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Travel to Barbados with a criminal record

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1. Posted by kd075 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Back in 1993, I was convicted of writing a bad check and was put on inactive probation for 1 year - no jail time served. This charge has since been expunged from my record.

One of my friends bought us tickets for a trip to Barbados. Although no visa is needed, I am scared that I will not be allowed to visit the country for the week already paid for. Does anyone have any advice for me and what I need to do? I have a passport, but have never left the US for travel.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3544 posts) 3y

Thousands of US citizens each day travel with minor arrest records. As long as you have your passport, I would not worry about it. The US has shared its data base with a few countries, but I doubt Barbados is one of them. I think they will be happy you are visiting their country and going to spend your money there. Relax, enjoy the beach, take a swim, get a tan. Good luck to you.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Feb-2011, at 11:31 by vegasmike6 ]

3. Posted by kd075 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Thank you vegasmike. Do you think I need to contact the consulate to ensure it's okay?

4. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 3y

No just go and enjoy, it has been expunged from your record, if you were a Felon on database they would not have issued you a US Passport, you do require a Passport now to go back and forth to the Caribbean from USA. Also Canada and Mexico.

5. Posted by kd075 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Thanks dbloom. I appreciate your response.

6. Posted by Sunniebgi (Full Member 67 posts) 3y

it is a good question though.. while you may have been charged a number of years ago, it's no longer on your record. As long as you have a valid passport, which is needed, there really shouldn't be an issue.

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8. Posted by kd075 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Quoting Sunniebgi

it is a good question though.. while you may have been charged a number of years ago, it's no longer on your record. As long as you have a valid passport, which is needed, there really shouldn't be an issue.

Thanks for replying Sunniebg.