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411. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Fingerprints are difficult to predict. In the digital age they sometimes end up on different databases but since you're referring to a situation from 25 years ago then they're likely a non issue.

Reply #392 might pertain to you.

Good luck.


412. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 4y

There is the Five Country Conference. How far that actually extends with sharing information isn't clear.

413. Posted by lottie6636 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

My partner was bound over to keep the peace over 35 years ago and fined £70. Does this mean we have to get him a visa to travel to the US or can we just go and complete the ESTA?

414. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Your situation has been addressed dozens of times throughout this thread.

Bottom line: Forgetaboutit.


415. Posted by aalee11 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

I recently got arrested .. But didnt go to jail for gbh without intent & driving dangerously.

I have been twice to usa on visa waiver so i know how this works- however i am sick to death thinking that i may never be able to go to usa again.
I have all my family ther,
I jus want to know - when we get fingerprinted at uk police stations ... Does this info come up at usa airports??
And should i just tick no on esta form?
Im a very innocent looking female - and the last 2 times i entere usa . The officer literally just looked at me and stamped my passport for 90 days .
i dont know what got into me when i got behind the vehicle.
Help will be appreciated.
Should i risk it? Tick no?

416. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Your situation has been addressed dozens and dozens of times throughout this thread.

You're looking for an absolute answer, it doesn't exist. The pros/cons have been repeated over and over and over.

Roll the dice.


417. Posted by teddyboy (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y

This is a post that was on the tripadvisor forum this morning interesting



posts: 75

reviews: 2

31. Re: Esta/criminal record

yesterday, 22:01

Just to let u know, if u lie on the esta application and tick 'no' to the question about ever being arrested... they will know!!

My bf attempted to do his esta last night... he got a police caution about 10 yrs ago and got arrested 18 months ago for affray and has a court date of this may.

We thought he'd be ok with the esta as affray is not classed as moral turpitude... but we were wrong. We got an instant response of 'travel not authorised' and have now got to go down the visa route.

418. Posted by wrew (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

impending court date is the issue surely

419. Posted by dan2013 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y


I have just paid for a holiday to Las Vegas and have only just found out about the ESTA that you have to fill in. Its very embarassing and I was in a bad place of my life but I got caught stealing from Boots a year ago i was not arrested but fined and that was it but I am really worried that i will not be approved for a ESTA. Has any one been in the same situation that can advise me what the out come is likely to be?

thank you so much

420. Posted by ppdon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

My father is american and i've been travelling to the US since i was a child, i used to have an indefinate visa until the changes of 911. I have 2 minor convictions for posession of class b drugs from 1989(£10 fine) & 1995(£80 fine). I never knew anything about esta's as my partner done all the organising for our last 3 trips to florida and she has only gone and ticked "no" for mine, so i have been to the US 3 times on an esta when i should of had a visa, now i have realised the seriousness of it all i fear i may not be able travel to the US or see my father again, i will arrange an appointment at the embassy and try and explain my situation but i fear i'll be refused..

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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