Two travellers have been fined approximately £17,968 ($25,000) for faking Covid vaccination documents.
The unnamed holidaymakers were stopped in Toronto, Canada, on the week commencing July 18, and accused of giving false information in regards to vaccine credentials and pre-departure tests.
They were also charged for failing to comply with the government’s authorised accommodation and testing upon arrival.
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In total, they accumulated four fines each.
Earlier this year, the Government of Canada enforced travel requirements that means all incoming travellers must be able to provide a negative Covid-19 test.
Following arrival, travellers must stay at an approved hotel for three nights. Unless they can provide an additional negative test.
Since July 5, Canada has made exceptions for those who have been fully vaccinated.
When arriving at the port of entry, passengers should be able to provide proof of vaccination documents.
A recent press release from Canada stated: “All travellers arriving in Canada are obligated by Canadian law to respond truthfully to all questions.
“Providing false information and/or documents to a Government of Canada official upon entry to Canada or making false statements or presenting fraudulent documents, such as vaccination credentials, is a serious offence and may result in fines and/or criminal charges.”
It also said the government ‘will not hesitate to take enforcement action where it is warranted to protect the health of Canadians from the further spread of COVID-19 and its variants of concern’.
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