Chinese tourist gets heavy fine for bringing drone to Vietnam

A Chinese photography enthusiast has been ordered by Vietnam customs to pay 60 million Vietnamese dong (about $2,700) to get back his easy-to-fly drone, the Wenzhou Business News reports.

The tourist from Wenzhou City of East China's Zhejiang Province bought the unmanned drone, which is equipped with aerial photography systems, and tried to bring it to Vietnam during China's Lunar New Year holiday.

The drone and three batteries were seized by local customs.

China's embassy in Vietnam helped the tourist contact a lawyer and he was later told to pay a fine of $2,700.

The tourist decided not to claim his items back.

Last September, a Chinese photography lover was also on the receiving end of robust safety checks after using drones to take pictures in India.