Many felons can recall having the desire to travel back when life was different and simpler, before their felony conviction.
They may have dreamed of traveling to another country before their conviction, and for some this may have been a reality.
This blog post will address the question of whether a felon can travel to the Cayman Islands.
- Travel Restrictions
- Why the Cayman Islands?
- Traveling to the Cayman Islands
- Entering the Cayman Islands
- Encouraging a Felon to Travel to the Cayman Islands
Upon release, felons must complete the terms of their sentence, including probation.
During the probation period, felons are restricted from leaving the district in which they reside without permission from their probation officer.
Of course, travel outside the U.S. is out of the question until the conditions of probation have been satisfied entirely.
Once this is accomplished, travel beyond the U.S. border is possible.
They must obtain a passport allowing international travel. Felons are able to obtain a passport.
Being convicted of drug trafficking or a crime of treason against the U.S. may prevent felons from being able to obtain a passport, as well as for anyone owing at least a certain amount of child support.
Having current legal charges pending can also prevent having a passport. This is because leaving the country will be interpreted as an unlawful attempt to avoid prosecution, which is a federal crime.
Why the Cayman Islands?
Felons are people too and may want to visit a wonderful travel spot with their family. In fact, during earlier, more peaceful times, they may have gone to the Cayman Islands with their family.
The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea.
There are three islands which make up the country, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. It is located north of Panama, south of Cuba, and east of Mexico.
The Cayman Islands is a mixture of many cultures with a wide variety of customs and art.
The prevailing culture is called ‘Caymankind.’ It indicates warmth, love, and acceptance as a reminder of the values of family, love, and honor.
There are beautiful, peaceful beaches, especially Seven Mile Beach, surrounded by the calm, warm water of the Caribbean. It is famous for Stingray City, a sandbar crowded with southern stingrays.
The diving is great, and there are caves and exotic wildlife to experience. The food, seafood delight, is delicious and inviting.
The Cayman Islands are home to offshore banking for the wealthy (yes there is honest offshore banking). The crime rate is quite low there.
Traveling to the Cayman Islands
The only restriction for them flying would be if they have a felony warrant outstanding against them.
The other possible issue would be if their name is on what is called the no-fly list maintained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for those suspected of being terrorists.
There are about 3500 names on this list at any time. So, felons are probably OK for flying.
Going on a cruise is also a popular means of travel to the Cayman Islands.
There are 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, although the requirements for a closed loop cruise are less restrictive than for open loop cruises.
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. Regardless of the type of cruise, having a passport is important for felons in case the ship docks at a foreign port on the route to the Cayman Islands.
Entering the Cayman Islands
Current regulations state that in order to enter the Cayman Islands, a passport is required.
The events of 9/11 signaled a major change in relationships between the U.S. and other countries.
In an effort to strengthen border security and facilitate entry to this country for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors, the U.S. instituted the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
With this, all citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda are required to present a passport or other acceptable document to verify their identity and nationality to enter or leave the U.S. from within the Western Hemisphere.
First, the law in the Cayman Islands states that they must have at least six valid months remaining on their passport when entering the country.
Any stay by a U.S. citizen of more than six months 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 six months in order not to be subjected to having their criminal record checked.
For felons especially, their conduct while in the Cayman Islands 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, 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 the Cayman Islands
Families of felons who visit the Cayman Islands can be helpful to those felons by encouraging them to travel outside the country for a sense of peace and relaxation. A trip to the Cayman Islands can also be a great opportunity to re-connect with their family.
Once the decision has been made to travel to the Cayman Islands, 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 more scrutiny. 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 the Cayman Islands 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 the Cayman Islands? Have you or someone you know traveled to the Cayman Islands with a felony? What was that like, and were they successful? Please tell us in the comments below.