What had once been a popular destination for international intended parents no longer became an option in 2015, when the Indian government passed new regulations on the surrogacy process. Today, Indian surrogacy laws make it illegal for foreign intended parents to complete a surrogacy in India. The only people who can complete a commercial surrogacy in India today are Indian intended parents who have been married for at least five years.
In December 2018, an Indian surrogacy law was passed that:
Made commercial surrogacy illegal
Only allows altruistic surrogacy for needy, infertile Indian couples
Requires intended parents to be married for five years and have a doctor’s certificate of their infertility
Restricts women to being surrogates only once, and only if they are a close relative of the intended parents, are married and have a biological child
Bans single parents, homosexuals and live-in couples from surrogacy