Officials said Thursday they fined two people several thousand dollars each for presenting fraudulent COVID-19 test results before departure before boarding for Canada.
A passenger was fined $ 2,500 for taking a “modified COVID-19 test” and knowingly boarding a flight from the Dominican Republic to Toronto on February 8, 2021, after doing so.
The second individual was fined $ 6,500 for taking a modified test and then boarding a flight from the United States to Toronto on April 3, 2021. In a press release, officials said the passenger “also had makes a false declaration to the air carrier about his state of health. “
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Federal officials and politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have repeatedly told Canadians “now is not the time to travel” and that no one should take non-essential trips outside the country as COVID-19 continues to plague Canadians.
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Officials say 99% of travelers follow rules for pre-departure testing.
Yet a minority of travelers choose to put the lives of others at risk by trying to bend the rules.
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Those who have chosen to ignore the warnings and travel internationally must take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of boarding and present negative results before boarding a flight back to Canada.
Failure to follow the rules can result in travelers being fined up to $ 5,000 for each violation.
The Canada Border Services Agency said in March it had intercepted 30 people faking their COVID-19 test results to enter the country since January 2021.
This is not the first time that Transport Canada has imposed fines on travelers who fake their test results.
In February, transport officials also fined a passenger on a flight between Germany and Canada $ 2,500 for making a false statement about his state of health and failing to comply with the mandatory quarantine in place for travelers entering the country.
In January, a passenger traveling from Mexico to Canada fined $ 1,000 for failing to provide a test completed within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time, while two passengers on a separate flight from Mexico to Canada were fined $ 10,000 and $ 7,000 for providing false COVID 19 test results.
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