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Possession charges and International Travel

Travel Forums General Talk Possession charges and International Travel

1. Posted by tropicalrt (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I have a friend who has been charged with possession of a illegal narcotic (cocaine). We intend to travel alot in the near future but we are unsure of where he can and can't travel to, or if he can even travel at all?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

In which country has your friend gotten caught in, what is his citizenship and where were you planning to travel to?

3. Posted by tropicalrt (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

We are both born in Canada and we would like to travel through europe and south america

4. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

Jeez! What's with all the threads asking "Can I travel with a criminal record?"

On second thought, maybe I won't look for a travelling companion on this website!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Is this matter already resolved or are you still waiting for the final decision?

- the final decision has already been made and
- it is a fine or community work and
- said fine has been paid or the community work has been done

then it will be ok for you to go to Europe. No problems.

Don't know about South American countries.

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Is possession prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor?

Most countries oblige all foreigners that cross into their territory to be forthcoming about their criminal antecedents; not doing so automatically makes you an unwanted alien in most cases. On the other hand, being forthcoming about any criminal antecedents may cause a LOT of problems as well. Checking the 'B' box on a US visa waiver form[1], for instance, is a certain guarantee that you'll be on the next return flight home.

It's up to you, really. If you were to run into trouble with local law enforcement during your vacation, and if they were to check your friend's antecedents, that would definitely add to his predicament.


  1. 1 Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; or been arrested or convicted for two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentence to confinement was five years or more; or been controlled substance trafficker; or are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities?