Two travellers flying into Pearson International Airport in Mississauga fined for allegedly providing altered COVID-19 documents

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Published May 6, 2021 at 6:47 pm

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Transport Canada has fined two travellers for allegedly providing false or misleading COVID-19 pre-departure tests.

The first passenger, who was traveling from the Dominican Republic to Toronto Pearson International Airport on February 8, 2021, was fined $6,500 for allegedly providing an altered COVID-19 test, as well as making a false declaration to the air carrier about their health status.

The second passenger, who was traveling from the U.S. to Pearson on April 3, 2021, was fined $2,500 for allegedly presenting an altered COVID-19 test before boarding their flight.

Under the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, air travellers are prohibited from knowingly providing false or misleading COVID-19 test documentation, and they must obtain a negative result on a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of boarding a flight destined for Canada.

Those who fail to comply with these regulations could be fined up to $5,000 per violation.

Additionally, according to a release from Transport Canada, between April 19 and 25, only 29,485 travellers entered Canada by air, which is a decrease of approximately 96 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Further, as of April 25, 99 per cent of travellers arriving by air were compliant or exempt from the pre-board testing requirements.

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