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Vietnam Tourists Disappear in S. Korea

Vietnam Tourists Disappear in S. KoreaVietnam Tourists Disappear in S. Korea

A group of 46 Vietnamese visiting South Korea for holiday has disappeared from the resort island of Jeju, allegedly to look for jobs, local media reported Friday, citing authorities. The missing tourists are among a group of 155 Vietnamese who have visited the island since Tuesday for a six-day trip, eTurbonews reported. Ten others who attempted to flee earlier this week have been caught and are under investigation, said an announcement from the local immigration office. The office said it is investigating if they were trying to look for illegal employment in South Korea. Police and the coast guard said they have stepped up inspections to prevent the missing Vietnamese from fleeing to other provinces. All tourists are allowed to enter and stay on the resort island without a visa for up to 30 days, except for nationals from terrorism-linked countries. According to the Korea Tourism Organization, around 170,000 Vietnamese tourists visited the country in 2015, a 20% increase compared to 2014.