Two airline passengers entering Canada from the United States were fined nearly $20,000 ($16,000 US) each for submitting fake vaccination cards and Covid-19 test results, officials have confirmed.
The passengers also failed to stay at a government-authorized hotel, which is required by the country’s government, Canada’s public health agency said Friday. The passengers, who have not been identified at this stage, traveled to Toronto two weeks ago and were Canadian citizens, Health Canada spokeswoman Maryse Durette told NBC News. They mark the first case of travelers using fake vaccination documents to enter the country, Durette said.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, people registered under the Indian Act and protected persons can enter Canada but must show a negative coronavirus test. Most travelers must quarantine 14 days upon arrival. Dual Canadian citizens can enter with a valid passport or special authorization. Ignoring quarantine instructions when entering the country can lead to a $5,000 fine each day of noncompliance, according to a statement Friday from the Public Health Agency.
People who submit false information on their vaccination status can face a $750,000 fine, up to six months in prison or both.NStarting Aug. 9, Canada is set to reopen its border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Travelers must meet pre-entry coronavirus testing requirements and submit a quarantine plan to enter.
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