IVF Cyprus

A popular destination for IVF treatment abroad is Cyprus. Cyprus is divided into North and South. The South is within the EU, but the North is not. Checking entry requirements for travelling to any country for IVF treatment is essential. UK passport holders do not need a visa for entry.

The laws pertaining to the north and south of Cyprus are different as they are under different jurisdictions. Up until recently (Autumn 2016) gender selection for family balancing was legal in North Cyprus, but it is now not legal. Like other countries listed on this website for IVF treatment – SpainGreece, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic – gender selection for family balancing is not allowed. However, they do allow it if there is a medical indication.

IVF in Cyprus

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Egg Donation Cyprus


IVF CyprusEgg and sperm donation in North and South Cyprus is anonymous, as it is in Spain, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Greece. There is no central register of donors in North Cyprus. Legally, donors cannot donate more than 5 times in a lifetime. But without a register it is difficult to check if this limit has been met.

In southern Cyprus, a central register of egg donors is currently being collated by the Cyprus Ministry of Health. Legally, donors cannot donate more than once (1) in Cyprus but can donate to non-Cyprus residents according to the donation restrictions imposed in their country of residence.

Donor anonymity has meant that there is no shortage of egg and sperm donors. Therefore, usually there is no waiting list for donor egg treatment in Cyprus.

Egg and sperm donors in Cyprus have to be tested by law for infectious diseases. These are Hepatitis B and C, HIV, syphilis, CMV and Rubella. Karyotyping (this is where the chromosomes within the cells of the donor are analysed for abnormalities) is not standard but may be available in some clinics. Other screening tests may also be done depending on the clinic.

Whilst the donation is anonymous, a lot of information is available to recipients about their donor:

  • age
  • nationality
  • height
  • weight
  • blood type
  • skin colour
  • hair colour
  • eye colour
  • educational background
  • occupation and
  • previous donation history can all be accessed early on

You may be interested in reading: Are You Considering Donor Egg Sharing Abroad?

Embryo Donation Cyprus

Embryo donation is allowed in North and South Cyprus. This treatment uses fresh egg and sperm donation. This has the highest success rate since both egg and sperm donors are young, fit and healthy when they donate.

Egg Donation Costs Cyprus

Egg Donation Costs CyprusEgg donation costs in Cyprus are very low compared to the UK. Prices can be as low as 4500 Euros. Of course, there are other additional costs which may not be included in the advertised price which you should consider. We have put together a quick guide on IVF costs to help you understand what you may need. You need to also factor in accommodation and flights too. However, Cyprus is a pleasant place to stay for a few days and some people combine their visit for treatment with a short break.

You might like to read further about IVF costs abroad


 IVF Laws North Cyprus

IVF Laws CyprusThe IVF laws in North Cyprus are different to the South. In North Cyprus, the government has stated the following:

  • Single women and same sex patients can be treated
  • Sex selection for family balancing is not allowed except for medical reasons
  • The maximum age of a donor is 35 years
  • The maximum number of embryos allowed to be transferred is 3
  • Surrogacy is not allowed in North Cyprus
  • 45 years of age is the legal maximum age for IVF treatments although clinics can use discretion with patients up to 55 years as long as they meet certain criteria and have undergone specific tests for “Fitness for Pregnancy”
  • Egg freezing is permitted
  • There is no restriction on how long embryos, eggs and sperm are stored

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IVF Laws South Cyprus

  • Single women can be treated
  • Sex selection for gender selection is not allowed except for medical reasons
  • The maximum age of a donor is 35 years
  • The maximum number of embryos allowed to be transferred is 2
  • Surrogacy is allowed
  • 50 years is the upper age limit for IVF treatments
  • Egg freezing is permitted
  • Embryos and eggs and sperm can be stored for 10 years and then renewed if required

Safety and Quality in IVF clinics Cyprus

IVF clinics in the North and South of the country are regulated differently. The South falls within EU regulations as it is part of the European Union. Since May 2015 it has Assisted Reproductive Technology legislation in place as well as a competent body that will collate results.

Clinics in the North need a license to operate and this is overseen by the government’s Health Ministry. They are inspected annually and without notice to ensure that they comply.

Some clinics may also have ISO accreditation as well as local accreditation.

In the North, IVF success rates are not submitted to a governing body and so there is no independent verification of these results. We have asked clinics for their up-to-date results. In the South, there is a body where results are collated. If it important that you get as much information as possible about success rates and how they relate to your specific circumstances.

Cyprus is very popular with people who opt for treatment abroad because it offers low cost IVF treatment in a familiar setting with affordable and easy travel options. However, it is prudent to check that your travel insurance covers you for medical treatments if you are having treatment in either the North or South of Cyprus as they fall under different jurisdictions.

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By Aleksander Wiecki