Federal agencies on alert for fake COVID-19 vaccine records

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June 24, 2021 – The easing of Canadian travel restrictions this week came with news that proof of vaccination would soon be required by those arriving in the country and would need to be inputted into the federal ArriveCAN app.

Travellers must retain a paper or electronic copy of their vaccination documentation and the originals of any certified translations for verification at the border and for 14 days following their entry to Canada.

However, a recurring theme in some online anti-vaccination circles is the belief that COVID-19 vaccination records can easily be forged or faked using Photoshop or other methods.

In an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) said they were “aware” of such sentiments, and noted that until the new travel measures come into effect in early July, there had been no requirement at the border to provide proof of vaccination.

“The CBSA is aware that there is no global standard for vaccine documentation, and that some travellers may attempt to use fraudulent documentation when seeking entry to Canada,” the statement reads. “The CBSA is working closely with domestic and international partners to detect and intercept such documents as early as possible in the travel continuum.” CTV News reports. | READ MORE