VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It seems some travellers have been caught with what border officials suspect are fake COVID-19 test results.
The Canada Border Services Agency says its intercepted a total of 30 suspected fraudulent tests at land borders and at airports since the beginning of the year.
Ten result documents were reported between Jan. 7 and March 24 at Canada’s airports, while 20 were intercepted at land borders between Feb. 15 and March 24, according to an email from the CBSA.
People are being reminded that providing fraudulent documentation is an offence under the Federal Quarantine Act and that being caught with false information can result in harsh penalties.
Currently, anyone arriving in Canada is required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Travellers are required to take a test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time for their flight to Canada.
Failure to comply with travel orders can result in up to six months in jail and/or fines up to $750,000.
“Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 years or both,” the CBSA says in an email.
The CBSA says border services officers are “trained in examination techniques and use indicators, intelligence, and other information to determine a person’s admissibility to Canada.”
“This includes confirming the documentation required to be found admissible is valid and authentic,” the agency adds.
The CBSA says 99 per cent of both travellers arriving by air and land are following quarantine guidelines.
In addition to providing proof of a negative PCR test, travellers arriving in Canada by air are required to book a three night stay in a government-approved hotel where they are to quarantine while awaiting another test, to be administered upon arrival.
People with tests that come back negative are allowed to complete the remainder of their 14 day quarantine at home.