Canadian officials have charged two U.S. travelers and fined them Can $ 20,000 each – about $ 25,000 – for providing false COVID-19 vaccination documents.
The Anonymous Travelers arrived in Canada from the United States the week of July 18. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) officials imposed four fines on each traveler for a total of CAD 19,720 per traveler.
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The false documents consisted of proof of vaccination and pre-departure tests; officials also cited the pair for “non-compliance” with government requirements for accommodation and testing on arrival, according to a press release from PHAC.
Canada instituted travel requirements in January that require any inbound traveler to provide a negative COVID test before boarding a plane. Additionally, all travelers arriving by air must stay at a government-approved hotel for three nights, or until they test negative for COVID.
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However, a hotel stay can cost more than CAD 1,500.
The agency also stressed that all travelers are required to answer questions truthfully and that providing false information is a serious offense.
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“Failure to follow quarantine or isolation instructions provided to travelers by a screening officer or quarantine officer upon entering Canada is also an offense under the Quarantine Act and could result in a fine of $ 5,000 for each day of non-compliance or for each offense committed, or more severe penalties, including six months in prison and / or $ 750,000 in fines, ”noted the PHAC.
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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said it was working closely with “domestic and international partners” to uncover the forged documents.
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