Weeks after Health Minister, Dr. Fank Anthony disclosed that an investigation was launched into reports of fake COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results being used by persons traveling internationally, the Guyana Civil Aviation has issued a stern warning to travelers contemplating of not going through the correct procedure.
“Persons found presenting forged COVID-19 test results for international travel purposes will be prosecuted by the police, fined $250,000 and will be prevented from flying in the future.” The GCAA announced.
Further, those persons who are found with the forged test results will see their names being published on the “no fly” list, the statement announced.
When the government opened the airports last year several measures were put in place for incoming passengers.
Incoming passengers were mandated to provide negative (PCR) test results before their travel to Guyana.
If the test result exceeded 72 hours but was within five days, the traveler will be required to take another test when they arrive in Guyana. That test is conducted by Eureka Medical Laboratories Inc at a cost.
A few weeks ago, the United States issued a policy of its own requiring all travelers to the US to undergo testing for COVID-19 before travel to the US.
There have been reports locally of a number of persons attempting to prevent fake COVID-19 test results to travel, forcing the decision to institute the fines and other measures.
The Government has alerted airlines to be on the lookout for persons who may present forged covid-19 test results.
The sale of fake Covid-19 test results has already been unearthed in several countries and governments were forced to step it calling the practice “a grave public health risk.”