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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 COMPENSATED UNCOMPENSATED    
India Yes  
Thailand Yes  
Ukraine Yes  
Georgia Yes  
Russia Yes  
Mexico (Tobasco, Cancun) Yes  
Uganda Yes  
USA
(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
China    
France    
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,