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Samsung Galaxy faces delays on Vietnam entry limit

Company's focused investment in Southeast Asian nation backfires

A Samsung smartphone plant in Bac Ninh Province in northern Vietnam. The South Korean company operates two huge smartphone factories in the Southeast Asian country. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has been hit hard by Vietnam's restrictions on travel from South Korea, fueling concerns that production of the latest Galaxy Note smartphones will fall behind schedule in the technology giant's biggest manufacturing hub outside its home country.

The Vietnamese government's move late last month to require a two-week quarantine for all arrivals from South Korea has prompted Seoul to mount an unprecedented campaign for exemptions so that the multinational can proceed with product launch plans.

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