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Criminal past & traveling to London??

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1. Posted by Boom Boom (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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Have a passport but never traveled internationally.
About 18 years ago we had a death in the family and I hit the booze pretty hard.
Racked up 3 DUIs in about 6 months.
Funny thing, quite drinking and the legal troubles ended (go figure).

Anway, not a single problem since. Life is good. Good job. Great family.

Am I asking for trouble in trying to fly to London (business trip) ??

The UK Border Agency just sends me a form response back that seams to indicate it's OK, but I also know the UK is trying to tighten the screws on its border controls.

Any experience is this area? Your insights would be "HUGE."


2. Posted by Boom Boom (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Why do I ask? I don't want to end up like this guy... :)

News: Breaking News: Busta Denied Entry Into the UK

Immigration officials have detained hip-hop superstar Busta Rhymes after denying him access into Great Britain this morning.

As they did to Martha Steward, more or less.

I cannot rap and cannot cook, but the general theme is discouraging.


3. Posted by JohnWigan (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

They let Busta in after a few hours in a holding cell!

Dont take this as fact but we generally forget what you've done after 5 years in the UK. I'd say you'll be ok given the amount of time. I'd aply for your visa before you arrive though just in case!

4. Posted by janesgarde (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

I don't have any experience. But my first thought is that you look at the foreign office web site, (or something like that)

5. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

Generally in Britain, I would say that unless you are a menace or threat to society you wouldn't have any problems getting in. Something like drink driving is not a prisonable offence unless you actually cause an accident. All you would get is points on your licence or disqualification from driving for a period of time.

Basically, drink driving isn't serious enough as far as immigration are concerned to prevent you coming in.

Just don't bloody drink and drive when you're over here!