CNMI cuts Chinese tourist visits to two weeks

2:26 pm on 2 October 2019

Tourists from China have had the period they can stay in the Northern Marianas slashed to just 14 days per stay.

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach

Tourists visiting a CNMI beach. Photo: RNZ / Mark Rabago

Chinese tourists had originally been able to stay in the CNMI for up to 45 days.

However Governor Ralph Torres made a call to cut their stay to address the issues of 'birth tourism' and overstaying.

US Customs and Border Protection have made the changes which will come into effect on Thursday.

'Birth tourism' is used to describe the practice of travelling to another country for the purpose of giving birth to obtain citizenship.

The Commonwealth Health Care Corporation says last year the number of tourists who gave birth in the CNMI was at 582, an increase of 21 from the previous year.