How does a DUI affect travel?

| Jan 21, 2019 | Drunk Driving |

If you have a DUI conviction in Massachusetts, and you enjoy international travel, you may find there are limits as to where you can go. While a DUI generally does not affect your ability to travel within the United States, there are some countries that see it as a felony and restrict entry. This is another good reason why you should hire an attorney to help you fight the charge of drinking and driving.

Think our friends to the north and south would ignore a DUI conviction? Think again. USA Today reports both Canada and Mexico may restrict entry due to a DUI, and Canada is especially strict regarding the charge because it considers a DUI to be a felony. There is a better chance you are able to cross into the country if you have a clean record otherwise, you did not go to jail and you pay a fine of $200.

If you are planning a trip to countries such as Malaysia, Japan or China, prepare to answer questions about any misdemeanor, including a DUI. If you are honest you have a better chance of the countries approving your Visa. If traveling to somewhere in Iran or United Arab Emirates, contact the embassy or consulate before you go, as the areas frown upon alcohol-related crimes. Travel to New Zealand should be ok as long as your jail time and charges are not severe.

Even getting back into the US can be a problem if you have interest in the Global Entry program. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol discusses that the program expedites the customs process when returning from a foreign country, but you are not eligible if you have a DUI on your record. You are able, however, to go through the normal customs process.