With reports of some individuals doctoring Covid test certificates, we want to explore if it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Are you aware of similar behaviour?
Covid testing has become so much a part of the dull admin of travel that it’s almost possible to forget that it has a serious purpose.
The idea, remember, is to keep track of infected individuals entering the country, stop dangerous variants spreading and make the UK a safer place.
How well it does this is open to debate, but most people accept that some testing is necessary, even if they’re angry about how much it costs.
Covid test forgeries
Unfortunately there are those who try to avoid their responsibility. According to The Mirror, a music teacher pleaded guilty to forgery earlier this year after doctoring an old test certificate to avoid buying a new one.
Even more seriously, another British man was reportedly arrested in Poland after changing his positive Covid test certificate to negative so that he could travel home.
There’s a real fear that these stories of people who got caught may just be the tip of the iceberg. How many more of them got away with it?
Share your stories in confidence
We’re interested to know, in complete confidence, whether any of you have heard stories of somebody doctoring a test certificate, buying a fake negative certificate, or other similar behaviour.
If you’ve gone as far as to do something like this yourself, then please do let us know why you thought that it was OK.
You can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org – anonymously if you like and in complete confidence – if you do have information for us about forged Covid test certificates.
You can also give us your views on the subject in the comments below.