Tai­wanese ar­rested, de­tained in Viet­nam

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The For­eign Min­istry’s Bureau of Con­sular Af­fairs’ (BOCA) yesterday called on Tai­wanese trav­el­ers to fol­low lo­cal laws when vis­it­ing over­seas af­ter two na­tion­als were re­cently ar­rested in Viet­nam for bring­ing too much cash with them upon en­ter­ing the coun­try.

BOCA chief sec­re­tary Elaine Chen ( ) said the two sep­a­rate cases oc­curred last month and ear­lier this month when two Tai­wanese na­tion­als were ar­rested by Viet­namese bor­der con­trol author­i­ties as they were about to en­ter the coun­try from Cam­bo­dia.

Of­fi­cials found the two car­ry­ing huge amount of case with them when they tried to en­ter Viet­namese soil, Chen said.

They were both car­ry­ing more than US$30,000 with them. In both cases, the Tai­wanese cit­i­zens had failed to de­clare to the cus­toms author­i­ties that they were bring­ing cash worth more than US$5,000 as stip­u­lated by laws, the BOCA of­fi­cial said.

The two were ar­rested by bor­der con­trol author­i­ties on charges of illegal cross-bor­der trans­porta­tion of cur­rency.

They are still be­ing de­tained un­der the charges and are await­ing le­gal pro­ceed­ings for their al­leged vi­o­la­tions in Viet­nam, she said.

Chen said most coun­tries around the world have set cer­tain re­stric­tions on things that need to de­clare at bor­der con­trol.

One must de­clare to the cus­toms author­i­ties if he or she plans to en­ter or leave a for­eign coun­try with cash that ex­ceeds the max­i­mum amount as reg­u­lated by lo­cal laws, she added.

Vi­o­la­tors could face a pos­si­ble fine, or like in these two cases, jail time, Chen noted.

The BOCA of­fi­cial did not dis­close more de­tails on the two cases. But sources close to the mat­ter yesterday told the Chi­ne­se­lan­guage Ap­ple Daily that the two Tai­wanese were gam­blers who at­tempted to bring the money they won at casi­nos in Cam­bo­dia to Viet­nam when they were ar­rested.

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