Surrogacy overseas

Information for British nationals who are considering entering into surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries.



International surrogacy is a complex area. The process to bring your child or children to the UK after birth can be long and complicated. If you are considering surrogacy in a foreign country you are strongly advised to seek specialist independent legal advice both in the UK and in the other country before making any arrangements.


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Further guidance

You can read further detailed guidance on overseas surrogacy, produced in partnership with Cambridge Family Law for:

Published 19 June 2013
Last updated 1 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance in section 3, how to bring your surrogate child born abroad to the UK.

  2. Updated with links to new guidance for intended parents and foreign agencies.

  3. Update to full contents

  4. Updated document

  5. Updated guidance.

  6. First published.