After release from prison and completing their terms of probation, felons are of course allowed to travel freely throughout the U.S. This is not the case when wanting to travel to another country.
This blog post will cover whether felons are allowed to travel to Bermuda.
- Restrictions on Foreign Travel
- Why Bermuda?
- Entering Bermuda
- Encouraging a Felon to Travel to Bermuda
Restrictions on Foreign Travel
Traveling outside the U.S. another country after a felony conviction is an interesting question. There is no set standard for restrictions on felons wanting to visit a foreign country. It depends on the country they want to visit.
For example, when wanting to travel to Canada, the Canadian laws state that anyone with a criminal conviction of any type, felony or misdemeanor, cannot travel freely across the border.
To attempt to do so will result in being turned back at the border.
This doesn’t mean that all countries are as restrictive as Canada. Each country is different in their restrictions placed on felons desiring to enter their country.
Another previous blog post addressed the issue of whether felons could obtain a passport, allowing them to travel outside the U.S.
Felons are able to get a passport with certain exceptions.
Those convicted of a drug related felony who crossed the U.S. border in committing the crime, are subject to federal arrest, or are restricted from leaving the country as part of their sentence or probation cannot obtain a passport.
Felons who have an outstanding warrant, are considered a flight risk, or are viewed as a danger to themselves or others in any country to which they may be traveling also cannot get a passport.
For those felons who already have a passport but who fall under these guidelines, they can have their passport revoked or restricted.
Any felon who applies for and receives a passport with any of these restrictions but who lies about them on the application, can also lose their passport.
Other than that felons may legally leave the U.S.
Guidelines for entering another country are the subject of the visa required by each foreign country.
Why would felons want to visit Bermuda? Well, for the same reasons anyone wants to travel there.
Felons may have served time in prison, but they have the same interests as any other U.S. citizen. Traveling to Bermuda is no exception.
Bermuda is a popular destination for tourists from the U.S. for a number of reasons.
Bermuda is a land with beautiful beaches and is famous for its surfing. The sand on the beaches of Bermuda has been described as pink.
That is due to the heavy presence of a red marine organism, foraminifera, that grows on the coral reefs surrounding Bermuda. When pieces of this break off and float onto the beach, it paints the sand a pinkish color.
Going on a cruise is a popular means of travel to Bermuda.
There are basically two types of cruises, closed loop and open loop. A closed loop cruise is one that starts and ends in the same U.S. port while an open loop cruise has different starting and final port city locations.
Felons may sail on either type of cruise.
U.S. citizens going on a closed loop cruise can depart and enter the U.S. with only proof of citizenship. This proof consists of an original or copy of a birth certificate and a government issued photo ID.
Open loop cruises require a passport, regardless of the starting or destination port.
Current regulations state that in order to enter Bermuda, a passport is required.
The law in Bermuda states that they must have at least six valid months remaining on their passport when entering the country.
Those U.S. citizens who stay in the country less than 90 days need to have only a passport. No visa is required.
Any stay by a U.S. citizen of more than 90 days will require a visa, which must be obtained prior to departing form the U.S.
Felons would do best if they plan their stay in the country to be limited to less than 90 days in order to not have to be subjected to having their criminal record checked.
For felons especially, their conduct while in Bermuda is critical. Of course they will want to stay out of legal difficulties.
This would obviously result in significant problems for felons who may find it extremely difficult to gain their release. For those felons ending up in jail, good legal counsel will be necessary.
It is best to strictly obey all laws and be able to leave the country as planned.
Encouraging a Felon to Travel to Bermuda
Families of felons who visit Bermuda can be helpful to those felons by encouraging them to travel outside the country for a sense of peace and relaxation.
Traveling is a great way for felons to re-connect with their families again.
Once the decision has been made to travel to Bermuda, be supportive of their making the trip.
It is important to remind them that as a traveler to a foreign country, just being there as an American will bring them under scrutiny. Add to that their felon status, and staying out of trouble becomes even more important.
For this reason and others, they must obey the laws and not draw the attention of the legal authorities to themselves.
Remind them of their commitment to live an honest life and how legal difficulties while in Bermuda will only defeat these efforts and may result in returning to prison.
Approximately 69% of those released from prison return within the first two years. Don’t let them be one of those statistics.
So what do you think about this blog post about how a felon can travel to Bermuda? Have you or someone you know traveled to Bermuda? What was that like and were they successful? Please tell us in the comments below.