As Canada reopens its border to the United States on Monday, it's important that all travellers realize that they have to provide proof of vaccination. Failing that results in denial of entry. Trying to enter with fake documents is even worse. These two were fined $19,720 each, or about $16,000 American.
It’s one thing to refuse to get vaccinated against covid-19 or tested for the virus—precautions that are, unfortunately, not mandatory in many parts of the world—but it’s another thing to blatantly lie to authorities about it, especially when you’re visiting another country.
Canadian authorities announced that they recently busted two idiots traveling from the U.S. to Toronto for failing to comply with entry requirements. According to a news release from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the travelers provided false information related to proof of vaccination credentials and pre-departure tests. In addition, they also failed to stay in government-authorized accommodations, which is a requirement for people who are not vaccinated, and carry out covid-19 arrival tests.
The travelers, who arrived in Toronto the week of July 18, received eight fines and will have to pay $19,720 each.
“The Government of Canada will continue to investigate incidents reported and will not hesitate to take enforcement action where it is warranted to protect the health of Canadians from the further spread of COVID-19 and its variants of concern,” the Public Health Agency of Canada said in the release.
Two travelers were fined $16K for trying to use a fake #COVID19 vaccine card to get into Canada. @MrShannonLanier says, "That's just too much trouble. You should just go get the vaccine, it would be a lot less trouble and a lot cheaper, it's free." #StartYourDay pic.twitter.com/rCtl4P1eV3
— BNC (@BNCNews) August 3, 2021