Foreigners Come to Work in Czech Republic With Fraudulent COVID-19 Tests

According to Právo daily, some workers from Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania show a negative PCR test certificate upon entering Czech territory.

However, in many cases, they bought their certificate, with all the official stamps, on the black market in Ukraine.

While the real PCR test in Ukraine costs around CZK 1,200 korunas, the blank original certificate, fully stamped, is available on the black market at the price of CZK 600 to 700.

If foreign workers have the coronavirus, they can spread the infection, for example, during bus transports organized by companies.

Currently, foreigners from countries outside the European Union have to fill in an entry form before entering the Czech Republic.

Thanks to this document, public health officials know who comes into the country and when. Foreigners must also have proof of a negative PCR test no older than three days and then get re-tested five days after arrival. Until then, they should be in quarantine.

Public health officials regularly check whether foreigners have been tested and whether they are adhering to quarantine. For example, in the Central Bohemian Region, such inspections are in progress and have already discovered foreigners with forged documents.

Workers who commit this type of fraud risk criminal charges for using forged documents. And if they have the coronavirus, they may also be accused of spreading the contagious virus.

Czech police do not currently guard the border by checking every passing car, as was the case in the spring. According to Renata Grecmanová, a spokeswoman for the Foreigner Police, there are inland inspections related to restrictions on the movement between districts.

She added that inspections targeting foreigners are also underway but pointed out the problem with documents purchased on the black market: They are actually “real,” and the police cannot spot them.

The spokeswoman also noted that foreigners, for example, from Ukraine, usually travel to the Czech Republic through Poland or Slovakia, where the external border of the Schengen area lies. And this is where the authorities should determine if they are entering the EU with all the proper documents.

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