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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Past felony convictions and travel to South American countries. February 2016.

US citizen's tirade about Ecuador tourist visa denial in Quito airport
from http://www.expat.com/forum/
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I have a felony conviction (in USA - LB) with NO restrictions or travel limits. It's OVER and I paid my debt to society. When I arrived in Quito (from USA - LB) asking for a tourist visa for under two weeks; it was denied and I was treated terribly and put on a plane (back to USA - LB) with absolutely NO reason given.
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They did surround me with 12 police and immigration officers and as far as I can see I hadn't done anything illegal. So now I know and guess I will be unable to visit outside the USA. But at 77 I won't have much time to regret it!
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Opinion (discussion on this matter of tourist visa denial) from expat.com/forum/forum/
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As far as I know every country in the Americas, whether they require a visa or not, will usually ask you upon arrival if you have any criminal convictions; if you answer yes (which you must by law) then they refuse entry and if you answer "no" when you really have then you can end up with lodgings and meals provided by the state free of charge.
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Opinion on reinforcement of "ban the entry of foreigners with a criminal record" in SA.
from http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/peru-announces-entry-ban-foreigners-with-criminal-record
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Government's (South American countries - LB) plan to ban the entry of foreigners with a criminal record as part of efforts to tackle organized crime
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However it is difficult to see how it will be put into practice. Assuming criminals attempting to come into SA country do not declare their history, airport and border officials would have to carry out a background check on every single arriving foreigner in order to enforce this ban.
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While checking backgrounds and denying entry to convicted criminals during a visa process may be achievable, the question remains of what effect this will actually have in reducing crime. Transnational criminal organizations often use local partners to carry out their operations in different countries, and may have the capacity to secure false passports if required.
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How U.S. Criminal Records Work
Criminal Record Sharing
quote: If you have a criminal record (in USA - LB), it's unlikely it will prevent you from traveling internationally from the United States to other countries. However, each country has the right to turn away anyone who is attempting to enter its borders for any reason. Officials do not routinely run an international criminal record check on foreign visitors, but they have the right to do so. You don't need to provide proof that you have no record in order to travel; however, should you apply to live or work in a foreign country, you could be denied permission due to a criminal record.
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Here's the good news: it's possible to make your criminal record disappear. Sound too good to be true? In some circumstances, you can ask to have your record expunged. This means that it can be erased or removed. When a record is expunged, it becomes inactive, but the information continues to be accessible to law enforcement or government officials. If your record has been expunged, you can legally say that you have no criminal record.
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