About 160 people who submitted a false negative PCR test certificate at Brussels Airport in recent months when they wanted to leave on a flight will have to respond to the court in the coming weeks. At least 820 people were arrested at the airport using a false test result.
This was reported by the Office of the Prosecutor Halle Vilford, which organizes eight thematic sessions. In recent weeks, several other travelers who tried the same have already been sentenced to up to 6 months in prison and a fine of 1,200 euros.
Travel abroad has been possible again since April 19, but on return the traveler must fill out a Passenger Settlement Form (PLF), and a negative PCR test certificate is often required upon departure. To curb abuse, the College of Prosecutors has issued guidelines on the prosecution of those who visit such as PLFs or testimonials on covid testing. Persons who create or use such false documents may be immediately summoned to the criminal court. Prosecutors can first choose to propose an amicable settlement of 750 euros. The latter is what the public prosecutor in Halle Vilford has decided to do for people traveling through Brussels Airport.
The first substantive session of this kind will take place on Tuesday, when about 20 people should immediately attend.
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