By: J.S., STA
Every day, border police detect about a dozen falsified negative coronavirus tests with which passengers want to avoid quarantine upon entry into Slovenia, the General Police Department said on Tuesday, noting that using a fake test amounts to document falsification, a crime which carries a prison sentence of up to three years.
In January, the police detected an increase in the number of fake PCR tests at the border with Croatia presented by passengers from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.
Slovenians have also been caught with fake negative tests although not that often. But last weekend, as many as 15 Slovenians were caught trying to enter the country with fake tests at the Dragonja border crossing.
In most cases, the documents are complete fakes and are discovered because police officers are checking their authenticity via other institutions.
Fake test results are seized by the police and the perpetrator is charged with document falsification and ordered to quarantine.
Health Minister Janez Poklukar said the ministry was working on solutions alongside the Interior Ministry and epidemiologists.
He would not reveal what the measures could be, but expects a solution in the coming days.