Turkish company selling fake PCR results for travellers

Turkish tourism company Bon Plan Turkey Pro has been selling fake negative results for PCR tests, which many countries require from travellers coming from Turkey as part of the anti-coronavirus efforts, daily Cumhuriyet reported on Saturday.

Clients of the company are mostly the Turkish diaspora, now returning after vacationing and visiting their families in Turkey, the newspaper said.

Persons “with an accent” answer phones at the company, according to Cumhuriyet, and the IBAN the company provides is in the name of one Amine Brahime, a non-Turkish name. The fake negative results can be purchased for €25 ($30).

In June, Turkey implemented random testing in airports as an additional measure against COVID-19, NTV reported. However, passengers leaving the country are not subjected to additional screening.

Turkey recorded 278 deaths and 20,033 new cases on Saturday, as the numbers continue to climb following significant improvements in June and July.

Some 38.25 million people out of Turkey’s 83 million population have been fully vaccinated. However, a significant portion of the vaccines were China’s CoronaVac, which requires a booster shot to keep its effectiveness. Turkey allows healthcare workers and the elderly to get a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab if they wish.


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