Pregnant Chinese Eye Saipan Island for Birth Tourism

As long as babies are born in Saipan, they are U.S. citizens. (Nina Matthews Photography/Flickr)
As long as babies are born in Saipan, they are U.S. citizens. (Nina Matthews Photography/Flickr)

Birth tourism, where pregnant Chinese women go to the United States to have their babies, continues to increase. Recently, Chinese companies have been exploring Saipan Island as a destination.

Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, is part of U.S. territory. In principle, as long as babies are born in Saipan, they are U.S. citizens. It is only a 4-hour flight from eastern China to Saipan, which has a 45-day visa-free policy.

An ABC report said that agents in Beijing provide customized tour packages to pregnant women. The packages include top accommodation, top medical services, a social security card, birth certificate, and an infant US visa from $27,000. These services are already generating good business.

Customers normally live in high-end suites that have an ocean view, with things like baby carriages supplied. Cooking and laundry services are also available.

In recent years, the number of Chinese infants born on the tiny island has soared—from 8 babies in 2009 to 282 in 2012, which was 71 per cent of the local newborns.

In order to avoid China’s political risks, polluted air, and unsafe water and food, as well as offering better opportunities, many rich Chinese choose to have their babies born in the U.S. Then they look for a state with a good educational system and immigrate.

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