Before their felony conviction, most felons can remember wanting to travel and many probably did.
They may have thought of traveling abroad before their conviction and some were able to.
This blog post will address the question of whether a felon can travel to St. Lucia.
- Travel Restrictions
- Why St. Lucia?
- Traveling to St. Lucia
- Requirements to Enter St. Lucia
- Encouraging a Felon to Travel to St. Lucia
After their 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.
Felons are able to obtain a passport, allowing international travel.
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.
For those felons, legal assistance will be necessary.
Why St. Lucia?
Why would felons want to visit St. Lucia? 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 St. Lucia is no exception with many compelling reasons to go there.
St. Lucia is an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea just north of Venezuela. St. Lucia is a volcanic island and is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands.
St. Lucia was a territory of the United Kingdom until it became independent in 1979.
The climate is tropical with two seasons in the year, wet season and dry season. The economy is based on tourism and banana production.
The beaches in St. Lucia are covered in soft sand with extremely clear water beyond the shores.
Swimming and snorkeling are major water sports there while the island is the scuba diving capital. St. Lucia has the world’s only drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs.
There are botanical gardens to view, and the people are friendly and welcoming.
Some felons’ families may be from St. Lucia.
Traveling to St. Lucia
The main restriction for them flying to St. Lucia 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 St. Lucia.
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 St. Lucia.
Requirements to Enter St. Lucia
St. Lucia has several requirements all U.S. citizens, regardless of whether they are felons or not, must meet in order to gain entry.
First, the law in St. Lucia states that they must have a passport, valid for six months after their departure.
While a visa is not required, a travel visa is issued upon arrival as long as visitors can show proof of a return ticket, local accommodations, and sufficient funds for their stay.
Any stay by a U.S. citizen of more than six months will require a visa, which must be obtained prior to departing from 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 have their criminal record checked.
For felons especially, their conduct while in St. Lucia 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 St. Lucia
Families of felons who visit St. Lucia can be helpful to those felons by encouraging them to travel outside the country for a sense of peace and relaxation. A trip to St. Lucia can also be a great opportunity to re-connect with their family.
Once the decision has been made to travel to St. Lucia, 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 St. Lucia 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 St. Lucia? Have you or someone you know traveled to St. Lucia with a felony? What was that like, and were they successful? Please tell us in the comments below.