Traveling for Surrogacy: A Guide to Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico for International Intended Parents


As international intended parents, traveling for surrogacy can be an exciting yet daunting prospect. Understanding the unique aspects of surrogacy in countries like Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico is crucial to prepare for this journey. This guide aims to provide an overview of the key considerations for those planning to pursue surrogacy in these Latin American countries.

Argentina: Navigating Legal Ambiguity

Argentina lacks specific surrogacy legislation, leaving many aspects of the process to be determined on a case-by-case basis. However, Argentina's legal system has shown an increasing willingness to support surrogacy arrangements, particularly when the best interests of the child are demonstrably served.

While traveling to Argentina, consider working closely with a reputable surrogacy agency, such as the Surrogacy Institute, and local legal counsel to navigate these ambiguities.

Colombia: Altruistic Surrogacy Amid Progressive Rights

Colombia allows altruistic surrogacy, meaning that any payment to the surrogate beyond reasonable expenses is prohibited. As an intended parent, you should be aware of this stipulation when budgeting for your surrogacy journey.

Despite these restrictions, Colombia is celebrated for its progressive stance on LGBTQ+ rights, making it a potential destination for same-sex couples seeking surrogacy.

Mexico: A State-by-State Approach

Mexico's surrogacy landscape varies by state, with commercial surrogacy permitted in Tabasco and Sinaloa, while other states have restrictive regulations or outright bans.

Before traveling to Mexico for surrogacy, familiarize yourself with the specific laws and regulations of the state where the surrogate resides. Engaging with an agency with a strong understanding of Mexican surrogacy laws can provide invaluable guidance.

Essential Travel Considerations

Beyond the legal aspects of surrogacy, consider these travel-related factors:

Language: Spanish is the predominant language in these countries. Consider learning basic Spanish phrases or hiring a translator to facilitate communication.

Healthcare: Verify the quality of healthcare facilities where your surrogate will receive care. Reputable surrogacy agencies usually work with top-notch medical facilities.

Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your home country. You may need a medical travel visa.

After-Birth Procedures: Familiarize yourself with the steps required to establish your legal parenthood and obtain travel documents for your newborn.

Cultural Sensitivity: Respect the local customs and culture during your stay. This will help create a positive experience for all involved.

Embracing the Journey

Traveling for surrogacy is a unique journey that promises a mix of anticipation, joy, and challenges. With the right knowledge and preparation, international intended parents can navigate this path confidently.

The Surrogacy Institute is committed to supporting intended parents through every step of their international surrogacy journey.

If you are looking for the best surrogacy attorney and agency in Colombia and Latin America, we highly recommend you use Maria Fernanda, with the firm Bioetica Derecho. We do not recommend you work with any other surrogacy attorney or agency in Colombia. To reach out to Maria Fernanda click here.

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