Convicted felon cruising?

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#1
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I have a friend who would like to cruise, but he's not sure that he can get a passport and/or cruise to different countries. He was convicted of a felony and served his time. I think there was a gun involved in the robbery that he was convicted of, but no one was hurt. He was only 17 when this happened, and it was a long, long time ago. Can anyone tell me if this will prevent him from having a passport and/or cruising? Thanks.
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I believe that as long as he is not still on parole, and has had his civil rights restored (that varies by State, so I don't know), he will be eligible for a passport.
It also depends on the nature of the crime, whether a particular country will let him IN. Mostly I think they are concerned about people with serious drug offenses. That would have to be taken up with the consulates of the intended destinations, but again, as a general rule, long ago felons, not currently on parole or anything are unlikely to be on another countries watch list.
#3
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Hi Grit53,

Why not just have your friend apply for the passport. If he has served his time, he certainly has nothing to worry about. If they give him a passport; Terrific! If they don't, then he has a problem (but it hasn't cost him much to find that out.)

In terms of other countries: I have been to quite a few other countries in the Western Hemisphere and in Europe and all they seem interested in is if I have a passport. If he gets to a port that refuses entrance due to his felony conviction, then just enjoy the ship.

Best advise to be sure: don't listen to us idiots on forums and check with a qualified representative of the countries to be visited or an attorney.

Good luck,

Richard
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Thanks for the info. I'll tell him to just go ahead and apply for the passport and see what happens. He only wants to take a western Caribbean cruise. He's in his late 40's.
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I know that Canadians who have a conviction on their record (even for things like DUI) can easily get a passport. However, the USA can/will deny them entry. It is best to check with the customs/border officials for the countries that you will be visiting.
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Yes, he can get a passport.
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Originally posted by MommaOML
I know that Canadians who have a conviction on their record (even for things like DUI) can easily get a passport. However, the USA can/will deny them entry. It is best to check with the customs/border officials for the countries that you will be visiting.
It is the same in reverse.....there have been US citizens who have been convicted of drunk driving who cannot get into Canada either because of the conviction.
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Canada is very strict about not allowing anyone with a conviction over their borders, including misdemeanor offences like DUI. This was a big issue last year on the Alaskan cruises.
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A quick call to the passport issuing office would answer his question. I hope he does get to cruise, he committed the crime almost 25 years ago, served his time, and if he's been a "good boy" since then, should be able to take a vacation.

Hey, Rochesterboatingdotcom, we dock our boat in Roch., the canal is out our back door, and we're closely affiliated with Braddocks. Just wanted to say hi.
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I would also just ask what the clerk at the Post Office where you apply for the passport thinks. They seem to be experts on this and could give you a quick answer. They would let you know if it is worth spending the almost $100 or not. Good luck!!!
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Originally posted by Glama
Hey, Rochesterboatingdotcom, we dock our boat in Roch., the canal is out our back door, and we're closely affiliated with Braddocks. Just wanted to say hi.
Hi Glama!

We loved Braddocks when we docked there, we moved to Buffalo in 2002, so we are now on the canal in Gasport. We still have quite a few boating friends in Rochester. (do we know you??)

What did you think of the Legend, Jane and I are set to sail on her in March..

Take care.
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#17
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I know in Canada that after a given number of years one can apply for a pardon that will espunge a criminal record that is years old. If they give you this pardon then it is as if you never had the record.

Maybe they have a similar program in the US!??
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Well... instead of asking a bunch of people on this board who likely can not give you a correct answer because most will be guessing, why not just apply for a passport.

If he is approved for a passport, then you have your answer. If he is not... well... then you have your answer anyway.

Best of luck!
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#19
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Originally posted by VentureMan_2000
Well... instead of asking a bunch of people on this board who likely can not give you a correct answer because most will be guessing, why not just apply for a passport.

If he is approved for a passport, then you have your answer. If he is not... well... then you have your answer anyway.

Best of luck!
Your logic is flawed. It is your own government that issues you a passport, and the government of the country in which you seek entry that may or may not deny you. Just because you have a passport is no guarantee of entry into a country - any country.

In Canada, you need a guarantor (a person who currenly holds a valid passport) to sign your photo and your passport application. I have acted as a guarantor for someone who has a Canadian criminal record (MJ possession, weapons possession and an assortment of DUI). I know he was given a passport, but he is farily certain that he would be denied entry in the USA. Therefore, he books direct flights to Mexico, and prays that there are no mechanical or other issues that would necessitate the plane making an emergency landing in the US.
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Originally posted by MommaOML
Your logic is flawed. I know he was given a passport, but he is farily certain that he would be denied entry in the USA.
I think your argument is clearly flawed.

"Fairly certain"...? What does that mean? Sounds like it means you or your friend do not know... but are guessing.

Have your friend attempt to gain access to the USA and then... and only then... state you know what you are speaking of once you find out if he's allowed in... or if he get's denied access.
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