Vietnam wary after tourists to Israel disappear

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Vietnamese tourism authorities have ordered travel companies to keep a closer eye on tourists traveling to Israel after several were reported to have stayed back in that country illegally.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said travel companies organizing tours to Israel need to "carefully" check their customers' background.

The scrutiny is especially necessary for tourists from provinces with a record of people overstaying their visas -- like the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh and the northern province of Hai Duong -- the order said.

It also ordered the companies to collaborate with their foreign partners to keep tabs on customers during tours and inform authorities when they find evidence or have a suspicion that someone is planning to disappear.

The administration said in its website Monday that most of the Vietnamese tourists who overstayed their visas in Israel went with travel companies.

According to a Thanh Nien source, last month a group of 15 tourists who went to Israel with a Hanoi travel company disappeared though their tour guide said he kept all their passports.

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