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If you have a DUI on your record, you may be denied entry to Canada
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Did you know that having a DUI on your record can get you turned away from the Canadian border? I didn’t (I don’t actually drink alcohol myself), but a number of readers have written to me over the years telling me that they’ve been unable to enter Canada for this reason. One person said he was turned away for a DUI he’d received decades earlier. It turns out that the U.S. has similar rules for Canadians crossing into the United States as well.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection writes that the official policy does not strictly forbid persons with DUIs from entering Canada. Instead, it’s noted that “Canada may not allow persons with DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) convictions to enter their country. 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…A single DUI conviction is not grounds to deny entry into the U.S. However, multiple DUI convictions or a DUI conviction in combination with other misdemeanor offenses can make a person inadmissible and require a waiver prior to entering the United States.”

If you’ve been convicted of a DUI and you’re planning to travel to Canada, you might want to contact your embassy first to find out what your options are before making any solid travel plans.

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