All transit passengers have to go through immigration even if they don't go to Canada. If that's the case and it's four years old, you may not have a problem even travelling through Canada. Finally, those going to Europe with a criminal record should bear in mind that the final decision for entry often comes down to the individual discretion of the border control official, so it’s important to be polite and truthful when presenting your case. Not really clear to me if this 24 hour 'hold' amounts to a one day prison sentence. According to Vĕra Jourová, "the new system will make it faster and easier for law enforcement authorities to spot third country nationals previously convicted in the EU." I can imagine that you would have difficulty renting a car in Canada with a DUI on your record, but outright banned from entering the country? The goal behind this central system is to improve the exchange of criminal records information about convicted non-EU citizens and stateless persons. Foreigners with drunk driving convictions within the past 10 years are generally refused entry into Mexico. I don't know what the rules are for the European countries you mentioned but again, being truthful with the officers is always the best policy. If the US and Canada were not sharing info 20 years ago they certainly were 10 years ago. traveling to Canada. So can a felon, generally speaking. This is because the country’s immigration laws consider a DUI an indictable offense, similar to a felony, and felons are prohibited from entering. "It does appear that avoiding Vancouver is a good idea.". Something recent would be more of a problem than an old conviction. ECRIS will provide support and improve police and judicial copperation. On April 9th, 2019, the European Commission gave its final approval on a proposal to create a European Criminal Records Information System on convicted third country nationals. This topic has been automatically closed due to a period of inactivity. You need to talk to a person who has definite knowledge of the laws and procedures as well as your specific circumstances (or those of your sister, whoever it is), and the same can be said of which country you are landing in the Schengen area (including France, Belgium and Netherlands among others) and the UK (England is one of the nations of the UK but the UK is the country). I'm just going to scratch Canada all together, it really isn't worth it just to save around $100 on air faire. The official website of the European Union is europa.eu, By using our website you accept our Cookies Policy. So after many emails and a plethora of calls (to different numbers) I found out the information and I just wanted to share. I am surprised that more travel agencies do not know the answers to these questions, I'm thought it would be more common then people think. Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Malta, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Disclaimer: This website does not belong to, nor is it affiliated with, the EU. This article may also answer a few questions - https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/henry-chang/america-canada-dui_b_12344116.html . From late 2022 onwards, travelers from previously visa-exempt countries coming to the Schengen Area will be required to pre-register an ETIAS visa waiver online for short stays. Mexican border guards have, however, been known to let travelers pass through with very little scrutiny, s… It does appear that avoiding Vancouver is a good idea. Just seems so unlikely. Go to the source - the consulates or embassies. You haven't given any details of what your sentence was after conviction for this DUI for any specific advice. Apples and oranges. This provides some information on that - http://www.canadaduientrylaw.com/flying.php . For example, a DUI may bring international travel restrictions with its verdict. I just wasn't sure if this was the same if we are just changing planes. How a DUI Could Affect Your International Travel Plans. My compliments on being proactive and dealing with this issue in such a responsible way. Since your first post on 3/28 I have completely changed our Alaska Cruise plans. It seems like the easiest thing to do is find a flight that doesn't involve Canada in any way. Millions of people transit airports in third countries every day without being subject to their immigration policies. The exchange of data is done through the exisiting European Criminal Records Information Sytem, or ECRIS. I don't think flying through Canada would be an issue. My FIL is now trying to get his DUI expunged from his record. Once the ETIAS authorization is implemented, travelers from previously visa-exempt countries will be required to complete an ETIAS application online for stays up to 90 days with a 180-day period of any of the 26 Schengen member states. Hi sneaker_fish, My sister and I have both been to the UK, Italy, France and Thailand. If there was no custodial sentence and it happened over 12 months ago then this would be disregarded in the absence of other factors, such as persistent offending. Getting hit with a DUI charge can throw a huge wrench into future plans – including plans to travel.Being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in trouble moving to or even visiting other countries, depending on whether those countries consider DUIs a criminal offense and their rules regarding visitors with a criminal history. Ken: maybe not, the YVR airport maps specifically say that US inbound to international outbound passengers are screened at YVR, the Montreal and Toronto airport maps don’t say that. But DUI in Europe - that would be something totally different. http://www.canadaduientrylaw.com/how-does-canada-know.php, " If he can't I don't think he won't be able to go on the cruise unless we do roundtrip out of Seattle instead.". Ken: Thank you for all of that information! Drinking and driving is a criminal conviction. Canada has a strong reputation - founded in fact - that DUI records render most persons inadmissible to Canada. Montreal has only one border check area for the arriving US apssengers. As the boarder patrol agent explained it, "You would still be on Canadian soil, even if you are just in the airport. But I know about the case when the guy volunteered that information and was not allowed to proceed to Canada. Immigration officers in Europe most of the time are not asking questions, they simply stamp your passport. Then Arizona, it's important to see how the offense was actually recorded, if it was recorded at all. In Central Asia, travel to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, or any of the countries in the Middle East or North Africa or Sub Saharan Africa nations do not list a DUI conviction as a problem that would bar entry. JVB thank you for the idea. Furthermore, you can travel for Canada for personal reasons, such as for a family vacation for example, while the TRP is valid. A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you apply for a visa, an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), or upon your arrival at a port of entry." Half of the numbers he gave me for the countries tourist offices do not work. Maybe a bit paranoid, but better safe than sorry. I'm no expert but, if it were me, would feel more confident if I applied for permission. For me, I would never fly through Canada to get from Seattle to Chicago or any other 2 US cities. It's interesting to see the reasons why some people are refused entry. I don't know whether this is the arrangement at the airport you'll be going through. the biggest problem in Italy. Why would a criminal lawyer who deals in local DUIs know anything definitive about international immigration law? https://www.quora.com/Passports-Does-criminal-record-appear-in-every-passport-one-has. You can apply for a TRP at any point, regardless of when your DUI or other offense occurred, and even if you were only arrested a day before. Some countries are more lenient than others. It sucks that the cheaper flights to Dublin had to go through Canada first, but at the same time, I feel better knowing that I do not have to worry about it. First, US law makes it illegal for the same foreign airline to pick you up at one US airport and deliver you to another US airport (it's called cabotage). If the Driver’s licenses and license plates can be quickly tied to crimes, but passports have little personal information, specifically no address or social security number. Jill: try calling this number (204) 983-3500 when I called for travel information to see if I could pass through if need be, that’s the number I was given, they may be able to help you with the cruise! You are all herded through the check and then split off depending if you are staying in Canada or flying out internationally. Your lucky your not an Italian citizen. Leave the lawyers out of it. I appreciate you may not want to go into details of your circumstances in public, but if it falls outside of these then there shouldn't be a concern. The criteria in detail take into account whether there was a custodial sentence, how long it was, and how long ago it was. I’m not seeing online evidence of UK having access to US court records or people being turned away for DUI so why worry. Repeated here are the key points: At least as far as the UK is concerned, if you have been convicted of a criminal offense visitor admission can be refused on the grounds of being not conducive to the public good. However, the policy can vary between countries. If Vancouver conditions are valid for all Canada airports then it's clear. You might be lucky here. Imprisonment of less than 6 months or fines incur a shorter rehabilitation period of around 5 years or less. If there was no custodial sentence and it happened over 12 months ago then this would be disregarded in the absence of other factors, such as persistent offending. Kristin, how about contacting the lawyer you used for your DUI? This is my first time internationally and some countries (such as Canada) consider it a felony even though it happened in the states and will turn you away. Mexicotakes a harsh stance against DUI convicts. Lots of posters from central US fly to Toronto to get to Europe, maybe someone will post what happens there. One last thing. Also the more time that has passed, they less strict they are. If this was actually a problem for travelers to Europe there would be no need to search so hard for an answer. This document is called a United States waiver of inadmissibility, and this document allows you to overcome your inadmissibility for the duration of its validity. Thank you everyone for all of your help and information! If you plan to travel abroad and you have been arrested and/or convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the United States, you should be aware that your criminal history can create unexpected problems, beyond what you may have imagined. So without a social security number, linking people with records is not easy and there will be false returns since even rare names are usually repeated multiple times in every state. I don't mind so much having to take a different flight, but what I'm concerned about is flying (what most of our transportation will be) into a different country, they scan my passport and say "sorry but...." I just wasn't sure if anyone else has traveled in the same situation. Practically instant info at their fingertips. Whether or not you can enter Mexico with any kind of criminal record is up to the discretion of the border officer. Drug offenses with a sentence of more than 2 years. No need for them to flag you in their system. This system will also help in the fight against crime and terrorism. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. With a little bit of research and the help of an attorney, you can move past a DUI and continue to travel wherever you want to go. You can thank your Homeland Security for the extreme vigilance at North American border points. That's not really a "custodial sentence" but rather just time spent in processing. Thank you! I don’t think anyone cares about a petty misdemeanor even if a DUI (but I have no experience). When I contacted them they suggested contacting the countries directly because they were not versed in other countries procedures. What is says is all that any foreign officials will be able to access. However, as an avid traveller myself I don't think it's very likely that any country would refuse entry based on a DUI conviction. A DUI may not necessarily be a violent offense, but you are still inadmissible if you’ve had one DUI or multiples DUIs regardless of time. I would not rely on a tourist office to get the correct answer to a legal question. Your full info pops up on their screens. Problem is it is just a point in the walkway and was not very well organized last few times I went through. Conclusion: I would take my chances. So which way are you going flight wise or are you still going? http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/navigate-yvr/terminal-maps, Bottom link to pdf "All U.S. and international-arriving passengers will proceed.... through security screening and Canada (or U.S.) Customs.". In more recent episodes, they changed the focus to U.S. Customs & Border Patrol officers in several locations, and their procedures seem very similar to the Canadian ones. Montreal is very efficient, Toronto has room to improve. There is a special document you can apply for that will allow you into the country. I've been doing a ton of research. That info is freely shared by both countries. It depends on the country they want to visit. However, 10 years after the incident you can apply for rehabilitation into Canada." Or if the court was in Thurston County (and some others), then search here, https://odysseyportal.courts.wa.gov/odyportal. A criminal record can affect your ability to get a passport, to travel freely within this country, and to obtain visas or permissions to visit other nations. The situation in the UK is as I summarised above. The ship sends a list of passengers to Canadian authorities 96 hours before arrival. The countries we are going to are : Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and England. Do research with the country that you will be entering on your flight from the US. Is the name your current name and the birthdate correct? They mentioned a custodial sentence, is the hold going to be a problem? If anybody gives you a legal opinion get it in writing and take it with you. "Unfortunately, getting into Canada with a DUI is not as simple as showing up at the border with a valid United States passport. You can be denied entry to Mexico if you have a DUI on your record from the past 10 years. How would they know in Canada if you are just staying in transit and nobody is checking your passport that there is somebody with DUI on their soil? If you are seriously concerned, you should contact the Canadian embassy/consulate. If the OP decides to transit through Canada, it won't matter whether she choose YVR or another airport, as the policies are the same. It gets more complicated due to you never effectively entering Canada if you stay in the US only wing of the Canadian airports that have US pre clear. Authorities will have access to the online database and will be able to search with a hit/no-hit search mechanism: a hit will identify the Member States from which full criminal records can be obtained. Where did you get that from? I will take the advice and contact the countries directly. Yes, Tom. Since DUI records are only stored at the state level in the US, I’m curious how many states the Canadian govt is asking for criminal records and compiling them (probably not New Mexico). You can only leave that terminal via an outbound flight. incident happened in WA where you list you are from, the lawyer may be Those who have served more than 3 years of jail time, or have been convicted of human trafficking or drug offenses with more than 2 years of jail time, are likely to be refused entry. Is it listed as a felony or gross misdemeanor? Travelers with more serious offenses may face problems entering the Schengen Area ETIAS countries for short stays. The glossary of this is interesting, see definitions of III (Interstate Identification Index) and NCIS and how info moves, looks like it is driven by name and birth date, both in the passport chip. It is possible to travel to Mexico with a DUI, but you could be refused at the border.. For example, Australians who want to travel within the Schengen Zone a group of European countries including Belgium, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Portugal and more, do not need a visa if they are “travelling for tourist purposes if their stay will last no longer than 90 days”. By research, I mean contact them directly, don't rely on information from this forum. A majority of what I read all said the same thing: anyone with a DUI cannot enter Canada unless they have done the proper procedures to do so. I'm glad this thread was started Kristin!!! Yes, Is it listed as a felony or gross misdemeanor? I have been through both Montreal and Toronto airports. Now my FIL will just have to miss out on one port. Clearing it beforehand as you are doing is definitely the best policy. Source: http://www.canadaduientrylaw.com/, "Canada may not allow persons with DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) convictions to enter their country. 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