Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) Travelers from Vietnam who bring pork into Taiwan beginning Wednesday will be fined NT$200,000 (US$6,490), Taiwan officials announced late Tuesday, after Vietnam confirmed African swine fever (ASF) cases on eight farms.
First time offenders will be fined NT$200,000 and second time offenders NT$1 million, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF.
Foreign nationals who fail to pay the fine will be denied entry, the center said.
The confirmed ASF cases in northern Vietnam are the first confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease in a Southeast Asian country, the center said.
This also makes Vietnam the third country in Asia, after China and Mongolia, to confirm an ASF outbreak, according to the center.
The Vietnamese government announced Tuesday that ASF virus has been detected on eight farms in northern Vietnam, including two farms in Hung Yen province and six farms in Thai Binh province, according to Vietnamese media reports.
Over 250 pigs have been culled to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the reports.
Since Feb. 15, Taiwan has begun checking all passengers arriving from Vietnam for possession of pork products after a pork sandwich brought into Taiwan by a traveler from Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for ASF.
It was the first time a pork product brought into Taiwan from a country other than China has tested positive for the virus.