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From A Former Prosecutor

DUIs and international travel: What you need to know

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2022 | Drunk Driving

A DUI conviction can impact your life in many ways. Something you may not realize is that this conviction may limit where you can travel. 

Some countries won’t allow you to enter for up to 10 years after receiving the conviction. Knowing the rules will help you see why having a strong DUI defense is so important when facing these charges, especially if you need to travel internationally for work or family concerns.


Surprisingly, getting into Canada with a DUI is extremely difficult. If you have been convicted of this charge, you must wait at least five years to enter. If you have a criminal history (besides DUI), you can pay a $200 fine or apply for criminal rehabilitation to get into the country. 


DUI convictions are taken seriously in Mexico, too. Foreigners with a DUI conviction in the past 10 years will usually be denied entry. Any convicted felon is prohibited from entering Mexico, too. 


Entering Iran as a U.S. citizen with no criminal history is challenging enough. Trying to enter with a DUI conviction is nearly impossible. While Iran doesn’t have access to your criminal record, they will conduct a “good conduct screening,” which includes asking you about your history with alcohol, drugs, and related convictions. If you admit you have a DUI conviction, you will likely be denied entry; however, this is determined by the officer and what you choose to disclose. 

Protecting your rights and freedom

Your ability to travel internationally may be significantly limited if you are convicted of DUI in California or anywhere in the United States. It’s best to establish a solid defense against DUI charges to give yourself the freedom to travel when and where you want.