MOFA requests Vietnam investigate abuse of Taiwanese tour group

Tour group from Taiwan allegedly harassed upon arrival and departure by Cam Ranh International Airport officials

Departure floor at Cam Ranh International Airport

Departure floor at Cam Ranh International Airport (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has made an inquiry with the Vietnamese government to investigate the alleged mass abuse of a Taiwanese tour group visiting Nha Trang May 11-May 15.

According to reports, upon arrival and departure at Cam Ranh International Airport, members of the 104 person tour group were harassed and coerced into paying bribes to customs and immigration officials. Some female travelers reported they were touched improperly by male security officials.

Angered by the mistreatment, members of the tour group reported the incident to MOFA after they returned to Taiwan.

MOFA immediately contacted the Taiwan representative office in Ho Chi Minh, and the Vietnamese representative office in Taipei to inquire over the incident.

Following the official inquiry from MOFA, the Vietnamese government issued an apology and has pledged to conduct an investigation into the accusations of illegal conduct by any employees working at the airport, reports CNA.

Taiwan will maintain contact with Vietnamese offices conducting the investigation, and expects a follow-up report.