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.


This information is provided by the British Government for the convenience of enquirers, but neither Her Majesty’s Government nor any official of the consulate take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information, nor accept liability for any loss, costs, damage or expense which you might suffer as a result of relying on the information supplied. It is not a substitute for obtaining your own legal advice.

Further guidance

You can read further detailed guidance on overseas surrogacy, produced in partnership with Cambridge Family Law for intended parents and for foreign agencies.

Published 19 June 2013
Last updated 22 June 2022 + show all updates
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