Taiwanese tourists reported safe in Vietnam

05/15/2014 12:42 PM

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) All Taiwanese tour groups in Vietnam have been reported safe after anti-Chinese riots erupted two days ago in southern Vietnam, Taiwan's Tourism Bureau said Thursday.

There were 837 Taiwanese tourists in 38 tour groups in northern Vietnam as of press time, all of whom had been reported safe, the bureau said.

The only tour group previously in southern Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, comprising 25 people, had returned to Taiwan safely the previous night, the bureau said.

An estimated 2,546 tourists in 121 groups are expected to go to Vietnam by the end of May, the bureau said.

It added that 405 tourists in 14 groups have canceled trips to Vietnam through the end of July.

Taiwan issued a yellow travel alert the previous day for Ho Chi Minh City and an orange alert for two provinces in northern suburban areas of the largest city in southern Vietnam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued the orange travel alert for Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, urging citizens to take precautions and avoid unnecessary travel to the two provinces.

Under MOFA's four-color travel alert system, orange is the second-highest alert after red, with yellow and gray the two lower levels.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/J

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