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Travelling to Italy with a criminal record?

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Travelling to Italy with a criminal record?

I am planning a trip overseas with my partner next year & am tossing up between Ireland & Italy. However, my partner has a criminal record. Has anyone out there had any experience with someone travelling as a tourist with a criminal record? I know there is something called the Schengen agreement which allows Australians to stay up to 90 days without a visa. I am concerned that on arrival he will be asked about criminal record & be turned away. I also know that Vatican City is not on this agreement but is the No.1 place I want to visit (but not the only place). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Travelling to Italy with a criminal record?

Unless things have changed in the past year, there are no forms to fill out when arriving in Italy and no questions about criminal record. On arrival, the Immigration officer looks at the passport and stamps it. The stamp allows you to be in the Schengen Treaty area for up to 90 days.

There are no border formalities of any kind between Italy and the Vatican.

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2. Re: Travelling to Italy with a criminal record?

I've travelled to Italy in excess of 30 times with an Aussie passport and never once had to fill in any documentation - as Sydneynick says your partner will need to provide his/her passport to Immigration which is immediately stamped and returned.

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3. Re: Travelling to Italy with a criminal record?

I know someone with a minor criminal record in the US who now can no longer travel to Canada because they apparently access such records at the border (or so I was told)

So although Schengen does not require paperwork related to this, the issue would be if there are data bases that are reviewed --

have you looked at the Italian web site?

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4. Re: Travelling to Italy with a criminal record?


There is no criminal record check. What Canada do to Americans is because of what US do to Canadians.

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