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Travellers using fake GP notes to avoid paying for Covid tests, border officers say

People arriving back into the UK are using fake GP notes to avoid having to pay for a Covid test, it has been reported.

Border officials are said to have discovered some arrivals using forged letters that claim they are returning for emergency treatment.

It is said that immigration officials have uncovered multiple examples of the faked letters aimed at helping passengers avoid paying for tests or fines under Covid rules.

Under current restrictions, arrivals don’t need to take a test if travelling for an ‘urgent medical treatment or are accompanying someone who is travelling for urgent medical treatment.’

Exemptions also include people with a medical condition meaning a test cannot be taken, and a note from a medical practitioner will need to be presented to Border Force staff.

Passengers in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport
Officials are seeing up to 100 a day, say reports

A borders source told Mail Online : “Forged letters have been uncovered which say the passenger’s coming back for an emergency operation or other emergency treatment.

“When immigration officers phone up the doctors named on the letters, they don’t know anything about it.”

Lucy Moreton, of the Immigration Services Union, reportedly said that borders staff were seeing ‘upwards of 100’ faked Covid test certificates a day.

She said that many of the fakes had classic errors including spelling mistakes, with even the word ‘negative’ spelt incorrectly.

The paper says that most of the fake letters have been used by Brits who are returning to the UK.

Under the new traffic light system for foreign travel Brits returning from “green list” countries this summer will have to take one post-arrival PCR test, on day 2 after they return.

And those returning from “amber list” countries will have to take two post-arrival tests, on day 2 and day 8, as well as quarantining at home.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps recently admitted private PCR tests are “too expensive” in the UK and costs should be “driven down” to around half what they are now.



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