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Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

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Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

No US stops at all booked with Westjet. Will I be stopped and refused my vacation because of my previous criminal record?. I do have a valid passport. Some insight would be great.

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1. Re: Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

It seems that now it is a possibility. There is another thread on this: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g150807-i8-k604830…

Read post #44. My personal recommendation is to check with the Mexican consulate/embassy and get a tourist visa if that is what they recommend. Others have said just go ahead.

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I don't think that having a criminal record is the problem It's what flashes up on the computer when the agent scans your passport. The problem also isn't about gaining entry to Mexico. It's about flying over U.S. airspace.

I honestly think that it depends on *what level of criminal you are/were* and I can't tell you anything more than that ,

because the relative I was referring to has never told us what he did. All I know is that he was in jail for ages. If I were you, I'd call U.S. Border patrol directly and ask them exactly where you stand.

Good Luck.

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3. Re: Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

Coincidentally a Vancouver newspaper carried an article of a Canadian who flew charter into Cancun twice and was turn back twice:http://tinyurl.com/lvufsda

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4. Re: Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

I called the Mexican embassy in Ottawa and they advised that as long as the crime did not cause injury to anyone. No sex crimes then you are welcome in Mexico.

US Border Patrol states that if you are diverted because of an issue with the flight that the border agents would detain you until your flight departs. You are still able to go on your trip but not roam around mexico.

Edited: 10 January 2014, 19:40
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www.theprovince.com/news/police+record+ruin+your+travel+plans/9370612/story.html

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6. Re: Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

Hi there, thought I would share what we just received from the Mexican Embassy:

Good afternoon. The information is as follows:

Immigration authorities may decide to refuse your request to enter the country if you are subject to criminal process (facing charges) or have been convicted of a serious crime as defined by national laws on criminal matters or provisions in international treaties or conventions that the Mexican State is party to. You may also be refused entry if your background in Mexico or abroad could compromise national or public security, per Article 43 of the Migration Law.

According to Article 194 of the Federal Code on Criminal Proceedings, serious crimes include all crimes that have a significant, negative effect on the fundamental values of society.

Serious crimes include, among others: manslaughter; terrorism and international terrorism; sabotage; piracy; genocide; prison break; attacks on public thoroughfares; drug-related crimes; corruption of minors; child pornography; exploitation of minors; falsifying and counterfeit of currency; rape; highway robbery; trafficking in minors; trafficking in undocumented persons; aggravated robbery; vehicular theft; extortion; crimes against the environment, committed with intent; forced disappearance of persons; bearing arms reserved for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy or Air Force; smuggling into the country firearms not reserved for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy or Air Force; smuggling and comparable crimes, and; tax fraud and comparable crimes.

You can find this and more information at our official Website: http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/canada

Cordially,

Leonor Yañez,

Consular Section

Embassy of Mexico

Ottawa, ON

Canada

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Phew! I had to read the whole list; I'm good! LOL

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Stealing a car???????

Holy Crap.

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9. Re: Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

I have a criminal record (which has been pardoned). I have flown to Mexico several times, over the States, with stopovers in the States. I have NEVER had any issues Ever. I just hand them my passport, keep quiet, be polite, no issues.

Edited: 11 January 2014, 16:47
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10. Re: Criminal Record - Travelling from Canada direct to Mexico

What's strange about the newspaper story is it said the guy had charges, including weapons charges, but no convictions and somehow still made the flagged list. That tells me there is inter-government communication between Canada and Mexico. I suspect the war on drugs started it but once electronic communications are setup, they are easy to maintain. Regardless, it does indicate they flag some travellers and they might turn back someone who is flagged.