Failure to Show Your Vaccine Passport: What Consequences?

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The vaccine passport is now in effect in Quebec. What happens if you don’t show your vaccine passport when required? What if it is required but you are not asked for it? We explain where it’s required and what are the penalties for not following the rules.

Beware! A 13-year-old must present a vaccination passport when required. However, they cannot be fined if they are under 14 years old. Before the age of 18, a young person can be fined up to $500, plus costs.

A fine without a vaccination passport

When a vaccination passport is required, you could be fined between $1,000 and $6,000 if you do not present it. Remember, your vaccination passport consists of a QR code showing that you are vaccinated and a piece of identification.

A merchant or person in charge of a place that requires a vaccination passport to enter must verify your vaccination passport. They can be fined between $1,000 and $6,000 if they don’t check it. The fine could be doubled if they continue to not check for vaccination passports after receiving the first fine.

Reminder of places that require the vaccination passport

You don’t need the vaccine passport to go to the pharmacy or grocery store. The passport is only required for non-essential services that may involve several people. À

For example:

  • Attending a show or going to the movie.
  • Going to a restaurant, bar, microbrewery, or food court. Without a vaccination passport, it is only possible to order take-out.
  • Going to an indoor gym or playing an indoor sport.
  • Attending an indoor sports game.
  • Going to casinos and bingo halls.
  • Attending a conference or convention in person.

Visit the Quebec government’s website for a detailed list of places requiring the vaccination passport.