Two airline passengers have been fined nearly $ 16,000 each for using fake vaccination cards to fly from the United States to Canada.
In a statement on Friday, The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) shared that during a July 18 flight from the US to Toronto, authorities discovered that two passengers were presenting fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination credentials.
PHAC said each passenger received four fines totaling up to $ 19,720 in Canadian currency, or nearly $ 16,000.
Individuals who submit false vaccine information to authorities face criminal charges that include a six-month term in prison and a maximum fine of $ 750,000, according to the statement.
“The Government of Canada will continue to investigate reported incidents and will not hesitate to take enforcement action when warranted to protect the health of Canadians from further spread of COVID-19 and its variants of concern,” said PHAC.
The latest fines come as Canadian health officials shared in July that travelers who are fully vaccinated may be exempt from quarantine requirements if they show proof of their vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result. The Washington Post reported.
The Canadian Public Health Agency reported 907 new COVID-19 cases and 17 COVID-19 related deaths on July 30.
Many countries are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases as the delta variant becomes the dominant strain of coronavirus worldwide.