A British tourist has been arrested at Krakow airport after presenting a fake Covid vaccination certificate to enter Poland. The 21-year-old, who admitted he was trying to avoid quarantine, must now pay a fine of 8,000 zlotys (€ 1,738, £ 1,465).
Unvaccinated travelers arriving in Poland from non-Schengen countries must self-quarantine for 14 days. “In order to avoid quarantine, the man presented a fake Covid vaccination certificate during checks at Balice airport near Krakow”, announced the Polish border guard, quoted by Gazeta.pl.
After the verification procedure, it turned out that it was a valid document but issued for another person, with fraudulent information put in place of the original personal data.
Hundreds of people lined up for hours at Warsaw Chopin Airport yesterday for Covid tests after landing after new Polish rules for arrivals outside Schengen came into effect.
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According to the border guard, the unvaccinated traveler was aware of the regulations in Poland but still decided to board the plane and hoped his fake pass would not be detected.
The man was arrested and, after admitting his offense, was fined 8,000 zlotys. Using false documents in Poland can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years.
Under current regulations introduced by the government in response to the Omicron variant in late November, unvaccinated travelers arriving in Poland from non-Schengen countries must self-quarantine for 14 days but can be released with a negative PCR test. carried out at least eight days after their arrival. .
Nurses detained for issuing fake Covid vaccination certificates in Poland
Poland has already experienced problems with fake Covid passes. In November, police arrested three nurses accused of taking money for issuing more than 100 European certificates to people who had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The highest number of fake Covid passes have been detected at the border with Ukraine. the border guard informed in October that more than 550 fake Covid vaccination certificates had been presented there since the beginning of this year.
Agnieszka Wądołowska is editor-in-chief of Notes from Poland. She previously worked for Gazeta.pl and Tokfm.pl and contributed to Gazeta Wyborcza, Wysokie Obcasy, Duży format, Midrasz and Kultura Liberalna