Amid the renewed COVID-19 hysteria, coming in the face of the highly contagious delta variant surging and a widespread push to force people to get vaccinated in the United States, our neighbors to the north are cracking the whip on travelers forging vaccination cards.
Two airline passengers in Canada were hit with a hefty fine of nearly $16,000 each for using fake vaccination cards to fly in from the U.S. According to The Washington Post, the travelers were Canadian citizens.
The Public Health Agency of Canada announced that it had issued the fines to two passengers arriving in Toronto the week of July 18, 2021, for “non-compliance with entry requirements.”
“Each traveler received four fines — a total of $19,720 for each traveler — for providing false information related to proof of vaccination credentials and pre-departure tests, as well as, non-compliance with the requirement to stay at a government-authorized accommodation and on-arrival testing requirements,” the Canadian agency said, the monetary figure being in Canadian dollars.
The statement said violating any quarantine or isolation instructions when entering Canada violates the Quarantine Act and could result in a $5,000 fine for each day of non-compliance or for each offense committed. More serious penalties include “six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.”
The health agency announced earlier this summer that fully vaccinated air travelers are exempt from a three-night quarantine at a government-authorized hotel.
The Post reported the unvaccinated must “submit proof of a 14-day quarantine plan, even if they have tested negative for the coronavirus or have already recovered from the illness.”
In addition, they have to submit proof of a negative coronavirus test taken at least 72 hours before their flight and get a second test upon arrival, along with obtaining a kit that contains another test to take on Day 8 of their quarantine.
“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,” PHAC further stated.
The agency reported that Canada had 907 new COVID-19 cases on July 30, along with 17 COVID-19 related deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires that air travelers planning to fly to the U.S. from other countries must get tested no more than 3 days before they travel and show a negative result to the airline before boarding their flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter, including some from people cheering on the penalizing of travelers:
People like this should have to pay the fine and be on a no fly list.
— Samster Smithy (@SamsterSmithy) August 3, 2021
Well, that sounds like a prohibitive fine, nice! Can we get the same done for businesses that break laws, rather than allowing them to still make a profit off illegal goods?
— Shawn T Storm (@ShawnTStorm1) August 3, 2021
This is great news. It’s nothing to laugh at or play with.
— Wayne J. Parris, CPA (@WayneParris14) August 3, 2021
It would have been easier to just get the shot than to make up a fake card. Also cheaper.
— Vivien Cambridge (@CambridgeVivien) August 3, 2021
Nothing says freedom and pro-science like mandatory vaccines for people with natural immunity via antibodies.
— AD (@adawnsevolution) August 3, 2021
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