Are people using fake COVID test results to travel to Canada?

And more than 90 of them used suspected false vaccine passports.

Canadian border officials have identified hundreds of travelers with suspected false coronavirus test results and more than 90 travelers with suspected false vaccine passports.

As of October 31, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) had intercepted 374 cases of suspected falsified or fraudulent COVID-19 test results at a point of entry into the country, the CBSA spokesperson said, Isabelle Vigneault. Vancouver is awesome in a statement sent by email. Of these travelers, 160 attempted to enter Canada by air while 187 attempted to cross the land border.

On the same date, the CBSA also intercepted 92 cases of suspected falsified or fraudulent proof of identity of vaccination.

All travelers were referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for further assessment and possible enforcement.

As of Dec. 7, PHAC has imposed 17 fines for suspected falsified or fraudulent test results or proof of vaccination presented at a port of entry into Canada, the agency said in an emailed statement to VIA. However, several cases are still under investigation.

Law enforcement works with PHAC officers to assess “each situation on a case-by-case basis to determine which compliance or enforcement tool” is appropriate. PHAC does not determine which enforcement action is most appropriate. Law enforcement may choose to use a different instrument for enforcement, such as local regulations or provincial legislation.

Fines for using fraudulent documents or making false statements

The fine for violating section 66 (b) of the Quarantine Act (making a false or misleading statement to a quarantine officer, screening officer or environmental health officer) is $ 825 plus costs and applicable provincial taxes.

Travelers who present false documents may be liable to an additional fine of $ 5,000 under section 58 of the Quarantine Act (failure to comply with an order barring or conditional on entry to Canada) if they do not meet the requirements for entry into Canada, and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine if they do not. do not meet the criteria for exemptions.

If a traveler has also used the false document to board a plane bound for Canada, Transport Canada can also use its powers to apply penalties. The penalty for falsifying a document is accompanied by a hefty fine of up to $ 750,000 or six months’ imprisonment or both.

Foreign nationals who provide false information may also be refused entry and / or barred from returning to Canada.

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