You must have heard, ‘Do not drink and drive’, and ‘Do not mix drinking and driving’ rightly so because not only it is dangerous but if you are convicted of a DUI, which stands for driving under the influence, it will harm your international travel because of various restrictions across the world.
1. Places where you Can Travel with a DUI
1.1. European Union
A DUI is generally not a dealbreaker for traveling or entering the European Union. Although if the factors are provocative then the result might be otherwise.
Considering UK and Ireland are also in the EU, it is not a problem entering with a DUI as they consider this as a misdemeanor and not an offense.
Cuba is among the top places where you can enter with a DUI, although it is not a cakewalk.
It is advised that you contact a Cuban diplomat in case of any felony or criminal case under your name, and only plan to travel and enter Cuba once you get a green flag from their end.
1.3. Dominican Republic
It is easy to enter the Dominican Republic, and by easy it is implied that the checking is not that severe and you do not require a visa to enter if you’re a tourist from Canada or the United States.
Although, on the safe side or considering the scenario where you have a record in your file it is suggested to get a verification before flying into this country.
1.4. United States
Although a single DUI is not much trouble for entering into the United States, once it is clubbed with more records of different crimes or even multiple DUI it will become a dealbreaker, as the rules for DUI are pretty stringent in the United States.
The Chinese visa application asks you to state if you have any past criminal records, along with a letter of explanation of your behavior, extending it to state that the person traveling will not commit any crime in China, and while in the country they will strictly follow all rules.
As of now, the visa application to India does not require you to claim your criminal records, so it is an easy entry on those grounds.
However, there can always be a background check on you, and in case of any discrepancy with the same you might be denied entry into the country. It is therefore advised to check for your traveling eligibility before planning a trip.
Considering India and China, we can pretty much extend this to all of Asia including countries like Thailand, Borneo, Pakistan, South Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and some parts of Africa.
2. Places where you Cannot Travel with a DUI
Mexico is very strict when it comes to DUI convictions. It is so prominent that if you are a foreigner planning to enter Mexico and have a drunk driving conviction even once in the last 10 years you will be refused entry to Mexico.
The severity is present because the immigration laws of the claim state that DUI is a felony indictable offense, which prevents the holder of the same entry into the country.
There have been cases of easy entry by the Mexican guards, but it is 50-50 chance, so you might get in, and very much likely you can be asked to leave.
If you are a US citizen, your entry to Iran already is pretty troublesome, and if you add a DUI on top of it then it just works as a cherry on the cake.
Due to the absence of Iranian embassies in the United States, they do not have access to records of the US citizens which makes the screening process difficult.
Now, when you are really into the immigration process it also depends upon the officer assigned to you; they have a whole screening process dedicated to travelers where they ask about your history in alcohol, drugs, and other felony charges although a DUI is something they look down at but if your officer is lenient you might get lucky.
2.3. United Arab Emirates
Due to the staunch belief in the Muslim scripture and the adherence to religious regulations drinking is not considered a highly looked upon activity in the UAE. Which in turn makes a DUI conviction more problematic.
Now, there are no rules as such governing entry inside the country in consideration of a DUI, so your fate also depends upon your immigration officer.
If you hold a DUI and you want to travel to Australia, your primary measure would be to apply for a travel waiver.
Given you are a US citizen traveling to Australia it is comparatively easy for you however, you still have to get an electronic visa; the application of which needs you to declare and pass a character test including criminal offenses, convictions, and any similar criminal conduct association.
A long and impending history of criminal behavior gives you a red flag for Australia.
2.5. South Africa
Misdemeanors and offenses are weighted differently in South Africa. So, if you have a DUI for a misdemeanor it is not a big problem but it becomes one when your DUI is classified as a felony.
The immigration methodologies applicant have a clause called ‘ depiction by silence ‘ under the clause; it is assumed that you will declare any of your criminal conducts or behavior whether you are asked or not, failure to which is termed as deception by silence and results in a straight no to your entry in South Africa.
Although, you can return when your conviction has left your records if your immigrant officer decides the same.
It is amongst the most strict countries where DUI is considered a felony. So, anybody planning to travel to Canada with a DUI conviction is restricted entry for 5 years minimum.
Even when this tenure is over, you have to pay a fine of 200 dollars to get a visa given you have a clear criminal record; alternatively, you can apply for criminal rehabilitation.
3. Final Notes
Understanding the entire international scenario, it is clear that getting a conviction under a DUI is not a very good idea, so it is recommended that one must follow driving rules properly and not mix drinking and driving, so that one can drive longer, safer, and travel often.