Two people have each been fined thousands of dollars for presenting false COVID-19 test results at Canadian borders.
Transport Canada said that the two individuals boarded a flight to Canada from Mexico on January 23. They had both tested positive for COVID-19 “only a few days” prior.
Following a “comprehensive investigation” by the department, one passenger was fined $10,000, and the other was fined $7,000 for “presenting a false or misleading COVID-19 test and for making a false declaration about their health status.”
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Since January 7, all international travellers have been required to present a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test in order to enter Canada by air.
Beginning on February 22, travellers will need to take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival in the country and a third at the end of their 14-day quarantine.
While they await their results, they will be required to quarantine at a supervised hotel at their own expense. Each stay will cost $2,000 per person – which includes the cost of private tests and the hotel stay.
“The Government of Canada continues to strongly advise against non-essential travel outside of Canada,” the department said.
“Transport Canada will continue to investigate incidents reported to the department and will not hesitate to take enforcement action where it is warranted.”