Visiting Canada with a DUI

The subject of whether or not a person can visit Canada if they’ve got a criminal record of any kind, particularly DUIs (drunk driving), comes up so often on travel Forums that I thought I’d post the regs here for easy access.

The summary, cut-and-pasted from (the easiest-to-understand official page) is:

Security and enforcement at the Canada-United States border has heightened in recent years. For this reason, more U.S. citizens with past criminal charges or convictions are refused entry into Canada.

Almost all convictions (including DUI, reckless driving, misdemeanour drug possession, all felonies, shoplifting, etc.) make a person inadmissible to Canada, regardless of how long ago they occurred. For this reason, it is not recommended that persons with past convictions attempt to enter Canada without first obtaining necessary documents. It is always the final decision of officers at ports of entry to decide whether a person is allowed into Canada.

The page linked above also describes ways that people affected by these regulations can overcome “criminal inadmissibility”.

On average, 4 Canadians are killed and 200 injured by drunk drivers every day. See what MADD is doing to stop that.


Visiting Canada with a DUI — 2 Comments

  1. When it comes to the question of DUI’s as a excuse to keep US visitors from this country is unsatisfactory. If its a habitual charge, yes, I can see the significance in that but, the entire concept of driving and drinking is becoming more widespread than ever before and not just from a perspective of people who do it.
    Far as I’m concerned the problem exist with the government and its quest for revenue. Lets face it, stress is everywhere and stress drives people to drink. That has been the norm for decades. Liquor is readily available anywhere and in some instances in more than numerous quantities.
    Lets face it, booze is an acceptable evil, just as smoking is. Smoking is hammered by government interference, yet booze with just as many affects is left unprovoked.
    You want to stop drinking and driving, stop making booze. I know..unrealistic, but very practical. You will always have drunk drivers on the road, it’ll never be stopped until people take responsibility for it serious. When was the last time you found a rip roaring drunk to be responsible or reasonable.
    Another problem with the serious consequences of being caught. I know several people who have suspended driver’s license who still drink and drive and their attitude is, they don’t give a damned anymore. There is a dangerous scenario on our streets and unfortunately there will be more consequences that will arise from that. The public has a mega problem on their hands and it is the fault of your money hungry government. Myself I do not drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs and don’t gamble. Authority does not get a cent from me and if you don’t think governments are into selling drugs…think again.

  2. [ …the entire concept of driving and drinking is becoming more widespread than ever before… ]

    I’m not really sure what you’re trying to say overall (the only way to stop drunk driving is to stop making alcoholic drinks?), but I certainly don’t believe the part of it that I quoted above. Perhaps in the States it is becoming more widespread, though, given the number of people I read about who are being denied entry into Canada recently.