yes
Mexico (Tobasco, Cancun) Yes
Uganda Yes
(California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia)
Yes Yes
United Kingdom No Yes
Canada(Alberta, British Columbia) No Yes
Australia No Yes
New Zealand No Yes
South Africa No Yes
Hong Kong No Yes
Israel No Yes

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

COUNTRY Prohibited
Austria X
China X
France X
Germany X
Italy X
Norway X
Sweden X
Switzerland X

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

COUNTRY Citizenship Legal Parental Status
Austria No
Australia Yes, awarded prior to exit from source country, based on DNA link No
Germany No
Italy No
Nigeria Yes
Switzerland No
Sweden Yes, social services starts an investigation with the district court . Takes months for biological parent to become legal guardian. other parent files for adoption
 UK Yes, via an application to High Court within 6 mnths of birth
USA Yes, awarded prior to exit from
source country,