By Annette Hickey | 27 April 2021

COVID Surrogacy Update - 27 April 2021


27 April 2021 - Exemptions for parents travelling with newborn babies

All families travelling with new-born babies (no more than 28 days old), including those who have travelled to a designated state for the purpose of surrogacy, do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine when you come to Ireland.

However, all travellers still have to have a negative pre-departure RT-PCR test and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever you specified in your passenger locator form.

If you would like to discuss how his will impact upon your own particualr circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact the Surrogacy & Fertility law team at Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Solicitors.



1 December 2020 - Surrogacy Update Regarding The Ukraine

Irish Consulate in the Ukraine

As Ireland does not have an embassy in the Ukraine, Consular assistance is provided by the “Honorary Consul of Ireland”, Mr Volodymyr Sai in Kiev.

The Irish Consul’s address is:

32B Khreshchtyk Street
Kiev 01034
Telephone: 0380 442793200

We would advise any intended parents thinking of pursuing surrogacy in the Ukraine to keep these important contact details with them.

Insurance is required to enter the Ukraine.

Foreign nationals must provide proof of medical insurance that covers all costs related to the treatment of Covid 19 while they are in the Ukraine. This insurance must be issued by a Ukrainian company with the Ukrainian office or contractual relationship with a Ukrainian partner company.

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs also recommends that intended parents have comprehensive travel insurance which covers all medical costs including medical repatriation, evacuation and legal costs.

Entry Conditions

The entry conditions for Ukraine depend on the country you are travelling from with each country categorised either green or red. People entering from a red zone country must quarantine for 14 days, however, this may be cut short if they person arriving obtains a negative Covid 19 PCR test from a certified laboratory in the Ukraine. A list of certified laboratories can be found on the website of Center of Public Health (CPH) of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MHU).

The list of red and green countries is updated every 24 hours. We would therefore advise any intended parents to speak with their clinic/agency coordinator in advance or travelling so that they can guide them through the current entry requirements when traveling from Ireland.

Essential questions to ask your Agency/Clinic during Covid 19;

  1. Is our surrogacy journey going to be different during Covid 19?
  2. What safety precautions have the Clinic/Agency adopted to ensure that the treatment is as safe as possible
  3. What happens if our surrogate mother tests positive for Covid 19 while she is pregnant?
  4. Can we be present at the delivery and what safety precautions and additional requirements have the delivery hospital adopted during Covid 19?

If you have any questions or are considering the Ukraine for your Surrogacy journey, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we can help you to understand the key legal implications involved and how you can best navigate them.


Written By Annette Hickey

Annette has exclusively practised family law in the litigation department for the past 10 years and heads up the firm's Surrogacy & Fertility law team.

She is highly respected and regarded for her expertise and knowledge of fertility law, surrogacy and same-sex family matters. Diligent, thorough and empathetic, Annette brings a wealth of experience, sensitivity and understanding to our team.

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