The U.S. now requires a negative Covid-19 test in order to enter the country by air – even if you’re a citizen returning home. We’re hardly alone, many countries require a Covid-19 test to enter. Since testing can be an expensive hassle even people without the virus are faking negative tests. On one flight 95% of passengers presented fake negative results. But it’s not just negative Covid-19 test results that are being faked.
The U.S. has considered requiring a negative test even for domestic travel (though seems unlikely). Banning interstate travel outright doesn’t appear to be in the cards.
Early in the pandemic, and re-introduced several times, Australia banned travel between its states in an attempt to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. (People living on state borders would receive special passes to travel back-and-forth.) Several European countries have placed immigration roadblocks even within the E.U. And they’ve also banned all but essential workers from leaving.
So far 375 fines have been issued for people trying to depart from Dublin’s airport alone in violation of Ireland’s restrictions on non-essential travel. One man, desperate for a beach holiday in Spain, mocked up a letter from a supposed-employer in Tenerife. The letter claimed he was an essential worker heading to a job at a hotel there.
[He] was described in the phony document as an “Electronic Security Systems Provider, which is an essential service in Europe and covered by the Irish Government advice of January 24th,” …issued by the “Human Resources Department of (company),” and that “the individual will provide an essential service at (hotel) in Tenerife, Spain.”
It’s not clear how the letter was identified as an obvious fake, but the attempted vacationer was fined $600.