Police discover five Chinese border jumpers in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Chinese, Kon Tum, border jumper

Police in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have discovered five Chinese men who previously entered the country illegally via the northern border.

Officers in Kon Tum Province confirmed on Thursday they had brought the five foreigners to a local quarantine facility in accordance with regulations.

The Chinese nationals were drinking coffee near the Kon Tum Bus Station on Wednesday morning when a group of officers decided to inspect them due to some abnormal signs.

The men failed to present their passports and visas.

They hail from Guangxi, China, according to police.

Chinese, Kon Tum, border jumper

Two Chinese border jumpers are held at the police station in Kon Tum Province, Vietnam in this supplied photo.

The Chinese claimed they had entered Vietnam illicitly via a trail in the northern province of Quang Ninh on January 16, before catching a coach to Ho Chi Minh City.

The border jumpers then traveled to Pleiku City, located in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, on a passenger bus, and caught a taxi to Kom Tum Province.

The Kon Tum Center for Disease Control has tested the Chinese men for COVID-19 and is waiting for the results.

The provincial committee for COVID-19 prevention and control has also quarantined three people who came into close contact with the border jumpers.

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