It is one thing to refuse vaccination against COVID-19 or virus testing — precautions that are unfortunately not mandatory in many parts of the world — but it is another thing to openly lie to the authorities about it, especially when visiting another country.
Canadian authorities announced that they recently arrested two idiots who were traveling from the USA to Toronto for non-compliance with the conditions for entry. According to a Media Release from the Canadian Public Health Agency, passengers provided false information regarding vaccination evidence and pre-departure tests. In addition, they failed to stay in government-approved accommodation facilities, which is a requirement for people who have not been vaccinatedand perform COVID-19 arrival tests.
Passengers who arrived in Toronto on July 18 received eight fines and will have to pay $ 19,720 each.
“The Government of Canada will continue to investigate reported incidents and will not hesitate to take action where it is justified to protect the health of Canadians from the further spread of COVID-19 and its worrying variants,” the Canadian Public Health Agency said. it was said in a statement.
While this may sound like a hefty chunk of money, passengers could have been fined even more and even sentenced to prison. Canadian authorities say passengers violate any quarantine or isolation instructions given to them by an inspection or quarantine officer upon entry they could face fines of $ 5,000 for each day of rule violation or for each violation. More severe sentences can lead to six months in prison and /or $ 750,000 in fines.
Under current Canadian travel regulations, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents are no longer allowed to reside in quarantine when they enter the state. The regulation also applies to fully vaccinated foreign nationals who have an exemption to enter the state. (Irrelevant travel of foreigners will not be allowed until August 9). However, in order to be able to waive quarantine, passengers must present documents proving their vaccination status and upload them to the ArriveCAN app.
Passengers who have not been vaccinated like the two of them in this case must stay in a hotel approved by the government for three days, quarantined for 14 days and perform tests on COVID-19 before departure, after arrival and eight days later, Explained for CTV News.
“Everyone is travelingAccording to Canadian law, those who arrive in Canada are obliged to truthfully answer all questions, “said the Canadian Public Health Agency. “Giving false information and / or documents to a Canadian government official when entering Canada or making false statements or presenting false documents, such as vaccination certificates, is a serious offense and may result in fines and / or criminal charges.”
All in all, lying to the authorities is a bad idea. In this regard, it seems that more work should be done. Think about it. It is presumed that the two passengers in question had to falsify authentic-looking documents. It’s much easier to just get vaccinated and tested instead of going through all that ordeal. And while we’re on the subject of wasting time, just imagine how the journey went after they were caught with their pants on fire.