A number of countries require airline passengers to present evidence of a negative corona test result. There are people who, for whatever reason, are unable to get such an attest. According to the British newspaper Lancashire Telegraph it’s possible for unscrupulous individuals to obtain a false test result. The newspaper has seen evidence of passengers using another person’s negative corona test result and doctoring the name and date to match their own.
Negative corona test result
Pakistan requires all international arrivals to present a negative corona test result as of October 5, 2020. Indeed, travelers from the UK to Pakistan use false positive test results to enter the country. They obtain another person’s negative test result and doctor it such that it matches their own data.
A for obvious reasons anonymous man from Blackburn describes to the newspaper how he is able to forge a certificate for a recent flight to Pakistan by using a friend’s results. “It is quite simple. Everyone knows someone who has a COVID-19 test.”
Using another person’s test result
And he adds some details: “You can simply get their negative test and change the name and date of birth to your own. You also change the test date such that it is within the time limit required. You just download the email, change it and then print it.” Indeed, fairly simple.
Forging a test result
Also, he explains why people do it. First, it is difficult to get a corona test at the last-minute for those who are not key workers. Second, it may be a matter of cost. Those who need a corona test for travel, are required to get one privately. But this will cost around £150 (€166 or $194), as opposed for free through the National Health Service if you are eligible.
Buy a negative test result
Moreover, some claim that certain travel agencies are offering passengers fake negative corona certificates for a fee. A traveler tells the newspaper: “We needed a COVID-19 test for a family member. I spoke to one travel agent and he said get it done. Even if it comes out positive we will provide a negative one for you for £50 (€55 or $64).”
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