Border officials spot ‘100 fake Covid test certificates’ every day
Reports say documents are easy to forge
About 100 fake Covid test certificates are being discovered by UK border officials every day, say reports.
The false documents claiming a traveller has a recent negative test result are “very easy” to forge, MPs were told, according to The Telegraph and others.
It said that Lucy Moreton, professional officer for the Immigration Services Union (ISU) – which represents border immigration and customs staff in the UK – also said there is “little to no” evidence on how well people are adhering to quarantine rules.
She told the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus that about 20,000 people are entering the country each day, mostly hauliers.
To enter England, people must provide proof of a negative test taken in the three days before departure.
The Telegraph said she told the MPs that officials cannot easily verify the tests but they identify “100 or more a day” due to spelling errors.
She added that current plans to reopen travel e-gates will make a “massive difference” to queues, but it will “impair Covid security”.
The newspaper also reported comments by Professor Deenan Pillay of University College London and a member of Independent SAGE, who said the system for checking incoming passengers is “very leaky”.
And it said Layla Moran MP, chair of the APPG on coronavirus, said “current border checks are totally inadequate to stop Covid cases entering the UK, including dangerous variants”.
She called on the government to “act now to stop our airports becoming breeding grounds for the virus” and said the government should be “actively discouraging foreign travel”, according to the Telegraph.
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