Some Air Passengers Are Faking Negative Covid-19 Test Results

Some Air Passengers Are Faking Negative Covid-19 Test Results.

Some Air Passengers Are Faking Negative Covid-19 Test Results -


How easy is it to fake a negative Covid-19 test before travelling?

For travellers, a recent negative Covid-19 test can be a golden admission ticket to many U.S. and international destinations without having to quarantine for two weeks. Some Air Passengers Are Faking Negative Covid-19 Test Results.

But how easy is it to fake a negative test before a trip?

One newspaper in the United Kingdom is reporting that some travellers are faking emails from Covid-19 testing laboratories, printing them out and simply handing them to airline staff before boarding flights.

One man from Blackburn, England, told the Lancashire Telegraph how he doctored a friend’s email that bore a negative Covid-19 test result. The man simply changed the name on the email to his own name. He then pointed out his fake Covid-19 test certificate, took it to the airport and boarded a flight to Pakistan.

“It is quite simple,” said the man. “Everyone knows someone who has had a Covid test. You can simply get their negative test and change the name and birthdate to your own. You also put a test date on which is within the time limit required. You download the email, change it and then print it.”

The Lancashire Telegraph also discovered an active black market for fake Covid-19 test results in England, with prices ranging from £50 ($65) in Blackburn to £150 ($196) in Bradford for a last-minute forged test.

When it comes to acceptable proof of a negative Covid-19 test for international travel, it is a mixed bag, depending on your destination.

As evident from travel notices posted on the Delta Air Lines and United Airlines websites, some countries will accept a printed hard copy of a negative Covid-19 test result. Other destinations go further, requiring travellers to create a digital profile and upload a negative test result, which can then be verified before arrival.

For domestic travel within the United States, dozens of states give out-of-state visitors the option to either quarantine for two weeks or provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test. But how that proof is checked and enforced varies from state to state.

Heading to Rhode Island? “Travelers may be asked to provide their negative test result and/or certificate of compliance to the staff at their lodging and accommodations upon check-in,” according to the state’s health department guidance to travellers. “Please have these materials easily accessible either on a mobile device or as a hard copy.”

But to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine, a traveller must create an online user account with the state’s Safe Travels Hawai‘i program, then get a pre-travel Covid-19 test from a select list of trusted testing partners. The next step is to upload the negative test result to the Safe Travels Hawai‘i account for verification. Lastly, a QR code is emailed to the traveller for each leg of the trip.

This messy patchwork approach to verifying Covid-19 test results may be soon on its way out, thanks to a new app called CommonPass that creates a standard digital health pass that securely documents a traveller’s certified Covid-19 test status while keeping health data private.

The app was created by the nonprofit Common Project and the World Economic Forum, along with a worldwide consortium of interested parties that includes the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection and numerous airlines.

After downloading the app, a traveller can get a Covid-19 test at a participating lab and pull the results right into the app. The traveller can also complete any additional screening questionnaires required by the destination country. Finally, CommonPass confirms that the traveller is compliant with all entry requirements and generates a QR code which can be scanned by airline staff and border officials.

The first CommonPass trials have started on some United Airlines flights between New York and London and on certain Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Singapore.

The hope is that this ambitious app will soon allow governments around the world to drop travel quarantines altogether.

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Some Air Passengers Are Faking Negative Covid-19 Test Results.