Two travellers have been fined a combined $9,000 by Transport Canada after they failed to follow Canada's travel rules.

In a new statement, the federal agency confirmed that two penalties had been issued to two individual travellers for "presenting false or misleading COVID-19 pre-departure tests."

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One of the passengers was fined an eye-watering $6,500 for presenting an altered COVID-19 test before boarding a flight from the Dominican Republic to Toronto back in February 2021.

The passenger also made a "false declaration to the air carrier about their health status," says Transport Canada's statement.

More recently, on April 3, a second individual was slapped with a $2,500 penalty for presenting an altered COVID-19 test when boarding a flight from the United States to Toronto.

Canada's current travel restrictions require all air passengers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight, in addition to more tests upon arrival in the country.

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