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Traveling from Scotland to newyork with criminal record?

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1. Posted by Davie87 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Never been outside the EU but was wanting to travel to the US possibly Newyork on holiday in the coming year or so, my question is would I be allowed into the US if I have a criminal record?
I've been charged with possession of a knife and vandalism being what I would say the worst ones, (stupid part of my life that's over)

unsure if that would bar me from being allowed on holiday there, I know that I more than likely wouldn't be allowed to move to the US I don't think.
If anyone could help me find this info out that would be great.

the reason why I'm worried is that I stick out pretty badly I would imagine too because I have tattoos on my face and neck, even though I'm actually a pretty friendly nice person I wouldn't say I look friendly at all so I would imagine that I would more than likely be picked out at customs by default and this would lead to me possibly being sent back after a background check.

if anyone can tell me any info that would be great , do I have to apply 1st and be upfront about my past before I go etc.

Thanks.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Aug-2015, at 09:33 by Davie87 ]

2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 1y

As i understand it, a Brit holidaying in the usa can get an ESTA visa waiver to allow you in. They ask you about criminal record, both on esta questions and maybe in person on arrival, but have no access to uk criminal records. So if you don't tell them, they won't know. If you admit to "crimes of moral turpitude" they may well refuse you entry.

3. Posted by Davie87 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

That would mean that anyone could go on holiday to the US no matter what their history?
something tells me that's not how it works but I'll look into it, thanks.

4. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 1y

You may find this other thread informative then.
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22639&start=1021#Post1027

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 1y

Quoting Davie87

That would mean that anyone could go on holiday to the US no matter what their history?
something tells me that's not how it works but I'll look into it, thanks.

That's exactly how it works - for a Tourist visit. A Work Permit is an entirely different situation.

Cheers,
Terry