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Travel to Barbados with a criminal record

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1. Posted by kd075 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 13 Feb '11 09:23

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, 3526 posts) 13 Feb '11 11:30

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) 13 Feb '11 13:54

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) 14 Feb '11 20:07

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) 14 Feb '11 20:56

Thanks dbloom. I appreciate your response.

6. Posted by Sunniebgi (Full Member, 66 posts) 20 Feb '11 18:26

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) 20 Feb '11 19:04

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.