Border guards in the northern province of Cao Bang have caught 13 Vietnamese citizens attempting to enter the country illegally via the Vietnam-China border to dodge compulsory quarantine for COVID-19 prevention and control.
The border jumpers were detected in the border area in Thong Nhat Commune, Ha Lang District early Sunday morning, the provincial border guard officers confirmed.
They were escorted to the Quang Long border guard station for verification.
The border jumpers said they hail from multiple Vietnamese provinces, namely Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Thanh Hoa, Dak Nong, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, and Tra Vinh.
They had entered China against the law to work since 2017.
The Vietnamese citizens were then required to fill out health declaration forms, had their body temperature measured, and brought to local quarantine centers in accordance with regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
|Vietnamese border jumpers are handed over by Chinese authorities to border guard officers in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam, February 28, 2021. Photo: Xuan Chien / Tuoi Tre|
In related news, 34 Vietnamese citizens were handed over by Chinese authorities to the border guard unit at Tra Linh Border Gate in Cao Bang Province on Sunday.
They previously entered China unlawfully via the northern border to find jobs from 2019 to early 2021.
They have been quarantined in accordance with current regulations.
According to the Vietnam Border Guard Command, a total of 101 people were caught attempting to sneak into China and Cambodia from Vietnam on Sunday.