People often ask us whether they can travel overseas with a criminal record.

The answer is usually that, well, it’s difficult to say. It depends on a whole range of things.

What we can tell you right here, though, is how best you can find out.

Your ability to travel overseas depends on a couple of things:

– The pending charges and or convictions on your record; and

– The country you are going too.

So the best thing to do is as follows:

  1. Contact or visit your local police station, or phone the police line on 131 444 and ask them if your charges or convictions recorded will prevent you from leaving the country.
  2. Contact the consulate of the country you want to travel to and ask them if your charges or convictions recorded will prevent you from entering their country.

At each stage, make sure you ask for a receipt number or record of the conversation, if possible, so that if you get held up at any point, you have that to refer back to.

It’s as simple as that.

If you are still not sure you can always contact Home Affairs on http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/make-enquiry

And when you travel, make sure you register your travel plans with http://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Lucy Urach

Lucy Urach

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