The federal government has revealed that travellers entering Canada could face hefty fines if they’re caught with false COVID-19 test documentation.

In a new statement, Transport Canada confirmed that all passengers entering the country must now provide a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding.

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Making a false declaration under the Interim Order carries the potential for a fine of up to $5,000 for individuals.

Transport Canada

All incoming travellers must share details about where they got the test, as well as personal information like their name and date of birth.

Failure to provide accurate testing details, or giving false documentation, could result in fines of up to $5,000 confirmed the government agency.

In addition, anybody who’s suspected of giving false or misleading information will have their information handed over to Transport Canada.

The penalties are even more significant for air carriers who fail to comply with the new requirements.

They could face fines of up to $25,000 for allowing passengers to board without the proper documentation.

Incoming travellers should be careful to comply with Canada’s Quarantine Act, too. Failure to isolate for two weeks upon arrival in the country could result in fines of up to $750,000 and even prison time.

 
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