Friday, January 06, 2012

Canada criminal record impacts cross border travel

If you live near Canada the chances are that you probably cross the border frequently. Laws are different in each country. Although the laws in Canada are similar in some respects it is still important to be familiar with them. Most of us ewho travel through the country will have zero problems. But, there are a few who like to push or break the legal boundaries no matter where they are.

Criminal activity is criminal activity. It's one souvenir that tourists don't want to bring home or carry with them elsewhere. Relax, we're not talking about excessive speeding. We are talking about people who have a criminal record in Canada and want to travel across the border.

Finding out about the Canadian pardon application process may be helpful. A pardon simply means that criminal records can be sealed so as to not show up on your record. A pardon is designed for people who have broken the law in the past and haven't gotten into trouble again.

People who have a record need to understand that it is not easy to remove a criminal record. It is also important to understand that not everyone is eligible to have a criminal record erased. For those who qualify, the removal can open the doors to better employment, opportunities to volunteer and even to travel.

So how can I avoid breaking the law?
Most of the laws are obvious. Don't steal, do illegal drugs or commit acts of domestic violence. Don't drink and drive. There are a number of websites that can help. Go to your favorite search engine and type in 'laws (country where you are traveling)'. Clicking on any of the links in this a rticle will give you more information.