Guam – U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered a pregnant Chinese tourist to go back to Shanghai, China early Monday morning after arriving at the Saipan International Airport early last Sunday.
A tour leader with knowledge of the matter told the Saipan Tribune that the identified pregnant passenger ordered to return to China as Yu Yan Hu. She said the woman is in her 40s.
The tour leader said the pregnant woman bought a roundtrip ticket from her company, but she doesn’t know where the tourist and her companion, presumably the husband, were planning to stay on Saipan.
Last Thursday, CNMI Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan warned that birth tourism could risk the U.S. visa waiver program for CNMI-bound Chinese and Russian tourists that have become important markets for the islands.
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted U.S. visa waivers for Chinese and Russian tourists visiting the CNMI. This means Chinese and Russian tourists can enter and stay in the CNMI for up to 45 days without a need to obtain a U.S. visa.