What you need to know, in brief.
- Overseas travel is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. If you need to apply for a visa to travel you will need to disclose both spent and unspent cautions and convictions. You may be asked to provide a police certificate as documentary evidence of your criminal record.
- There is no link to your criminal record from your passport. The chip on a biometric passport only stores your photograph and the biographic details which are printed in the passport.
- If you on are on Sex Offenders Register (SOR) you will need to notify the police of your intention to leave the UK. The police may ‘flag’ your passport with an Interpol Green Notice alerting overseas immigration of your SOR status.
- Anybody travelling to the US for less than 90 days can travel under the Visa Waiver Programme. If you’ve been arrested or convicted of certain offences you will need to apply to the US Embassy for a visa.
- If you are on licence you will need to get permission to travel outside the UK. This will be given only in exceptional circumstances.
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