Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: iStock

A tourist from South Korea was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on January 10 after airport staff found him carrying 200 used cell phones.

Kang Joo Kyung, 35, was stopped by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and was searched. Officers found 200 used cell phones with a total value of approximately VND1.6 billion (US$68,915), VN Express reported.

Kang confessed that he had the phones in the hope of making some money in Vietnam. Authorities said the case had been handed over to the police, who will pursue the matter.

Regulations in Vietnam stipulate that phone importers need to register with the Department of Telecommunications for quality inspections. Individuals failing to do so will be penalized.

People driving in Vietnam are allowed to carry a second mobile phone if it is for personal use, but if its value exceeds VND10 million (US$430), the phone will still be subjected to a duty.

In 2017, a court found two South Korean men guilty of smuggling 96 used mobile phones into Vietnam. The two were sentenced to three years each.

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