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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A traveller has reported how “easy” he found it to falsify negative Covid test results to fly from the UK to popular holiday destinations abroad. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, told i that he had travelled five times to countries that required passengers to present evidence of a negative test result – twice to Cyprus, twice to Spain and once to Italy.He showed this paper the doctored documents he used, which he forged using an email for a legitimate negative PCR test result he’d had previously.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The Lancashire Telegraph has before reported having seen evidence of passengers using another person’s negative PCR test result and doctoring the name and date to match their own.This comes after an investigation by a cyber-security company recently found that faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet along with Covid-19 vaccines and vaccine passports.Furthermore, a teenage scammer was caught out jeopardising lives and the vaccine rollout by selling fake invoices to help UK arrivals dodge Covid tests while quarantining.The Prime Minister yesterday confirmed the introduction of a three-tier traffic light system for international travel from May 17 at the the earliest. The concept of Covid certificates – also referred to as passports – is being considered. It’s not been announced yet whether people would prove their status using an app or if a paper certificate would also be used, or both, and therefore how forgeries would be prevented. Experts say that for any system to be accepted by the public it cannot be done purely on a smartphone. Documents ‘easy to forge’I flew from Manchester airport each time and no-one there checked my documents any of the timesThe man who spoke to i said he had faked the first Covid test last July because his test results didn’t come back to him in time for his flight. The next time he faked the documents he had struggled to get booked in for a test.“It was really easy to do. I copied and pasted the email of the real test I had and sent it from a Gmail account to myself, changing the date. I altered the email display name to the same on the original, and because it had to be printed out to be shown at the airport, you can’t check the real email address.“I also had to show confirmation of the booking for my test and that was also easy to forge.“I flew from Manchester airport each time and no-one there checked my documents any of the times, it was at the airport abroad they checked and they just glanced at it and let me through.“I even forged it for my mum once to go abroad when she was struggling to book herself in for a test. I know what I’ve done is wrong.”The passenger, who was travelling for a mixture of pleasure and business, last used faked documents when he went to Barcelona in January.Government claims travellers get ‘enhanced monitoring’The Government warned that those arriving in England without a negative Covid test could be find £500 (Photo: Andriy Onufriyenko Provider via Getty Images)Currently, international travel is currently banned under new legislation, except in certain circumstances, and anyone found in breach of this law faces a £5,000 fine.Anyone flying into the UK from overseas has to show proof of a negative Covid test in the 72 hours prior to setting off, and at present then must quarantine for 10 days.If a passenger arrives in England without proof of a negative test result, the passenger could be fined £500. Additionally, the carrier is liable for a fine of £2,000.Currently international travel is banned unless for essential purposes. If a passenger arrives in England without proof of a negative test result, the passenger could be fined £500.
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. Read More Airline boss says foreign travel ‘only for those who can afford it’ as tests cost more than average fare The Government told i that carriers check the validity of documents and insisted that every traveller is subject to enhanced monitoring at UK airports in line with the public health measures at the border.It added that Border Force are checking more passengers than ever before to ensure they have not tested positive for the virus before travel and that they have their information to check they are quarantining after entry to the UK.A spokesperson said: “Pre-departure testing is in place to protect the health of the UK public and providing falsified documents is not only against the law but could threaten the UK’s recovery from the pandemic.“Those attempting to cheat the system are selfishly gambling with the lives of others.”
Government confirms traffic light plan for international travel Foreign holidays to and from England will be categorised on the basis of a new traffic-light system, the Government confirmed on Easter Monday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he remains “hopeful” that international travel would be possible to a limited number of destinations from May 17. However, confirmation of the date, and details of the classification of countries, will only come nearer the time. In the meantime, the Government advised people “not to book summer holidays abroad until the picture is clearer”. Travel destinations will be ranked ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’ according to virus risk. Countries within the green category will have no isolation requirement upon return to the UK, although pre-departure and post-arrival Covid tests will still be needed. People travelling to countries in the amber category will have to self-isolate for 10 days on their return. Those travelling to the most high-risk “red-list” countries will have to stay for 10 days in a quarantine hotel once they get back. Johnson has also not ruled out the idea of using Covid certificates, or passports, to allow international travel. These could consider factors such as vaccination, a recent negative test, or natural immunity determined on the basis of a positive test taken in the previous six months. An update on the Government’s review on them said they could play a role in allowing people to return to theatres, nightclubs and mass events like festivals, and could allow social distancing to be relaxed in hospitality venues. The certificates are going to be trialled at upcoming events including the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. How might Covid certification work? Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove suggested in a Sunday Telegraph article that the UK could take inspiration from a “vaccine passport” scheme already in use in Israel. “The Israeli approach involves a smartphone app and the NHS app could serve a similar purpose here,” he said. The government says the NHS is working on providing people with a means to demonstrate their coronavirus status through digital and non-digital routes. On an international level, some countries are already working on schemes for individuals to prove their status before arriving. The European Union has proposed a digital green certificate showing if someone is vaccinated, has a negative test or has recovered from Covid-19.
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