Around this time of year, people are leaving New York to someplace warmer or to see family. Others need to make all-important business trips. They have their passport, their luggage is packed and they have a ride ready to take them to the airport now – there’s only one problem stopping their plans: They have a DWI.
What many people don’t realize is that a DWI can hurt their chances of traveling abroad. That doesn’t mean someone with a DWI charge can’t go anywhere, there are just a few places they can’t go:
People looking to enter Canada may have a difficult time if they have a DWI. In most cases, Canada sees a DWI just the same as any other criminal offense, preventing people from entry. However, there may be a chance to enter Canada after receiving an approved temporary residence permit.
Australia and New Zealand
Like Canada, Australia and New Zealand also prevent people with a DWI from entering their borders. If you do have a DWI, your best bet is to apply for a travel waiver.
Mexico may be less restrictive on its travel and entry laws when it comes to a DWI. Border officers may consider the events of a DWI (death, injuries or property damage) and how long since the DWI happened.
South Africa will consider if a DWI was a misdemeanor or a felony. In the case of a felony, border officers may restrict access to travelers.
You shouldn’t let a DWI hold you back from traveling abroad. You may need to reach out for legal help when discussing a potential DWI charge.