Taiwanese arrested, detained in Vietnam
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.