A report on Wednesday said that as more and more countries require travelers to prove their negative identities before entering the country, a negative COVID-19 test black market has emerged worldwide.
According to the Associated Press, in France last week, seven people were arrested on suspicion of selling tampered coronavirus at Charles De Gaulle International Airport. Unidentified suspects will charge up to $360 for forgery detection.
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According to the report, the authorities tracked down the ring after spotting a man pretending to go to Ethiopia. If convicted, the suspected fraudster will face up to five years in prison.
In South America, Brazilian officials arrested four tourists who falsified the test. They flew into an island chain off the coast of the country and asked the tourists to show negative test results.
In England, a man told a local newspaper that he could use a friend’s negative COVID-19 test and change his name to travel to Pakistan.
“You only need to get their negative test, and then change the name and birthday to your own. You also require the test within the prescribed time limit,” a man who asked not to be named told the Lancashire Telegraph .
“You can download the email, make changes and then print it,” he said.
He added that he did everything he could because he was not an essential worker and therefore could not get the test that required travel.
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“People are doing this because if you have to travel to Pakistan in an emergency, you cannot do Covid testing. Unless you are a key worker, it is difficult to find a person,” he said.