The IVF World
We live in a very open world right now with borders to be crossed without significant problems. With this open world the medical world opened to us as well. It is a business worth 100 billions of dollars. People are traveling from country to country to receive better or cheaper or both offers on medical treatments. But it’s not only the differences in prices and quality but also a legislations matter. A lot of countries offer treatments which might not be legal in the country you are living in. It may sound a bit shady, this going to another country to do something which is not legal in yours but it is really a matter of your own moral and ethical standards. Below you will find short descriptions of most popular destinations for infertility treatments.
United States of America is a North American country often called USA, US or America. It is the third largest populated country in the World with over 318 million people. It is known for its great, densely populated cities like New York or Los Angeles but on the other hand there is a lot of suburbs and vast areas of natural beauty and lack of habitation. It has a long history of immigration which dates from the 17th century. USA is a vast mix of cultures from all the corners of the world. It is a very popular tourist destination thanks to its great cities like Manhattan or Chicago full of skyscrapers. It is also full of natural miracles like the Yellowstone, Alaska and the beautiful and sunny beaches of Hawaii, Florida and California.
The United States of America are also a popular and trusted location for all kinds of medical tourism. It is one of the countries that lead in the race for technological innovations which is especially true in the field of medicine. The prices may be high but the technological advancements and medical skills of their specialists is a great compensation. This high quality of medicine applies also in the field of treating infertility. All of the modern fertility treatments are available in USA with some minor exceptions (for example 3 person IVF). If you have enough money and you want simply the best specialists and clinics you need to consider the US.
Localized on the Iberian Peninsula next to Portugal lies the diverse country of Spain. It is the second country with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also it’s has the largest amount of World Heritage Cities.
Spain is one of the most exotic countries in Europe, full of friendly people, wonderful cuisine, famous folklore and festivals and a vibrant nightlife. Spain’s capital is Madrid and it is really a city worth seeing as well as Barcelona on the coast. Both cities known to the World as rivals in the sport of football.
Spain also happens to be one of the most popular destinations for medical tourism. Especially when it comes to fertility treatments. Huge amounts of people all over Europe – especially from United Kingdom go to Spain for IVF treatments. The prices are very reasonable and the quality and standards are very high. You will find great clinics and very professional and experienced fertility specialists and clinicians.
Spain is a great destination for fertility treatments like IVF and it is proven to be safe and up to standards.
Located in the Central Europe, Czech Republic is a small country landlocked by neighbouring countries of Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. It has a very rich history and diverse population. Czech Republic is filled with hundreds of ancient castles, mansions and monasteries. Some of the cities as a whole look like historical artifacts it truly is a magnificent looking country. It is also rich in beautiful forests and mountains.
Czech Republic can be a very appealing country for medical tourism. More Europeans every year decide to undergo IVF treatments here. The prices are very attractive even on the level of affordable European locations but at the same time it does not lower the standards and quality of treatments. Experienced specialists and top notch medical clinics will surely fulfil your expectations. Czech Republic is a great option for IVF treatments and holidays or both at the same time.
United Kingdom consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UK is a constitutional monarchy. It compromises the nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
UK is a culturally diverse country thanks to its native inhabitants and a vast amount of immigrant cultures. It is a nation of fascinating history and a very dynamic and modern culture. It is a very popular destination for travellers from around the globe. Its capital city London is known in every corner of the Earth. The United Kingdom is full of great historical cities and beautiful countryside and villages.
UK has great hospitals, fertility centres and clinics but it is not the most popular destination for IVF treatments, mainly because it is a bit expensive and Europeans looking for treatment at a lower costs most often choose a different country like Spain, Poland or Czech Republic.
Poland is one of the largest countries in Central Europe. It is bordered by Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine. It is a very old country with cities that were mentioned in the first century AD by Roman writers. However the first Polish settlement dates back to the 7th century BC. Poland is a country which suffered greatly during the world wars and in a period of one hundred years it did not even exist as a country.
Poland is pretty popular as a medical destination. It is ranked on the seventh place in Europe when it comes to number of health spas which majority is located in environments of natural healing. With every year Poland is also becoming a very popular destination for IVF treatments. High quality and standards of Polish clinics, experienced specialists and clinicians attract patients from all Europe. Furthermore the costs of IVF treatments in Poland are very competitive.
Officially the Commonwealth of Australia. It is an Oceanian country which mainland is the Australian continent and the island of Tasmania and other smaller islands. By the size of the territory Australia is the sixth largest country. Australia is known for their exotic animal life which is totally unique in the world.
Australia’s IVF treatments are more expensive than those in Europe, the prices are more similar to those in USA. However the quality and standards are as high as they can get. Beautiful surroundings and high standards of clinics make Australia a great destination for IVF treatments.
97% of Turkey territory lies in the West Asia and the Middle East, the rest of 3% lies in the South-eastern Europe and is separated by Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara and Dardanelles. It is surrounded by the waters of the Black Sea to the north and from the west the Aegean Sea with the Mediterranean Sea form the Southwest. Countries neighbouring with Turkey are Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
Quality and standard of Public health services and also the private sector improved greatly in Turkey thanks to a series of reforms and vastly increased productivity. Turkey has a lot of modern hospitals which employ skilled and experienced doctors and specialists in all kinds of medical fields. Turkish standards of IVF treatments are the same as in Europe. Most of the clinics are localized in the bigger cities.
Ukraine once was a part of the Soviet Union but regained its independence in 1991. Now Ukraine is a democratic market economy. The heritage of this old country goes back thousands of years which you can see in most towns with its beautiful baroque and renaissance buildings. Once it was being visited by vast amount of tourists and medical tourists but that number got thinned by the latest unpleasant events in Crimea. Still Ukrainian health care is recommended offering high standards of treatments for significantly less than in other European countries. Especially when it comes to egg donations which costs in Ukraine are much less expensive and there are practically no waiting lists.
Russia former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1922–1991) is the largest country in the world. There are more clinics and hospitals per citizen in Russia than in any other Country in the world. The public clinics and hospitals are not however too famous because of their quality but on the other hand the private clinics are top notch! Also the costs of treatments are cheaper than in USA and sometimes even cheaper than in Europe. Although Russia has reputation of a not to friendly country but that should not stop you from using their modern infertility treatments to your advantage.
Cyprus is a lovely island which is easily accessible not only for Europeans but the whole world. It has a rich medical history with visitors coming for treatments by the Cypriot doctors even since 9500 BC. Now in the modern times Cyprus is a member of the European Union since 2004 and offers a variety of infertility treatment options in islandic heaven. Gorgeous beaches, vineyards and antique historical views make the modern infertility clinics even more alluring. Prices of treatments on this island are very attractive and living costs make it accessible for most people on their way to parenthood. Official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish.
Greece once an amazing ancient civilization now one of the most popular holiday destinations. It has a very rich history, delicious cuisine, numerous incredibly beautiful islands, ancient ruins and …and olive oils! Those ancient ruins and history is contrasted with very modern health care with clinics using high technology in assisted reproduction treatments. However Greece bring relatively new to medical tourism their specialists in medicine do not differ in professionalism from the rest of the popular IVF locations. Official language is Greek but in most cities you should not have problems to communicate in English.
Latvia is one of the three Baltic States with the capital City of Riga. It has a very diverse culture and the historical heritage making this place attractive for tourism. Thousands of people from Scandinavian countries, Western Europe and Russia come to Latvia every year for leisure and health. Latvia is a very attractive destination for infertility treatments especially in Riga. Modern clinics are of high standards and the treatments are less expensive than in the rest of the European countries.
India is a former British colony situated in southern Asia with China in the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. India is the 7th biggest and 2nd most populated country in the World with over a billion from which 85% are practicing Hinduism. In the last years India is experiencing a medical and technological boom which brought them out of the underdeveloped countries list into the developing countries list. With great specialists and clinics with high technology standards similar to those in United States but less expensive makes this country a very popular place for medical tourism. Official language is Hindu and English.
Malaysia is located in the Southeast Asia. It is partially situated on the peninsula of the mainland of Asia and partly on the island of Borneo. On the mainland part it borders with Thailand and there is a bridge connection to Singapore. On the Borneo island side Malaysia borders with Indonesia and Brunei.
Malaysia has an ABC visa system with A standing for a 90 days visa, B for a 30 days visa and C a 14 days visa. To know which country gets the A or B or C mark click here. National Malaysia Airlines have a wide network of international connections so getting a flight there should not be a problem. Accommodation gives you a choice from a wide range of little hotels and hostels, standard tourist hotels to luxurious five star hotels.
Officially The Kingdom of Thailand it is a country in Southeast Asia. It borders with Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Thailand attracts tourists from all over the world with fascinating culture and beautiful beaches and majestic mountains.
Thailand has the ABC system for citizens that can stay in for A – 90 days which are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and South Korea. For the rest countries B is for 30 days and C for 14 days. When it comes to transport almost every airline that flies to Asia also flies to Bangkok.
South Africa is situated on the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered by Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It has as much as 11 official languages and a very diverse population. South Africa is known for being one of the largest producer of gold in the world. Also it was the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup.
South Africa uses visas, however a lot of countries do not need visas for a 90 day stay.
There are 10 international airports in South Africa. There are direct flights from most major European countries (Amsterdam, Athens, Frankfurt, Madrid, Munich, Lisbon, London, Paris, Istanbul, Zurich) and also direct flights from Dubai, New York, Washington, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney.
South Africa offers a wide choice of international and domestic hotel chains.
Argentina situated in the south-eastern South America. It shares the southern cone with its narrower neighbour Chile. On the north-east it is boarded with Brazil, on the north with Bolivia and Paraguay and with Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east. The airlines allow to take flights from South America, North America and Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Accommodation will not be a problem, there are student hostels (probably stay away from those if you are looking for some peace and quiet during your treatment) bed and breakfasts, hotels in the city and great luxurious hotels.
IVF in Argentina is now available for all citizens, heterosexual and homosexual couples, single women (Gay marriage is legal in Argentina since 2010). The law states that no matter what is your sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or economic situation you have the right to reproduce.
Mexico is located in the North America. It is bordered with United States, Guatemala, Belize and also by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Mexico has an amazing coastline of 10,000 kilometres which on the east includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and on the west the Pacific Ocean. Mexico is a very popular tourist location, actually it is one of the most popular tourist countries in the world. With access to the Pacific and Caribbean Sea, with pyramids, museums and wonderful food it really is no surprise that it is so popular.
Getting to Mexico by plane is widely available. From USA there are hundreds of flights daily. You can get there with no problems also from Europe and Australia. When you are looking for a place to stay in Mexico you really have almost unlimited options. All the chains of the most famous hotels, standard tourist hotels and boutique hotels. There is literally something for everyone if it comes to accommodation. Important! – some governments warn about certain areas in Mexico which could be controlled by crime groups so make sure you choose a place with a good and safe reputation.
Brazil is the biggest country not only in the Latin American region but also in the South America continent. It is both geographically and by population the 5th world largest country.
There are over 150 facilities that offer fertility treatments. Many of Brazil specialists are trained in USA and their clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. Flights and accommodation is not a problem but you should watch out for Carnaval period because it is all a lot more expensive then. Cheapest way to travel is to take a flight after the Carnaval that is from February to May and from August to November. There are direct flights from major North American cities like New York, Washington, Los Angeles and so on, in Europe from Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Frankfurt and a lot more. There are also a lot of direct flights from Asia and Africa. Accommodation also depends on the season you choose, if it is Carnaval then the prices can be very expensive. So if you are looking to cut the costs on your treatment you should definitely choose the normal season and pay the normal price for the hotels.
A North American country located in the northern part of the continent, made up of ten provinces and three territories. Total area of Canadian territories places this country as the second largest in the world and the fourth largest when it comes to land area. It shares the world longest land border with the USA. Canada is said to be one of the most ‘well-mannered’ and friendliest places in the world, well maybe not if you really don’t like cold places. When it comes to flights Canada favours Air Canada and flight fares tend to be very expensive. Accommodation is an interesting thing in Canada because Hotels are a part of their history. There are hotels in major cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and so on built in the early 1900s called The Canadian Railway Hotels. Those are pretty expensive hotels but you will also find good but cheaper hotels.