U.S. media recently disclosed that 70 percent of infants born on Saipan Island were Chinese babies whose mother’s came for birth tourism. The island is part of U.S. territory, and Chinese women are giving birth there to get U.S. citizenship for their babies. The Saipan government has now ordered a ban on pregnant women entering the island.
Since barring pregnant tourists, birth tourism has turned cold. Many tourist agencies said that Saipan tourist groups refuse to accept pregnant women anymore, and airlines are blocking pregnant women from boarding the planes.
Liu, manager of a tourist agency, said she received an official statement from the government, stating: “There is a prohibition of any pregnant woman from joining a tourist group. Once discovered, they will not be allowed to board the plane.”
Tourist agencies now see businesses in, or dealing with, Saipan Island reject pregnant women—they are even afraid to hear the word “pregnant.” Both the service provider and the airline will be fined if a pregnant woman successfully enters Saipan Island.
The staff at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu pointed out the risk of illegally staying on the island. “According to the law, Chinese pregnant women can stay up to 45 days without a visa. Of course, 45 days may not be enough, and many Chinese tourists stay longer than that. Once you go beyond the legal time period, you’ll have a bad record and may not get a U.S. visa,” they said.