15 Offenses That Can Keep Michiganders from Entering Canada
Getting into Canada sometimes isn't as easy as you think.
A few weeks ago, Zac Brown Band announced that they had to cancel a concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The show was canceled because not all of their crew members were allowed to cross the border.
Even though the band has performed in Canada two other times this year, this time around a border patrol agent denied some crew members entrance into the country. Apparently, those crew members had some charges on their records from many years ago that were used to deny them entry.
While I have only been to Canada three times in my life, I didn't realize how many things can actually cause you to have your entry into the country denied. Below you'll find 15 different charges that may cause you a problem getting into Canada, such as DUIs and drug possession.
How do I travel to Canada if I have a criminal record?
There are two ways you can try and get into Canada if you have a criminal record. The first way is to file for a Canadian Temporary Resident Permit, which is the easier of the two. The other way is to go through a process call Criminal Rehabilitation.
Up until today, I had no idea that it was so hard to get into Canada if you have a criminal record. I'm sure it comes as a surprise to many people when they try to get across the border but are denied because of their shoplifting or vandalism charge from when they were younger.
Obviously, entry into Canada is on a case-by-case basis. If you have something on your record and don't know if it will deny you entry into the country, be sure to do your research. Just because you have one of these charges, doesn't mean that you won't get in.
Have you had problems getting across the border? I never travel to Canada so I don't know the process. Let us know in the comments.