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1. Posted by Osiras (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Hello all. I have been reading these posts for months now and have not come across anything on this subject.

My GF and I will be arriving in Singapore in January 2008 and traveling overland to Bangkok. We will then possibly catch a flight to Vietnam or China for a couple weeks from there.

We are both US citizens. I have a criminal record with a couple misdemeanors and a felony; none of which are violent crimes.

My question is: Will we have a problem entering/leaving any of these countries with this monkey on my back?

Thanks for any advice.

AJ

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Osiras,
Singapore gives you a visa on arrival. I doubt they do a background check while you are standing in front of the Immigration officer. You will apply for your VN & China visa beforehand. Again, I doubt they are doing background checks on all that apply for a visa. Unless you are a fugitive from justice or on a terror watch list, I cannot see how your criminal record will trip any alarms. I would not stress over this. Go and enjoy your holiday.

3. Posted by Osiras (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Thanks Mike! I'm looking forward to my first visit to the region.

Does anyone else have any views on this subject?

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

I have a criminal record and I have travelled to Thailand, the Philippines, Qatar and Turkey in Asia and I never came across any problems, so i think you will be ok.

5. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

Quoting Osiras

Hello all. I have been reading these posts for months now and have not come across anything on this subject.

My GF and I will be arriving in Singapore in January 2008 and traveling overland to Bangkok. We will then possibly catch a flight to Vietnam or China for a couple weeks from there.

We are both US citizens. I have a criminal record with a couple misdemeanors and a felony; none of which are violent crimes.

My question is: Will we have a problem entering/leaving any of these countries with this monkey on my back?

Thanks for any advice.

AJ

6. Posted by theallans (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

hello there... being from Canada and having criminal record doe not prohibit any travel anywhere except the USA...your border guys are really uptight that way even for misdemeanors..every where else I don't think that the paranoia is that high....so like the others before me..........relax you're allowed home aren't you