According to the Brod-Posavina County Police Department, just last weekend more than 40 persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina attempted to cross the state border with forged PCR tests for Covid-19.
Croatian police forces prevented the suspects from entering the territory, detained them at the border and reported them to the State’s Attorney office. If found guilty by a Court ruling, each will face a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
Travel from Bosnia and Herzegovina into Croatia currently requires the possession of a negative PCR test or a doctor’s certificate proving the traveller has successfully recovered from a COVID-19 infection in recent months. This also applies for Croatian citizens returning home after, for example, skiing in BiH.
According to a statement from the Brod-Posavina Police Department, as many as 45 attempts to enter the country with fake PCR tests were uncovered on Saturday and Sunday.
“At the Stara Gradiška border crossing, police officers determined that 43 persons, mostly citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented fake PCR tests issued in BiH at the border control. At the Slavonski Brod border crossing, there were two cases of forged tests,” the Brod-Posavina police announced.
Police officers filed criminal charges with the Municipal State Attorney’s Office in Slavonski Brod against all suspects for forgery of a document.
The overall number of people detained on Croatia’s border with fake PCR tests this weekend could actually be much higher; 45 persons detained for presenting fake PCR tests were released by the police of just one county in Croatia, the Brod-Posavina County. An additional eight Croatian counties can be found along the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Border crossings between the two countries operate at every one of these counties. /ibna