Travel across europe
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jul 10, 2012 4:10 AM Last Post By: battybilly
Jul 4, 2012 1:18 AM
Jul 4, 2012 1:34 AM
1Europe is only a geographical name, it's of no use when discussing visa matters/entry requirements, restrictions etc. - what applies to one country may not apply to the next.
So: what specific country/countries are you talking about? Only the UK & Ireland or others too?
Jul 4, 2012 1:44 AM
Jul 4, 2012 1:46 AM
Jul 4, 2012 1:48 AM
Jul 4, 2012 4:05 AM
5Unlke the US, UK recognises the "spent" nature of convictions for people who have Canadian convictions, so if your convictions are "spent" in Canada you don't have to declare it to UK immigration.
UK isn't like US where any criminal conviction will see you disallowed entry, we have rules what kind of record would or would not let you in. You can find the guidance on that somewhere on the official immigration website which says what kind of convictions they will disallow entry for, I gave a link to it in some earlier thread, can't be bothered trying to find it again, but it wasn't too difficult to find.
As for Schengen countries, you'll have to ask somewhere else about that.
Jul 4, 2012 10:03 AM
6Unless it's for genocide, terrorist activities or paedophilia it's extremely unlikely that any country in Europe will give a damn about your criminal record - UNLESS you have to apply for a visa in advance. It's not like Canada where being convicted of being drunk decades ago is grounds for being refused entry
Jul 5, 2012 6:43 AM
7This is what you want to read.
"Paragraph 320(18) of the Rules states that an application should normally be refused if that person has been convicted of an offence in any country, which could have attracted a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more if the offence had been committed in the UK. ECOs should not refuse under 320(18) if the conviction is considered 'spent' under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act."
Failing to disclose an unspent criminal record would also be grounds for refusal to admit.
Jul 5, 2012 2:23 PM
8Europe is only a geographical name, etc
This is an unnecessary eurosceptic political interjection of an aspirational kind that does not help the OP who is obviously thinking about the EU which has a common position on most external issues, including many related to immigration (and NL is in the Schengen zone, right?)
As for the question, I would advise the OP to just turn up. You don't need a visa, there is nothing in the landing cards that asks about criminal record, and I very much doubt that anything short of an Interpol arrest warrant would show up on the computers.
Jul 5, 2012 5:18 PM
9Hmm well I'm calling up some visa place tomorrow in my country. Got my tickets for 17 of this month wish me luck.
And I said Europe cause I am visiting all over north south east west.
Jul 5, 2012 5:21 PM
Jul 6, 2012 12:39 AM
This is what would matter if you were applying for entry clearance to make sure that you would be allowed in. But consider #9's point too.
Jul 6, 2012 1:01 AM
12This is an unnecessary eurosceptic political interjection of an aspirational kind that does not help the OP who is obviously thinking about the EU which has a common position on most external issues, including many related to immigration (and NL is in the Schengen zone, right?)
"Europe", "Schengen" and "EU" are different things, and where entry requirements are concerned the difference does matter. That has nothing at all to do with being "eurosceptic".
the EU which has a common position on most external issues, including many related to immigration
The key word here is "many", I guess. Besides that, you can't even seem to distinguish between EU and Schengen, so I wonder why I'm even bothering replying to you. What has the Netherlands got to do with it anyway? Nothing in the OP indicates he is planning to go there.
Jul 6, 2012 9:35 AM
13The key word here is "many", I guess. Besides that, you can't even seem to distinguish between EU and Schengen,
Although the Schengen agreement started life as a simple intergovernmental agreement, since the Amsterdam treaty of 1999 it is as much a part of the legal structure of the European Union as any other policy, and governed by the Council, the Commission, and the Parliament. and all new members of the EU are required to apply to join.
What has the Netherlands got to do with it? Well, you appear to be Dutch so you should know better!
Jul 6, 2012 12:31 PM
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