Citizens and permanent residents who intend to return to New Zealand are reportedly able to obtain fake certificates claiming they have tested negative for COVID-19, to ensure they can enter the country, Newshub reports. The government’s pre-departure testing rule requires prospective returnees to present a report certifying they have tested negative for the virus within 72 hours prior to their flight. The reports of fake certificates have stirred concerns regarding the number of returnees who are testing positive for COVID-19 on arrival – day zero – or the first day of their stay in managed isolation facilities, despite being required to present evidence of a negative test result before departure.
COVID-19: Returning NZers being offered fake negative test result certificates to meet pre-departure requirements
31 Mar 2021 | Auckland news