Two travellers have been fined for presenting “false or misleading” COVID-19 assessments upon their return from Mexico final month, Transport Canada stated at the moment.
According to a media assertion, Transport Canada carried out a “comprehensive investigation” of the 2 travellers and decided that they made “a false declaration about their health status.” They have been fined $10,000 and $7,000 respectively.
The assertion says the 2 travellers “knowingly boarded a flight to Canada from Mexico on January 23, 2021, after having tested positive for COVID-19 only a few days before their flight.”
As of Jan. 7, each traveller over the age of 5 is required to supply a damaging take a look at end result from a polymerase chain response (PCR) or a reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) take a look at administered within the 72 hours earlier than their flight’s departure.
The assessments have to be carried out within the flight’s nation of origin earlier than boarding the aircraft. Other varieties of assessments, corresponding to fast antigen assessments, should not accepted. The authorities has directed airways to show away travellers who don’t current a take a look at end result on the time of boarding.
On Feb. 15, travellers returning to Canada by way of the land border have been additionally required to provide a damaging take a look at end result.
Aside from the take a look at, travellers arriving in Canada should additionally undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine interval.
All travellers are additionally questioned by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers about their quarantine plans upon their return to the nation. Border officers additionally display screen for sick passengers and refer those that look like ailing to Public Health Agency of Canada officers for additional evaluation.
Transport Canada says that “any passenger failing to comply with the interim order could be subject to fines of up to $5,000 per violation.”
The authorities assertion doesn’t clarify why one traveller’s wonderful was double the quantity of the opposite, or if the travellers knew one another or have been associated to at least one one other.
CBC has requested Transport Canada to offer extra details about the travellers, corresponding to their whereabouts, whether or not they quarantined after arriving in Canada or if their actions contaminated different Canadians.
The division has but to answer CBC’s questions.