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    NARSOL
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    If you or someone you know was denied entry into another country as a consequence of registration, we want to hear from you. A new group, supported by
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    Eddie

    I was told a long time ago that anyone with a sex offense felony automatically puts you into a violent crime category even if the offense was “consensual.” Thus barring anyone from obtaining a passport, firearm and voting.

    If the laws have changed as to obtaining a passport I’d like to know.

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      Vee

      My boyfriend and I went to Mexico, Sept 2017. He has a misdemeanor of lewd behavior w a minor from 15+yrs ago, and he does not have to register as a RSO. Upon entering the country, he was detained in customs and then sent back to USA. I had to return on another flight and did not stay in Mexico. I lost $2000 on this trip.

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        Joseph seabrooke

        Just want to say i met girl in Philippines. We fell in love i went to meet her and bought tickets to butuan. I got to Manila and was turned around because i am rso. She is 28 years old and not minor. So why am i denied love because i made mistake in past. I lost $900 and a visit with the woman i love. I find out also i cant marry her and get her green card either.

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          Doug

          If she comes to the United States and you marry her here she can apply for permanent resident status. I could be wrong but I think you can do it.
          Email me if you have other information about this.
          wdm6868@gmail.com

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      Scott

      I’m an RSO (one federal count of CP 18 years ago). I spent 30 months in a medium security Federal prison and three years on probation, and have to register for life.

      My wife and I would like to travel to either Peru or Costa Rica later this year, and also return to Jamaica at some point (hoping to restart our annual New Year’s Eve pilgrimage there)… but I’m wondering if any of this is possible since IML, and reading about others’ recent experiences. Has anyone recently been admitted to any of the above listed countries since IML was enacted? Were your passports marked? I just got my passport renewed last month and it bears no markings. Not sure if it’s because I somehow slipped through the system or if it is because my actual Federal rap sheet lists no victims? If the latter, is it possible Costa Rica or Peru might let me in?

      I’ve traveled overseas several times with no real issues other than being harassed when I return to the US. Last time I went overseas was October 2017. The first time I had returned from Jamaica, in January 2011; US Customs took my iPhone and demanded I give them the PIN to unlock it, then copied its entire contents to their computers and spent two hours looking through it.

      My first time to Jamaica was late 2010. They had people searching for me while standing in line, calling out my name. I was then interrogated for two hours. By the end of it, the guy actually seemed sympathetic to me. He directed me another agent with the rubber stamp and they both told me “welcome to Jamaica!” with a smile.

      The second time I went to Jamaica was a year later. This time no one was looking for me, but they still sent me to secondary screening. This time it was a lady… after talking to me for about 45 minutes she too started offering her sympathy to my situation, telling me how awful I’m treated in the US, and apologizing for taking my time but just doing her duty since the US had warned them about me. I was then taken the same agent who had stamped my visa the year before. He recognized his agent number in my passport from the previous year, and then told me he remembered me. He asked me questions about how long I was going to have to put up with this–shaking his head he offered his sympathies, and then with a big bright smile, “Welcome to Jamaica!, hope you can put your troubles aside while you’re visiting us! Each of these two times I was told that the US State department had called ahead to warn them of my arrival.

      The third time was late 2014 with my new girlfriend at the time (now wife). That time we went through like normal tourist–no secondary screening.

      Most recently, in September-October 2017 we went to PNG via the Philippines (connecting flights). Had no intention of leaving the terminal and had no idea that the Philippines are considered a hotbed for sex tourism, etc… Anyway, didn’t notice anything unusual except on the way back we had a very long layover (15 hours). It seemed like random airport employees would ask to look through our carry on bags whenever we walked anywhere. We seemed to be targeted that way as we didn’t see anyone else getting “randomly” inspected. We were told it was because the US was concerned about all passengers flying in from the Philippines due to a high terrorism threat.

      We contemplated leaving the airport to do some sightseeing, and we had no resistance to doing so by any of the agents, but at the last minute we decided there wasn’t anything interesting near the Manilla airport anyway, so we stayed inside.

      Once we arrived in the US, I got secondary screening as usual. The agent was actually pretty fair–less gestapo-like; like other times I’ve returned to the US. He asked me what I was doing in the Philippines. I told him just making a connecting flight. He asked me to prove it. I was thinking surely they have that information already… but I produced my boarding passes, and that satisfied him and my wife and I were on our way–one of the quickest secondary screenings I’d been through.

      Oh, I did have an experience in Australia. Was also connecting through there back in 2009… but one of the connecting flights was domestic and I didn’t realize that meant I would have to go through immigration. The immigration lady almost stamped my visa when she took a double-take at my response on the form with a check-mark next to felon. She asked me if I had marked that by mistake. I said “no ma’am, that’s not a mistake”. I ended up talking to the head-hauncho for immigration at the Sydney airport. He didn’t believe my story that I had been imprisoned for as long as I had for my crime–telling me that I must be downplaying what I actually did, no one goes to prison for forwarding 5 pictures of cp via email. I was so nervous I forgot that I had brought my paperwork showing my rap sheet in the front pocket of the backpack I was clutching, and could have easily proved to him that way. In the end though, he seemed satisfied I was being “mostly” honest, and said he’d let me go get a hotel for the night and not put me in detention… but with the promise that I would never return to Australia. I told him that I had a connecting flight on my return to the USA. He said he was aware of that but I wouldn’t have to go through immigration since there was no domestic legs on my return.

      However, when heading back to the US, the plane we were to leave Sydney on had mechanical issues and couldn’t be fixed in time before the 10pm curfew–so I had to overnight again. So, I saw the same officer that had interrogated me three months prior. He asked me if I remembered him… I told him I sure did and apologized for returning to Australian immigration. He said no worries–wasn’t my fault, and sent me on my way to get a hotel room for the night.

      So, for the most part I’ve had good luck with my limited travels…. but this was all before IML….

      Does anyone think it might be worthwhile calling the embassies of Costa Rica, Peru etc ahead of time or is there no guarantee anyway?

      Thanks to anyone who can help.

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    Robin
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    It largely depends upon the jurisdiction in which you were convicted or are registered as to whether or not the conviction is considered “violent”. In states/jurisdictions without a risk-based assessment, determinations about the violent nature of an offense will likely be determined by the charging instrument under which a registrant was originally convicted.

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    Robin
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    And additionally, the voting issue is not an across-the-board issues; it varies widely, depending on the state. See http://felonvoting.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000286#nevada .

    We have a full section on the passport and travel issue:

    Travel–Domestic and International

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    not published

    I was under the impression perhaps incorrectly that there are countries that sex offenders can not visit. Including England, Canada, and Australia. Is there a list?

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      no hope

      England doesn’t care but the rest are correct along with most Asian countries that will allow you to fly to them then turn you away at the airport when you arrive. Also for some reason there are some south American countries starting to ban RSO’s , but for the most part Europe doesn’t really care because they know how archaic the laws in the U.S. can be and if you want to vacation there are so many places in Europe to go

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        Chris castro

        I resented traveled to cancun Mexico on 02-12-2018 upon arrival in immigration I was taken to secondary inspections and told that my entry to the country would be denied based on that I’m a registered offender and was told that I was a danger to national security? I’m planning a trip to England Egypt Jordan and Israel what advice do u have for those countries in regards to me being a sex offender if they’ll allow me entry to either of those country’s with the new international Megan’s law

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          Charles P

          I tried to travel to Ireland with a professional group in March 2017. At Heathrow Airport I was checked at Customs, where I showed my passport. I was taken to a holding room and held for several hours; fingerprinted, and sent home that afternoon. I am not a “high level” on the SOR. I received a letter stating my fingerprints would be on file for 10 years, and no entry to England, Ireland, Scotland, etc.

          I lost all the money I paid for this trip.

          Does this tell you anything?

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          Kaye

          I am a female SO with a sexual assault of a child (he was 16 lied about his age initially and I was 26) from 1996. I traveled to Egypt on a 60 day Visa that I aquired prior to leaving the states even though Egypt is a, Visa on arrival destination for US citizens, I thought it best to get it before leaving vs. trying to get it there and being turned away. I had no issues at all. I arrived at 3:30am and there were maybe 8 young men stamping passports and one police officer checking those stamps. That being said, it was 2015 and now with the new law revoking old passports and issuing new ones with the red stamped warning, who knows?! If the current process is still the same, I doubt they will even notice in Egypt. There is not a high level of security or customs at Borg El Arab airport in Alexandria. At least not when I went. I’m planning a trip to Dubai soon as my Egyptian husband lives and works there. I will be contacting the UAE Consulate and applying for a Visa prior to leaving even though UAE is also a Visa upon arrival country because I can’t afford to lose a few thousand dollars to be turned away upon arrival. I have several friends in Amman, Jordan and though they are unclear on SO entry, they say the rules for entry are much more strict than Egypt. Good luck in your travels. This whole SO mess has kept me and my hubby distant and apart for three years and virtually ruined my life in every conceiveable way. If you happen to make it to Egypt, make sure you try the Koshary. It’s delish!

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      Joe Camel

      Hello, I have had significant experience traveling abroad with a sex offense up until 2014. While I am aware of the notifications that are obligatory, I in fact did no such thing and traveled several times to Europe from 2012, to 2014. I found no obstacles what so ever using my passport that does not have the sex stamp. Also, I was convicted of lewd and lascivious material, perhaps one of the lowest grades of offense. I even traveled to Canada with my college girlfriend to run a marathon in Vancouver. The issue seems to be A: informing the authorities about travel trips a system of notifications which ultimately and can totally restrict a PAST offender from travel, and B: in 2018 upon return to this country an un-stamped passport will be perhaps immediately confiscated, as the feds are using re-entry as sort of a “catch’ system to replace a normal passport with one that is for all intent and purpose stamped “child rapist”, as many other countries have no idea that having even possession of child pornography which technically problematically can’t outright be called child “pornography”, can result in being internationally identified as a child rapist on a passport. I have theorized a couple solutions for this problem of notification, without outright breaking federal law, but still have not found a solution for returning to the US. I could not marry that European girlfriend and she obtain a green card because of this status. My next girlfriend was from Mexico, and while she knows everything about me and is fine with it, we could not live together here either, could not marry, and so she had to leave for Mexico. You can’t really control who you fall in love with, so I’ve had a bit of bad luck here. I can’t imagine having a family here with police stopping by my house every year, or my job. Going to register I am harassed, intimidated and threatened, screamed at,(no exaggeration) even though I represent one of the lowest on the totem pole of offenders. The court ruled it does not constitute punishment, but it FEELS like punishment. I also realize what I did was morally reprehensible, wrong and illegal. I realize there are consequences for actions that we all must live with, fine. I paid my dues, I owe nothing to society now, however, the path for reintegration simply does not exist when I must live as a jew in WW2 Berlin, with a stamp on my passport no less. I am also keenly aware that traveling to many foreign countries that I would technically be allowed in, could also be potentially dangerous for my own safety. It is not only the customs that sees the stamp. It is the car rental agency, the hotel where I stay. There may be the restaurant in the hotel where I stay, where all employees would be aware of the stamp on my passport that was copied when I registered for the hotel. And as I said, many countries might only see this as literally meaning “child rapist”, and on that note there are people who would physically harm people in this country for merely possession. Who is to say in a foreign country where they might only understand that you have raped children, when you might have had only a few naughty pictures that you should not have looked at. They were beating homosexuals in the streets in Egypt only a few years ago. My British friend was beaten by the military police in Spain once. They simply do not give a sh#t who you are. Being American does not provide some sort of magical force field to protect you from harm, or others that may be with you. For instance, my brothers and mother would all like to travel next year, but I worry that my mother might be in prejudice’s path as it were.
      Do you have any creative solutions? I will want to be hiring an attorney this fall, as I am gearing up to leave this country, that feels more like a prison every day. Thanks

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        Wife of a offender

        Joe camel. My husband has the same conviction as you.

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          Glen Senecal

          I was convicted of possession of child porn. They sent me to an SO treatment and forced me to register and when u moved to VA, they manipulated my record so it reads that I solicited sex from a minor. And they wonder why people hate government.

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        Texas dad

        Joe camel, and anyone else that could kindly answer my question. I have recently had to register as a sex offender in texas. My mother wants to take myself and my one year old daughter to England to visit my grandmother. She needs to meet her great granddaughter as she just turned 89. Furious at the outcome of my case only because it affects my family in this way. But, have to accept and keep on living.
        So, will England allow my entry?
        I have not received a revocation letter of my current passport yet, should i just use it? If so what may happen throughout my journey?
        Or should i just reapply for the new passport with the sad stamp on it?
        Thank you all kindly

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    Eddie

    No, that is incorrect. With a US Passport, you can visit any country- there are four, however, that you need a visa for… China, Australia, Brazil, and Russia… and they may deny you entry or a visa based on criminal history.

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      Stephanie

      Sorry Eddie thats not really correct, you can get a passport as a rso but you will often be turned away at the destination, have to go home and waste a ton of money. This just happened to my husband in Costa Rica. They were like you and your daughter can enter but we aren’t going to travel and vacation without my husband. And he’s a low level SO. The whole situation was a nightmare and I really wish I had done way more research, Costa Rica doesn’t require visa’s but detained us as soon as the plane landed.

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    Robin
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    Eddie, that may be the official line, but personal experiences indicate that is not always true, especially for RSO’s. Additionally, this is from a Canadian website: “Canada will refuse to grant entry to anyone with a felony conviction.” I believe that this is a situation in flux and one that bears watching closely.

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    MD

    My wife and child take a cabo trip once a year for the past 5 years no problems, this past Monday I was scanned pulled off to the little room and told I couldn’t enter, and was told my family and I would be held if I didn’t sign a paper in Spanish, there were armed police hovering over me, I explained my situation, I was convicted of consensual sex with a minor in 1990 when I was 18 and she was 16 and since had it expunged and travel here annually, he didn’t care they already had my return tix in hand, so I’m out 5k and worst of all my wife has not left the hotel crying alone with a 11 year old child in Mexico since Monday, I don’t know what has changed but it’s insanity

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      Heidi Eastman

      April 22, 2018 – sent home from Mexico had trip planned thought I did my homework. I am RSO. a misdemeanor. Not on probation, or parol. My contact with State Police did not advise me just said enjoy your vacation. When applied for my passport nothing was said. As we came off the escalator in Mexico I was approached by a lady who said she wanted me to follow her to the back room I looked at my boyfriend he was taken by another guy and so I followed her, having never been out of the country I thought maybe this was just a random search. I can honestly say I had no idea this was going to happen! The lady started asking me random questions where I was staying how long I was going to be there she had me write down my name my phone number my email my boyfriend’s name I address and then she told me tell me about your background. Immediately my heart rate went up I explained to her that I have a misdemeanor I am registered I am compliant, then she said that I wasn’t able to stay in the country that they were sending me home. I explained to her that I fought this conviction for 4 years and I couldn’t fight it anymore. She told me that I could talk to the Embassy but the outcome would be the same I would be sent back to the States. I felt desperate I was crying I told her that there were two mistrials in my case was finally dismissed then a year later they brought the charges back. I couldn’t do it anymore all charges were down to a misdemeanor I had to register I didn’t have to be on probation and I never had to do jail time. I wanted to see my boyfriend they refused to let me leave the room he stood in front of the door the lady typed something up two pages long on her computer and then came around to my side and read it to me everything was in Spanish except for my full name. She told me I had to sign it and I told her I’m not signing anything I can’t read Spanish. At this point I had been in there I think about an hour , and she said okay we’re done and told me to get up and then open the door and that’s where my boyfriend was they escorting us out to the platform to get onto the plane. I have never been so poorly treated in my entire life! My boyfriend made a point of telling them he will never step foot in this country again!

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    Steve

    Per my research on the Internet, Canada, the UK, Japan, and Australia prohibit felons from entering their countries. This is not related to sex offenses. It applies to all felons. Canada prohibits anyone with a drunk driving conviction from entering as well.

    The U.S. also denies entry to some based on criminal convictions:

    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/86942.pdf

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    Anonymous

    The USA is issuing ‘green notices’ for all travelers convicted of a sex offense. These notices are triggered by the advance travel notification when you provide your passport information to the airlines. They are also triggered when you provide the 21 day notice of intent to travel internationally which is part of the SORNA statutes.

    Passports are not denied to persons convicted of a sex offense, however recently enacted statutes require such persons to apply for passport renewal annually.

    I traveled internationally without incident until July 2013. In that month I entered Mexico and was detained at immigration and questioned for 2 hours and then allowed to enter. In September 2013 I flew from Mexico to Amsterdam without incident until my return to Mexico in October when I was again detained – this time for 3 hours while my electronic devices were searched and I was questioned by immigration and Federal Police. Again I was allowed to enter but only because I was carrying paperwork showing that I own property in Mexico. In November 2013 Mexico implemented a policy of denying all persons that the USA issues green notices for including all persons convicted of sex offenses.

    Since then I have not attempted to enter any foreign country or travel internationally due to the green notices which make such travel impossible for registered citizens.

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    Custer

    “however recently enacted statutes require such persons to apply for passport renewal annually.”

    I do not believe this to be the case. Please cite the appropriate enacted legislation for this if i am mistaken. Thanks.

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    Robert McVeigh

    First I want to say that I am a RSO. And I would love to move abroad.

    In my opinion the easiest way to fight this new legislation is to buy newspaper ads and go to town halls during elections and ask all the senators/congressmen who signed this legislation why they choose to keep sex offenders in your back yard?

    It is very easy to understand that this legislation was crafted specifically to keep us here in the US where they can continue to control us through the registration process. But they were clever in the way it was written so that they are leaving the decision to deny entry to the host country.

    That being said, how many Americans would take offense to the fact that their reps in Washington DC are going out of there way to create laws that keep sex offenders in their back yards? We can clearly see through local residency restrictions laws that are illegally passed that the general public doesn’t want us around (mainly because they are misinformed and manipulated by fear).

    So if a RSO wants to leave the US and live elsewhere and start over why would our government want to stop us??? Why in the world would the citizens who elect these individuals ever want to vote for that guy again??? I don’t believe they would, they are just not informed about the laws that their congressmen/senators are making because it most likely doesn’t effect them in a specific way. Or does it??? What would their attitude or view be toward the rep if they knew they were the congressman/senator who decided it was better to protect other countries by informing them when a sex offender is traveling to their country… rather then encouraging them to leave??? (In my opinion this would be the overall feeling)

    MY SOLUTION:
    USE THEIR TACTICS AGAINST THEM! They make ridiculous laws solely out of fear, they go so far as to manipulate statistics to strengthen these fears. We have taken the high road in every legal fight thus far and we constantly try to educate people on the real statistics. Maybe (in some instances) it’s time to fight the way they do. Just inform the population what they are doing and see how long it takes for the general population to demand that this legislation be retracted. I am 100% sure that EVERY Citizen in this country is happy to let a RSO leave the country if that is what they want to do. So if I am 100% sure in that belief, I would also have to be 100% sure that they would DEMAND this laws be changed immediately. Furthermore, I am about 90% sure they would not re-elect anyone who challenged the law being changed.

    Do you know there are ONLY 6 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD that have a sex offender registry? And that the US is the ONLY country that makes it public.

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    Robert

    This program was never enacted through legislation or a law passed. This is a policy based program put in place by the DOJ SMART office starting in 2010/ 2011 timeframe. DOJ Interpol received funding in FY 2011 to send green notices on US sex offenders. IN 2012 the DOJ US Marshall Service began tracking of US sex offenders internationally using the DHS Angel Watch computer program and US Interpol alerts.
    International Meagan’s Law that proposed these policies each year since 2008 has never been passed into law.

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    Mike

    I have traveled internationally twice this year. Once to Mexico, where I was denied entry, and once to China/Thailand. I was not denied. Since my company requires me to travel, I contacted an attorney in Mexico. He verified that the U.S. has sent my criminal information through the Angel Watch program. This is an agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. I requested my FOIA from the U.S. Marshal’s and from InterPol, both came back with “no record on file”. My only option is to seek a waiver from Mexico to be allowed to enter the country. I am pursuing this with an attorney now. My crime was over 20 years ago, but it does not matter to any county you enter, the USA is telling these countries that you are coming there to committ another sex offense. This law needs to be challenged, but I cannot find an attorney to challange the law. It seems that my sex offender money is not good enought. Even the RSOL has not found me

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    Mike

    an attorney to challenge this law. I have won full custody of my two children where the judge wrote that I was not a risk to my children or anyone else, yet I seem to be a risk in the U.S. governments eyes without due process to prove I’m not.

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    Cindy Prizio

    Any registered citizens have a positive travel experience ..2014 forward?

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    Robert

    Mike, I know your pain and frustration. This is taking a long time to get something going. This is probably not a legal battle for one person to engage in. Hopefully we can find a coordinated way to file the appropriate legal action for this unconstitutional and unlawful program. At some point, ACLU will hopefully get involved for success and impact but that may not happen in the initial stages.

    Here are a couple links regarding USMS and FOIAs:

    From the USMS 2014 FOIA log (excel spreadsheet), you can see that the USMS rarely ever gives any info out on a FOIA request for personal information:
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCwQFjACahUKEwjL0L7D3d3HAhXMzYAKHYppBns&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usmarshals.gov%2Freadingroom%2Ffoia_logs%2F2014_foia_log.xlsx&usg=AFQjCNFyDb714IZcM81uTYTxFu5h5KR9xg

    The other USMS document that is out there is a FOIA describing the sex offender USMS program: http://www.governmentattic.org/12docs/USMSsexOffenderTargetingCtrRpts_2014.pdf

    I think one of challenges for a plaintiff in these cases is to prove that you have been harmed or subjected to this program so you will definitely need some documents to have standing to file an legal action. It is doubtful that DOJ and DHS will provide anything to a citizen requesting for themselves. I have only received intentionally vague or denial responses from the US government in several attempts.
    The best source of these records is from the foreign government. I was able to get the actual documents sent to the foreign government by the US when I filed an action in the foreign country to clear my name.

    You might also try to get a record directly from Interpol – there is an address in France that you can request your record from, the info is on the Interpol website.

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    John

    I am required to travel for my job just as Mike describes above. We have several clients and vendors in Asia that used to visit regularly. From 2009-2012 I traveled freely as required. In December of 2012, South Korea denied me entry saying that they received information from the government that I am an RSO. Although it is true that I am an RSO, my historical visits to South Korea with no incident was of no consequence and I was returned to the US where I was interrogated by the officers at immigration as was still the norm. I have traveled to Germany and the UK since then (2014) with no issues, but I always stress as to what may happen when I reach the border due to what I know and may not know the government is telling the visiting country about me.

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    Bill S.

    In 2014 I received my passport and I do have a felony sex conviction in the state of Texas.

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    David

    This has not yet happened but continues to be part of IML International Megan’s Law bills and is, this year, passed by the Senate but not yet by the House.

    It seems to be a Constitutionally vulnerable aspect of the bill since last year it, along with some other provisions, were struck from the bill in its final form which, nonetheless, failed to pass the Senate.

    What we have now is administrative law (but facilitated by the Adam Walsh Act) that alerts foreign countries of registrants seeking to enter those countries.

    IML, if it passes, will be a good deal worse. Nevertheless, the administrative law, now operational, effectively prevents Americans from travelling to many (most?) countries already.

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    David

    No Eddie, you need to read up about this. A Registrant is now unable to travel to many countries, including all of the English-speaking ones as well as those countries who have explicitly stated that sex offenders are unwelcome as well as many more who have not (yet) done so.

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    Rama

    I live in Wake County, NC. I was given five years post release (I guess similar to probation) and ten years sex offender registry. I was kept in jail for about two years. I was convicted of soliciting a minor online and third degree sex exploit. Neither my lawyer nor the DA told me of the post release part. The sentence was supposed to be time served.
    Anyways, now I’ve been out for about seven months, and wanted to travel to my native country to visit my family. None of my family members live in the US, and it’s been many years that I’ve seen my parents.
    The people at probation refused to give green light for travel.
    I’ve messaged few agencies, but so far I haven’t got any help with regards to this.
    It seems there is like no help.

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    JR

    I just talked with the Mexican Consulate and a sex offender is not allowed to travel to Mexico.

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    Terry

    I’m a SORNA state RSO convicted 5 years ago for viewing minors engaged in explicit sexual conduct on my computer, no hands on or violence. I’m a Level 1 and it was my only offense…no record before and nothing since. Thought I might like to move to Colombia in my retirement, for better weather and a low cost of living. Did not notify state 21 days prior, as I thought my state did not have that requirement, and only just recently got notification that it is now required. Flew to Medellin from Ft. Lauderdale a few months ago. In Colombian customs, after a passport scan, I was flagged and denied entry, and made to return to Florida the next morning. With various hotel reservations and the cost of the flights, I was of course out over $1000, not to mention the embarrassment. So…hoping for answers:
    Would it have made any difference had I notified my state the 21 days before travel? Was the non-compliance the trigger?
    The site the customs agent had on his screen was something like “Guardian Angel” (I only got a quick glimpse). Does the US Marshals Service notify the destination country of my travel (I paid by credit card for my tickets, etc and of course Jet Blue had my passport info), or do most counties have my data in their system (Interpol?) regardless of any USMS notifications on a given trip?
    Also, do countries distinguish between Level 1’s and Level 3’s, or are all RSOs treated equally crappy?
    Do highway border crossings (I’m thinking Mexico here) have the same data capability as airport customs? Is it easier to cross borders by car rather than plane?
    I’d like to live in a less expensive country with a decent climate, and once inside Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, etc, hire an attorney there to present my case, and possibly obtain a residency visa. If I can’t even get in to try, I’ll have to live out my days in the screw-up-and-you’re-screwed-for-life USA!
    Does anyone have knowledge of these things, or answers? Actions to take? Any countries that readers have found it easier to go to? Any insights or suggestions will be most appreciated.

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    Robert

    While I once had a sex offense case from Texas, served 6 years of probation on Deferred Adjudication, once I completed the probation, the court completely dismissed the case, meaning I am not a convicted felon as the adjudication was set aside.

    The state refuses now to remove me from the registry there, as I live in another state now, and not required to register where I live because I am not convicted. All states’ laws are written only for those convicted of an offense.

    Texas has tried to impose lifetime registration, but I cannot understand how this can be accomplished if I am not convicted. Any help here?

    I want to be able to travel, and I carry the order of dismissal with me everywhere I go, but I don’t want to risk spending thousands of dollars unnecessarily for airfares should I be denied entry while not being convicted of a crime.

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      Curious Friend

      Hi I have a friend who is close finishing probation for a deferred adjudication in TX. He also wants tot relocate. What state did you find that was in favor of you not having to register since your conviction was dismissed?

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    Mike

    Does anyone have the contact information for a Spanish speaking attorney here in the US or an English speaking attorney in Mexico THAT HAS HAD SUCCESS in appealing the travel sanctions to Mexico? I understand Mexico or any country that receives a “green notice”, a notice that carries the caveat that this person is dangerous would not allow said person to enter the country. I would also hope that there should be a mechanism to appeal if the person is not a danger and in fact would contribute in some ways to Mexico.
    Any information would be appreciated.

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    Warlock

    Being a sex offender does not prevent you from getting a passport. I got one in 2012. without any trouble. They don’t even ask if you are a felon on the application.

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    Warlock

    Include Mexico, Japan & South Korea as places not to visit. If you go to Philippines, just get the 21 day visitor stamp. Sometimes when visiting a country, you will be given a form and asked if you have been convicted of a felony, I always answer “no”.

    Be prepared to be hassled when returning to the U.S. though, I am always searched and questioned/threatened by immigration officials at the airport.

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    Darrin S

    What are the proper steps when wanting to visit another country? I’ve met someone from Indonesia and would truly like to meet her there, but I don’t know the steps for making that happen. I know that I’ll need to speak to my local law enforcement for permission to leave the country, but past that, do I need to call the Indonesian Embassy, or…? Likewise, if I’d rather just meet in Hawaii, are there any concerns there? I would think that since it’s a part of the U.S., there shouldn’t be an issue, but does anyone have any experience with that? Thanks…

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    Unifentified

    Just today, my husband and I attempted to vacation in Cancun, Mexico, but because he is a RSO, he was denied entry and we were sent back on the next flight back. It was very humiliating and the federal police is very rude. We asked if we could talk to the embassy or someone who could help and they just plain said your are going back and nothing we could do. Luckily we got back on the same flight and made it back safe. Never again for me. Not worth the hastle to boost their economy. I guess my RSO’s husbands tax dollars are only good to support their illegal people here in the USA but not good enough to spend on having a bit of fun. I will keep my vacations in the USA going forward.

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    BM

    I was deny to enter to Mexico in April 2014. It effects all my family because my wife and daughter did not want to go without me. It is violated human rights despite I am level 1 RSO.

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    Jon

    Hello, Pretty much all of South and Central America are hooked into US records system and are cooperating with the US in identifying people traveling back and forth and you won’t be able to get into those countries. The best alternative available for a warm climate would be to consider Puerto Rico, part of the US. While there are similar laws as in the states, they are not as restrictive as in many states. Living 500 feet from schools is the only law at present and there is different attitude in PR that will make you feel more comfortable in how you live. You can travel to Spain, France and Italy without a problem, but living there full time is a different story, unless you have Italian ancestors, then there is a possibility of obtaining italian citizenship through a process called jure sanguinis.

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    FORMERTXSO

    I’m in the same boat: 8 yrs deferred adjudication, dismissed charges, but still registered in Texas. I would like to know what state(s) I could move to that do not require registration, since I also do NOT have a conviction. I also carry my court papers that gave me early probation termination and case dismissal everywhere I travel. I did travel without issue in Aug 2010 to Chile for business, and without any problems until I went through customs on return to DFW, where they made a deal about me being registered. I would also like to take vacations to the Caribbean and Mexican coast, but don’t want to suffer the humiliation and expense of being sent home.

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      sami

      Hi
      My husband is a RSO from Texas on Differed Adjudication for 5 years probation . Could anyone tell me if he is able to have a early release from probation and early dismissal of the case if he stays in compliance ? .

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    Tom

    The Philippines will refuse you entry. Happened to me in 2012. I had my wedding set up and got to customs and was refused entry. They sent me home on the next flight there was nothing they would do couldn’t even see my fiancé.

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    Tim

    Does anyone have any recent experience travelling to Germany as an RSO?
    Also, my state requires me to notify them of my intention to travel 3 days prior to leaving (as well as provide itinerary and such), yet I have heard that SORNA requires a 21-day notice. Would anyone be able to clarify this?

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    Joe

    There is no restriction on passports yet, and we can vote once off probation/parole. Guns is a tricky one. I know an RSO that has a gun, even showed it to his probation officer and it wasn’t a problem. His crime was indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, and it was in California. Felons in general can’t own or possess guns.

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    JD

    Hawaii is not an issue at all… As for any other country I would contact the consulate in your area and find out the exact restrictions. I was turned around at the airport in Costa Rica in 2012 and lost everything I had spent on a trip there.

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    JD

    Robert, do you know how to find out which countries receive these “green alerts” or if it is ONLY for registered SO’s or all convicted/formerly registered SO’s?

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    Kirk

    In March 2011 I left the US due to the registry laws. I entered the EU in Paris and took a train from there to Croatia, which at the time crossed the EU border. Never was I stopped or questioned regarding my past. Upon applying for temporary residence in Croatia, they required an FBI report. They asked what the crime was and I told them. They said, “That was a long time ago anyway. As far as we are concerned, after 5 years you no longer have a record.” I have visited many EU and non-EU countries in the past years and not one time have I been questioned. From my experience, Europe (other than the UK) doesn’t give a rats a** about your criminal history.

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    Tan

    I just got sent back from Chile less than a month ago

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    Ken Salerno

    After traveling to Mexico at least 5 times a year for the previous 7 years, I was denied entry into Mexico today 12/3/2015 at 8:00am. I did not drive, but walked across the International Bridge to Nuevo Laredo Mexico.

    I tried to do the right thing and obtain a Tourist Visa. After 1 1/2 hour within the Mexican Migracion Seconday Inspection, I was physically escorted across the international bridge right back to Laredo Texas, where 2 armed US Customs Agents were waiting for me. The Agents actually frisked me right there on the bridge, then escorted me back to the US Border Control Office in Laredo, where they performed a very thorough background investigation, and then proceeded to thoroughly inspect my luggage and belongings.

    I was told by the Mexican Immigration Official that I would not be allowed to enter Mexico this time, due to a misdemeanor conviction from 2001 regarding “Attempted Sexual Criminal Act”. I’m a smart person and in preparation of any potential problems, I have been carrying legal documents pertaining to that misdemeanor conviction with me whenever I travel internationally. Despite providing those documents to the Mexican Migration Official, he and the other people there refused to consider the legality of any of it. My documents indicate that I’m “Not Required” to register as a Sex Offender.

    The crime that they had me for in their system stated sexual assault- which obviously was not the case.

    The Mexican Immigration Person told me that they received this information from US Customs and Border Patrol. I was allowed to read the document which had the CBP information listed. The Mexican Migracion Official advised me to contact an Attorney in the United States- he obviously had no clue.

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    Paul Rigney

    Hello All. We are trying to change things. We have a non profit and are fundraising.
    https://www.gofundme.com/q35eft3e

    Our efforts will be legislative and legal action against government procedures.

    Please call me at 214-624-2552 with your stories.

    Paul Rigney

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    Craig

    Mike, may I ask when you went to China? I have heard you would be denied even if you have family there? WAS this mainland?

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    Craig

    Paul I have a question for you, I had 8 yrs deferred adjudication, dismissed charges, but still registered in Texas, can vote, own guns, juror duty, never lost rights except to be on juror duty while on probation, Texas is not AWA, so would I still have a green notice sent out on me if I went out of the country? Also since you are in Texas are you a member of TXvoices? If so I will see you in April.

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    Kateashea

    Thanks this info is very helpful for me and my son.

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    John Lester

    Yes I returned from a visit to Germany on Nov 17. No problems and yes the green notice was sent. It’s more than 21 days and you need to heed that.

    I also went through customs in Holland, Norway, Czech Republic, and Paris right after the terrorist attack.

    Western Europe seems to be the only place in the world where you can go without being barred or harrassed

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    Bill

    Does anyone know how this affects travel to Mexico via cruise lines? I know you would still make the 21 day notice. My past experience on cruise lines you only need your passenger ID to get off and back on the ships.

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    Lee

    I am a RSO. My case is about 23 years old and did not involve a minor. I just received a 5 day 4 night trip to Mexico. Am I going to be allowed to take that trip or will I be turned away. Where can I find out ahead of time?

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    Craig

    The Senate passed HR 515 formerly known as “International Megan’s Law” with another NEW title “International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification…

    After this one is passed that is the end of any travel, having a passport will be useless. Plus you get a free sign on it, and I do not even have a conviction but I am still force to register.

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    Manny

    Tan. What did they tell you

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    steve

    Which countries will allow an RSO to enter as a tourist?

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    Drew

    I’m about to take a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas this coming April 2016. of course, I’m an RSO. Does anyone have experience or know for sure what the laws are or restrictions regarding taking such a cruise? Would I be able to get off the ship…. or even cruise in that matter?

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    gena winter

    Unfortunately you will NOT be able to enter Mexico! We found out the hard way. My husband who is a RSO was asked by immigration to exit the plane once we stopped in Cancun and was told 15 mins later that he was unable to leave the airport and flew back to the states a couple hours later. That was hard for my kids and myself to see. I’d hate for anyone else to have to experience that. We put a lot of time and money into this trio and had our vacation crushed.

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    Nicole Miller

    Can I ask what level your husband is?

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    Scott

    Recently, July 2015, I was rejected to Costa Rica. I finished my 5 years of probation in September. I would like very much to travel specifically to Germany, Italy, Switzerland in July of 2016. I am a RSO in California. Can anyone shine any light on the likelihood of an entry being allowed and if so which country am I most likely to get in?

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    Don

    Drew,
    When I was still on the registry, I went on a cruise to the Caribbean and had no problems. This was in 2007, I believe. No problems even after showing my new passport. Yes, 2007 it was. Off and on the ship several times. I took tours and participated in water activities, etc.

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    Greg Pochinski

    I am on registry – I plead no contest in 2/99 – I contacted the Philippines every day for a month to find out if I was on their Black list before I made plane reservations to marry my fiancee of 7 yrs. On April 2015; after receiving an email from the immigration department that I was not on any black list and I can proceed with my travel. I arrived in Cebu International only to be told I was not allow entry. This is because of a policy issued by the secretary of Immigration dated 6/2014 that anyone on foreign registries can not and will not be allowed into their country. I was immediately returned to the US – Now I am black listed and would receive a prison sentence if I ever try to return.

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    Greg Pochinski

    In addition – on 1/8/2016 my fiancee went to the US Embassy to apply for her visa to visit me – the clerk asked for her passport and was immediately denied. The clerk never asked for documentation or my name or anything. However, the clerk stated that the denial was based on statute 214 – we will continue our quest to fight this – Statute 214 requires a review of documentation to show intent to return – if this clerk never looked at her documents – how could he make that decision?

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    Greg Pochinski

    I live in Florida and when I told the local police of my intent to travel I had to wait to tell them of my plans. I read the same as to report within 21 days Prior to travel – Florida perceived that to be anytime within the 21st of leaving; meaning the system will not allow any reporting to other countries of your intent to travel prior to 20 days or less.

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    Greg Pochinski

    In my opinion; before the registry, many states struggled with keeping a budget to support the police, fire department, and the educational system. Since the registry – you notice there in no longer an issue. Why would the US judicial system kill their cash cow? Just an opinion

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    Greg Pochinski

    I was on my way to the Philippines (April 2015) and I had a layover in Japan – my passport allowed me to stay for 90 days (April – July). However, once I arrived in Cebu – I was denied entry and returned to the US

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    Tan

    I was able to travel to Europe no problem. I was given a Brazilian visa however I was refused entry into Chile not sure if I’d been allowed in Brazil

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    Tan

    Nothing at all just Interpol warning

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    Mike

    Do you mind sharing the state that you are in? I to have deferred adjudication and probation was completed 5 years ago. Not being on the registry would simplify life.
    Or does anyone know of states if the conviction is off of your official record, where a person can live and not be on the public registry.

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    Tanya

    Hi! A word of advice would be greatly appreciated. So me and my fiancee are about to get married here in the US. I’m originally from Russia and I would really like to take him there to meet my family. He is an RSO and we have about two years left for his probation to end. Did anybody have any experience applying for a Russian Visa here? I know we should probably visit the Embassy and get all our questions answered there, but I just wanted to know if anybody experienced problems traveling to Russia. Thank you.

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    Jennifer

    Drew,

    I’m a registered SO since 2007 off probation 2011. May 2015 I traveled from Jacksonville on Carnival to the Bahamas with zero problems getting off in the ports.
    Entering the US Customs I was pulled aside and taken to an area to be questioned by Customs. I am female but they were very nice and I was very polite.I was released after 30 minutes.

    Last January I traveled with my husband and a group of friends to Cancun……I was arrested as soon as I stepped off the plane. I was detained for at least 5 hours and deported. We caught the last flight out of Cancun thank god because they were going to transport me to Mexico City!
    They were disrespectful in their broken English so I just kept telling them I did not understand them. They wrote a report that I had translated and it was all lies and not even my correct offense!

    Going into Mexican ports may be difficult now. In 2014 I traveled with my family to all Mexican ports with no problems. Later that year Mexico started using the US database.

    It all sucks. You can always call a few cruise lines use another name and ask if felons are able to travel on their ships.

    That’s my game plan now.

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    Jennifer

    Leo,

    You will be deported! I was last January with my husband and friends. I was held for over 5 hours in a holding cell. It was BS. We got lucky and got the last flight to the US thank god. If we didn’t get out of there they were going to transport me to Mexico City jail. My husband was not allowed near me until they escorted me on the plane! Lost lots of money and just made me feel like shit. It just keeps on coming even after we have served our time.

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    Jennifer

    Thank you that is very helpful. Best of luck.

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    UB

    Hi everyone! I am an RSO looking to travel to South Africa and Argentina (where my father is from) this year. My conviction was in 2003, involving a minor, no contact. I don’t think any of that matters. Does anyone have recent experience traveling to those two countries? I’ve tried calling the South African embassy in Washington DC, still awaiting a call back. Thanks!

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    UB

    And sorry, when I say none of that matters, I mean being an RSO, no matter the conviction, is all that matters to the authorities.

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    Nathan

    Hello
    I have a pending trip to Germany with a change of planes & terminals at London’s Heathrow. Does England prevent RSO from entering? If so, does anyone know if they’ll allow me to enter for a transfer to Frankfurt?

    Also, anyone have trouble with entry into Frankfurt?

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    Josie Meyer

    Canada and Mexico seem to be definite no travel countries for SO’s. I would not even TRY to travel to Mexico. At least Canada will escort you back onto another flight to the US, but I have read some horror stories about Mexico.

    Keep an eye on HR515. It will be an important act that will most likely be passed and will change traveling significantly.

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    Romio Santiago

    Hi I am a RSO and I am looking to go to Spain O Ukraine I bend in those 2 contrie be for in 2010 and had no problem now I need to go back in may do anyone know if is any restriction.now

    I also was in DR and they did not let me in the send me back like fast in the same plain I also try to go to panama and the same thing happen I was send back BUT
    I AM DOING SOMETHING IS THAT I PAY A IMMIGRATION
    LAWYER FROM PANAMA AND HE REMOVE THE HOLD NOW I CAN ENTER PANAMA AND HE SEND ME A PAPER JUST IN CASE I BE STOP NOW I AM DOING THE WITH DR

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    Steve

    As an Australian RSO I am aware that I can not travel to places such as Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand with any visa application would automatically be denied. I intend to travel to China about May 2016 with my partner who is Chinese. I also would like to know if any visa application to China would approved or denied, I guess I will find out come May 2016 but if I can find out for sure would save me lots of money that I can ill afford being an disabled pensioner.

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    M

    I was also recently rejected in Costa Rica as they have tightened their restrictions considerably over the last few years. I am a California Resident, so at current I don’t have to conform to SORNA (Cali just can’t afford the expense of it) However, it seems there is considerable work being done to limit or otherwise deny RSO international Travel to central America. I would advise contacting the embassy of the country you want to visit and give them a brief rundown of your situation before travelling there.

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    Evie

    Royal Caribbean wi refuse you. We booked our cruise months in advance because we knew from experience that Royal Caribbean runs background checks. They waited until 11 days before travel to contact us. They asked my husband for an explanation for his crime (which is a class A misdemeanor forcible touching) less than a week before travel we were told we would not be able to sail. Thankfully they refunded the full amount of the cruise but we had to scramble to make other plans.

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    Lazarai

    The Boston tea party was an active protestation of England’s taxation of American colonists without allowing them any representation in British parliament. Under the same logic and justification, shouldn’t all felons who don’t have the right to vote also actively protest and refuse taxation? Why should we pay to support a system in which our rights and freedoms are violated long after our debts are paid?

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    George

    Greg,
    Did you have to stop in Manila, or straight to Cebu? According to the order issued by BI sec. Mason, it would take 1-3 max for your file to reach the country, and if you are in the country without getting stopped, you will be issued a 15 day notice to leave. Within this time you can appeal to the embassy in Manila. I also believe it depends on your offense on the likelihood you can stay as well as your ties to the country.

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    Doug

    Has any australian RSOs had any experience travelling to the USA? I am facing charges that will have me become a RSO and my wife is american. We have spoken about moving to the US eventually and would like to hear of any experiences entering the US either theough applying for a visa (not visa waiver) or permanent residency.

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    Russ

    I traveled on Norwegian cruise to Mexico in December 2015. I am a RSO. I had no issues checking in to the cruise line with my passport, or during the cruise itself. Upon coming back to LA, I was questioned by ICE for a few minutes. Nothing further. I did not fly into Mexico, the cruise left and returned from LA. But Norwegian, as a company, did not deny my entry on to the boat or harass me. I have heard that other cruise lines might deny you entry, like Carnival. But I had a great experience on Norwegian.

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    Scott

    I was detained at London Heathrow Airport for more than 16 hours. I was than transported to a jail off the airport grounds for the remaining time before my next flight back to USA. In total I was detained for more than 24 hours. It was not a pleasant experience. If you have family members traveling along, your not allowed to talk to them. They take everything away from you. Your not allowed to drink any caffeinated beverages. The food they give you is nasty! You are search every time they move you.

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    Jim

    I have been a RSO since 1995. Juvenile conviction in Washington State.
    I have traveled to France, Bali, Dubai, Ethiopia, Brasil, and Canada.
    Canada would not have allowed me in, other than my mother being Canadian.
    No other countries gave me issue, only when returning to the USA am I harassed in Customs.
    I went to Brasil three times. The third time, i was divorcing my Brasilian wife. When i went, I was stopped immediately, held in an office and told that the USA wanted me back. I spent 12 hours in the Rio de Janeiro airport and was sent back. During that time I contacted American and brazilian lawyers and consulate. Brasil said is was the USA and the USA said it was Brasil. After two successful stays in Brasil for over 4.5 months total, i think it was my wife and Brasil. I think she contacted them and reported me.
    Other than that, I have not been bothered. But i also am not stupid enough to tell the authorities that I am going anywhere. Then they will contact the countries for me. No thanks!

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      Lin

      Hello all, my husband and I are hoping to visit Italy next year. My husband was convicted of a class a felony as a minor against a child 16 years ago. He no longer has to register as of 6 years ago. Does anyone know if we will have issues when we arrive in Italy? I don’t anticipate him having the marking on his passport once we get it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Chris Farr

    Well… this (http://www.immigration.gov.ph/news/press-release/85-june-2014-press-releases/641-bi-bans-alien-sex-offenders-in-the-philippines) really puts a torpedo to the waterline of my ship of hope. I now must consider ending my relationship with my long-term Filipino bf. This and what I recently found out concerning the AWA. I am barred from applying for a K1 Visa for him. We were hoping to marry here and traditionally there with his family in attendance. I hold no hope for real reform of these laws anytime soon, so rather than give him false hopes, I’ll bite the bullet hard enough to leave teeth marks in and tell him the best way I know how that it’s over now.

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    Becky

    Hi jim! Can I ask when was that 3rd time you went to Brazil and denied entry?

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    Chris Farr

    Well…this puts a torpedo to the waterline and pretty much sinks the ship. This, and the fact that I’m barred from applying for a K1 Visa due to AWA. It pretty much will force me to end what has been a good LTLDR. He and I were hoping to marry here and also have a ceremony there with his family, then share our lives together here. The only way for that to happen now is for him to emigrate.

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    David

    Hey all, I was curious what places in Europe are safe to enter and exit without worrying I will be sent home and lose out on my air fair and hotels. I had a girlfriend who was 16 when I was 19 and when we broke up 5 years later (when she was 21 and I was 24) friends went on my computer and found pictures of us and posted them online thinking it was funny… Her parents found out and went to the cops and I got busted for 311.11 for having pictures of me and my ex on my computer that I had forgot about. There was no statute and I spent 30k on a lawyer to keep me out of jail and my “bargain” was to register for life. So now I have no felony, no probation anymore ( this was all 6 years ago) and I actually was on a carnival cruise last year for 3 days and I was not stopped or questioned at all. Maybe because it was 3 day? Last year I went to the Virgin Islands for my honeymoon was not stopped there nor the BVI. But on my way home from VI, I was asked if I had notified the local law enforcement of my trip. I said no and he told me next time to make sure because I have to register and check in there with them if I planed to stay longer then 3 days

    Never the less anyone know about Europe? Anything would be Helpful.

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    Shaddess

    In November of 2015 I took a trip to Costa Rica. There was no problem and i got right in without any hesitation. In fact, the only problems I has was upon returning to the US and it was just a bit of a shock because travel back to to US is just a nightmare for everyone. TSA and Customs are slow, rude and very unwelcoming to everyone and for anyone with a record, you are automatically flagged for secondary inspection.
    However, I decided I wanted to move there and starting making plans, sold everything I had that I wasn’t able to ship, leased a house in Gracia Costa Rica and the whole works. However, when i flew back into the country (this was in January of 2016) I was immediately deported right off the plane. The only difference between these events was that I had to un-register at my US address and I believe that, in doing so, California placed my information into Interpol database. Costa Rica didn’t seem to have any notice under the Guardian Angel clause of US international Relations Policy because California doesn’t participate in the SORNA act. However, upon deregistration, all my info was likely placed in the interpol database.

    I don’t know if there is any way around this as one is required to deregister before moving out of an area of jurisdiction and with most of central america being either a protectorate or having international compact agreements with the US, the US can come and extradite at will. So, be careful with travel anywhere that has such arrangements with the US.

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    Jim

    It was November of 2015.

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    Joe

    I just read the new International Megan’s law. It specifically only refers to “convicted” sex offenders, and has no mention of anyone who received a deferred adjudication. I had hope that it had no real teeth for many RSOs, but reading all of these reports, I’m extremely discouraged. It sounds like it’s just codifying what’s already existentially in place. Namely that if you are an RSO, you can never really travel anywhere south of the US, and there is no hope of a visa, residency, or citizenship anywhere down south. This is all so unjust. God will judge this stuff they have done to us some day.

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    Fred

    Me and my wife plan to travel to Ireland this summer. Does anyone know of problems entering there?

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      keith

      Fred,
      How did your trip to Ireland turn out? Were you allowed in?
      Wondering as I am planning a trip there.

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      keith

      Fred how did your trip turn out? were you turned away?

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        Fred
        Admin

        I am not the Fred you are looking for. That Fred likely hasn’t been on here in almost two years. I can tell you that Ireland is not known for being friendly to those convicted of sexual offenses. You could be detained and sent back. Be sure to check that out throughly and get permission to enter before you leave. .

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    Fred

    A good question indeed. The sentencing of RSO’s goes far beyond the judgement and sentences imposed. Many lives are ruined FOREVER.. Some how, some way, we must unite to overcome this travesty

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    Bay

    Hello Jennifer,

    I am a female RSO for 10 years. I only received 1 year probabtion. I have a few questions for you, if you don’t mind? 1. Are you a parent? If so, how is that? 2. Have you had any issues with employment? 3. How is US or domestic travel?

    Thanks

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    James

    Hi guys

    Im a Canadian RSO , i travelled to the Philippines in November of 2014 without any problems except when i Re-entered Canada, however i was “randomly” asked my name before we took off from Toronto.

    I was on the verge of booking a 7 day vacation to Mexico but reading this has me worried, I picked Mexico over the Bahamas,Jamaica, and Dominican Republic but not it looks like I might not be able to enter Mexico. Can any Canadians give me some first hand information.

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    Darrell C.

    I wonder what would happen if all of the SO’s got together and sued Adam Walsh??? Maybe he would drop his witch hunt against us since he, himself, should be one, because of his early relationship with his wife.

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    Robin
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    Adam Walsh is dead. I presume you mean his father, John Walsh.

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    Graham

    Hi James,
    I am a RSO in the UK and I am thinking of travelling to Thailand for a holiday sometime this year. I am a keen Scuba Diver and want to explore the waters of Thailand. Would this be a problem ?
    I have travelled many times to Egypt and across Europe without any problem. If you could give me some advice , I would be grateful.

    Graham

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    Roger

    Where you able to enter mexico?

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    Roger

    Where you able to enter mexico?

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    Steve

    I’m in a tech startup that was awarded funding in Chile’s Startup Chile program. My family and I were all set to move there, but then all this came up. Reading these reports that we would most certainly be turned away as I tried to enter into Chile, we rejected the funding, and are staying here in Texas. My goal was to move there, grow my business, get residency and a second passport. I even considered relinquishing my citizenship afterwards. I used to be a real patriot to the US. My offense was over 25 years ago, and since then I raised 3 children to adults, started several businesses, helped bring in a pastor and planted a church which also planted 4 other churches over the years. I have never reoffended, nor do I plan on it, but this state, and this nation have screwed me, and I want out. Now I can’t even get out and start over in another country.

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    Matt

    I am a RSO from Australia. My crimes were extremely minor and I was only required to register because of a guilty plea.

    I was hoping to work in Canada for 6 months at the end of this year.

    What is the likelihood of me being able to get a working visa, let alone being let into the country?

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    james

    0% , sorry Matt. Canada is just about as bad as the USA now with not letting people in.

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    max

    Hello All,

    Couple questions. I’m a RSO and I’ve booked to go on a cruise soon? I’ve booked with carnival going from Jacksonville, FL to Bahamas and back. From experience is there going to be any problems going on this cruise? I’ve done some reading and see some places say I shoud notify my police department where I’m registered, have others done this when they go on a cruise? If so is it a simple process or do they have to process paperwork? I ask because I’m traveling next week.

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    Quentin

    Do you have a second passport?

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    Paul

    I was wondering if there are any laws against RSO’s from studying abroad? I had just read a news article talking about how many people are headed abroad to study for free. My bachelors degree is in International Studies with a minor in German. My goal is to try to continue my education in Germany with the hopes of residing there for a while. Any information would be great.

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    Basov

    Hi Tanya,
    I am a RSO and have been able to get two visas and traveled three times for the year of 2015 to Russia. They were business visas, but I don’t know if it makes a difference. I have been to Russia prior to 2015 a couple of times and did not have issues. For my first visa in 2015 I was stopped late in my trip in the lobby of the hotel by Russian police and questioned by five plain-clothes officers in a quiet room of the hotel. The officers were very professional and honest with me; they wanted to know specifics and I gave them everything. I was forthright with them and they deemed me to not be a threat. They told me that Russia is more understanding about these types of crimes than the USA is. They took my DNA in the form of saliva on a randomly selected cotton swab from the new package of swabs and I was told that the DNA will be in their database. I was told to not commit any crimes and was wished good luck on my business ventures. I vowed that I would not commit any crimes. I thanked them for their time and their service and left. On my subsequent visa there was a stamp underneath the visa that could be seen with a UV light that said “Accepted” in Russian. This was different from my previous visas, but it could have coincided with new visa procedures to thwart visa forging. Because my crimes were committed in the late 90’s, and as I have not committed such crimes since, this may have worked in my favor as many countries seem to forgive violations that are more than some years old. I wish you both good luck in this and in life.

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    michael

    i myself find this law concerning i am 31 years old never sexualy abused a child but of course i looked at images of children nude why you might ask . and how many times ??? well my fellow reader only one i looked at these images and there was none that was of sexual abuse graphic it was of nudity that is right a child having a bath , now that said why did i look at such photos ?? /that is because i have been sexualy abused i have gone through may forms of abuse and neglect and when i was dealing with my own sexual abuse i was introduced to nude images of children from get this a child family services worker or cpa as you would know of them and his excuse for having them was because he understands victims of sexual abuse may have surpressed the abuse they could not remember there own abuse so i looked at the images to remind me of all the details of my own sexual abuse figure it this way when i was sexualy abused i was naked right well that did bring up my sexual abuse however was charged with it also and if i know now what i should have then i would not have ever looked at them but deppression and abuse can make a mind do crazy things but on with this it has been 7 years since i have ever gotten another charge of possesion of child porn that in the name is totaly negitive of just what i looked at , but i think wouldnt you that one whom has never looked at the images again did his time accepted his actions sound like he has been rehabilitated and learned ??? i would how ever due to the way there politicaly riding this so far that even a simple mistake will follow one till death with no freedom is that not against what the whole form of the law is , as it states in the law the formality of practising law is to not be bias agaisnt any person either ethnic culture or back ground that no person whom has been charged should have it against them forever that pardons are not to be turned down from either reason of the charge nor the manner of it how ever thre are parts that do change that if it is a hainous crime , rape , so on but still the law has become bias http://www.thefreedictionary.com/unbiased and one has a right to clear any action

    but now if one has become non criminal but still held agaisnt them then this is wrong as well as there should be factors into play an image is not rape why be charged as a pedofile

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    Cherry

    Hi I have a charge “indecent exposure” in USA I’m a f1 student.if I go back to my country again they will give visa to me or not??

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    Kelly

    I booked on Carnival and once they scrubbed the list I was removed. Curious to know if you made it aboard.

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    ks

    My husband is a level 2 offender in MA
    In 1992 he was accused of touching a 7 year old whose father and uncle were incarcerated for molesting her. At the time, my husband was married with a 9 year old and 2 year old. He asked his wife not to allow the her daughter to play with the 7 year old..but she did. The child made the accusation and my husband was at work. But after 2 years trying to fight it and the lawyer suggesting he plead ( a misdemeanir) because she was 7 and timetables could be confusing and the child’s past could not be brought up in court, his family wanted it over and he pleaded.
    He divorced 6 years after the incident and moved to MA (2002) and met me. We had our issues but we had help with a Mental Health Councillor that ran the sexually dangerous department in the local prison. She did a neighborhood intervention which 75% of our neighbors said they supported us. He even visited her organization for a short time as they said he did not do it. But that does not matter- he is categorized and without a boat load of money to fight it ( and thats no guarantee) we just try to live with it. Our families support us. We actually were married in 2007 in Dominican Republic. He has had minor delays and it never even dawned on us until the denial entry in Mexico last Feb 2015. All they said was blame your country. Isn’t that great?
    I know there are dangerous offenders but the entire grouping and scarlet letter of anyone who is- just sucks. I called the Dominican Consulate inn Boston last year and they said no probation, there should be no issues. They were not even aware of the new laws- so that makes me wonder.
    We booked a trip for April but now I have become so nerved up over being denied I have tried to contact the Embassy in Santo Domingo for Americans. They email back saying contact your local embassy. No one will help. It is so sad.

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    I have a girl in the Philippines that I’ve been talking to for over a year… I am an RSO here in Indiana… I am registered as an SVP… I understand that I cannot go to the Philippines, but can I petition for a fiance visa to have her come here?

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      Hello Jeff
      If you move to Ga, it may be possible to get yourself evaluated and having your level reduced.

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        Dre

        I was convicted by a military court martial. I live in Ga. I have to been put in a tier yet. Any help finding a job .

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    Mrs. Robertson

    My husband is a RSO. We were booked with Carnival last year for a July departure. Less than a week before our cruise we were notified by carnival and told that my husband could not board. I’d be interested in knowing if you gain access. Supposedly the run all the guest names in the database.

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    James I have to register as a sex offender in MN u think I could go to phillipines or u think I would have problems plz reply to my email pokerbrat48@gmail.com I would really appreciate it read on different sites people have made it but some where sent back

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    Jeff I would like to know if u did get ur girlfriend to america an if u did what did u need to do I’m trying to get my girlfriend from the Philippines here to thanks for any info an hope she is here with u

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    David

    I just was denied entry to Thailand on Feb. 27, 2016. Department of Homeland Security sent them a flyer and photos that I was coming in with REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER in bold caps. I was with my Ukrainian girlfriend at the time.

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    David

    My last trip to Germany, Ukraine in October 2015 was no problem. However, traveling to Thailand in February 2016 got me sent home.

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    David

    That’s very interesting. I traveled to Ukraine a lot in the last two years. My last trip was in November 2015 to see my UA girlfriend. I’ve had no problems at all. Visas are not required to UA. However, now I’m thinking of asking for one anyway so there are no surprises. I only fly through Germany (if that makes a difference).

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    David

    I haven’t had a problem with Ukraine, transiting through Germany and Austria.

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    David

    They did the same thing to an ex-gf of mine. It has nothing to do with sex offenses. Most visas are denied for that reason.

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    David

    I’ve traveled to Ukraine through Germany and Austria often from 2014 to October 2015. No problems.

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    Unforgivable one

    So after some reading, it seems clear that the US federal government has been working all these years to get all US states to meet their SORNA guidelines. Basically if you are a RSO, you are under 2 different authorities. Whatever state you are living in, and then the federal SORNA. The feds are the ones that did this International Megan’s Law, and so what they have done is take all of the pressure that they have been applying to the states, and start applying that to everywhere in the world.

    Basically, the vice is closing in on RSOs. For some reason, anyone who has been caught for a crime against a child, is now the forever criminal. There is no forgiveness, there is no way to pay for your crime, and then be readmitted into socioty. No, they keep the wound open, and they stab it again at least once a year. More laws, more restrictions, more guilt piled on, even if you haven’t done anything wrong, you are forever marked. You deserve it in their eyes. You can’t move on. You can’t move forward. You can’t be reformed, or restored. Not in their eyes.

    Christians and conservatives are the worst about it, which is ironic, because Christianity is about being fully and forever forgiven for your sins. Statistics be damned, you are irredeemable. This is the justice of the wonderful United States of America. Such a good country full of such good people. So noble, so just… God bless America!

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    brendo

    Hi Steve, I’m an RSO in Australia I got let into the philipines once. Denied into Bali though I’m heading back to philipines but not so sure if they will let me in as last time may have just been a fluke.

    Ive been told the AFP will notify the country of arrival and its up to them with what they choose to do.

    Where did you see that philipines is a definte denial? or what made you feel this?

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    OnlytheUSA

    I traveled to Costa Rica on January 5th 2016 and was denied entry. I was put back on the same plane I came on and they were waiting for me at the gate. They said the USA had sent a flyer.

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    Onlyinusa

    When did this happen to you?

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    Aaron

    Hi, I have two questions.

    1. Are sex offenders able to go on cruises? Obviously there are certain cruises that go to certain areas where sex offenders aren’t allowed to travel, but is getting on a cruise possible? I know cruise lines have background checks run on passengers.

    2. I wanna go on an Alaskan cruise that begins its voyage in Seattle. The problem is that all Alaskan cruises have a port stop in a Canadian port. Would that present a problem trying to get on the cruise, or could I just stay on the ship while others get off to explore the city so I don’t have to worry about not being allowed in. Does anyone think, or know from experience, a sex offender could get on that cruise?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Zachary

    Tennessee… I got a letter from michigan stating that I no longer had to register, and tennessee approve it..

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    Thomas

    The problem with visa for marriage is that the immagration law requires that the two of you meet in person and that you establish a connection between you through letters and on line communication.. There is one exception to the meeting in person rule. That is if a doctor says that you are not well enough to make the 13 hour flight to the Philippines.. Personally I would think that being barred from entry would also be a reason but I have not read anything on this point… Additionally, I hear that entry through a sea port is a lot easier… I have also heard that once your off parole that entry is easier because the Philippines is not connected directly to the United States data base… When arriving on the plane you will be given a paper to fill out.. One of the questions is in regard to your purpose and if you are a felon.. I hear that most every one writes not criminal history…
    Any thing more contact me at Finallyfree1954@live.com Later Thomas,,,

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    Curt

    I am going to Costa Rica in May. I already got the tickets and paid for the condo. I have a 33yr old felony sex offense involving a minor. I tried contacting the Costa Rica embassy 3 times but they never answered. My conviction was from a USAF General Courts Martial but I have never been on a registry although I am in the FBI data base (found out when I tried to get into Canada 10 years ago). I’m retired now and my wife and i want to do some traveling. Am I about to cause myself all sorts of grief?

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    Kathy

    Hi there everyone! Can you give me some advise please. My fiance is RSO in San Diego, CA and were planning to get married here in Philippines. Can he enter the country without any problem and can marry me? And if he can get a permanent resident visa also after we get married? Im looking forward for your advises in this matter. Thank you!

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    Becky

    All RSOs are barred in the Phils once they get into the country.

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    Becky

    Me and my fiance are in the same situation. We have made intensive research about it. We have to get an adam walsh waiver for the petition which is almost impossible but can be done. The requirement to start the k1 petition is to meet first, which in the first place is hard in itself. Once the RSO leaves the US, the US will inform the country where he is going that an rso is coming. That’s when, at the airport of destination, an rso is sent back on the next flight to the US. The tricky part is to find a country that does not communicate with the US. Please do let me know if you find one and we will also let you know if we find one.

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    Becky

    Me and my fiance are on the same situation. We have made intensive research about it. We have to get an adam walsh waiver for the petition which is almost impossible but can be done. The requirement to start the k1 petition is to meet first, which in the first place is hard in itself. Once the RSO leaves the US, the US will inform the country where he is going that an rso is coming. Thats when at the airport of destination an rso is sent back to the next flight to the US. The tricky part is to find a country that does not communicate with the US. Please do let me know if you find one and we will also let you know if we find one.

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    john bishop

    what happened when you got back to the united states

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    Eve

    We tried to travel to Mexico nov 2015… My husband was called off the plane when we landed and we were escorted
    And made to fill out a paper full of personal questions like how much money we make, what his charge was, how much money we planned on spending in Mexico.. Then they took him to a separate room and would not allow me in… Then they all came out and said he was going to be put back on the next flight home. I was hysterical, it was a surprise bday trip for me.. We had traveled to Mexico 4-5x in the past with no problems… But this time they said no way.

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    Eve

    Did your new passport have sex
    Offender written on it?

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    Eve

    I agree. It’s so sad. My husband and I are wonderful people, productive members of society, live in a beautiful house with beautiful family… We have beat all the odds of success after a false conviction… But the government wants to continue to persecute and bring shame upon us… Doesn’t matter if you have served your time or not.. You are forever marked. I mean a murderer and be let free with no restrictions! It’s insane.

    I was wondering if anyone had travelled to Puerto Rico recently? I know it’s US territory, just wanted to see if anyone had any trouble. We may try to go there in June 2016. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Lore

    My fiancé is a registered SO and I just has carnival call me and cancel our cruise and our wedding saying its unwritten policy that SOs can’t go on carnival cruises

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    Mark D. Nicholson

    Scott, were you a registered sex offender or a convicted sex offender that was no longer on the registry?

    My real question is if you were banned from the UK simply because of a sex crime conviction?

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    charles

    Pretty much same thing just happened to me, on my way to Ireland. Transferred at Heathrow, was detained, questioned, held, but fortunately was able to get a flight back home that day. This was March 16, 2016. Not sure if I could have just flown directly to Ireland.

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    Charles

    In March 2015, I signed on for an October 2015 Celebrity Cruise Three days before the cruise, i was told i was not permitted on the ship due to my SOR. Note that Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are the same company, so beware.

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    Charles

    I (an SOR) tried to enter Ireland thru Heathrow (London) on March 16, 2016. The UK Border Guard checked my US passport, detained me, questioned and fingerprinted me, etc. I was held at the airport, and escorted to a returning plane several hours later. So, i am not sure if i could go directly to Ireland, but I was told Ireland did not want me. Do your homework…

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    Mike Morrow

    I flew to the Philippines last year and was denied entry because I’m a registered sex offender from the United States. I flew there to be with my fiance and was detained and deported back to the United States. You cannot get into the Philippines if you’re registered

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    Michael

    I’m a convicted sex offender out of Nebraska. My charge was sexually assulted of a child. It was consensual. I was convicted in 2000. I finished my sentence in 2006. My girlfriend and I, of 4 years booked a trip to Cozumel Mexico. I didn’t think I would have any problems.
    I told my Sheriff’s office in the county where I reside. Was told I had to fill out a international travel for 21 days prior. Well we were leaving in 9 days at that time. So I filled it out and we emailed it back that day. I haven’t heard anything back yet.
    Our trip is non-refundable. Plus I’ve been reading a lot of people have had no problems going to Mexico and then back to the United States. But then I’ve read some stories that when whoever gets to Mexico that they are escorted off the plane and either interrogated or sent back on the next available plane. I’m thinking about going still and see if I get through but I’m really worried that they will put me in a Mexican prison. We are leaving Tuesday 29th of March. Does anyone have any answers for me? I’ve tried to call the Mexican consulate or Mexican embassy the US Embassy I’ve tried everybody know when will pick up the phone please help

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    thomas schnepper

    you can patition for a feance visa, but it will probly be denied by the us immigration,
    I got married three years ago in the Philippines but the next time I tried to go there to visit her while her application for entry to the us was being processed, I was denied entry into the Philippines, a year later her visa was denied for her safety they said, so now I can not go into the Philippines to se her and she can not come here to be with me,, some fedral government we have, how can this government that we are suppose to be in charge of keep a man from seeing his leagle wife?

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    Tod

    I was just in EU this summer, CZ, France, UK and SW, no problems at all. IF you travel by train, they usually just check your pp on the train, but nothing else, thru the airports, another story, but still had no problems getting in, coming back to the US, they did a total search of everything – total harassment here.

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    brian

    From what I can tell most countries do not have a database. If you are not on the sex offender registry then u dont have to notify them and they will not send your information to that country. you should be ok please let us know what happens

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    brian

    Did you go to thailand from us? I am curious if you are already abraod then tride to travel would u have gotten in?

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    Lee

    My husband and I went on Rccl cruise to the Bahamas last year. Two weeks before he got notice from the cruiseline that we maynot be able to go. He had to send a letter and they did their investigation. We were accepted, but were told to stay out of children’s area. Only check was made on our return to US, they checked camera and cell phone.

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    Hi guys I came off the register this year February 2016 I was not convicted. There was no child involved. I want to go with my gf to the Philippines. Dose this mean I am not on the ROS now? And will I have any problems getting in? This was my first and last offence I have ever done.

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    Jamie

    I forgot to say I am from the uk

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    Frank

    Can a RSO travel to Spain? I have read about many other countries in these comments (Canada, Mexico, Thailand, going on cruises, etc. But haven’t found any information about being able to visit friends in Spain. Any info would be of great help before I can begin planning on a trip.

    Thanks for the help ahead of time.

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    David

    Visited Puerto Rico in June 2015 and had no issues at all. I am a RSO from the USVirgin islands. As long as your registering state knows where you are traveling you are good!

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    Sue

    We are going on Norweign in4 days and am wondering if anyone has had any issues with them in the last few months.

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    David

    As of 4/6/2016 RSO are NOT allowed to cruise with Carnival. We booked our cruise last week to the Bahamas and was informed today that Carnival cancelled the cruise. We spoke to Carnival and they informed us that RSO are not permitted to cruise on their ships.

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    Rob

    What if you are a Mexican born and wanted to visit your country of origin?

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    Just wondering

    Technically this is not an “international travel” question, but does any know the laws about moving to another country? I would like to move to Germany and was just wondering what some of the red tape would be.

    Thanks

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    Bart

    What if u are a dual citizen American/Philippines and Filipino by birth? I plan to visit Philippines this may and I’m a Filipino with American and Philippine passport, do u think they will allow me to enter my country being a registered sex offender?

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    James

    What if you have dual citizenship Filipino/American and Filipino born are you still barred from entering your native country?

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    Wondering

    Were you permitted entrance into Mexico?

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    Wondering

    Scott,

    Were you eventually permitted to continue on your travels? What state is your conviction from? Did you notify your local authorities before you left?

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    Joel

    I would like to move to England dies anyone know how to go about this

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    Joel

    does* I am a registrant in wisconsin

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    Gareform

    Steve,
    Can you share how you were able to be successful in the tech world with this label? My son is an IT professional & in the last year was offered 16 jobs & had them all rescinded because of his background. His plea was in 2014. A friend has contacts in South Africa that would hire him but we are afraid he can’t go because he is still on probation. We are desperate for advice.

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    Don

    Unless you have really extraordinary circumstances, England will not allow you to set foot in their country. Moving there is out of the question. VISAs are automatically denied for anybody on the registry.

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    Don

    I don’t think you will have problems in any of the continental European countries. For sure, Germany and Switzerland should be no problem. No experience with Italy. Great Britain is the problem in Europe, with a flat prohibition on RSOs entering the country.

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    Kharen

    Hi Kathy We have the same problem with my fiance. He travelled here in the Phils last June 2013 but unfortunately he sent back to US the next day. We are also planning to get married and still looking for another solution so meet somewhere but it’s really hard because being an RSO is so impossible to enter a country. We haven’t seen each other and we are already 3 years and counting but we are still looking at the positive thing.

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    James

    Me and my wife Just got back from our trip on Monday 4/18/16 to Puerto RIco and we had no issues. WE spent a week there We flew from Texas to FOrt Lauderdale FLorida then on to Puerto Rico and back. We had a great time and I am registered and will have to for the rest of my life. I did have to get approval from my probation officer also My probation is up in May of 2017.

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    James

    Aaron What David said is correct as far as Carnival is concerned RSO’s are not allowed to cruise. Funny thing is that I went on 2 cruises within no issues then scheduled a 3rd for this year in April and was informed that I could not. When I inquired as to how I was able to cruise on two other occasions I was told to take it up with the corporate office which I chose not to.

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    James

    Does anyone know if you can travel to Punta Cana I am a registered sex offender and will be off probation in May of next year but will be required to register for the rest of my life even though I have a deferred Adjudicated sentence. Thank You

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    Chad

    Please let me know what you find out about Norwegian. I am a RSO and will be cruising to Bermuda in May of this year. What state do you reside in, and, where will your ship depart from?

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    brian

    It seems like alot of people are having problems with philippines i dont know if it would help but maybe if everyone start emailing and calling the embassy and complaining they might rethink this ridiculous rule..

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    brian

    I had a friend go on carnival last year to the bahamas but he didnt know about this new law 21 days to tell he just went and didnt have a problem. I called carnival and they looked it up and said not allowed.

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    brian

    I emailed that guy at the top of this form and never got a reply.. I just recently went to jamaica they let me in but gave me a hard time for like 1 to 2 hours.. i called embassy ahead of time they said 100 percent sure i can come in.. I’m going back to jamaica soon and i called the embassy because of what happend last time now they said its up to immigration when i come.. I have gotten that answer from a few embassies.. I cant believe the us is sending our info to other countries.

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    brian

    I think no matter what state u live in you are sappose to give the 21 day notice. But what prob happend is when u unregistered in california you told them u where going to cosa rica i imagine. If you would of said another place then went to costa rica you prob been fine. Some countries have access to us data base but I think that the denials are the results of the us sending them the info.

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    brian

    We need to do something about this.. what is happening is they are sending green notices out when we tell them we are going overseas.. I’ve done alot of research about this and i have looked up green notice on interpols website here is the definition Green Notice
    To provide warnings and intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries. Interpol has alot of different color warnings… so these countries think we are criminals coming to commit more crimes.. we should be able to sue or something.. if i killed someone organized crime hell any other crime i’m sure no green notice would be sent

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    Trina

    Hi
    On behalf of your cruise that was taken can you tell me where you cruised to and out of what port?
    Thanks

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    MARK

    Most european countries like germany dont care about your status and you can move there but its tough even if your not a r.s.o. like america if you marry a citizen of the country you wish to visit or move then you are more than welcome but as an outsider you must file the proper documents and take a chance. The problem with germany is they are taking so many refugee’s from the war in the middle east its getting harder and harder to get in

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    MARK

    spain is fine as long as you let the embassy know ahead of time

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    MARK

    ok i have been on a cruise and the one in alaska you will have no problems all you need on a domestic cruise is an original birth certificate and a drivers license once on the cruise no one bothers you as long as you keep your license with you. most cruises are like that there are 1 or 2 cruise lines that wont allow r.s.o’s at all. Disney of course and i think royal carribean i’m not sure on that last one. but if you say you have no passport they will ask for original birth certificate(no copy) and drivers license

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    MARK

    germany will not give you a hard time about the rso situation its getting a student visa that may be the hard part. if you can get past the american goverment and get a visa to study abroad then my suggestion is to go as fast as you can because outside of this country no one is as super insane about registered rso’s as we are

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    MARK

    sad to say none.
    Canada a lot like Australia will not allow any felons or rso’s in their country for any reason also see japan/phillipines/mexico all of this is because of pressure from the united states

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    Steven

    From everything I’ve been reading, it’s most likely not going to happen until the newly passed laws are rescinded or repealed. That could take years if it ever happens.

    I’ve just given up the lease on my apartment only to discover I can’t even enter Mexico (where I have unbelievable opportunities, friends, and family) as a SO even though they don’t have a registry. They have just begun marking Passports of Sex Offenders. Now I’m very likely to become homeless at 64 because I can’t leave this forsaken country. A prisoner again. The is ex post facto incarceration at its ugliest.

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    mikey

    You only have to let your state know you’re leaving if you’re on probation or parole.

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    Tyler

    Royal Caribbean is ok. Went on 4 cruises. The first in March of 2013. Then oct 2013 no problem. Then booked a cruise in 2014. They called me prior to sailing and wanted an explanation of my charges and they would make the determination if they would let me go or not. After receiving my letter and paperwork they let me go with my gf. They just told me to stay out of the playground and babysitting areas.
    Heard carnival won’t even let you so I only travel with RC.

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    Jay

    I’ve traveled to Maui, Hawaii twice this past year. Once in August of 15′ and again in March of 16′. I’m a level one RSO. Not a single problem at any of the airports. If your stay in Hawaii is less than 10 days you don’t have to register there.

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    Robin
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    Hawaii is a state of the union. Therefore, travel to Hawaii is not considered “international” for IML purposes.

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    Jay

    Oregon: Oregon has several programs for granting relief from registration. HB 2333 is one of several bills passed to help facilitate this process.

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    Leslie

    passports are not marked with anything referring to SO

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    Leslie

    David – so nice to read this, I’m traveling with my SO boyfriend from USA to Austria, with one plane change in Paris, destination Austria for 9 days, Do you think we’ll have a problem with that plane change in Paris ? Our return flight is directly Munich to USA. thank you

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    Debbie

    Another reason to boycot carnival!!!

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    Paul

    Could an RSO study abroad or possibly teach English abroad?

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    Robin
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    It would depend almost entirely on the country in which an RSO wishes to study or teach. It’s important to remember that each nation has total discretion in its decisions about whom to admit and whom to reject. As Americans, we’re used to going wherever we want to. But, there isn’t a nation on Earth that is bound to allow us entrance. There is no “global” citizenship. No “fundamental” right to travel internationally.

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    Joe

    I have been to Punta Cana twice in the last year with no issues. Last visit April 2016.

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    Bruce Kay

    Dear “unforgiveable one”,
    I can personally relate to what you wrote here, and have much compassion for your suffering.
    As a sincere bible believing, born again christian who became a RSO (plea agree, no contest, 2nd degree, rather than risk going to trial), I became condemned by nearly everyone I knew, including many who professed to be fellow christians (some of whom never even heard my side of the story!).
    But regardless of whatever they believed about me and what I was accused of, I know that their attitude of condemnation is UNGODLY, SELF RIGHTEOUS and contrary to the grace of God which is revealed by the gospel of Christ!
    Anybody who is truly saved, is saved by grace through faith and that not of ourselves, and NOT of works lest any man should boast.
    Coming to the knowledge of the truth and being saved means “John Doe” has come to the knowledge of truth that ALL have sinned, including himself and come short of the glory of God.
    Therefore that means compared to GODS RIGHTEOUSNESS, that John’s own righteousness is DUNG, and since Christ died in John’s stead for his sins, that testifies that John deserves to be crucified and suffer condemnation for his sins, just like ANYBODY else does!
    So if John gets saved, he knows that it is ONLY by the grace and mercy and forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ, and that he did not WORK for it (aka: did not EARN or DESERVE it!).
    Therefore, knowing these things, he has no right to and should NEVER condemn anybody else for their sins!
    In fact, any christian who walks according to the sound doctrine of the new testament word of God, will NOT manifest such an ungodly and self righteous attitude!

    Ephesians 4:32 KJV
    And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

    Also consider the example of Jesus rebuking those self righteous Pharisees who were about to stone to death the woman who was caught in adultery:

    John 8:7 KJV
    So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    For several years after my “conviction” while on probation I found myself condemned by nearly all my relatives, fellow christians, and “friends” and realized my career and estate were ruined and worst of all because my reputation was condemned, it spoiled my ministry as a bible teacher.
    It surely seemed that the devil had succeeded in destroying me and my life.
    I was in a deep and dark pit, and it seemed as though there was no way out.
    During those first several years I honestly just wanted to die, and often prayed that the Lord would just stop my heart from beating.
    If it had not been for love of my immediate family, especially my spouse, who always stood by me, and above all if it had not been for my faith in Jesus Christ, I am sure that I would have taken my own life.
    But no matter how deep and dark in the pit it seemed I was, I could always see even a glimmer of the ever present glorious light of Jesus Christ within and around me.
    Therefore, I always kept the faith, and had hope that there must be some God ordained purpose for what I was suffering through.
    I often considered the testimony of Joseph’s life and what he had endured through for the glory of God (read from Genesis chapter 37 forward).
    So here I am eight years later and I can look back and see how God has used this otherwise horrible circumstance and things to direct my path and surely as a result of all this many wonderful and godly things have happened, including most importantly, certain people whom I eventually were able to witness to and see them come to the knowledge of the truth and get saved!

    Romans 8:28 KJV
    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    So dear “unforgiveable one” no matter what your circumstances, and regardless if everybody around you condemns you, please always know that God does love you, and gave his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for your sins, and raised him from the dead for your justification!
    Therefore, consider the following verses.
    They are such that I live by, no matter what, and hope that you will also!

    Romans 8:31-39 KJV
    [31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
    [32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
    [33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
    [34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
    [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
    [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
    [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
    [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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    Phil Sims

    I am a RSO (level I in NY State, just moved to MA, awaiting classification) and my wife and I want to travel to France. Does anyone know of any restrictions visiting France? We both have valid passports.

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    Rob

    I am a rso trying to take a tip to south korea. Will I be allowed in? I am going to meet my wifes family and would hate to be refused entry while with my wife and kids… Any info is greatly appreciated

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    Rob

    I am a rso trying to take a tip to south korea. Will I be allowed in? I am going to meet my wifes family and would hate to be refused entry while with my wife and kids… Any info is greatly appreciated

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    john

    I can tell you that I am a RSO in Texas. I have been traveling back and forth to my property in Cabo San Lucas Mexico for years without any hassels. That was up until last year 2015. I was able to board my flight here in Texas but upon my arrival in Mexico as I was going through their customs I was detained for several hours by the Mexican Customs and told I was no longer allowed in their country then deported back to the USA. I questioned how could this be all of a sudden when I own property there in Mexico and have been traveling back and forth for years without incident. They informed me that the US Government had issued some kind of list recently that made me out to be some kind of felony convicted monster so I was no longer allowed into their country. It’s insane and crazy how our USA American Government continue to punish us RSO for our crimes even after justice was already served upon us by the court and WE have served all of our time for the crime we were convicted and deny their own American citizen’s who wish to travel abroad access to them countries. This is truly double jeopardy and a violation of a RSO constitutional rights. This has to be challenged by ALL RSO who wish to travel abroad to see their families and loved ones. But yet the USA will accept umpteen thousands of undocumented foreign refugees from countries abroad that don’t even like Americans and want to destroy us and our beautiful nation. Go figure.

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    weldon dunkin

    Creative commentary – I am thankful for the information – Does anyone know if I would be able to acquire a sample a form document to type on ?

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    Angie

    I was planning a trip to the Caribbean, but with the recent changes in the law a few months back I decided to cancel, which is a good thing because it was set to port in Mexico, which I have been reading they no longer allow sex offenders to enter :-/

    I would imagine if you stay on the ship at the Canadian port you should be okay. From what I have read Canada absolutely does not allow sex offenders to enter. You will also want to look and see what country the ship sales under, because it won’t be the US, there’s only one of those and it stay in Hawaii, and cruises those islands…… But upon boarding the ship you will be technically entering another country, just something to keep in mind.

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    trina

    from the research I have done, even if you don’t get off the cruise and it ports in Canada you can be refused.

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    john

    I am going next year for my wedding and I am nervous about them not letting me in. My offense happned in 03 and i have not been in trouble since. I was 18 she was 15. I got a email from thier embassy saying i will be allowed in but i have been hearing some horror stories but not heard of anyone bieng denied to jamaica. Did they threaten to not let u in?

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    JZMasters

    I traveled to Dublin, Ireland in January 2016. I did my homework beforehand, contacted the Irish Consulate, and they told me that because my S.O. conviction was from over 15 years ago, there would be no problem with me getting into Ireland, as long as I didn’t cause any trouble there. So, I bought the ticket, planned the trip, etc. No problem getting on the plane, nor any problem with transferring to the Dublin flight in Newark. However, when I landed and went through Immigration in Dublin, I was pulled to the side, asked about my trip, and then informed I would NOT be allowed into Ireland. They gave me official paperwork which says that any person convicted of a sex offense which results in a sentence of more than 1 year cannot be permitted into Ireland — permanently. Specifically, “the non-national has been convicted (whether in the State or elsewhere) of an offence that may be punished under the law of the place of conviction by imprisonment for a period of one year or by a more severe penalty.” I received a second piece of paper which informed me that according to the Immigration Act 2004, “the non-national’s entry into, or presence in, the State could pose a threat to national security or be contrary to public policy.” I had originally planned on spending two months in Ireland, and then hopping on a plane to Paris for the rest of the summer, but they wouldn’t even allow me to do that. They forced me to return to the United States, where I breezed through immigration in less than 15 minutes, no questions asked.

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      keith

      Jz Masters, referring to your trip to Ireland, may I ask your RSO status, tier level, did you serve time?
      as I am planning a trip there and after reading your experience, I should probably cancel my flight.

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    JZMasters

    Addendum to this story. Even when you are not on criminal supervision, all sex offenders are required by United States law to inform the U.S. Marshals Service of any intended travel outside the United States, at least 30 days prior. You have to go to your local law enforcement agency, and that agency fills out a form online, the “Notification of International Travel” of a sex offender. If you don’t submit the information, it’s a federal felony offense. The Marshals Service then sends that information to whatever country you have said you plan on traveling to. The U.S. government CLAIMS that it’s just for notification purposes, but we all know in reality that it’s just another way to continue the witch hunt.

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    robert

    i was just there in january and was not stopped except when i returned to new york, i can quit registering in 2019, will that take me off the banned list? my wife is in manila and cant immigrate to the usa what country can we meet in?

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    robert

    what level offender are you? i am married to a girl there and was just there in january for a month, i didnt get questioned till i came back to the usa i just learned about this law the other day. i can be taken off the register list in 2019. i am a tier 1 and if they dont notifiy the schools around me what business is it for them to notify foriegn lands

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    Timothy

    That sounds like a discrimination suit to me.

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    Timothy

    yes they kill children every day and live in abomination according to the word of God yet we are the criminals that are ostricised? Where is the justice in the world?

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    mac

    JZMasters

    Did you end up making the trip to Paris once you returned to US soil?, if not do you still plan on going to Paris and do you anticipate problems enterering the country.

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    Edward Jury

    Sorry, it cannot be done. Any RSO are not allowed to petition to come here in the US under the Adam Walsh Law. You will get a denial and you will not get your money back. Even if your gf is here in the US without legal document as a US resident, it will be denied as well. You will pass through the Biometric test.
    Sorry to disappoint you, I did tried that too, it was denied. WE don’t have the right to marry a foreigner in other words.

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    Marco

    It would be beneficially for RSO’s to know what country they CAN go to now as most WILL NOT let RSO’s in . These countries treat RSO’s like terrorists. And the US Gov does not give a damn. But they continue to allow real terrorists into this country! Recently I read Carnival wasn’t allowing RSO’s to Cruise. Sorry bastards, but they allow Murderer’s and thieves…but really what’s they point if you can’t even get off the ship in port! I have no desire to go to these third world piece of shit countries to begin with . There are plenty of places in the United States to see…….So here is a big F U to the sorry 3rd world countries, Carnival and the gov for not caring about all citizens!

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    ct

    we have gone on several carnival cruises. However the last one we booked in January and the cruise line called and refunded our money and said we could not go. So Carnival is now checking

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    Andy

    1. Destination Country: Singapore
    1a.Does this country require a Visa?: no

    2. Date of Travel: April 2016

    3. Issues: denied entry
    3a.If denied, was there a reason given?: no

    4. Currently registered: yes
    4a.If yes, on public web site: yes

    5. Offense child related: NO

    6. Offense Level: Felony

    7. Conviction expunged or dismissed: no

    8. State of registration (current or former): FL

    My purpose of travel was for business. Now my job is sending me to Mexico though were I am likely to be denied entry as well from what I’ve read online.

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    J Biddle

    I was denied entry into S Korea as a result of being an RSO so I highly doubt you will be allowed to visit. Sorry.

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    Alan M.

    Registered since 2006 in FL for poss. of photos of my gf. At the time we were old enough to have a consensual sexual relationship but having a photo of a young woman I could legally have sex with made me a Rso. Under Florida law I’m eligible to get off the list after 25 years.

    I’ve traveled to Germany 2x in the last 5 years (2011, 2014) and France (2014) with no problems. I was however, detained by ICE upon return and given the terrorist treatment.

    If traveling to Europe, I’ve heard flying into Germany or France and going through customs there, and connecting from there works. Once you’ve passed passport control into the EU it’s possible to travel anywhere else in the EU by car, train, or plane without further inspection. You will not get through passport control in the UK, Ireland, and some others.

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    Alan M

    Leslie,
    Under the new IML passed in 2-2016 they will be marked. If you are a RSO and your passport isn’t marked, they will void yours and force you to get a new one that is marked.

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    B

    Hi Jon, I appreciate your comment but I think the system is more of a notification system and not a data base that everyone checks at immigration. I believe notices are sent to the intended country by the US. So once you are out….you may be mostly free…..unless you return.
    The US does not know where you are going so no notices are sent.
    B

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    B

    I flew to Thailand in 2015 and they were notified by the US embassy (probably because of the TSA web form that collected name, birth date when booking ticket)….I was rejected admission. They suggested I return home but I went to HK instead and was admitted (test). Then I returned to the states and sold everything (my breaking point). Got ticket to island nation and jumped off the plan at the connecting point. Then bought new ticket and traveled around asia (Phi, Indo, Viet, Camb, Sing, Hk) and brasil without any problem in 2014, 2015 and 2016. I would like to hear other success stories and alternative residency and passport options that are available. I would also like to hear the experiences of long distance sailors.Thanks

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      a man without a country

      B,
      Are you still out there? I have lived here in TH for almost 15 yrs. Never had a problem, various types of visas, but last week I tried to fly back to the US via Korean Air via Seoul then to US. I was denied boarding before I even got on the plane here in TH. Now, I’m worried I’ll have problems when my annual visa comes up for renewal later this year.
      Contact me with NARSOL in subject line: ghuru2007@gmail.com

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    B

    I would like to hear success/failure stories of people who have entered or tried to enter countries indirectly (not from the US). As I am out and not planning to go back this is helpful and others how the shows how the system works. Thanks

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    JJ

    Any luck since then?
    You would think that once you leave their jurisdiction it is literally not their business.
    You could just drop the de reg letter in the mail right before you get on the plane right?( If you dont plan on coming back?)

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    JJ

    Technically you have fulfilled your requirement if you plan to move out of the country if you five them the 21 dqys even if you ditch them by telling them you are headed elaewhere right? (meaning they should not be looking)

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    Pirate555

    Hi mates..Would like to know if anyone here, a RSO have travelled to India and the middle east? If yes, were there any conditions upon arrival or any declarations or detentions? Please advice.

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    Steve

    No you can not ….. Not as an RSO

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    Steve

    Did you notify thiland before you arrived

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    BD

    Hello everyone. I attempted to go to Cancun earlier this month but was denied entry. Mexico will not allow sex offenders. Apparently most places won’t. I’m really hoping that The Bahams will. That will be the next trip b

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    Charlie

    I got a passport 2015 no problem
    Planned a tip to Taipei, Taiwan to see my girlfriend
    1400 dollars – plane ticket round trip – 185 dollars shots – Hotel reservations

    Followed the new laws – reported I was going outside the US 21 days in advance – doing the right thing. Gave them my itinerary, hotel I was staying at – the whole nine yards.

    Got to Narita, Japan (layover) and was told there- I would not be allowed into Taiwan. 972 dollars to change and rebook ticket back to the US.

    I did stay in Japan for five days and four nights so the trip was not a total loss, but had that been my final destination, pretty sure the US would have stopped that from happening too.

    Don’t plan on going anywhere if you are going to comply with the new laws. Not saying not too comply, just giving you a heads up.

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    will

    brendo, have you returned to the Phils yet? did you have any problems?

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    Sgrplm06

    I am a RSO in Ok, have been since 2004. Itraveled to Cabo the first week of June in 2014 and had absolutely no problem. Stayed 4 days and 3 nights in Los Cobos. Then last year my GF’s and I planned our second trip, the first week of June again 2015, and just before I walked into customs I was asked for my I.D. In doing so I was then escorted to their security office. Moments later they boarded me back to the same plane I just walked off of with an escort of 4 guards. I am a L1 offender, and received a deferred sentence. This year makes 12yrs for me. They said the law was new as of last year in denying RSO but in my studies they lied. Here is the only thing I think happened. In 2014 we flew into Cabo on the last flight of the day on a Sunday night When we walked to customs there was no Security guards to be found just the three custom ladies, rental car people and all the taxis outside. In 2015 when I flew there it was a Monday or Tuesday morning and the first flight in. There was security everywhere and the place was packed. Sooooo Im curious to see if anyone else has had similar experiences. Sunday night last flight in just might let you pass.

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    Michelle

    Bd. I was planning on going to cancun july 2, 2016….what happened when you tried to enter mexico?

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    Sad Puppy

    I’m a Level 1 in NY. While in Texas where my crime took place (over 20 years ago) I’m not considered to have been “convicted” (successfully completed 10 years of deferred adjudication), that doesn’t matter anywhere else. Even though there is case law saying a deferral in another state doesn’t count for the (e.g. 3 strikes laws), they count it as a conviction for SORA purposes.

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    Worried

    I have the same situation, I didn’t know about the law and I’m leaving in 8 days to go to Jamaica. My trip is paid in full and it’s too late to get a refund. If you happen to check this thread please let me know what happened. I’m terrified and I don’t know what to do.

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    Fred

    No

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    Dee

    Just wanted to comment on this. We arrived with another couple. My husband and I were pulled out of line and put in a room. Told he could not enter. He was sent back approx. 30 minutes after we arrived on a flight. My spouse insisted I stay and see our guest to the resort and stay. Had no clue this would happen.

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    Bee

    Jeff… I am sorry to tell you that you cannot petition for anyone to come here or if they are already here in the US. Since you are an RSO, USCIS (Inmigration Dept.) will tell you that you are a potential danger to anyone… they will ask you to provide proof that you have changed, regenerated or whatever the heck they mean by that. This is my case exactly… My husband is a RSO and cannot petition for me. We paid thousands of dollars to get this done and they just flat out told us twice… Your petition is DENIED!!

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    Bee

    Jeff… I am sorry to tell you that you cannot petition for anyone to come here or if they are already here in the US. Since you are an RSO, USCIS (Inmigration Dept.) will tell you that you are a potential danger to anyone… they will ask you to provide proof that you have changed, regenerated or whatever the heck they mean by that. This is my case exactly… My husband is a RSO and cannot petition for me. We paid thousands of dollars to get this done and they just flat out told us twice… Your petition is DENIED!!

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    Bee

    Edward Jury… you can marry a foreigner that is here in the US… you just cannot petition for her and make her legal.

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    Steve

    Gareform,

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I started my own companies. Got my own customers. I have been a founder in 3 tech startups.

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    charles

    I am an RSO, but never served any time; just 1 year probation. In March 2016 I traveled to Ireland by way of England (Heathrow). Custom guard there detained me for several hours, and escorted me to the next plane home. So, the 1 year or more served is not accurate. I lost the full cost of the tour (trip insurance did not cover my reason for not completing the trip).

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    Pat H Lambert

    Puerto Rico is part of the US. All you need is your state DL to travel to US territory

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    michael Burks

    i went to mexico 2013 stay three months with my girlfriend there

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      Jeff

      Did you fly in or drive in?
      I’m trying to go with my fiancé to meet her family in December and am getting mixed messages from everyone even this website?

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    John Canino

    I flew 19 family and friends to Acapulco Mexico on June 17th, to get married to my beautiful best friend of 5 years, we have 2 babies. When i got to Mexico city they refused me entry and treated me like a criminal and put me in a holding room for 12 hours then flew me back to Orlando, they wouldn’t let me see or speak to my family.
    I was out $15,000 and my wonderful wife missed out on her incredible day. I plead out as a RSO in 2004. only did probation, no victim nor children involved.
    They need to reclassify RSOs instead of making everyone think we are monsters.

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    NewLifeNow

    I am an RSO here in California. My family and I want to go to Italy in which I have duel citizenship. Besides letting my local law enforcement know my intentions and calling the embassy is there anything else I should do?

    We are also planning a trip to the Bahamas by the end of this year. Will I be able to go?

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    Sandy

    My friend got denied entry to Mexico on June 21, 2016. The airlines sent over a copy of the flight manifest sometime either before or during flight because he was escorted off the plane when he arrived in Cancun. The airlines should have never allowed him to board the plane knowing the policy.
    Sandy

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    JR

    Are there any restrictions travelling to Colombia?
    Also, I have a lay over in Mexico. Would I be barred from sitting in the airport for layover with the new Mexican laws?

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    J.B.

    yes Steven, I agree with you 100%. The ex post facto law has been violated severely. If I was previously convicted of a sex offense prior to 2007 when the Adam Walsh Act was enacted, which I was, and was convicted under the Megan Law, I should not have to be required to be upgraded to register under the Adam Walsh Act where I would have to be required to register for the rest of my life, RIGHT? Right! Because if you read about the ex post facto law in Blacks Law Dictionary Abridged 6th edition, it reads in whole; A law passed after the occurrence of a fact or commission of an act, which retrospectively changes the legal consequences or relations of such fact or deed. A law is unconstitutionally “ex post facto” if it deprives the defendant of a defense to criminal liability that he had prior to enactment of the law. Art. I, Section 10 of U.S. Const. prohibit both congress and the states from passing any ex post facto law. Most state constitutions contain similar prohibitions against ex post facto laws. A law which provides for the infliction of punishment upon a person for an act done which, when it was committed, was innocent; a law which aggravates a crime or makes it greater than when it was committed; a law that changes the punishment or inflicts a greater punishment than the law annexed to the crime when it was committed; a law that changes the rules of evidence and receives less or different testimony than was required at the time of the commission of the offense in order to convict the offender; a law which, assuming to regulate civil rights and remedies only, in effect imposes a penalty of the deprivation of a right which, when done, was unlawful; a law which deprives persons accused of crime of some lawful protection to which they have become entitled, such as the protection of a former conviction or acquittal, or of the proclamation of amnesty; every law which, in relation to the offense of it’s consequences, alters the situation of a person to his disadvantage.

    Also, read Section [9] Clause (3) of the constitution, it states in whole or in part; No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed. Also, by law, no agency can enhance the stipulations of yours or my crime or sentence without first acquiring a court order that is signed by a judge. This means that no police agency can cause you to re register to be upgraded to the Adam Walsh Act, making you register for the rest of your life, if your sex offense was committed and you were convicted prior to sept. 9th 2007 when the AWA was enacted. Myself, I was just as dumb as the next person when I got the letter in the mail in 2010 to come into the local police station to re register. I have since then been convicted of another crime in AZ that was in the realm of a sex offense but plea offer was to an offense that was not a registerable offense but it turns out that my attorney said that upon sentencing it was in the discretion of the judge as to whether or not he would make me register. Now I am court ordered to register for life under the Adam Walsh Act (AWA) because the judge was pressured by the prosecutor to make me register when the agreement was that I would plea to the offer only if the prosecutor didn’t press the issue to make me register. As it was the prosecutor pressed the issue anyway and my PAID attorney said there was nothing she could do. 16 months in county jail and 15,000$ later I was sentenced to a term of 20 months prison time with 16 months served credit. I did 4 months in pen, 3 months parole and register for life. Before I would have been able to be released from the s o registry at age 62 under the Megans Law Act until I was upgraded to the AWA. where I didn’t even know about that Act being passed and me being frivolously summonsed to re register in 2010 until I went to jail for the newest crime in 2014 and learned from my peers and other legal literature, like PLN Prison Legal News, which I think everybody on this site should look into reading. That is where I learned about how some guys have fought to be removed out from under the AWA because they were never convicted under that law. By the same token, some men, old men now, have been caused to register for crimes committed before there were any sex offender laws, just rape laws, nor were there any Megans law or AWA law or even a sex offender registry.

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    Todd

    I was allowed in 2010 so we wanted to go back booked the flight in 2014. Don’t go they treated my like shit and denied me entry.

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    Tian

    I think Thailand

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    Tian

    US government is crazy. How dare them to notify the country you want to visit and send you back after landing? They should say it beforehand so that the registered will not waste money and time anymore. They still want you to feel harassed first so you would realized that you need to suffer the rest of your lives.

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    robert

    do u still report and what state do you live in? and what level offender are you? 1, 2 or 3?

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    brandon huebner

    please let me know if you find out this info me and my wife want to travel to south america and im a rso

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    Bill Arthur

    I have read that Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruises ban registered sex offenders. What about Holland America cruises? The line is registered in the Netherlands, but the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp. Would the restriction extend to all Carnival owned ships? Does anyone have any recent experience. Needless to say there’s nothing about this on the Holland America website. It would be helpful if RTAG posted cruise ship info.

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    Jessica

    Did you notify the U.S. government ahead of time that you would be traveling to Cabo Sam Lucas or has the government just published a list of all sex offenders and given it to these countries to deny RSO entry?

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    tweetybird

    I’m so pissed off too with the USA in dealing with RSOs in this country, telling the world that they can’t forgive. It shows that the rich can abuse anyone. Praying usa will go back into the arms of God and be compassionate and forgiving that’s what God wants us to spread not to give everlasting punishment. Like what God said what u do to others i will do it to you. Don’t forget our body will last til 70 up but not forever, but our soul will. I will tell u evil will use situation to confuse us what god really telling us. Evil wants many mates in hell. I just think bout this do u think if one of your family killed do u think his or her soul want your soul in hell cause u feel so much hate of what happen to him or her. No it make them sad because evil uses their death to put our soul in hell. God said he will make revenge to those who hurt us he not said we personally make revenge. We must fight evil. Dont make him use bad situation to put our soul to hell.

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    tweetybird

    hello if anyone here wants to fight this law. actually this is not a law here USA just want our government to implement their law here bout RSO. if someone here that afftected with this rule pls let us do something we must tell our government that this rule violating our civil right and family code many family are broke now many wife cant b with her husband many children cant b with thier father this is stupidity i mean lets fight this here in the Philippines maybe our new President will listen if u r with me pls email me rosselle_fernandez@yahoo.com

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    Jerry Garza

    Jerry
    I am a RSO and have Mexican citizenship as well as USA citizenship. I traveled to Puerta Vallarta and of course gave notice here in the USA, but I was pulled out of line and detained with questions concerning my detailed felony history. I was only allowed entry because I am a Mexican citizen and I had to sign Interpol documents stating that because I was a RSO but a Mexican citizen I could enter to Mexico otherwise I would be denied. The custom officers verified this to me because I asked them as well as reading the document. I plan on traveling to Belgium and Germany in fall of 2016 does anybody no for sure if I will be denied entry or I will have no issues entering the country?

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    Annie

    Husband RSO no conviction adjudication withheld did not involve minor not a felon. Prior to 2016 had travel to England, Italy, France, Costa Rica with no problems on entry any of those countries. On return always set aside upon US return luggage search phone search lots of questions. Has not travelled since new law. Had to give 21 day notice for Costa Rica and France no problems but that was pre-2016.

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    Rachel

    My husband is an RSO and we took a Holland America cruise in late Dec & had no problems at all.

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    CathyD

    I’m so sick right now! We had no idea about these new policies and booked a cruise on Royal Caribbean back in September of 2015. Our cruise is set to leave on August 7th and we were just contacted that my husband’s information will have to be reviewed by a panel. I have not told our kids yet and I am completely lost! I get one week of vacation a year and that was it not to mention that we prepaid for excursions, hotels and flights. Everything was paid for in full.

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    Steadfast

    We also have just been contacted and denied a cruise on RCC. There is no such panel. They hire an independent security firm who turns down anyone on the Sex Offender Registry. I asked the woman rep how many passengers in the history of RCC have been assaulted by registered sex offenders in the past, and the answer was none. My question was why are they putting laws in effect for problems that don’t exist. We are getting a refund, but I still also have airfare and hotels that are paid in full. I told them if that is the case, they should state this restriction up front and clearly in all their brochures in on their websites. I am beyond pissed. My friends’ sex crime was an inappropriate touch with a 17 year old – not some child rape or distribution of child porn. I’m sick to death of these registries and their restrictions. It is against our rights as Americans.

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      350Sand

      Brian, love your idea! How do we make it happen? Where do you have dual citizenship?

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    brian

    Yes i’m sorry to hear that but we need to make a stand and unite I read online 800000 of us I know the california group online sons most active in organizing. Being in the Military it disgust me that America of all countries will do this and violate unconstitutional rights and people and politicians find it ok and say its not. Depending on the state they do some really messed up shit to RSO’s you can not look me in the eye and tell me this is not cruel and unusual. I am a fighter by nature and we could bring this system down if we united. First Money thats how u defeat the beast.. imagine around the country if we started making changes everyday or hell where i live we got to call in a email in 5 min with one state trooper to update.. imagine calling him all day long thousands of calls. I think if we overloaded the system and made it cost so much they would reconsider. Just putting some ideals out there or i mentioned this before get like 5,000 or more rso’s fly to mexico at the same day hell 50000 would be awesome. The gays did it its time we protest and make a stand. For now i am lucky to no longer need to work and can live where i want and I do not yet see this in my fellow RSO’s so i have decided to leave the us and file for dual citizenship as a way to escape. I hope some day I see us stand up and demand are constitutional rights to be restored and for this cruel and inhumane treatment to stop.

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    brian

    I dont know why or how Japan would know and im amazed Japan let u in they are one of the most strict on fellons. I have read that taiwan wont let us in, there are countries that dont care u just have to find them or away around this green notice.

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      Jeff

      Went to Japan in August 2017 and was denied entry due to “being incarcerated for over 1 year” they didn’t care about the fact that I’m a SO only the amount of time incarcerated?!

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        Daniel

        Did you Mark Yes on the immigration form that you have a criminal conviction or imprisonment?

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    brian

    These countries would let us in or not know except a few that have acces to are data base like canada and japan. The reason is the green notice sent by interpol definition of green notice a criminal likely to commit crimes in a foreign country. This is why they wont let us in because communist usa sending that shit.

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    brian

    Another ideal i put these out there because I dont see anyone doing or talking about actually changing the system. Maybe my military past or just way i am but its not going to change until we fight back. Ok another ideal these cruises have to give refund if they cancel u or at least what people posted. they dont know until u do the notice thats why i think most people get told right before they leave they cant go. Well if we unite and book that cruise full make them lose money when they have to cancel all the requst.. I dont know but they made a system thats retarded and they dont fully understand it just pass a new law like lets me them do that too.. I think we just need to make it a pain in the ass for them and cost them so much money thats when it will change. They are making are life hell time to dish it back. Or we all tell 21 one days we going then u have the right and legal to change ur mind and not go.. could u imagine green notices going out by the thousands around the world every month..lol

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    brian

    We need to start suing for money lost on trips.. I know i have seen lawsuits but then just change the law and no money is awarded that aint going to do anything. U are getting denied because that notice says u are criminal likely commit another crime in foreign country.. They use flawed data there is an actuall study from the department of justice on every sex offender released from prison and i cant remember 5 or 10 ears only like 10 percent got another sex crime.. WE have the lowest recidism rate of all crimes except murder.. The other studies are lies and flawed data.. The justice studies everyone one not just picked a few that needs to get out there.http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm I just found it This thing came out in 2003 before any of this bullshit really got serious

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    TIM

    Can I travel to Nassau Bahamas as a RSO? I was just denied by RCI for a cruise I paid for 1 yr. Ago. Please advise of traveling restrictions to the Bahamas ??

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    TIM

    I just got the same call from Nikki telling me the same thing my cruise was due to leave August 13th. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN MY 3RD CRUISE the first cruise I had to provide a letter to a panel.

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    Greg Pochinski

    However, I did notice on my passport that I was allowed to stay in Japan for 21 days. So, we are currently trying to get married in Japan. In accordance to Philippine’s law of NO FOREIGN SEX OFFENDERS – If the Filipino is married to a Foreign Sex Offender, they may apply for an exception to this policy 🙂

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    Charles

    Celebrity Cruise, owned by Royal Caribbean, did fully refund my payments when they rejected me in 2015. Also note, that Caravan Travel has a full refund policy for their trips. I got a full refund (less airfare) for my planned trip to Costa Rica.

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    Charles

    International travel restrictions:
    Just a thought, wouldn’t it make sense for this site to list areas where they RSO’s are not allowed to enter? It is difficult to get countries, travel agents or others to tell in advance where we would not be permitted, so why not develop a list here?
    I’ve lost considerable money traveling to areas, only to be turned back.

    For instance, all of the
    UK is off limits: England, Ireland, Canada..
    Mexico is out
    Costa Rica is out.
    Philippines
    Taiwan ?

    Any others???

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    Jose

    So hi everyone, I just got back from my trip to Mexico and I had no issues at all. Just so that you all know I’m a level 1 sex offender which is low risk here in the great state of NY. I was there for a month and on my way to Mexic I had a seven hour lay over in Mexico city. While there I decided to kill time and leave the airport and explore. I went through customs with no issues. After I was done visiting the historical district I returned to the airport to continue to my final destimation which was Merida city and which I had no issues since I did not need to go through customs because I had already done so in Mexico city so my flight from Mexico city to Merida was by that time considered a domestic flight. Just wanted to let everyone know about my experience and if you want more details feel free to email me!

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      Kevin

      Had you provided your local authorities of your travel plans with the “required” 21 day advance notice? Is your passport on file with your registry?

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    Jose

    I am a level one rso which is low risk here in new york. This pass January I traveled to Egypt and had 1 and 2 day layovers in Belguim. I had a 1 day layover going to Beelguim and a 2 day layover coming back. I was also traveling with an individual who has dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Belgium and stayed in her mothers house.I had no issues getting into either country. The customs officers though never scanned my passport and just asked to see my flight itennary and where I was staying in which I replied that I was with a Belgium citizen and they said I was good. Anyway hope this helps.

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    Hailmary

    Does anyone know about Roatan, Honduras?

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    Hailmary

    If you are able to get onto a cruise, can you please tell me if you would be allowed to get off and gain entry into another country like Mexico or Grand Cayman?

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    Sandy

    My friend and I just got back from Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). We had no issues, but my friend will always be subjected to a secondary screening coming back into the U.S. (even after 25 years of a clean record).

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    lee

    did you have to notify your local, including that 21 days in advanced new rule?

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    lee

    I’m interested to know too, thx

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    Sandy

    No, we did not give any notice before our trip; but the airlines and other travel sites will refer you to travel.state.gov for guidelines of different countries.

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    Wallace

    I am a RSO in California. The charge is sexual battery and a misdemeanor. My offense is one that means I could some day not have to register any longer. In Aug 2015 I went to the Philippines and then to Dubai and then back to the Philippines, all of this with no problem. I went to the Philippines again in Nov 2015 to see my girlfriend and this time I was not allowed to enter.
    I petitioned for a visa for her as soon as I got back in Nov. now I am waiting to see if it gets approved. The date that USCIS has listed that they got it was 12/1/15. I called and asked why is it taking so long and got a letter saying that “…security checks remain pending”. So now I am worried that it wont get approved.
    In the mean time I would like to go see her. I would like to have her meet me in Hong Kong or Thailand. I am thinking that we should plan on Thailand because Hong Kong is more likely to do the some thing as the Philippines. If anybody can give me any answers it would be appreciated. Thany you

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    lee

    Sandy, that’s odd. I thought new rule requires that everyone notifies 21 days in advanced. Could that your friend is NOT part of the RSO folks that are required to do that?

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    John Lester

    Belgium and Germany are Schengen countries so you should have no problems

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    John Lester

    In 2015 I was on cruises to Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras. For whatever reason there was no checking of passports of ship passengers. In fact, Belize refused to stamp your passport unless you went to another office.In my case once the cruise line accepts you that was the end of that….NCL, Celebrity. I don’t know if this is generally the case or just lucky

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    John Lester

    In December 2016 my cruise stopped in Victoria. I didn’t try to visit but stayed on the ship. I think I could have gone on the city tour but I am not sure

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    AMS

    I’m a Level 2 RSO and travelled to India this past June. Followed all the rules and notified the State Deparment of NY 2 days in advance. No issues, declarations, or questions on arrival in New Delhi. Spent 3 weeks there and came back with no questions asked at JFK.

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    Registered User

    I tried to travel to Cancun in July 2016 and was denied entry. I was listed on the national registry.

    Since then, I petitioned Texas DPS to remove my name from the RSOL and they did. (Yeah, I guess I’m one of the lucky 58 people who managed to do that.) Now my name does not show up on the national or Texas registry.

    My question now is, will I be able to travel to Mexico, or is there a permanent mark against my name/passport? I’ve tried contacting the Mexican Consulate and US Embassy in Mexico, but cannot seem to get any definitive answer. Customs in Cancun apparently do not have a telephone. I hate to just show up in Cancun with them angry because they already denied me entry previously.

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    Walter

    I went to colombia in April and when I arrived to Mexico they did hold me and took me to my connection flight to colombia, when I made it to colombia I didn’t have any issues everything was fine. Mexico will hold you until your connection and make sure to let them know of your luggages otherwise they will end up leaving them, I’m going next week I will keep you guys posted of this trip to colombia …

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    Greg

    Have u been able to return to Japan and meet your Filipina there???

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    David

    I renewed my U.S. passport last year and had no problems at all. (My felony conviction was 20+ years ago in Florida.)

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    Lorenzo

    Were you allowed in?

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    RLK

    Did you notify police 21 days before of your travel plans?
    can you get in trouble for that now too?

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    MRN

    Exactly. I just experienced this as I was denied entry to Cancun, leaving my wife and three young children crying as I was forced back into the airplane. My “accusation” occurred in 2004; never was a trouble maker before, then or after. This is ridiculous.

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    MRN

    Had the same experience two days ago. I contacted Intropol and the mexican authorities, and let my local police know of my travels; they all gave me the green light to go. WTF.

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    MRN

    ..so what are we going to do about it.. I mean we can’t seem to fight this alone? We all know its cruel and unusual punishment and that its an extension of punishment outside of the initial sentence; yet it seems that SO’s are exempt from civil rights and Constitutional law, so it really doesn’t matter.

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    MRN

    you’re offense was in the US or the UK? you were on the US list or the UK list. Im both UK and US citizen, however I’ve only lived in the US; had my case been in the UK I’m sure it would have never gotten to court. The US is nuts.

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    RL

    Jose,
    did you have to notify before travelling?
    I dont think many RSO are aware of that

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    mike

    Hi did you hire a attorney to file the papers with DPS??? thanks

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    Joshua Mouton

    I have been able to vote sence I got on probation. On that note I it has been over 12 years sence I committed the crime and 2 years since I have completed probation. Now I would like to know if I can go to Dubai UAE?

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    RK

    Did you have to notify 21 days prior? In the updated bill it says if you knowingly do not notify authorities of your travels you are subject to fine prison or both.
    No where on the yearly registration form is there somewhere it mentions it
    Did you get in trouble for not notifying?

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    j

    Other sites have a list. Please reply, I am in the process of getting an updated and accurate list.

    Seeking to study with one (1) freedom-minded individual. Served 8 years in prison. Want to begin a fresh start. I hope to exist and spend the remaining days of my life in peace. Collaborative legal review of jurisdictional remedies to exit the USA. If interested, please reply to this post.

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    -debbie

    Same thing happened to us….eight of us from one family. Kids from N.Y. and California. All paid for on same cruise line…escape to the Mediterranean for Ten nights……we lost a bundle in shows, hotels before and after, not to mention our once in a life time family vacation was taken minus one of us.

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    Allen

    Hello. I am an RSO and I have been thinking about this alot lately. What would they do if all RSOs nationwide just didn’t register. They have us under unenforceable laws due to out constitutional rights as supposedly “free” citizens. We need to stand up and take these rights back. They cannot hold 800,000 people in jails. The jails are already overcrowded so they would not be able to do anything.

    Just a thought.

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      brian

      You have teh right ideal.. fianlly someone saying the same thing as me.. i’m ex military and a fighter by nature.. my life destoryed met girl of myspace said she was 19 but anyway.. 800k yes but dont fight the system breaking the law do it other way.. we all start changing shit everyday.. 50,000 of us fly into mexico.. we overload the system.. sadly not enough of us have balls.. so i’m living abroud finding loop holes to keep me out of the ussofa.. keep up the fight my brothers.

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    Sr

    Can you share how you deregistered?

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    Michael

    Can anyone suggest what countries in the caribeean allow entry to vacation? I was denied entry to Cancun after my 4th trip in 2013. Escorted off the plane and denied entry. Don’t want to make that mistake again.

    Any help will be greatly appricated.

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    Registered User

    Reply to RLK, mike, and Sr:

    In my case, I am no longer required to register and so did not provide 21 days notice. Short summary, I received a deferred sentence in 1995 in TX, was on probation for 5 years and case was dismissed in 1999. I was placed on the registry, but moved to CO in 2000. In 2003, I petitioned the CO courts to no longer register, however, I was still on the registry because of TX DPS. Just this year, I sent a letter to TX DPS notifying them of no longer being required to register and request that they remove my name from the registry. I was polite, but referenced Art. 62.251 of the TX CCP. They never responded to my letter, but my name was removed after a few weeks. No attorney required.

    The problem now is after having been denied entry to Mexico, I cannot find any way to determine if I can go back or not. No one seems to have an answer to this. I really don’t feel like just showing up and hoping for the best and risking hearing “you were already denied entry, why are you trying to come back?” in a small, rather unfriendly customs office in Cancun.

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      Wallace

      Do you have any update about it? I live in California and can drive right into Mexico with the other 2 vehicle that are going in too, no gate, no nothing.

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      Angel byrd

      Is this still the case you don’t have to register in CO?

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    Natan

    You can’t…. They tag your first, last name, DOB and country of residence. So if you change your name and get a new passport then you may have a chance. But at this point f*ck Mexico…

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    Walter

    I just got back from Colombia didn’t have any issue in Colombia but Mexico denied my entry they wanted to deport me back to the USA I convince them to do my transfer and later on they did but they escorted me to the plane, I would advise don’t do a lay over o transfer in Mexico City you will have a lot of problems , go direct or go through another country Mexico is being hard on us..I’m planning on going to Colombia for my Wedding on Christmas and I won’t be going through Mexico …

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    Sarah M.

    Roatan, Honduras as of a 3 months ago allowed sex offenders, but you will probably get questioned at customs

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    ????????

    Am I understanding this correctly. Even after you do your time on the list and are removed, you still get notification sent to destination country?

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    Matt G

    You will be denied a visa because of the Adam Walsh Act of 2006. I petitioned my fiance and they sent it to Vermont, where all petitions from sex offenders go. They sit on it for about three years and then deny it. I finally cancelled mine after 1-1/2 years and we went to Hong Kong to get married.

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      Wallace

      You do not know for sure that it would have been denied. Every single case is different.

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    Mr.M

    Hi Jon, can anyone tell me what Guatemala’s restrictions are if any?
    Thanks

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    Paul Brown

    I went to costa rica for 7 days no problem in 2012. No issues on the way out of the country, or getting into CR. i called my local sheriff here in ohio and he said have a nice trip. I did have an hour and a half stop in customs on the way back, but they were decent enough.

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    George Howe

    I propose that all RSO’s in the US unite and coordinate a focused series of high profile cruises including air travel, hotels and related excursions. The destinations should be selected for maximum attention to our plight and maximum exposure of their (governments, companies, politicians) hostile or symbiotic policies. ALL media should be invited to accompany and cover all events and all processes that RSO’s are required to endure. We should procure maximum sponsorship, organize the best public relations. All information should be consolidated on the appropriate websites. A reasonable portion of the gross proceeds should be distributed to victims support organizations. ALL pro and con politicians and agencies should be highlighted, detailed and held to account.
    Janice Belushi would be an excellent resource to help bring this to fruition.

    Additionally, the data from all of these stories needs to be collated into a database that makes the information easily available, as accurate as possible and targeted to results. I am grateful and empathetic to all who have contributed and whose lives have been so severely impacted. Never to be forgotten are the victims of sexual assault. They must always be placed first, regardless of circumstances.

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    Michael hinojosa

    I’m trying to deregister in Texas. I’ve done my interview and was given permission to petition the court. I can’t find the proper documents to do so. I’m doing it on my own. Any recommendations. I was 17 and the victim was 13. It has been 17 years since it occured.

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    Mark

    Which law?

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    Gaspar Clubb

    I’m an rso AND I guess I could be labelled a Christian conservative. Just like rso’s are painted with a broad stroke, you did that to me. If you will notice, liberals vote for these laws and policies, too. That said, I am apparently doomed to not be able to visit countries of my heritage (history major and genealogist, they go together sometimes. 🙂 ). Would have loved to visit England and Scotland again after 35 years. Sounds like it is the Dept of State that is pushing these issues against us, but I’ve read about a treaty between the UK and the US that addressed this. Like I said, doomed!

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    Gaspar Clubb

    Thanks for this. Same situation for me.

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    Larry Evans

    I am visiting Colombia now I gave a one day notice I was leaving the state of Texas and the country to travel everyone needs to read the law you don’t have to give notice your leaving your state only when your return because you report to the local police where you visit we’ve done the punishment so we don’t owe explanations to anyone but until everyone comes together behind the people who are trying to help these idiots that can’t do any real work but they boast about they are protecting women and children which has always been bull shit but when did women get to be part of the mix this is why everybody needs to wake up because your record is never expunged where its not going to show up on a background check

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    Larry Evens

    Your completely right I’m doing the same thing filing for dual residence I’ve served the penalty stage so I don’t any explanations to anyone of these idiots on city councils and state legislators are moron’s they keep passing these laws because their not challenged enough in court so we better wake up now that they have made us a group and start fighting back.

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    Larry Evans

    I am visiting Colombia now I gave a one day notice I was leaving the state of Texas and the country to travel everyone needs to read the law you don’t have to give notice you’re leaving your state only when you return because you report to the local police where you visit we’ve done the punishment so we don’t owe explanations to anyone but until everyone comes together behind the people who are trying to help these idiots that can’t do any real work but they boast about they are protecting women and children which has always been bull shit but when did women get to be part of the mix this is why everybody needs to wake up because your record is never expunged where its not going to show up on a background check
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    Larry Evans

    I am visiting Colombia now I gave a one day notice I was leaving the state of Texas and the country to travel every Don’s needs to read the law you don’t have to give notice your leaving your state only when your return because you report to the local police where you visit we’ve done the punishment so we don’t owe explanations to anyone but until everyone comes together behind the people who are trying to help these idiots that can’t do any real work but they boast about they are protecting women and children which has always been bull shit but when did women get to be part of the mix this is why everybody needs to wake up because your record is never expunged where its not going to show up on a background check
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      Wallace

      This is not all true. It is the opposite of what you are saying. Have to let the local office where register at know 21 days before you go (which I would not do, but I would if on probation ). Nobody in the United States would even know you are in out of the country until you get back. I have gone on 2 trips since they started the 21 day requirement and both time they never said a single word about if I informed the local law enforcement or not, and this was at San Francisco airport. The thing about informing the any agency in the country you are visiting. That is the stupidest thing I have ever hear. Why tell anybody anything when there is no way for them to know about it before you told them. If you get through immigration and you are allowed to enter then you are clear for that visit.

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    John Clack

    hello im from uk got a caution from police and 2 years on the s o r have got flight/holiday booked to Philippines in 2 weeks have checked im not blacklisted no derogatory report
    is it likely I will get returned or allowed in ?
    bad enough loosing air fare don’t need being grilled for hours and if u get returned home who pays ?

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      T.M.

      Any input about traveling to Philippines? Trip planned in 2 months.

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        no hope

        Philippines will say nothing until you arrive then they will make you turn back as soon as you get off the plane they want you to spend your money on the trip before they tell you no but its well known that the Philippines will not allow you in their country if your an RSO

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    Joseph

    You filed for duel citizenship? Where? I don’t want duel, I want the hell away from the USA. Just another 10_1/2yrs and I will hopefully be out of prison.

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    Janice Campbell

    Joe,
    Did you do anything special to prepare for the trip? (paperwork, phone calls….??)

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    Mel

    Hi tell me your story im interested to know you 🙂

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    Mhel

    Hi Im Mel from Phil I have a fiancee in the US who wants to come here in the Philippines for vacation however he was charge of sex offender and now hesitant if the Philippines will allow him to travel. Do you know from where we can ask if he is allowed to travel here? we tried searching his name on the US list of sex offender and he ia not there. He had been on probation for 3 years and they did not put him to jail. Thanks and godbless

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      belle

      hi,im filipina too married to an american.we got married in hk.he is ex sex offender.just wanna ask if ur bf/hubby was able to come in the phillipnes?

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        ron

        Hello, everyone .. can anyone advise if I can enter Hongkong for 14 days soon as..i have already been denied entry to the Philippines. I know I do not need a visa, I am on S.O.R in the UK and want to meet up with my Filipina girlfriend.in Hongkong.in the view to get married, this year.thanks for any replies

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      no hope

      the Philippines will not allow any registered sex offenders in their country at all(they turn them away when they arrive)
      best thing to do is meet him at a place that’s close to the Philippines that you both can travel to without a lot of aggravation

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        John

        Anyone know when we are done registering, will we be allowed around this ban to enter Philippines?

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    I have traveled to Mexico on several occasions both by flight (though that was back in 2003, but more recently by car three times. Most recently in 2015. I crossed over and back several times with no incidents (with a passport) regarding my registered sex offender status and I have a deferred Adjudication for 2nd degree felony sexual assault of a child (he was 16 and I was 26 and I initially was unaware of his minor status. The ONLY trouble I had was the fact that I had an Egypt Visa in my passport and that caused a bit of an issue. (Lot’s of question about what I was doing there and where else had I been in the ME) but it’s on the return to US that I’ve ever had ANY problems both with the Egyptian Visa and the Sex Offender status. Just a lot of questions on my return to the states. That being said however, I traveled to Egypt with no issues what-so-ever in Egypt or upon my return to states. Am preparing to Travel to Dubai soon and hopefully marry my Egyptian fiance and live there. Will update. Good luck.

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    alberto walters

    can you send me a copy of that list

    rolando.alberto05@hotmail.com

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    Janice

    Hi Matt,
    I am filipina my American boyfriend is also RSOL. We try to see each other in Palau part of u.s territory last march. No problem with him to travel in palau.But I was offloaded because will never see each other since and it was my first time to travel abroad. Getting married to Hong Kong has no problem to RSOL?

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    Unknown

    Hi José, did you notify your local police department about your traveling to Mexico?

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    CHARLES

    I just received this from the Haiti Consular’s office:

    Our institution has not received any notice that prevents U.S. citizens with a record of non-violent crimes from traveling to the island.
    Haiti remains open for business and tourism. We hope you enjoy your stay.

    We encourage you to carry the proper documents with you in the case of questioning.

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    Rick

    How did the trip go?

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    Tired

    Just to let people know I called Holland Cruise Line and they said it is against their policy to let RSO on their ships. I have checked all over the Internet and cannot find one instance where Holland has turned anyone away, however why take a chance? I called Princess Cruise Line the lady checked for me and she said they have absolutely no problem with it and would I like to make my reservation right now. So I am booking a cruise for March and I will let everyone know how it goes, thank you for all the information on here.

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      Elaine

      Did you go on the Princess Cruise in March? Any problems? Where did the cruise go? Did you go ashore for excursions? Any issues? Did you require a passport for boarding and for shore excursions. I am book on Princess in January and hopeful.

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        Trish

        This is the way I see situations…….

        Some are allowed because the systems and laws and powers that control gateways are not in line with the U.S. ……BUT This is just a time factor ! Do not be fooled ! It is getting worse for all and will get worse if we don’t act together ! Sure some may not have the same problems, because various reasons, i’m not getting into ! Question ? What will it take to get you involved with real solutions ? Is going on your trips and getting what you can, while you can your main priority? Will the bullying stop ? At what point and at what cost ? Do we really have protection, the Jews, said to themselves and each other, they can’t do that ? Then they said ? They wont do that ? Surely someone will help ? …….THEN They were all dead !

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      Jason

      So what ended up happening with the cruise experience?

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    Nathan

    Were you able to re-enter after deregistering?

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    Nathan

    Does anyone have experience entering Mexico as an ex-sex offender? I was taken off the registry last year after successfully deregistering in Texas. I am wondering if I will be allowed in now that I am technically no longer a RSO.

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      no hope

      Nathan,

      If your no longer an RSO you will have no problems entering and leaving my suggestion is that if your passport is stamped RSO use your drivers license that’s what i do when i go on cruises and so on and i never get hassled.
      theres an old saying that “it’s not a problem until you make it a problem”

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        At this point, no one’s passport is stamped. The ‘unique identifier’ has not been implemented.

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    Mark

    What has been people’s luck with going to Toronto? I’ve traveled before to Brazil, India, and Canada. My only concern is I heard Canada is hard to get in, but when I went into Canada the first time it was by car and since it was a group I feel they didn’t look at the passports as much. This time around I will be flying in.

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      Cheo larcombe

      I was touring with a band and tried twice to get into canada. Now keep in mind i am still registered. I was told that currently i am not allowed ino canada at all. Also my offense is the lowest tier as far as oregon is conerned. Yet canada refused me even though i could prove i was going there for business and not pleasure. I also have a question, now a band wants me to go to england. Has anyone had any problems getting into england as a RSO??

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        Charles P

        Forget about England if you register with your police 21 days before traveling.

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      Jeff

      I went in August 2017 and had no issues flying in to Vancouver or Toronto.

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    Illinois Contact

    Any recent reports of travelers being turned away from Costa Rica?
    Is the Matrix going to be updated anytime soon?
    What about adding a cruise section.
    I’d gladly contribute if there were some attention to these issues.
    Thanks.

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      Dave

      I travelled to Costa Rica in July. My offense/conviction was 20 years ago. I’m not on probation or parole. I have been out of prison for 16 years with zero issues. I am required to register for life. I was denied entry I was with my Wife, we were detained and escorted onto a plane 12 hours later. My crime was AFSA. My “victim” was 15 years old, my step sister. I was 21. In my state I would have been charged with a misdemeanor but because she and I were related by marriage the state automatically upgrades the offense to aggravated. So do not try to go to Costa rica.

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    tammy

    my husband is currently serving a year in prison for downloading porn from p2p and the porn was adult listing and showed children so he was charged, but anyway we want to move to mexico after he is released from prison..we know we can just park and walk over without and problem, is this true..or can we just drive on over and make a new life there? has anyone done this and made it happen for them living there.

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      Edward

      You can drive right across, they don’t check you. You don’t need a passport to travel around in Mexico. You can drive anywhere and everywhere you want. You will not be able to fly into Mexico, they will send you back.

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    Mark

    What have been people’s luck on getting into Canada by car? I did it once, but feel I got in because not much time was spent on my passport (with a group of 4 didn’t see my passport scanned) further information I’m registered in NJ and am tier 1

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      Dragonfly

      I went on a Carnival cruise to Mexico leaving from Long Beach CA in April 2017. I tried to find out prior if I would have any trouble with Carnival but couldn’t find any info and had no problems going on the cruise. I didn’t think about looking if I might have trouble in Mexico on our day stop in Ensenada Mexico, thankfully I didn’t. I also looked up any requirements for if I would have to report my travel with my state. I didn’t. However, I didn’t need a passport for the cruise/trip. Just my ID and birth certificate so I don’t know if that was the difference.
      No problems in California. When I called california to ask about their SOR requirements they said what I got charged for isn’t even a crime in CA so the lady “didn’t know”, she was not helpful. But she told me I didn’t have to register for my short visit in Cali. (Couple days before and after cruise.
      Hope this helps someone.

      I also agree with the posters that this scarlet letter they stamp on sex offender needs to be removed. I have spent sleepless nights trying to figure out how. All I know is we have to stand together.

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        There are no “scarlet letters” or any other “unique identifier” placed upon the passports of registered persons as of this writing. That has not yet occurred.

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      Grant Rockett

      I’ve driven to Canada several times. They look at the passports but don’t check for criminal records. Getting back into the U.S., however, is a pain, as they detain me and are often rude.

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    Ruth

    Will my boyfriend be allowed in kenya if he’s a RSO. His crime was indecent liberty nine years ago. We want to get married here in Kenya come next year March.

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      Bill

      Trying to book a cruise to Bermuda with my family. Have been a Rso for 20 years, from an issue I had when I was 15 , will I get stopped getting on to a Norwegian cruise or at Burmuda port?

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        Steadfast

        Must cruise lines will not allow registered sex offenders on board. We were denied a cruise to Bermuda on Royal Caribbean. I saw a woman at the boarding only provide a birth certificate and not a passport, and she was cleared for boarding. As long as they don’t have your passport info, the cruise company won’t know you are on the registry. You don’t need to show your passport once in Bermuda.

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      Bill

      Trying to book a cruise to Bermuda with my family. Have been a Rso for 20 years, from an issue I had when I was 15 , charged at 21 I’m 44 now. will I get stopped getting on to a Norwegian cruise or at Burmuda port?

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        Matt

        Rso for 18 years curious if I can go on a Norwegian cruise in March. I will also add I was sent home from puta Cana in February of last year.

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          Wendy

          Hello,

          I was wondering if you were able to take the cruise on Norwegian in the Carribbean? My parents booked a cruise on Royal Carribbean (father is a RSO) and were denied by I heard Norweigan does not check RSO status. Kinldy let me what you found out. Thank you!

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    Austin

    Found out today that American passports are now going to get the unique identifier due to the Magan’s law. Is this the end of international travel for offenders?
    http://rsotravel.blogspot.com/2017/11/us-passport-will-starting-identifying-convicted-sex-offenders.html

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    Randy

    I booked a flight with my wife one year ago to mexico. upon arriving the stewards called my name and asked me to deplane first. Met by mexican authorities and returned on next flight out. So here is my question. If my passport was clearly flagged and notified mexican authorities per US information, why the heck don’t they just flag us BEFORE we get on the plane?

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    keith

    Leaving Monday for Ireland on a family trip. RSO for life I was 14 sentenced at 20. Heard its not easy or possible to get in. But have to try, cant sit around scared to go or do anything.
    Well I did an extensive amount of emails and research on my travel, even have an email from the Garda National Immigration Bureau, stating that I should not have any trouble entering. This is due to how long ago it was and put on SIS. my offense is older than there sex offender act of 2001. They said however it is up to the immigration officer at thee airport, but this email does give me a little comfort. Will let you all know how it goes.

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    Jonathan Merritt

    Someone I know is flying out on the 26th of this Month to Indonesia to meet his fiance.
    I explained to him the possible situation that might be waiting for him when he landed as he knew nothing about this issue. I will inform everyone of what happens to his trip to Indonesia.

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    chuck

    Tried to enter united kindom was not allow in, very upset had a cruise planed out of south hampton crime took place in 1995 any thoughts on what went wrong?

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    Harry

    Hi…I’m on the recently made RSO in new Zealand.
    Ive travelled to Indonesia and Taiwan before this but now the local police will inform the countries intended to travel that I will be arriving.
    Is anyone in new Zealand that has tried to travel?
    I want to surprise my partner in Taiwan …also hypothetically if I flew to somewhere first that was informed then transitted straight to indonesia maybe the police here wouldn’t know to notify them?and can get a 30 day visitor stamp..
    I haven’t seen any new Zealanders on here yet…but any help would be appreciated…

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    Nathan

    I just returned from my trip to Cancun and have some very promising news for those that are looking to de-register or will one day be off the registry.

    My offense was possession of child pornography. I completed deferred adjudicated probation in 2011. I completed the de-registration program in the state of Texas in January of 2016. I’ve been of the registry ever since.

    I was pretty confident there would be no travel notification sent since I’m no longer on the registry, but I was still worried because Mexico has stated that those “convicted of a serious crime” could still be refused.

    I gave myself about a 50/50 shot of getting into Mexico and was literally terrified of being turned away. However, once getting there and going through immigration, it couldn’t have gone smoother. The officer scanned my passport and looked at the computer screen for about 5 seconds (the longest 5 seconds of my life) and then quickly stamped my passport. It was a great week in Cancun.

    I have also read a lot of horror stories of people being detained on re-entry into the US, but that went without a hitch also. There was no mention of my previous crime and the whole process took no longer than a few minutes.

    I searched far and wide for someone in a similar situation and could never find anyone. I hope this information is useful and gives some of you hope that not all is lost.

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    keith

    UPDATE on my Ireland trip, was called day of my flight by Airline security, as they had just been notified I would not be allowed to enter the country. They lady that called was very nice and didn’t make me feel like a horrible person as most people like to do. I was refunded my money which was very nice of them. I let my family go on with out me as they shouldn’t have to suffer due to my situation, that and it was allot better then getting all the way over there just to be sent back. Thanksgiving alone did suck tho. but im happy they enjoyed themselves

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    chuck

    Was not allowed into the UK can someone tell me about germany are france will they allow us in? Crime took place in 1995 please advise.

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    Shawn

    Hi,

    I was a registered sex offender for several years.

    I was 17 at the time of the offense and eventually removed from the sex offender list when Texas passed Romeo & Juliet laws.

    Right before this happened, I was transiting through Mexico on my way back to the US in 2013. I was detained upon deboarding and allowed to fly back to the US. However, my name, fingerprints, etc were flagged by the Mexican authorities.

    When I was finally removed from the SO registry, I contacted the FBI, USCIS, Interpol, etc to make sure my name was removed from their databases and no future alters were sent. This was taken care of. I have since traveled to 23 countries in 4 continents and have had no issues.

    I tried to reenter Mexico this year, and I was again denied entry. Mexico did not receive an alert from Interpol or the US government. I am simply in their database due to the first incident years ago.

    Are there people in my situation? Have you been able to get your name removed from the Mexican database? Any other advice would be appreciated?

    Thank you

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    Jason

    Heading to Mexico in January being a registered SO will I be able to go to Cabo and work or will I get denied entry only good N.C. for a week

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      brian

      To the guy that wants to get back into mexico, these systems are not magical. Your passport has a unique number get a new passport because you lost yours. It will have a new set of numbers and you should be able to fly into mexico just fine. Only a few countries has access to us database, I fly around asia all the time no problems. I believe many people are leaving out key details in reporting, I believe the green notice is the big deal.

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    Jim

    Hi Chuck:

    I am a RSO (very serious level of Offense). I traveled to Germany, France, and Italy in October with no incidents. I landed in Frankfurt, and took the train to the other countries. All these countries are Schengen countries so once you enter one of the Schengen countries you can travel freely to the other European countries that are part of Schengen.

    Jason,
    I just traveled to Mexico several days ago (Dec. 27) and was denied entry. Last year I was not denied entry. So it will depend on what officer you get, etc. But the Mexican policy is not to let in RSOs.

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      Suzy

      Jim who posted Dec 27 2017, when going to Germany did you notify 21 days in advance of going? And are you required to get the “scarlet letter” notation on your passport if your passport is still valid?

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        Rupert

        Can someone pls give me advice on whether I should travel to HKto meet my filipina gf as a SO
        and also if I could travel as a SO to Egypt for a vacation. Any information whatsoever would be appreciated

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          L

          Yes, meet her in Hong Kong and marry here there. Make sure she goes to CENOMAR to get her Certificate of Singleness and yours in the US a certificate saying you are also single. Yes you can go to Egypt according to the previous posts. In the future just press CTRL+F and type in keywords you are looking for and it will find those words for you. God bless on your journey towards happiness.

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    Dre

    Hi,
    I have read a lot of threads here. Looks like a lot of RSOs are doing professionally and financially great here. Some are even owners and officers of great organizations.
    I was convicted at a military court and I am now an RSO. Spent 10 months in a military prison. After release it has been difficult to get a job. I have a Masters in Business Administration. If there is anyone that is willing to help me please email.
    Priseli18@yahoo.com.

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    Calvin

    i would like to go to Costa Rica. i pled to a sex offense got 2 years probation did the 10 years registering, now i no longer have to register, will i get turned around?

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    Bo

    I am a registered sex offender. My wife and I tried to travel to Mexico last May 2017 and was denied entry. I failed to do my homework and find that Mexico has been denying entry. They called my name on the plane once we arrived and we were escorted to the immigration office. We were then boarded back in the same plane and sent back to United States. It was a long and frustrating day. It was most frustrating that I checked with my person at the Local Sherrifs office who works with the registry about traveling to Mexico and she told me there would be no issues. Why don’t these people have this info?!

    Secondly my wife and I would like to travel to the Czech Republic in Europe this coming summer. I have been to this country several times but never as a registered sex offender. Does anyone have any info or insight on gaining entry to the Czech Republic? Or does anyone have ideas on people to contact so I could get a more certain answer? Any info is appreciated.

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    Rather not say

    On december 30 My husband was turned around in Tokyo He done all the preparation and had all the proof he was allowed to travel

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      Daniel

      Hello, I am looking into going to Tokyo..
      Did your husband check yes to the immigration form when it asks if he as a record.
      It help me a lot

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    Jason

    Does anyone know of rso being turned away in the Bahamas? I was planning a trip there in December 2018.

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    Aaron

    Hi im am rso i was 16 had sex with my gf who was 14 in state mn iwas tried i plead out it took then 3 years to convict me my conviction date is 2001 i got my first ftr in 07 again in 2011 i have nevr been to prison im not a level i meet a amazing women in kiv urkrain i want to vist her in jun will they turn me away who can i ask i got flight paid for and hotel boked imply for my passport friday it says i dont need a visa to vist for 8 days im done registry in 2025 can i go any info will help my email bubbster4282@gmail.com please

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    JP

    hi all,
    Was just wondering if anybody has any experience with going to France recently? My husband is a registered SO in 2008 and we want to go to France for 2 weeks in May 2018 flying into Paris, was wondering if it would be a problem before i buy the tickets to go?
    Any information is appreciated
    thank you

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      Mark

      I’ve been to Paris last year in June. Didn’t have any problems. I’m a tier 1 register.

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    Ana

    We are looking to travel to Punta Cama this Dec and want to make sure we do everything right. My husband is an RO from 11 years ago and no longer has to register his residence. What should we do in advance of our trip to Punta Cana to avoid any trouble?

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    CL

    I just got invited to go to Bali with some friends in April. RSO from my youth…should be off by now but annoyingly moved about 10 years ago and didnt change my address quickly enough so clocks reset. Have been all around the world, but a few years back was denied entry to Mexico (first time ever). Now am worried that id go with my friends and be stopped…any recent reports?

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    Tyler

    I have a significant other who is a RSO who isn’t on probation or parole I’m trying to figure out if she can travel to Africa like the Cape Town area can anyone tell me if this is possible?

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    traveler

    Hello, all I am a lifetime registrant, At the time i was charged (2001) there was only 10yr for misdemeanor and lifetime for felony. I am planning a trip to the Netherlands this spring. Has anyone had and issues with Europe? I oddly enough was told my entry to the EU would most likely be done at my layover destination and the wouldn’t even see customs in the Netherlands. Any experience with this?

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      Tchaikovsky

      That’s correct. Most of Europe is accessible. They have sensible governments, unlike the US.

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    a man without a country

    I just tried to make my fifth trip back to the the US in five years. Same route every time: TH to SK to US. Same airline Korean Airlines. Usually, the headaches start when I land back in the US. Tonight I was told I would not be allowed to transit in the international airport in Seoul/Incheon. Transit! A Tier 1 almost 20 yrs ago w/5 yrs probation. Now, I have the fear of being kicked out of my adopted homeland where I’ve been almost 15 years and have a family here. Local at the check in desk at the airport said: “You’ve been here a long time.” No one told me what the problem was, but I figured it out. Looks like we’re all to become men without countries.

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      Ok, your TRANSITING from TH to SK to US and they what? Sent you back to TH? How did they even find you? You disembark the aircraft, find your next gate, and board the next aircraft. You never should have even come in contact with customs or security check. Can you give a few more details of your experience? Did they call your name when you landed in SK? Did security meet you at the gate for your connecting flight? Did you provide your jurisdiction the 21 day notice to include transiting airports? More details please. I have an upcoming international trip and I’m trying to see what is going to happen. This is BS if this is happening at TRANSIT airports. Hell, travelling by aircraft might be a thing of the past for SOs.

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        a man without a country

        TM,
        Sorry to take a couple days to respond. Didn’t bookmark where I’d left my story!

        It was at check-in in TH. Things got real slow after I said I would like an aisle seat. I had also previously requested a wheelchair because of health issues which make walking long distances problematic. (Not much of a threat to anyone!) I stood at the Korean Air check-in in the TH airport for 15 minutes and never got a clear answer. I was asked if I were travelling alone. Yes. What did they think? I’m trafficking? A Korean supervisor, maybe the purser for the flight said there was an “immigration issue” and I could not transit in Incheon in Seoul. Yes, I thought it was BS too! I’ve been through that airport 8 times in the last five years! Like you said, leave one plane, get wheeled to my next gate in a wheelchair, and board the next flight for the US, where I figured I’d be humiliated. Never had anything longer than 15 minutes. But, yes, now I’m wondering if there’s new info sharing with countries in Asia AND if immigration here in TH will learn something before my next annual retirement visa renewal. (New motto here: Good in, bad out.)
        This is a damned yellow star, scarlet letter, red scare. I’d like to know who in the US is pushing this triple, quadruple jeopardy on us. My family here was started after I was released from probation and became self-exiled over here for the last 15 years!
        I’ll try to check back here soon for more follow up.

  • #33741 Reply
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    TM

    The more and more I think about this International Megan’s Law (IML) the more and more it seems the United States is trying to side step “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” it signed onto in 1948. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights
    Article 13 of “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” clearly states:
    (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
    (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
    So how did they side step this, easy! They just send a notification to the country you are traveling to and let them do their dirty work for them. I have decided when I travel I’m going to carry a copy of “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and that if they try to deny my entry that they are in violation of this powerful international declaration and that the United States is only trying to get them to do their dirty work. I suggest everyone do the same.
    NARSOL? Is this being addressed at the UN level?
    Notice which countries ratified this document: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights
    United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia…. very sad.

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      Major Henderson

      I can answer that. Christopher Smith from New Jersey.

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    a man without a country

    Oh, I forgot to add: The purser who talked with someone on the phone a lot suggested I find “another carrier and another route” back to the States. Now, I’m scared to try to fly even with in TH with my family until I see if it happens within TH. (I didn’t notify jurisdiction because I haven’t lived in the States in 15 years.) Although I have gotten the uncomfortable feeling flying domestic in the States the last few years that I am tagged. I usually try to get aisle seats but have been interestingly crammed between two big burly military types.

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      “a man without a country” – Thank you again for the reply. My concern is they are notifying airlines. This is NOT part of the IML. The State Dept is only supposed to notify the foreign country that you are traveling to. I’m wondering if you can do a FOIA request (https://www.foia.gov/how-to.html) to the Angel Watch Gestapo to see who was notified of your travel plans. This whole notification system needs some transparency and your case seems to be a good example to find out what these guys are doing. I think they are crossing lines that are not to be crossed, not that these laws they have passed have already crossed constitutional and UN lines. So, where are you now? Have you incurred additional costs to your travel? Have you had to rebook on another airline? If you did I would have Korean Air flip the bill. You ask me to find another route and another airline!?! Then you better book me on your dime and make it first class, so you can keep an eye on me! Hell, you may have to fly into Viet Nam and drive your way back to TH. I wish you the best of luck, but we need to fight this. This will only get worse.

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        a man without a country

        TM,
        I wound up turning around and going back home here in TH. Been here almost 15 yrs, but I’m nervous as hell that something might be shared from back there or, as you say, thru the airlines. I’ve never had any problems here in all that time, but the ‘lost in translation/WORSE in translation’ is always the black hole this seems to fall into.

        I just chose to delay my trip back and look myself for another route. I might try the link you suggested. I thought I’d disappeared off the registry when I moved overseas right out of probation and never lived back in the US again. I did go back and renew a driver’s lic before my last parent died eight years ago; THAT set up the usual visits and surveillance to see whether or not I truly didn’t live there, just needed a DL for when I go back for short visits.

        I’ll keep an eye on this blog and share any new experiences I have. I’m looking at trying my trip again through a different carrier and route in a couple weeks.

        • #34222 Reply
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          TM

          “Man without a Country”
          Thank you for the additional details. Smart move heading back to TH. You may just want to wait until the constitutional legality of this new law passes through a few Federal Court houses before coming back. This law may get knocked down really fast. I believe it was put before the court before, but they would not touch it until the law was actually in effect. Yes, please keep us posted on any other travel experiences you have positive or negative. I plan to do the same in the future.

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          a man without a country

          TM,

          I see other people putting their email contacts on here, so I’ll risk one of mine. If interested, please email me at ghuru2007@gmail.com and put TM and NARSOL in your subject line.

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    Cody

    Hi I’m a 27 yr old Canadian rso and I’m wondering if any
    person had trouble with going to Sweden.
    It’s my first year as a rso and I’m off probation for accessing child pornography and only 3 months of weekends in jail and would like to know if Sweden and Germany and maybe Hungary accept me ?

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    Linda Y.

    My 1992 SO case was expunged in California in 2002. But, for the last 26 years, I have had to register as a sex offender nationally. I notified the Registration Officer in my city three weeks prior to taking my trip to Guatemala Sunday, January 28, 2018. Since I needed to transfer planes in Mexico I had to go through Customs. My passport was flagged and I was questioned. I had to fill-out information of my destinations, and was put in a holding tank for 24 hours before I was deported back to the United States. Prior to going on the trip I asked my lawyer, the Registration Officer, and I looked online to see if I would have any trouble going through Mexico. No one had a clue (I saw this site after I returned). My lawyer wrote a letter for me in English and Spanish that talked about me as a compliant citizen, included a copy of my expungement, and stated that he was handling my case to be removed from having to register. He also included “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. But the Mexican customs authorities just scoffed at it.
    I am upset that there is no clear, up-to-date list of countries that ban RSOs from entering their countries. I wasted a lot of time planning my trip and money on the flights and hotel reservations that could not be refunded. Plus my fiancee is still hoping I can get into Guatemala so we can be married. Does Guatemala and El Salvador ban RSOs?
    P.S. I don’t think you will need an expensive lawyer in California to get off the SO Registry. Wait a couple of years then apply when the new ordinance goes into effect.

    • #34306 Reply
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      TM

      “Linda Y.”, this is the second case posted here when someone was just TRANSITING through a country and were turned around to their initial point of departure. I’m just curious of why you HAD to go through customs to transfer flights? Is that just a thing in Mexico? Here is some resources to help you plan your next trip:

      Travel Matrix

      Also, you have the right to file a complaint through the UN for a human rights violation. Mexico signed onto the “Universal Rights Declaration” and is obligated to adhere to it. Here is the information to make a complaint. If enough people complain to the UN, then the UN has to pay attention and can sanction that country.

      http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/ComplaintProcedure/Pages/HRCComplaintProcedureIndex.aspx

      Good luck on your future travels. Please keep us posted.

      • #35437 Reply
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        Linda Y.

        TM -Thank you for responding.

        When I arrived in Mexico at 1:55 p.m. from LAX on Alaska Airlines, I had to transition to Interjet Airlines for a flight to Guatemala at 9:00 p.m. on the same day, Jan. 28, 2018. Since I wanted to retrieve my check-on baggage from the Alaska baggage claim area, I followed the crowd to what I thought would lead me to Alaska’s carousel, but instead, lead me to Customs. Doors to other parts of the airport seemed to be locked and/or guarded.
        The night before I left, I looked throughout my passport to see if there were any “RSO” signs on it. I didn’t know the sign was invisible. I heard that Costa Rica, Thailand, and the Philippines were rejecting RSOs, but I didn’t know Mexico was too, otherwise I would have cancelled my flights and my hotel reservations and saved myself over $500 and several hours of my time.
        Ironically, the fiancé I was going to meet in Guatemala is my so-called “victim” from my 1992 case, my one and only case ever. We met just last year online. He had been searching for me for over two decades. He was born and now lives in El Salvador. We thought it would be easier for me to go down there to be married, than it would be for him to come to the U.S. considering that the U.S. is very protective of it’s borders. Both of us are stumped. I have been very depressed and am going to group meetings in Los Angeles for former inmates and their families, and I am also seeing a psychologist to deal with my dilemma. My fiancé and I still hope to marry, but I am feeling hopeless on being able to ever see him again.
        I am researching all avenues, and even if I don’t find a solution, I am at least glad I found this site, because it showed me I am not alone. Here, I can share my story with others having similar problems.
        Also, I will be complaining to the United Nations, although if I hadn’t been so insecure, I could have stood up for my Universal Human Rights better. I did ask to see a U.S. consulate, but I was told I would miss my plane back home if I waited, and I was homesick and worried about arrest, so I left for the U.S.A.

        • #38815 Reply
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          DanR

          Linda Y : I feel your Pain. Having to deal with confusing and varied laws can be overwhelming. I feel that you need to arm yourself with more knowledge before taking more action. First, good news, you may travel to El Salvador but you may be detained at customs for a while as they check that you aren’t there for nefarious purposes. I experienced this in 12/17. and was ultimately allowed in after almost two hour delay. The US Gov’t sends out a tourist/trafficker notice to the receiving country and they don’t research anything past that. That’s in the IML. The law also states that you cannot sponsor a foreigner for any kind of visa to the US because of your status. Lastly there is a long drawn out complicated and expensive procedure for getting married in El Salvador. Please do more research.
          So this is my personal experience without emotion or conjecture. Take it FWIW. Good luck and happy travels.

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    Cody

    My gf is Filipino she insists I go to Hong Kong to visit her since I’m am an rso and not allowed in Philippines. I was going to go to Europe for vacation but maybe I can salvage this relationship if Hong Kong allows it.

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    LS

    We are planning a trip to South Africa this year. Does anyone know of anyone being denied to enter this country if you are an RSO? Also the layover is in Dubai where they do not allow RSOs but will they turn us around or will they allow us to board to SA?

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      Tanvir

      I had a layover in Dubai, I had no problem. Are you sure Dubai does not allow RSO? South Africa may be a problem

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    Charles P

    Can someone at NARSOL purge or archive some of these discussions? The ones dating to 2015 are obsolete by now and serve little purpose for international travelers.

    Thanks!

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    Charles P

    Not Haiti:

    Before traveling to Haiti in May 2017, to be with a professional group for a week, I contacted the Haitian Ambassador’s office. I stated I was an SOR and asked if I would be allowed in Haiti. I received a polite written reply affirming my entry and welcoming me to Haiti.

    When I arrived at the Haitian airport, I was taken to Customs office, questioned and returned directly to the US. I lost a bundle of money on travel.

    You can not trust official references.

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    a man without a country

    Just saw this about results of passport swipe results in the PH… Someone with know-how and resources, please investigate this. Maybe it’s why there are problems just transiting…

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/639145/187-foreign-sex-offenders-mostly-americans-barred-from-entering-phl-in-2017/story/

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      David from Travelscams.org

      Very well written, thanks for the tips! Indeed, home to the spot where Jesus Christ is said to have been baptized, Jordan has a unique history that dates back centuries and is a fascinating place to visit.

      However, there are tourist-targeting scammers and petty crime to be wary of. https://travelscams.org/asia/common-tourist-scams-jordan/

      Do be wary of the horse ride scam at Petra, fake Wadi Rum tours, rigged taxi meters, taxi driver recommendation, ATM scams and many more!

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    a man without a country

    Hello everyone,

    Here’s another story I just saw which seems to have a ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire” smell to it, especially after I’ve been reading about plans to prevent RSOs from marrying overseas (as I have been for 11 years now). As with my link above, someone who knows how to look for behind the scenes connections, please do so. The subject of the link is obvious in the link name… Thanks…

    https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1026458-its-a-crime-foreigners-marrying-thais-now-subject-to-fingerprints-taken-for-criminal-background/?utm_source=newsletter-20180224-1302&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news

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    TM

    Just got finished from a three week vacation overseas. I successfully flew from the US to Bosnia & Herzegovina with a brief flight transfer in Munich. I had no issues leaving the US, not even a sideways glance. Seeing how I was not entering a Schengen country I did not go through customs in Germany. Munich is an excellent airport to transfer through and Germans are very professional and polite. I also enjoy flying on Lufthansa, because they are polite and professional with all customers and don’t get involved in politics. It is all business. I arrived in Bosnia & Herzegovina, nervous as hell, as this was my first time out of the states since my conviction and with the new IML in effect. I had no issues getting my passport stamped. However, I gave my jurisdiction 22 days notice of my intent to travel with my itinerary, so I’m not sure if it had made it into their system yet. A bit later in my vacation I went to Croatia. At the Bosnian boarder I had a bit of a scare. The passport control officer scanned my passport, looked at his screen, started squinting, tilting his head, then called his supervisor. I was then asked to wait 15 -20 minutes. Supervisors were called over, calls made, but ultimately I was allowed to pass. No issues in Croatia, no issues re-entering Bosnia. A bit later I travelled to Montenegro and had no issues there either, nor re-entering Bosnia. I finally departed Bosnia after a lovely vacation. I’m currently still travelling and will send updates when possible.
    Here are some tips to RSO travelers: only give the minimum notice to your jurisdiction as required by law and ensure it is dated and signed. Why? It probably takes two weeks to get through the US system and once the country is notified it takes awhile to get through their system. I think that is why I had no issues initially getting into Bosnia, it was not in their system yet. By the time I was leaving to go to Croatia it had hit, but then I was leaving their country. DO NOT give them time to notify, give them the MINIMUM. It’s their law, so suck it up. DON’T book hotels before your trip. Just find one when you arrive. You are not required to report what you don’t know. I did not book hotels. I just asked a taxi driver what a good affordable hotel was. I stayed at great hotels close to historic sights and the hotels were more than happy to accommodate me without a reservation. Unless you expect all hotels to be booked, then don’t bother. I also put a clause on my notification of intent to travel that if I was denied entry into any country that it would change my itinerary. I refuse to be locked into an itinerary that needs to be flexible. What if there is a terrorist attack? What if there is a political protest? What if weather closes an airport? What if there is a natural disaster? International travel is crazy, much less this BS law they have put into affect to further intimidate RSOs. Personally I refuse to be intimidated by these Gestapo tactics. I hope other will too. One last tip. It seems to me that they are turning RSOs away at airports, so you may want to find a country that accepts RSOs and then take another form of transportation (rail, auto, bus, ferry boat, etc.) Hell, if you have to backpack into the country you want to visit, then do it!

    • #36968 Reply
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      JP

      Thanks for the updates but was wondering when you say people are being turned away, do you think France would be a problem? My husband and I are going to France for 2 weeks in May and we are so worried. We didnt have any issues in Spain in 2016 but not sure if France would be the same now? Thanks for the updates

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      Tchaikovsky

      Thank you for the feedback.
      “Intent” is a big concept in all of this; if you do not intend on traveling to some other place when you initially register the travel then it seems to me that they can’t prove you broke a law because they need to prove that you intended on traveling where you did when you initially registered the travel. For my personal experience, I, like you, like to be flexible with travel plans; I will go somewhere on a whim because why not? I’m not on probation and the SO laws are not punishment so I will go where I want when I want. The consequence is that I have had to justify all of these unintentional change of plans to the gestapo that harasses me 2 to 4 times a year.
      In some countries, traveling by a different means other than air travel doesn’t matter. For example, in Russia they know where everyone is at every moment, I believe. They have a big history of knowing the people in their country and so they are very good at tracking someone. However, the benefit of this is that it’s one of the safest countries someone can visit, aside from being one of the best countries on the planet, in my opinion.

  • #37171 Reply
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    TM

    @ JP, I have not heard anyone getting turned away in any EU country. I’m guessing the EU have all adopted the same rules on SOs traveling to their country. I entered Croatia (an EU country) in February and did not have any issues, so I would take your trip to France. France is very liberal/socialistic and cannot stand having America interfere with their affairs. So if you are hassled I would just tell the customs officer, “Are you going to let the American govt tell you who to let in and out of YOUR country?” Bon Voyage! Give us a trip report when you get back.

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    alex

    in January 2017, I was able to Travel to the Philippines without any incident. my crime was back in 2013, and I had already completed my probation. my conviction is classified as a misdemeanor and although i do register, i am not listed in the public/online registry (i’m only searchable by Law Enforcement)

    a year later, in February, 2018, I was denied entry into the country. the Immigration officer notified me that their laws prohibit entry for All RSO, and perhaps i was “lucky” to be able to enter the country last time. they stated that they are getting updates from INTERPOL and I will no longer be able to enter into the country.

    I was immediately returned back to the states on the next available flight. the Immigration officer here in the states told me this is normal and I should not expect to be able to travel to any country. My wife and I would really like to be able to travel. I wish there was an easy way to get a straight forward answer if the country you intend to visit will deny you. it would sure save alot of money and time.

    after reading some of the messages here it sounds like travel to the EU would be possible which gives me hope of being able to still have normal life where i’m not constantly being punished for my worst mistake.

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    Kevin

    Hello, my significant other and I are traveling to the Maldives next month. He is a RSO. Does anyone know if he will be able to enter Maldives? Any experiences to share? I would greatly appreciate some perspective.

    He actually successfully entered Japan twice in the last 3 years. The first time he went in 2015, there was no questions asked. Second time in 2017, he was pulled aside by Japanese immigration and said they were aware of the criminal record (supposedly Japan’s immigration is linked with the US database), after an hour of interview, they let him into the country.

    He also successfully obtained a VISA and entered mainland China in 2015, but when it came to renewal the China VISA in 2017, he was denied. Don’t really understand what happened there.

    Was able to transit through South Korea in 2017 on the way to Japan, however, was not allowed to visit South Korea on the return leg and had to modify return flight plan. The airline was not able to check him into the flight to South Korea due to “immigration” reasons.

    Went to many countries in the EU in 2017 without issue. Went to Ireland in 2017 without issue.

    He has always been stopped by US ICE on the way back into US airports. I suspect this is normal now given his status. He says he notified local authorities about his travel plans prior to going, but sometime omits transit countries.

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      Shawn

      The Japan Entry card asks if he has ever committed a crime.

      What did he answer? Did he say yes or no?

      We haven’t traveled to Japan since some people claim the US and Japan databases are linked, but it has never been confirmed.

      Thx

      • #42015 Reply
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        Kevin

        Hi Shawn.

        He filled out YES for the entry card, and got pulled aside for interview. 30 minutes later, he was let go. As of today, Japan doesn’t really care for RSO crimes, they care about how long of prison time you received, and specific types of crimes. In their immigration laws, jail time >1 year and or crimes related to drugs and guns are viewed as more severe than SO crimes.

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      christopher banks

      hello
      i would love to know how it went when you traveled too maldives please if you can get back too me

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      Daniel

      Thank you so much for all the details. Could you please tell me how Maldives went for him!

  • #37508 Reply
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    Don

    I am an convicted RSO…one count possession of pornography involving a juvenile. I was convicted in 2010 and spent 2 yeas in prison, check in once-a-year and on life-time registration.
    I do not want to get into the horror story of how that came about, but what I will say is that the courts definition of intent is nothing like I thought intent was.

    Since 2014 I have made 4 trips to Ukraine without any problems, except when arriving back in the USA where I have to re-enter through extra security and interviewed…the latest trip to Ukraine was in June 2017.
    Up until 3/2018 when I went in for my yearly check-in with my SO officer, I wasn’t aware I actually had to fill out paperwork to send to the US Marshal’s Service…all I was told (up until this month) by my SO Officer was to let her know and give her my itinary, which I had been doing every time I traveled abroad.
    But now, after I told her of my upcoming travel plans, she informed me of all the previously unknown to me requirements for a passport for RSO’s and notifications I have to fill-out…which I will do from now on.

    My complaint is not about travel experience but with the passport……
    I also have other complaints with being “black-balled” from employment, not being able to live in my own home because there is a park across the river from me, having to relocate 2 times because of being harassed, vandalized, and threatened with my life…and for spending 32 hours in jail for defending myself in an unprovoked attack by one of those harassers (but after the trial a month later I was found innocent and given my bond money back)…but this is not the forum for that.
    ….I renewed my passport in October of 2017 without knowing I had to have an RSO endorsement on it, and when I received the new passport it didn’t include the endorsement.
    I contacted the Angel Watch Center…and all they told me was if I was found to require the endorsement I would be contacted by the Department of State and given instructions on how to apply.
    It is now late March 2018 and I have not yet been notified by the Department of State that my current passport is no good.

    I checked travel.state.gov and sent a request via email to them asking for the procedure. They replied back saying due to security restrictions that couldn’t give that information via email and to call them. So, I gave the National Passport Information Center a call to see about getting a RSO endorsed passport, and what I was told was to look into the legislation (HR-515) that was passed to find out who issues the endorsement…all I found was that the Department of State is responsible.
    I went to one of the passport offices listed by the National Passport Information Center to ask about this but was denied to meet anyone unless I made an appointment, but I couldn’t make an appointment unless I had a travel itinerary!!

    I will comply with the passport requirements…if I knew how!

    I need information as to how to obtain an RSO endorsed passport.
    Can someone help me with this?

    And I have made numerous calls to the Ukrainian and Netherland Embassy’s and Consulat’s Offices to ask if I would be allowed in their country but have never received a yes or no answer.
    Does anyone have experience with these two countries or know who I can contact to get the information I need?

    • #43830 Reply
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      Tchaikovsky

      Don,
      It is not a requirement of you to get an endorsed passport. It is a requirement of the government to revoke your current one, send you a notice about it, and then you will be given instructions on how to get a new one if you are required to have it, as I understand. So, if you haven’t received a notice from the State Department, then I think you can assume that your passport is still okay.
      The Netherlands is part of the Schengen country and as has been widely reported, they have not been rejecting people.

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    Linda Y.

    I posted here on February 11 and 19, 2018.
    Mexico deported me back to the USA on January 29, 2018, because I was an RSO, but El Salvador allowed me through on Friday, March 9, 2018. However, in order to get there and avoid going through Mexico, where I feared arrest, I had to chose a route that was economical, but included flights through four airports: Burbank, CA; Denver, CO; Houston,TX; and San Salvador. I did not make hotel arrangements having lost money on arrangements in Guatemala because Mexico deported me.
    Transferring planes through extremely large airports was difficult, and because of my previous deportation from Mexico, I had an anxiety attack in the Houston Airport. I was psychologically unable to step onto the plane going to El Salvador. Thankfully, the United Airplane staff empathized with me, and told me I could exchange my ticket and catch the next flight to San Salvador in the morning, which is what I did.
    When I arrived in El Salvador the next morning, I had no problem with customs. They smiled at me and issued me through as if I were any other unmarked person. From the large windows and doors leading to the outside I could see beautiful green trees and a blue sky. When the doors opened, I could hear the singing of tropical birds and feel the warm climate on my face. I felt like I had entered paradise.
    I knew about the country’s crime warnings, and it took me a couple of days to adjust to the third world culture in San Miguel, but after more than two decades apart, my fiancé and I finally were able to enjoy being together as consenting adults.
    I’ve been an RSO for 26 years. Everyone deserves a second chance, and mine is way overdue. It has affected everyone in my family and my closest friends. Rocks have been thrown at our house, and I feel threatened knowing my photo and address are online for anyone to see.

    • #38817 Reply
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      DanR

      Linda: I’m glad you had a wonderful experience. I replied to your Feb19 post with some information. I wish you much success and happiness. Stay well informed. This is a gold mine of information (http://all4consolaws.org/). Safe travels

    • #54761 Reply
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      N.

      Hi, Linda Y.
      I was also turned back from going to Mexico to see my fiancée. I used to be able to cross frequently from California to Mexico before the IML passed but now they turned me back when they scanned my passport also 🙁 so I know exactly how you felt. So my fiancée and I were thinking about moving to El Salvador to be together and I read that you passed through El Salvador without any problems. Do you know if El Salvador is still letting RSO enter the country now in 2019? Also did you have to and/or were you able get a visa to enter and/or stay in El Salvador for a long period of time? I would greatly appreciate any information or help you or anyone can give me. Please let me know because my fiancée and I are planning on just moving to El Salvador since we can no longer be together in Mexico.

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    Norberto Roman

    Hello guys,

    RSO since 2007, Sexual Battery by Authority figure. Kissed a 14yr student.
    Just wanted to share that on November 2017 I travel for 10 days vacation to Rome / Venice, amazing vacation. I reported with 21 days from leaving US to my officer as required. I had everything booked, Air and Hotel. No troubles entering to Italy from Chicago to Ireland to Italy. Only headache was Custom coming back to US but normal questioning that lasted maybe :40 minutes and they let me go.

    Anyone knows if we can travel to Barcelona, Spain?

    Thanks

    • #38236 Reply
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      JP

      We went to spain, through Madrid in sept of 2016 without any issues. It was a beautiful country. We loved Madrid and Valencia, Barcelona was a little crowded but Spain is just awesome in general. Only had issues coming back of course. Have fun in your travels

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      JP

      This is a report back from our travel. We went to France, entered through charles de gaulle airport and we had no issues there. Spent 2 awesome weeks in France. My fiancee is a RSO but not a tier or level. We will continue to travel because we have so much fun and we love it.

  • #38219 Reply
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    TM

    Linda, So glad you made your trip to El Salvador. Here is the thing, the US likes to make allot of countries seem untravelable, but in reality they are easy and fun to travel too. Hope you enjoy your travels.
    Roman, I don’t think you will have any issues traveling to Spain as it is an EU nation and it seems the EU is adopting the same rules of travel for all RSOs. But as I said in my earlier post, only give the required 21 day notice, don’t book hotels unless you have to. The US is trying to bully other nations into following their rules and it seems that nations that are dependant on the US or are adopting similar stupid registration laws are cooperating. I think this whole IML is going to go down in flames once their is enough UN complaints. Remember, if you are turned away from a country this is a violation of the UN “Universal Rights Declaration”, so, you have the right to file a complaint through the UN for a human rights violation. Here is the information to make a complaint. If enough people complain to the UN, then the UN has to pay attention and can sanction that country.

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/ComplaintProcedure/Pages/HRCComplaintProcedureIndex.aspx

    Good luck in all your travels.

    TM

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    MN

    By land you can get into Mexico very easily. I go to Mexico a least 2 times per year and stay there for at least a week and come back to US but there are times that I cross the border very easily without too much questioning and there are times that they do make a big deal. It is to what type of officer you get at the time. I always tell them that I am a RSO. Now, once you are in Mexico you can travel to anyplace in Mexico

  • #38251 Reply
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    MN

    In 2017 I decided to claim the Mexican citizenship after the last time I was not able to get into Mexico by airplane. Since like I said by land is easy to get into Mexico and fly to Cancun, Los Cabos even Mexico City. My parents are from Mexico and that is why I was able to obtain the Mexican citizenship but I also know people that got it by marriage. With my Mexican passport I went to Cancun in October, 2017 for 10 days with no problem and when I got back to US The officer that welcome me did not say anything and let me get in with no problem. What I am trying to say here is for those of you that have a way to claim another citizenship do it, it will make it easier for you guys to travel using the other country’s passport. Now, seems like in November is when the US authorities are taking the passport away from the RSO that have a none stamped passport and I will like to know how that is going since mine does not have the stamp yet and I am planning to go to Paris in a Europe trip, of course using my Mexican passport and leaving the US as a Mexican no as a US citizen because I think that whenever you buy an airplane ticket registering your US passport is how InterPol if finding out that a RSO is traveling and sent the warning to the country. As Mexican citizen of course I am not a RSO so I think I will not have a problem at all just like when I went to Mexico last October. I will share my experience when I go to Paris in May. Now, I never told the US authorities leaving the country before and I never being arrested for not telling them so Does any body know when this 21 day notice took effect? I hope this comment give hope to those who have the way to get another citizenship. My country did not give other choice but to look for other country to give me the freedom to travel. Thank you!

    • #42727 Reply
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      Daniel C

      Hey I always had this thought in mind. If I am able to receive another passport from another country would that mean it would not be linked to my US passport and I could travel freely without them being linked together? That sounds like what happened with your case.

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      VVD

      @ MN, I’d like to hear more about your travel experiences to Mexico by land. Is there any way to contact you?

    • #52163 Reply
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      Daniel

      I am currently in the processes of applying for one cause I am married to a Mexican citizen.
      I also wanted to use it to travel to Japan and the phillipies since its been a childhood dream.
      Ill give you my idea on how to play it the safest way possible without the US not knowing you’re even leaving the country.
      You drive through Mexico using your passport. Take a flight to your destination country with your Mexican passport. Arrive back to the Mexico and then drive back. Its the best way to get through under the radar.

      Its way more expensive but its what my plan will be once I get my passport.
      I want to avoid the US drawing attention towards it.

      Could you tell me more about your travel experiences since?!
      Would help out a lot

  • #38249 Reply
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    MN

    RSO traveled to Mexico and I was able to get into Mexico after a long interview with Mexican authorities. That was in 2012. On 2016 I went agai and this time they did not let me in. What I learned was that it depends on the guy in charge who decides if you get in or not and I also learn for fact that is the InterPol the ones that warn the country you going to, the Mexican authorities told me and confirmed it.

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    BS

    I have few questions.

    -1 I was convicted in 2015 for Statutory Rape by Authority Figure, got 4 year sentence – done 2, got out 2017. I have a passport that does not expire until 2024 and I have not been notified if I am required to have a new passport, am I supposed to get new one or what is the deal?

    -2. I want travel to United Kingdom and maybe France, anybody have problems with this?

    -3. Upon arrival of your location, do you have to register with the police over there? How does that go? Is it difficult process?

  • #38561 Reply
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    TM

    BS,
    1) Do NOT seek a new passport. The Dept of State will notify you when your passport will be cancelled. This MAY happen while you are traveling. NOT a big deal, you just need to go to the local Embassy or Consulate to explain your situation and they will expedite the passport renewal process with the new “Stamped” RSO passport within the country you are visiting. Much like loosing your passport overseas. Happens all the time and they have the facilities to issue a new passport quickly.

    2) The UK may not be possible. I have not personally visited, but from all that I have read and understand they are turning people away at the airports. Good news is that you should have no problems visiting France. Here is a thought, once you arrive in France, try renting a car or take a bus/train thru the “chunnel” to England. See if you get turned around and let us all know what happens. It is relatively cheap to do, from what I hear.

    3) DO NOT contact local authorities in the country you are visiting to let them know that you are an RSO. There is ABSOLUTLY NO requirement to do so. Your only requirement under the International Megan Law (IML) is to give a 21 day notice of international travel notification and include all details of your KNOWN itinerary. Nothing else is required of you.

    I have traveled to five international countries since being an RSO, I am currently residing overseas and plan to continue to travel. Please post your experience to help fellow RSO travelers such as myself. Enjoy your trip! TM

    • #42212 Reply
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      JM

      Hi TM!

      I have a few questions here, hope you can answer them. If you are an RSO and residing overseas, shouldn’t there’s no need to register? If you still do register, what address are you using…your US address or overseas address? Also, do you fly back to US just to register?
      =)

  • #38729 Reply
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    Andrew

    I have not yet tried to travel outside the U.S. but i have fallen in love with a Mexican national. I was convicted of child molestation of my willing step sister. She was legally too young to give consent at 13, i was 19. I would love to marry my girlfriend and move to Mexico, but i don’t know if i can and with me still on probation with very little money i don’t know how to even go about it. Any information or help will be appreicated.

  • #38777 Reply
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    Andrew

    I’m working on getting my passport and I want to do a 2 week vacation to London UK. Will I be turned away at passport control when I arrive?

    • #38798 Reply
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      Kevin

      Hi Andrew,

      Please share with us after you get your passport if your new passport has the new IML markings on it.

    • #38816 Reply
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      DanR

      YES

  • #38797 Reply
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    Kevin

    Hi everyone,

    Posted a few weeks back to check if anyone have any experiences with going to Maldives as RSO, whether it’ll be a problem or not. Anyone?

    Going next friday and keeping fingers crossed. Hoping someone would share some stories, if any.

  • #38930 Reply
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    TM

    Kevin,

    The Maldives Islands are a dominate Muslim chain of islands, so you can imagine that there is a strict code of morals. So, I’m not sure how you will be greeted. From my own personal experiences Muslims are very warm and friendly people and it is a religious obligation that they treat guests with absolute warmness, respect, and care. If you get hassled by customs maybe you could tell them that part of your journey is to investigate the religion of Islam and that this may be your only trip to a Muslim country. Maybe ask one of them to take you to the Mosque because you are curious. Remember, this country is not America. If you asked a question like that in the US customs office it would be a different story, but in foreign countries it is not uncommon for you to make friends with govt officials and they become life long friends. I have many good friends all over the world at many airports because of this. Remember, be yourself, be honest, relax, and explain that you are just on vacation and want to enjoy their country and culture. Please let us know how the trip goes.

    TM

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    Kevin

    Hi everyone, just wanted to update you all on the Japan/Maldive trip my partner and I just took. He’s a RSO.

    This is his 3rd time entering Japan and it was successful. Checked yes for crimes on landing card, got pulled aside for an interview. 30 min later, they let him go through as usual. Japan seems to only care about Narcotic/firearms crimes and and crimes that resulted in jail time of 1yr or more.

    Entered Maldives with no problem, immigration didn’t even bat an eye. I recall seeing somewhere on ASCOL forms that someone mentioned Maldives immigration system runs off the US ICE system, so everything is linked. While I cannot confirm this is true or not, all I can say is they let him through without any problem. We had a wonderful vacation overall and am looking forward to many more.

    Going back to the states in a day, he’ll probably get stopped by US customs as usual for questioning and bag search.

    • #52164 Reply
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      Daniel

      Thats awesome to hear.
      I have been looking into going into Japan but i’m not sure if I should mark yes on the card.
      Could you tell me what tier of sex offence it is. whether its 1,2,3.
      Also what does the interview consist of?

      It greatly help me. Thank you!

      • #52558 Reply
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        Kevin

        Hi Daniel,

        Definitely mark yes on the landing card.
        He’s a Tier 2 offender. The japanese immigration system is linked into the US system so the exact crime was printed out on paper and shown to him. They just asked him to explain what it is, if drugs or firearms were invovled and asked him if he’s ever been jailed for 1yr or more because of it, he said no and was allowed to leave.

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          Daniel

          Awesome thank you for the reply!
          Do they have access to the amount of time a person was sentenced to prison? I wouldn’t think they would have that detailed of information. Entering the Bahamas it came up I was a sex offender but they didn’t know what for so they had me explain my crime and I was let in. I am currently a level 3 in Oregon and served 5 months out of a year sentence. Would it be safe to get in. Wold they see that detail?

        • #53971 Reply
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          Kevin

          Hi Daniel,

          It was not clear whether they had information about how long he was incarcerated for. Judging the situation, it’s best to assume they know and they are just asking you to make sure you’re not dishonest. I would assume they know to be safe.

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    Natasha

    Has anyone experienced any obstacles entering Russia recently?

    • #43829 Reply
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      Tchaikovsky

      Hi Natasha,
      In my personal experience, travel to Russia is okay. I have been many times since 2014 with my last time being in November 2017 until February 2018. The last few times I have gone I was allowed entry, however, I was asked questions by officers after arriving. I have been questioned in a rural airport, at a train station, and at a hotel. Each time, the officers were professional and after answering their questions, I was welcomed and warned to not commit any crimes. In general, they just wanted to know my purpose there, when I was leaving, where I would stay, and if I intended to come back. They explained that the US authorities sent a notice so by default they must ask the questions. I was not in trouble, and this was just a formality.
      Essentially, if you have a visa, then there’s a very likely chance that you will be allowed to enter Russia. Expect to be questioned at some point during your stay, particularly if your stay will be for a long time. I have not been questioned every time, but I do expect it and so I am able to deal with it a bit better than my first time.
      Have a nice trip to Russia if you go. I love this country, the culture, the beauty, and the wonderful people.

  • #40557 Reply
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    Register

    Just wrapped up a trip and giving my info. I flew into amsterdam for a short layover. They did a passport check, but I don’t think anything electronic happened. Just asked where I was going and what I was doing. After that i was in the Schengen zone. Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and Monaco with not a single problem or passport check. Uk was the last stop and the one I was sweating about. I was going there on a cruise and they did the passport check on the ship a few days before. It was quick and no electronic check. Just “where ya goin, and how long?” On the trip back got held up in customs. Pulled aside and waited an hour. Just asked if I am registered and if I informed my officer. Presto it was done. I am going to travel a bit more now. Don’t let fear hold you back, just go for it.

  • #40728 Reply
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    John Routledge

    Dear sir or madam; How many days after I complete my probation should I apply for a new passport? (RSO for possession of child porn, class B.) I want to travel in Italy.

    • #40775 Reply
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      I sent the question to RTAG…the Registrant Travel Action Group. This is their response:

      Immediately. He can even apply for a passport a month or so before he is off. I recommend he inform his PO of his intentions so that he plans to receive it after supervision.

      Some registrants have traveled internationally while on supervision. But is is with close communication
      with the PO

  • #40729 Reply
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    Nathan

    Just wondering if the UK indeed has a flat ban on all RSOs regardless of offense. I was in Northern Ireland & Scotland in July 1999 via London Heathrow & Gatwick. Took Stena Line from Belfast to Stranraer. Would love to return again one day for genealogical reasons. My conviction is from 2014 in Ohio.. Importuning(F-5) from an online sting on Craigslist. Low-level offense. No victim. Am tier II (25 yrs)- in my opinion should have been tier I. Ineligible for expungement or early removal from SOR due to age of purported ‘minor’- 15-16yo. Have no plans anytime soon to go to the UK, but would love to have the option to way down the road. Should I even bother contacting the British Consulate/UK Customs? Or just accept that I’ve been there in the past and just move on with no hope of ever returning to visit again.. Any thoughts/advice would be sincerely appreciated. Thanks.

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    Linda Y.

    Hi again. This is my fourth entry. Thank you DanR for your information. This is an update: First, I am attending the 2018 ACSOL Conference in Los Angeles on June 15-16. Second, I wrote a letter of complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Council (see the conclusion to my complaint below). But the most devastating news for myself was that the U.S. Department of State revoked my passport. I received the Homeland Security notice at the end of April 2018, and I regretfully complied by returning my passport and my passport card. I know I can reapply, but I will feel totally humiliated with a passport that has a RSO notice that will be clearly visible to anyone that asks for it .
    This is my concluding paragraph to the U.N. complaint:
    My complaint with having my Universal Human Rights violated by Mexican Customs, is that Mexico signed an agreement among worldwide nations to allow the passage of people traveling within their country to other countries, but did not allow me to pass through their International Airport to catch a flight to Guatemala. Also, the reason for my deportation back to my own United States country of birth was not fully explained, nor was I allowed to receive copies of the documents written in Spanish that I felt intimidated into signing. [I asked nicely for copies at least seven times in Spanish, I also asked to speak to the U.S. Ambassador].

  • #41135 Reply
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    Tomas

    I am an RSO since 2009 for indecent liberties and criminal sodomy with a minor. I tried to visit Mexico in 2016 and had the worst experience. It was similar to everyone else’s stories on this thread. I really want to travel to France, Japan, Iceland, and New Zealand. But I’m afraid the same thing will happen like what happpend I’m Mexico. And I never want to go through that humiliation again. Is there anyone out there with similar convictions that have been able to travel to the countries mentioned below?

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    Andy

    I want to travel to Paris. Would I face any issues at their passport control upon arrival?

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      JP

      We just got back from France for 2 weeks, we didn’t have any issues entering Paris. It was an awesome vacation.

  • #41183 Reply
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    Parents of RSO

    We live in FL, the way RSOs are treated is inhumane and unconstitutional. Something has to change. All rso’s shall unite, protest for change. There is power in unity. You are human and deserve a 2nd chance.

  • #41208 Reply
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    Bob Stevens

    I was Blacklisted and returned to US from Manila 10-2014
    The report from BI said “Convicted child sex offender”

    I am not and never was

    Then 2017 went to Embasy of Philipians in Thailand they said NO you have no record.

    Found out its only at airport in computer…

    Went 2017 was sent back again

    The bottom line is the US sent a lie to stop me from working on a case against corruopt Police in Oregon…

    • #52165 Reply
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      Daniel

      Did you report your travel before you went?

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    a man without a country SOON

    Bad news from Thailand everyone. Just found this on a local English-language news site…

    https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1043609-thirty-sex-offenders-arrested-at-thailand-airports-since-the-start-of-the-year/?utm_source=newsletter-20180618-1241&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news

    I wonder if I’ll even get the remaining 43 days on my year-long visa to stay here with my family here.

    • #54469 Reply
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      RBC

      That’s a very misleading headline. The 30 people arrested had INTERPOL warrants. But the fact that 3K+ were not allowed into the country means that RSOs are likely being turned away. But I thought most people knew that. As I said in another reply, SE Asian countries will be pretty off limits to RSOs without a visa because they are trying to crackdown on sex trafficking and child sex tourism. They’re also rejecting people that are convicted of drug crimes also (be aware of that!).

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    Tim K.

    Lifetime registrant in TN. Not child related. Just visited the Bahamas(flew into Nassau) with no problems. Had a great vacation. The only hiccup was about a 20 minute secondary screening delay upon return to the US. Then they just handed my passport back and said have a nice day. I did report to my sor officer 21 days before i left. Overall i was pleased with the experience. Bahamas was a pretty easy trip.

    • #42728 Reply
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      Daniel C

      Hello if you don’t mind me asking what level are you on the registry (1,2,3) reason I ask is I am planning on traveling to the Bahamas soon with my gf and I wanted to know if there was any setbacks entering or leaving the country. Also I heard they are confiscating passports now. Did that happen to you? Which airport did you fly back into?

      Sorry for the scattered questions this topic gives me so much anxiety =/

      • #42906 Reply
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        Tim K

        Flew into Nassau from ATL. Aggravated rape. They did not keep my passport. Had no problem at all entering the country. This was my first trip out of the continental US. Minimal secondary screening in the Nassau airport upon returning to the US. All that happened was i sit there while they checked me out on their computer(to make sure i was legal to travel i guess). Sit there about 20 minutes. Everyone was very professional and polite. My only reccomendation would be to arrive to the Nassau airport about 3 hours early because the lines move very slowly for international travel. That way you ensure you have plenty of time to make your flight while allowing for the extra slowdowns.

  • #42334 Reply
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    JM

    Hi everyone! I am trying to help my friend who is an RSO, he’s in Michigan prison right now and might be released on probation soon. I have a few questions to ask, hope somebody can answer.
    1) If you are an RSO and plan to reside overseas indefintely…is there a need to register?

    2)If you still need to register…what address will you use, your US address or overseas address? Or do you need to fly back to US just to register?

    3) If you are out of the registry already, and will fly to another country (for example the Philippines)…would they able to find out that you were convicted of sex offense ?

    • #42386 Reply
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      a man without a country

      JM,

      Fifteen years ago, I moved overseas and was told that I would no longer have to register in the state back there where my nightmare began. I have traveled back to the US a few times and only the last couple of years have I had headaches when I return State-side.

      Now, as you see from my post just above, I am worried about not being able to get a new extended visa to stay here with a family I have had here SINCE the end of my probation and my moving here fifteen years ago.

      I have no idea where to go to now (someone suggests Schengen countries in Europe or former eastern bloc). I AM sole support of my wife and child here; if I have to go live elsewhere, we all will have to live on LESS than we do now, which ain’t much…

      Look at Registrant TAG’s website.
      Good luck and keep us posted about events.

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        JM

        Thanks man! Hope everything would be alright with you and your fam.

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    a man without a country

    Just came across something interesting for my friends here who already reside overseas…

    As for flying domestically in another country, has anyone tried checking in online, skipping the check-in line at the airport (where the passports are scanned), and going direct to the line before security?!

    I’m a seasoned traveler and all this online check-in and boarding passes is still an unknown to me, but I’m just wondering if anyone has tried this.

    I have been married 11 years and lived overseas 15 years. The “past” has never come up (until earlier this year when I was denied boarding another Asian carrier and thereby having to TRANSIT that carrier’s hub airport for two hours). But if it’s possible to print a boarding pass at home and not have baggage to check, then an embarrassing situation might be avoided. (?) Yeah, sounds even too optimistic to me… 🙁

  • #43272 Reply
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    a man without a country

    a sigh of relief (for now) from here…

    Went to our US Cons. here to get a notarized income affidavit as part of my year-long visa renewal. My passport was not scanned, there were no “amendments” added, and no questions or statements to me about the validity or status of my current passport.

    The question will be what happens when I go to the immigration bureau for this country next week to renew my one-year stay visa.

    Stay tuned…

    • #43279 Reply
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      JM

      Hi a man without a country!

      When you decided to live abroad…did you tell the US authorities that you would leave the country for good? Also, if you are not registering now since you’re in TH…does it mean that you are off the registry? And does it mean that you are no longer a REGISTERED SO? I have a lot of questions to ask lol.

      Thank you in advance =)

      • #43297 Reply
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        a man without a country

        Hi JM,

        I was released from probation a few months early in 2003 (before the blender got turned up full speed). I did find the other day a court order allowing me to work overseas. I went back to the US soon thereafter because I had a terminally ill parent with just months left. I wound up staying about five months, a month after the passing, and had contacted the local police department where I had been registered before. (I had been given a Level 1 by a PhD in psychology). The officer in charge (who had never made a visit to my folks’ home) said: “Okay, if you’re only here for a short while, we won’t worry about it. Generally, once SOs move overseas they’re off the record.” That was 15 years ago.

        The last few trips I made back to the US in the last couple of years there were some delaying questions when I landed at my first airport in the US. In 2013 or 14, I wondered what the Delta check-in desk saw when I checked in because I got a middle seat instead of an aisle as I always tried to get.

        In February this year, I started to make a trip back from here and was denied boarding on Korean Air because I would be TRANSITING the airport in Seoul for a couple hours! Freaking ridiculous! It was suggested I try a different carrier with a different route back to the States. (I have had to request a wheelchair when I go through airports for five years now. Not much of a risk if I have someone driving me around in a damned wheelchair!)

        I have not tried to fly again since then. Afraid to fly even domestic here because airport check-in might reveal something to my mrs of 12 years, something I thought I left behind on the other side of the world. AND in Feb, I was asked if I were traveling ALONE, as if I were involved in trafficking! So what will happen when I try to take my 11 year old to Disney World in Japan? I noted that San Fran mother a few weeks ago having to prove her bi-racial baby was hers!

        I try to check this blog everyday. Fire away with the questions. I am concerned about what happens here when I renew my annual visa this time. Always the scare that some newbie official might try to score some points with the boss by being extra diligent…

  • #43310 Reply
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    Rupert

    I’m on the SO registry for 10 years and would like to know if I can go to Hong Kong to see my gf for two weeks? Do they accept SOs, I’ve heard some good things but need to hear other experiences

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    Neal

    US citizen convicted in 2007 of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors 16/17 yr old; F.S. 794.05(1) in Florida.

    Was sentenced to 5 years probation, discharged, and must register for life.

    Want to travel to England and possibly apply for citizenship later. I can’t find a shred of verifiable information on the web with definitive info on whether this is possible or not.

    Anyone?

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      Rupert

      Hi Neal
      I don’t think England accepts SOs only maybe under unusual circumstances.
      France , Germany and Belgium may be better destinations

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    a man without a country

    Whew! Good news from SE Asia. I just got my new visa with extension for ret here. I had to visit our consulate last week, and no problems there. Today, no issues either thought the questions still persist:
    Was it m being married here for more than a decade? Was it using a local company to handle the paperwork for me? Was it that nothing showed up at the gov’t offices here like showed up when I attempted to board an international flight back to the US five months ago?

    The world may never know, but at least I can go to sleep tonight…

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      Doc

      A man without a country. I will be joining you as an expat in Thailand next year. I would be great to have an American contact in the country. Hit me up if you don’t mind. doc@crazycorpsman.com

    • #43781 Reply
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      JM

      Congrats to you man! I’m so happy for you.
      I hope my friend can also enter in Thailand…I hope you can help him on the “hows” to be an expat there. Thanks for sharing your experience.
      Can I get your email or anyway to contact you? =)

      • #43795 Reply
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        a man without a country

        Hi JM,
        Here’s my “other stuff” email. I’ll answer what I can if you’d be so kind as to write N’s travel blog in your subject line (trying to not get too many junk emails or I might have to abandon it) ghuru2007@gmail.com
        I will say not all is good here; some downright discouraging stuff, so to save anyone else from headaches, I’ll tell it like it is when you send me questions.
        Ciao for now…

  • #43794 Reply
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    Rupert

    Can anyone tell me if Hong Kong is permitting rsos?
    And does Egypt allow them too ?
    Don’t want to waste a ton of money on flights as you know

    • #44140 Reply
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      Bruce

      Rupert, I went to Hong Kong last November with my wife. We were detained at customs for about an hour or so. They took us into a room and asked a lot of questions. Where were we staying, how long, what hotel, what were we going to be doing on our trip, how much money did we have, what was my job in the U.S., how much did I make, etc. I’ve made many trips there and always was let in although the last 2 times we were detained and questioned. Be sure and have a hotel reservation and proof of income and proof of job if you work. I just took a pay check stub for proof. I loved Hong Kong. There was a lot for my wife and I to do. We stayed in the Kowloon area and had no problems. Good luck!

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    Bruce

    I don’t know if anyone has talked about it but is a RSO allowed to visit Armenia? I don’t think many people from the U.S. visit there but hoping someone has in the past. I’m like everyone else. I hate to waste my time and money just to be sent back.

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      Rupert

      Thanks Bruce ! Looks like HK will be a go. Asia doesn’t look promising other than that for rsos.
      Not sure about Armenia but I’ve heard about the chid sex tourism there.
      I’m planning a trip to Egypt next year
      Not entirely sure about being accepted as a rso. Some Muslim countries don’t care about it as I’ve heard , except Dubai.
      Any experiences in the Middle East or Africa , as an rso I would like to hear from

    • #44578 Reply
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      Rupert

      Can anyone shed any light on how the tourist visa works and if China or some country mentions on the visa form
      If you have a criminal record, could I say no on the visa form? Even if I’m a rso?
      If they found out could I just be sent back or would they even know I lied about it ?

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      Thanks for sharing your positive experience. I also heard Iceland is a good place for rsos as long as you don’t commit any crimes there.
      Anyone with any additional traveling experience in Hong Kong I’d be happy to hear from. I plan on going this month.
      So far I think Hong Kong is safe . As long as you stay out if trouble

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      Rupert

      Booked my flight to Hong Kong in a few weeks and is giving my 21 day (no sooner)
      Notification. After researching lots about HK I think it’s safe for rso ppl. For now.
      Anyone can share thier experience if they
      Have gone there as an rso.
      Crossing my fingers as this only adds to the anxiety of traveling as a sex offender
      .

  • #44151 Reply
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    Curtis

    Hi, all. I’m a non registered sex offender. I am not, nor was I ever required to register, so I’m not on any list. My offense is 29 years old now, and I plan on retiring to Mexico in about eight years. From what I’m reading here and on other sights, this should be a pretty uneventful border crossing. I’m planning on crossing into Matamoros. Any advise or other thoughts?

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    christopher banks

    i want to travel to the grand cayman islands for a vacation with my girlfriend that doesn’t know i’m a offender tier 1 25 years ago
    i just want to go and relax but can[‘t find anything that will stop me or let me in without a problem
    if any one and help please

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    Jp

    Has anybody ever traveled to Belize or St. Kitts and Nevis before? Any issues? Can’t find any information on these places. Thank you!

  • #45997 Reply
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    The World Is EVERYBODY‘S Oyster

    Hi – I‘m married to a RSO, tier 3, 2008 conviction, life-long registration status.

    I often browsed this thread before our recent family vacation this summer, and so I thought it‘s only fair I share our experience with the everybody too.

    I can confirm that entry into Germany is no problem at all, even with the 21 day pre-trip announcement. I did tell my husband to register the trip at the very last minute (day 22 or 23) based on some of the comments and advice I read above. In the end, I‘m not even sure if that made a difference – I was trying to avoid as many roadblocks as possible.
    Entering Germany was no problem at all. During our stay we even made another, spontaneous flight within Europe and that didn‘t cause any issues either. Everything was easy breezy.

    On our flight back to the US I was bracing us for stupid questioning or additional screening, but nothing of such sorts happened. The agents just asked what we were doing there. That‘s all. (I wonder if our kids being with us made it all seem less serious to the agent. I don‘t know).

    Having had this positive experience I think I now have travel fever lol
    I know some popular destinations will remain a no-go. However, for instance Dutch ruled islands in the Carribean now seem more realistic of a destination.

    Can anybody share some Carribbean vacation spots that have been easily accessible (recently)?
    Although I often worry about the stigma and limitations my husband carries, I just refuse to let my husband‘s status debilitate us and our family.

    • #54468 Reply
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      RBC

      I hope your family gets the travel more.
      I’m hearing the same thing about the Caribbean as well… the rule of thumb is for an RSO to travel with a family & stay in countries that are not former UK colonies (generally). I have heard RSOs be allowed into the Bahamas, but not Jamaica. I did read that Trinidad & Tobago was trying to prohibit RSOs. You can travel to a US territory (i.e. St. Croix, Puerto Rico), but you have to register like visiting another state.

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    Delayed

    So I just dropped my wife off at the airport. She’s going on a vacation to Ireland and the UK for a week. So upset I can’t go with her! It’s not fair that she’s forced to go by herself just because these pointless laws will forever say I’m evil and dangerous even though my only offense was 19 years ago when I was 21. I’m going to meet her in Iceland afterwards so at least we get to do that (assuming I don’t have any problems getting in there). I’m just so fed up with all these laws. Do they really think I’m only traveling so I can commit a crime? Is it that unbelievable that maybe I just want to take a vacation with my wife??……sorry just really pissed off now and needed to vent

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      a man without a country

      Delayed,
      You and me both. Earlier this year, I was denied boarding a flight (I don’t even live in the US anymore, haven’t in 15 years) because I would be TRANSITING that airline’s hub airport in another country on the way back to the US for a short stay. Since that date, I have constantly had to find excuses to tell my family here that ‘no, we’re not going to fly down to the beach from here” because they don’t know what happened nine years before and I am afraid of what will happen if, instead of flying solo, next time I try to take my new, post-probation family somewhere.
      I got a Level 1 from my psychologist with a PhD in psychology when I finished probation 15 years ago. But a new post on a new article on the site here is too similar to mine, and I have to wonder if some nitwit (to be polite) whom I’ve never come in a thousand miles of has decided HE, in his cubicle, knows me and that I should be a level 3 because of the few facts about my story they know (even though there is a ton of other factual information that ought to be considered as part of the rating system).
      I’m running out of steam with all of this.

    • #50306 Reply
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      Bill Arthur

      Please let us know of your experience flying into Iceland. Although not in the EU, Iceland is a Schengen nation, so it should be ok. So many of the cheap flights to Europe (WOW and Icelandair airlines), stop off there on the way over, and I assume you will be admitted through customs in Iceland and travel on to Europe with no additional customs check, since you are already in the Schengen zone.

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    Determined Wife

    All I have to say is that you look at the phrase “Criminal History” and that’s what it should be……HISTORY. It’s in the past. What matters most of all is who you are now and how you are living your life now in the present and future. I would love to see the registry go away. They dont have a registry for murderers, arsonists, thieves or assaults. All this does is put a target on the backs of those who have served their term in prison and can’t protect themselves cause they can’t own a gun. I mean I want to know it a drug dealer lives by my house cause I don’t want them coming up to my kids trying to sell to them. Even prostitutes aren’t on the sex offenders registry. Do the crime….serve the time…..but get back in society as a free man. Ehhh I don’t see that here. Truth is is if someone is truly “sick” they will reoffend within 10 years. Why not make the law to register for police only…..not public for 10 years. After that all is expunged from all public records and including government documents.

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      RBC

      There may not be a register for other crimes, but you may still be denied entry to another country if the US shares the FBI criminal database with the country you want to travel to. Remember, you can’t enter Canada or the UK if you’ve been convicted of any felony. You can apply for a visa after 5+ years after the completion of your sentence but they still deny many of those visas due to the criminal history.

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    Rupert

    I have just came back from Hong Kong and macau – no problems whatsoever. No second look or any indication they knew I was an rso.
    That seems like the only place in Asia we can go at the moment.
    I was wondering if I could go to Philippines next year to see my gf instead of meeting her in Hong Kong
    I know they don’t accept rso people but Philippine airport authorities won’t know iam rso if no one tells them right ? Im from Canada and wonder if they have Interpol there.
    So far I haven’t had much information on that
    Philippines seem to also claim they can read an rso from just their passport? Is this true

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      Matthew

      I’ve visited the Philippines 3 times to see my wife without issue until December of 2016. They installed new fingerprint scanners which weren’t there the prior 3 visits. After they looked at my passport, everything was fine until the fingerprint scan. The immigration employee looked surprised and even took a photo of her monitor, which apparently showed me as an RSO. They took my passport and stuck my in a room for 17 hours and didn’t tell me what was going on. I was pretty terrified. They finally told me to follow them to board a plane with 2 security officers. Quite embarrassing, because I was the first to board the plane in front of a long line of people. Also, once on the plane, I was in the back row in some other man’s seat. The man argued that it was his seat, but ultimately I stayed in that seat after the flight attendant talked to the pilot. I flew to Los Angeles and couldn’t get my original connecting flight to Dallas so, I had to go to Nashville, TN, then Dallas. With the layovers, it was over 48 hours of travel time.

      I wouldn’t risk it.

      Just want to thank you for your post. I’m planning on going to HK for 21 days over Christmas/NYE. My wife can only spend 14 days in HK, so she mentioned Macau and I started researching it. Looks like we’ll take the ferry and just travel back and forth as needed.

      Wish you luck on your journey.

      • #48911 Reply
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        Rupert

        You’ll love Macau, lots to see and do.
        Both HK and Macau were good to me and you shouldn’t find any problems.
        What finger print system do they have in Philippines? How does it have anything to do with your passport ? You didn’t have to submit your prints did you ?
        Very weird . I’m Canadian but IML still concerns me.
        Enjoy your trip ! You’ll love it other than the typical rude Hong Kongers haha

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        Can anyone here tell me if the fingerprinting machines automatically detect rso people ???
        Or do they need to be informed by the country of origin first ? This seems like it’s too good to be true

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    Fran H

    Hi everyone I would like to know some information.

    I just got out of prison a few month ago and I’m planing to go to El Salvador sometime next year (of course if my PO and judge permit it). I was confirmed of distribution of child pornography and was sentenced to 5 years. The problem is that my PO told me that he had someone who tried to go to El Salvador and was turned back. Then I read here that someone went in March and had no problem going. The thing is that I am a citizen of El Salvador as well. Will that be enough to let my in?

    • #59157 Reply
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      L

      You are a citizen. You will not have a problem. If you can get an El Salvodorian passport too, that would be better for you.

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    TM

    (moderator, I need to upload photos. Can you please assist me?)

    I want to give an update and recap of my international travel this year. In February/March this year I travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Turkey. I had no issues leaving the United States and no issues entering Bosnia. I did have a bit of a scare at the Bosnian-Croatian border. I drove out of Bosnia and was stopped by the Bosnian border patrol for about 15 to 20 minutes. I know my RSO issue was holding things up and I think they had no idea what to do with me. But eventually they released me and I was able to enter Croatia. I later entered Turkey with no issues.

    Read more here https://tftr.narsol.org/2018/12/17/update-on-travel-experience/

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    Bill Arthur

    I was convicted in the US (state of Illinois) in November 2006 of possession of child pornography (no production or distribution charged). I received a sentence of 30 months’ probation (no prison). I was also placed on lifetime sex offender registry (mandatory for all offences in Illinois).

    I traveled to the UK with my wife in 2014 and was denied entry at Heathrow airport(customs found my record from the US on their computer) and made to purchase a ticket back to Chicago on the next flight.

    I have read about the UK Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and wonder if I could use that to be permitted to visit the UK some time in the future. I would definitely qualify under the “spent convictions” provision. My wife and I traveled to London many times in the past and would love to visit again.

    Should I apply for a visitor’s visa, and then when declined, appeal in some way? Except, ordinarily you don’t need a visa as a US citizen visiting the UK.

    I wouldn’t know how to proceed with this process and would be ready to engage an attorney to help. Please let me know if you have any advice or contacts.

  • #50376 Reply
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    TM

    @Bill Author, Why don’t you book a ticket to France and try to travel to UK via the Chunnel: https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/tickets/
    If you get turned around at the boarder, then you are only out 30 pounds and you go back to France and do something different. Like I said in my previous post, try different modes of travel, flying is very risky and expensive. Also note I have had absolutely no issues with Germany, so maybe fly to Germany and drive over to France and into the UK. Good luck and keep us posted if you do go.

    TM

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    Greg T

    I was turned away at San Jose, Costa Rica in Feb 2017. They tore up my luggage and was taken back to the plane I had arrived on. I had visited in 2016 and had no problems.

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    America’s Most Hated

    I can’t find anything about Guatemala. Colombia started denying my entry in 2017 and Ecuador last month. Looks like I have to find a new paradise outside Latin America.

  • #51013 Reply
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    JP

    We received the letter that my husband’s pasportis revoked today. We are devastated because we just started traveling internationally since now we are financially sound, that was many years of hard work to get here. With the new required statement, does that mean we can’t travel anywhere?
    Has anybody here traveled anywhere with the new passport and has no issues? I just can’t believe this country. I feel that this is discrimination. Hopefully you all can give us some hope and we can continue to travel, which is what we love to do!
    Devastated!

    • #54465 Reply
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      RBC

      You’ll still be able to travel but you’re going to have to research countries before you travel – and this website and others like it are a huge help. A be aware that countries that don’t allow RSOs won’t even allow them to transfer planes (which is the most ridiculous thing ever).

      Basically as of the date of this post, the only countries that have allowed RSOs to travel are most of the Caribbean (with a few exceptions), Europe & Africa. RSOs can’t enter Mexico, Canada, UK or Ireland. You can travel to Asia, but be aware that East Asian countries are refusing RSOs because of fears of sex tourism. Not sure about Central & South America, but I have heard RSOs rejected from Columbia, Chile, Costa Rica and Panama.

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      RBC

      And if you go on a cruise, you’ll need to inquire whether they will let your husband cruise or not. Cruises are really a toss up because everyone has a different experience. Some people have been denied and some people haven’t. What I do know is that the more upscale cruise lines will allow you to travel, however they may not let you leave the ship at some ports due to the immigration rules of said port (i.e. Jamaica – apparently they’ve stopped allowing RSOs to enter).

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    Richard Linaman

    RDL I was traveling to hong kong on Nov 2018 on air china we landed in china to trnsfer planes i was ask to come off plane befor everone else taking to immigration and was ask to retrun to the usa on next plane . was not aloude to switch to the other plane that would have taking me to hong kong . so yes all i got was paper work not good imwas ever polite to them as there were to me . But why i could not only change planes i do not know why . And my passport is good still i got it in 2014 no loetter as of yet same address got my letter of rehabilitation from the Sex Education group that i attend for five years and my Order of discharge and suspended execution of sentence from the court but still have to registry in the state of South Dakota why i do not know why yet.
    Im going totry to go baack to hong kong but this time i take direct flight in Arpil or may of 2019 my fiance and i will meet there and geet married she from the phillippines we been together for four years now , i will keep you all posted my next thing is mto see if i can fine out if my passport is still good i guess any idea howto fine out Thanks RDL

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    Paul A Thomas

    Last November 2018, after I gave the National Sex Offender Registrar a 30-day notice of my travel, they notified Israel and Jordan of my planned visit to their countries. I traveled with my church group for a 10-day tour of the Holy Land. I had no problems leaving the US. I arrived in TLV Israel 3 hours earlier than my group on a separate flight and was pulled aside by the Israelite Border Control Authorities. They detained me for about 2 hours in a waiting area before taking me into a side office where they asked all the detailed question about where I was staying, how long, with who, tour guide name, etc. They then had me wait about 30 minutes while they verified what I told them. Amazingly enough, my group was waiting for my release. From Jerusalem, I went with another tour group to Petra, Jordan where Jordan Authorities had no issues with entry or exit, but again, when returning to Israel, I was detained, this time for about an hour. Thankfully, the tour group bus waited the additional hour for me to join them. Upon arriving at the EWR airport in NJ, the TSA agents pulled me aside to a back room and did a quick passport check, and then released me within five minutes.

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    Amy

    Question – If my husband comes off the registry later this year, do you think it will be an issue for him to travel on a Carnival Cruise afterward? He comes off the list in August and we have friends that are already booked on Carnival in November. We were thinking of going with them if possible. I just don’t want to commit if we don’t know if there will be an issue. Is it only the RSO restriction and it’s lifted when someone comes off the RSO list?

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    Manuel

    Can a RSO get dual citizenship to Mexico , and if so is that a way you can be let in to Mexico?
    Has anyone heard of anything like this?

    • #51747 Reply
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      Hi Manuel, I first must admit I have not tried to use a dual passport to travel. But I’ve considered it. Here is what I was told by fellow travelers. If you have two passports, you must use the same one to enter and exit a country. So, if you leave the US on a Mexican passport, you should reenter with that one. But, if you leave here, using US passport, say, at the airport, then you can still enter Mexico as a Mexican national using your Mexican passport, then use that to leave, and us the US ine to re-enter here. You just can’t leave in one, and reenter on another.
      The issue is moot though, because if you are required to register, you must provide 21 days notice to the feds that you are about to travel. So they will alert the other country, and since your passports must have the second name and i.d. info, you could still get stopped.
      My friend told me the best option is to enter a country that won’t block you as an RSO from entering with you US passport, then travel to your final destination country on the other. This way, notification isn’t sent. However, coming back, you likely need to go back through the neutral country. You want you entry/exit stamps (if any) to be consistent.
      Like I said, I’m afraid to try it. But if it works, I’d love to travel once again freely myself.

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        Daniel

        Could you not just drive through the boarder with your Mexican passport. Fly out as a Mexican citizen to your desired country come back to mexico and drive back? I feel like that wouldn’t be bad what do you think?
        I’m currently getting my Mexican passport through marriage.

        Trying to figure out how to travel freely

  • #51929 Reply
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    Informer (philippines and usa)

    US lauds BI for barring entry of sex offenders

    The United States government has commended the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for barring the entry of a large number of American registered sex offenders (RSOs) into the Philippines last year.

    Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that the BI was recently awarded a certificate of commendation by the US embassy in Manila for registering the second highest number of excluded American RSOs throughout the world in 2018.

    The highest number of intercepted RSOs was reportedly posted by Mexico, which is situated right below the US’ southwestern borders.

    “I commend our officers deployed at our ports of entry for a job well done. Because of your vigilance and alertness, you were able to turn away these sex offenders to protect fellow Filipinos from possible exploitation,” Morente said in a statement.

    The US embassy’s citation specifically commended the BI’s port operations division (POD) as well as the airport operations section (AOS), travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU), and border control and enforcement unit (BCIU), which are all under the POD, for successfully implementing the “Angel Watch” program in the country’s ports.

    A global initiative of the Department of Homeland Security, Operation Angel Watch targets RSOs traveling abroad who are likely to engage in child sex tourism.

    According to BI-POD chief Grifton Medina, a total of 156 RSOs, 128 of them Americans, were denied into the Philippines in 2018.

    Medina also said that in 2017 a total of 185 sex offenders were excluded, 128 of them Americans.

    “We have been continuously receiving notices from foreign governments about RSOs who were monitored to be traveling to the Philippines and these information are immediately encoded in our database to alert our immigration officers at the ports of entry,” Medina said.

    It was reported that since its inception more than a decade ago, Operation Angel Watch have identified thousands of sex crime perpetrators and advance notice of their travels were transmitted to their countries of destination.

    Sex offenders, or those who have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, are excludable under the Philippine Immigration Act. According to the BI, said aliens are also included in the country’s blacklist “to prevent any attempts to re-enter the Philippines.”

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    AJ

    Can Canadians travel to Philippines if there’s no angle watch ? How would they know about my arrival if no one tells?
    Does there finger print scan reveal
    My sex crime ?

  • #52001 Reply
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    AJ

    Dorms anyone know about the possibility of traveling to Egypt for a few weeks as rso?
    Is it as strict as Israel or more laid back ? We’re planning on going this summer

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    Miguel Morales

    In 2016 I went to Colombia and was turned around and sent back to the US after spending the night in customs waiting for the next flight. I am still with the woman that I was trying to visit. She has tried to get her visa and has been denied three times. My question is twofold.
    1. Can sex offenders go to Panama.
    2. If I can go to Panama, can I marry my fiance there? Would it be recognized and upheld as a legal marriage?

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    AJ

    Miguel I’ve heard rumours that rso people have had bad luck with Panama. Been turned around,
    But i could be wrong it might only b cruise ships there.
    I’m in a similar dilemma , I can’t see my Filipina girlfriend in the Philippines (haven’t tried really)
    We met in Hong Kong successfully last year. Our relationship is dwindling sadly but I’m
    Not quite giving up. As a Canadian rso I may dare to go to Philippines one day but I’ve heard nothing but bad stuff from Americans and Australians going there. Some rsos here don’t get reported by there own government to the country they visit

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    Manuel

    Had anyone got their Mexico passport and did that work to get back into Mexico ?

  • #52536 Reply
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    Dan

    Well it finally happened. I just got the letter saying my passport was revoked. It’s been 6 months since I’ve used it so I’m surprised it took this long. Does the passport with the stamp actually do anything other than humiliate me? Do we know if I’ll still be able to travel to Europe?

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      JP

      So sorry to hear that! My husband just got the letter a month or so ago also and we’re also devestated. We sent the passport back already and we are applying for a new one soon but not sure if we can go to Europe anymore? It was also the only place we felt we could travel to and we enjoyed it so much!
      Good luck

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    Manuel

    Is going to Puerto Rico a problem , I know it’s US but still worried

  • #52838 Reply
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    Frank

    I have been removed from the duty to register in my state (WA) for a conviction of possession of lewd materials featuring minors in Federal court 23 years ago. If you have been removed from the registry in your state by court order do these travel restrictions still apply? And how would you go about being removed from the Federal list? Since technically I am no longer an RSO. Is it even possible? Hard to get straight answers.

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      RBC

      Since you don’t have the duty to register, you don’t have to give the 21 day notice. HOWEVER, your name and conviction are still in the FBI & Homeland Security criminal database. That database is automatically shared with countries like Canada, Mexico & the UK. So you may still be denied entry to a country even if you are no longer an RSO. In fact, famous people who have felony convictions have been denied entry to the UK and they’re not sex offenders.

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    Big S

    This article caught my attention – I do not know if this is going to be good thing… or bad thing for us. Only good thing I see is we will be able to know if we are approved to fly in certain countries and show the papers that we have been approved for a visit.

    https://lifehacker.com/what-americans-need-to-know-about-the-new-rules-for-tra-1833190723

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    JP

    Hi all,
    Was just wondering if anybody has tried to apply for the new passport? Where is the mark? Can someone share?
    Most importantly, has anybody tried to go to Europe with the new passport? We’re are so worried that we can’t go anywhere anymore
    Thanks

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      Gerard

      Next to your picture at the bottom there is a note saying “see page 51” (or other page depending on the size of the passport I assume). The State Department verbiage is on page 51, the second to last page in the passport booklet. I’m sure most people would miss this, but I’m sure the border patrols are trained to look for it.

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        L

        Actually, that page number for endorsement will always be there whether a person is RSO or not. I did this by comparing two different US passports.

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    Just Waiting

    Has anybody tried to travel to the Philippines since 2019? I would like to know how it went. I am a rso but in my state there are no levels, I am currently on probation for 10 years and am curious if I could travel to the philippines to spend time with my family. I am also curious if it were possible to move to the philipppines on probation?

    If anyybody has any answers or are willing to share their experience I would greatly appreciate it.

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      FlamboyantOne

      Thanks for asking , the Philippines is now a no go zone for rso people. However, iam Canadian and my government doesn’t always notify the visiting country for rsos. Iam anxious about it but it’s worth it because there’s a chance I could enter no problem.
      It’s a big risk for me when i go in July. I would say If your American save yourself the money amd grief and go somewhere else.

    • #59165 Reply
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      L

      The only way to get in the Philippines as an RSO from the US, I think anyway, is for them not to get notified. The fingerprint scanner is used to cross-check your name in their blacklist and the Interpol database if your data is there. I am not too sure if Interpol has our data permanently. The next sure way is if you are a Filipino citizen.

  • #54625 Reply
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    World Traveler

    Hello all,

    I am a Registered offender. I have traveled a lot over the last few years for work, but recently have been getting denied. I was turned away from Singapore about 5 weeks ago, but I did make it into Dubai about 3 weeks ago. I received the letter from the department of state after my trip to Dubai that revoked by passport due to not having the endorsement stating that I am a sex offender.

    Obviously when i received that letter my world got flipped. My wife and I are traveling to France and Spain next week for our 10 year anniversary. I went to the passport office in Chicago and applied for my new passport and received it that day.

    It appears that I have all my documents in order and ready to go. I am just wondering if anyone has traveled to France with the endorsement stating that they are a RSO and if there were any complications getting in? My wife and I will be devastated if we get there and get turned around.

    If not I will post on here once we return from our trip.

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      B

      Hi World Traveler,

      Can you share your trip? My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary in Madrid, Spain with our children. Any stories we need to know? Thanks!

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      JP

      Hi World Traveler,
      Hope everything went well on our vacation in Europe? Anxiously waiting for good news update from your vacation. Thanks so much

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      Gerard

      Any problems on your trip to France and Spain with the new passport?

  • #54804 Reply
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    Gerard

    I am an rso Level 1 in NY and was also horrified by the new passport “addition”. I was notified of this two weeks before a planned visit to the UK in Sept of 2018. I got my new passport, at great expense, just prior to the trip. It was suggested that I apply for a UK visa. I was flatly denied. Trip canceled.

    My question is, since I was denied a visa to the UK, will this effect my going to France or other Schengen countries? Will Interpol now have my visa refusal “on file”?

    As most comments in this thread were made prior to having the visa statement on the passport, I would appreciate any current input. The “travel matrix” at http://registranttag.org/resources/travel-matrix/ is quite useful, but I don’t know how current it is and whether it covers the “refused visa” issue.

    • #55097 Reply
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      RBC

      Just an important note… even if you weren’t a sex offender you weren’t going to get into the UK. The UK (along with Canada & Ireland) has access to the US FBI felony database, which has a record of all people convicted of a felony. They won’t let you into those countries if you have a felony, not matter what crime it is. You have to apply for a visa 5-10 years after the completion of your sentence, but I hear they reject sex offenders outright.

      You should be able to go to the other Schengen countries. I have yet to hear someone be rejected from any of the other Euro countries. And quite honestly, I think the UK is overrated and too expensive. France & Italy are 100x better.

      • #55333 Reply
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        Stannis

        Anyone know if Indonesia will
        Be ok for a Canadian sex offender (non victim)
        We want to travel to Bali and wonder if it will
        Be ok, me and my wife. We successfully traveled to Hong Kong and Macau last year no issues whatsoever. Anyone think Bali will be ok ????

  • #55372 Reply
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    Matt

    Hello, I’ve been talking to my Filipina for over a year now and we decided to meet in Hong Kong in a few weeks because my research shows they do not turn away RSO’s . My question is, what do I tell immigration the reason I am there for. Do I tell them that I am meeting my Filipina girlfriend or do I tell them something different?

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      Stannis

      Anyone here refused to notify the authorities upon traveling overseas ? I’ve heard of a few people that have and had splendid vacations.

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      Cody

      Just got in the Philippines a few days ago!
      No questions no issues no fingerprints
      I’m Canadian and made it and enjoying it

  • #55722 Reply
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    traveler

    It’s very interesting reading all of these. I’m about to make my second Europe vacation in 18 months. Something worth pointing out is that every state handles travel notification differently. I for the second time called in my travel to the state registry and was told because I don’t have a conviction against a Minor and I am sentenced under the 99 law not the 06 ( adam walsh) law. I’m not required to give notice. However I did request they put a note in the system of the dates I will be gone and I recorded the conversation. So my guess is without the Green Notice, does the country even see that i’m on the registry? If I flew from Germany to Mexico would they Mexico know? When they scan my passport is the Interpol warning just popping up? This is only my second trip but i’m very curious to see how it goes.

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    David

    I am off the registry march 2021. I want to travel in Europe. I also want to visit Mexico after I am off registry. Does the new passport rule about being a sex offender count for people NOT required to register any longer? Will Mexico still deny my because ofnthe conviction alone?

  • #56425 Reply
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    James

    Just need info. I’m a rso in three years I’ll be done with registery. I was wondering if I’d be allowed entry into Berumda? I’m planning on taking my wife on a cruise to Bermuda. I’m not subject to SORNA. so please give me feed back at jwstambaugh2007@gmail.com. in subject line put SO VACATION…..

    Thanks

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    Bill Arthur

    Has anyone heard any recent reports about cruises? I am especially interested in NCL Norwegian Cruise Line. Their cruise from Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to San Francisco. There would be several stops for a shore day in Mexico, Costa Rica and other no-goes, but I understand that you don’t need a passport to disembark, you don’t go through customs, and use your ship IP instead.

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      Michelle

      They will NOT allow SOs…and their affiliates also do not – Disney, Caranival, Norwegian I believe will not and will automatically cancel your trip and THEN contact you. Princess and Holland DID.

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    Bill Arthur

    Maggie, Thanks for your very helpful reply. Can I ask how you know this — actual experience? Both Princess and Holland American have cruises that are perfect for what we need and I can change to that company based on your information.

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    Rob Hamilton

    Does anyone know if Fiji denies entry to sex offenders?

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    Mike

    I will possibly be traveling to Brazil for work. Not to work in Brazil but for my employer here in the U.S. I am an RSO Does anyone know if Brazil allows RSO’s in. About a week ago I just received my letter to revoke my passport so I will be traveling with a marked passport. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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      Dennis

      Mike, do you know what triggered your passport to be revoked and a new one issued with the identifier? I applied for a passport and it does not have the identifier but I want the identifiers before I start traveling. From what I’ve read, most people get a revoke letter after they start traveling. I want to get the revoke letter before I start traveling. One idea is to resubmit application for a new passport based losing my original passport.

      • #56912 Reply
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        a man without a country

        Dennis,

        WHY do you want the scarlet stamp? If you’re that desperate to be targeted, just get a tattoo on your forehead.

        I have a four-year-old passport without any stamps or amendments, yet the check-in desk at the airport showed something last year. Now, I have to make excuses to my wife for our not flying anywhere even within her home country where we reside so something that happened eight years before we met doesn’t come half-way around the world to destroy us.

        PS My health has gotten so bad I rarely leave the house except for our weekly trip to the grocery store or my trips to my specialists’s clinic. I doubt these one-size-fits-all ex post facto warnings take into account that some of us are not as healthy and young as we used to be.

        So, WHY do you want the stamp which will paint a neon bull’s eye on you?

  • #57831 Reply
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    Where to go

    Hi all,
    Was wondering if anybody has traveled to Europe with the new makred passport? Could you share your experience? We got the letter last year after coming back from Italy and then we got the new passport recently with the mark. We usually try to go to Europe for Thanksgiving or Christmas but we haven’t made any plans this year yet… Thanks all

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