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Living with 290: Traveling to Cabo San Lucas

My boyfriend and I traveled to Cabo San Lucas as we do every year. After several scans of our passports at us airport we board the plane. He’s is a RSO from 20 years ago which was a *** deal to begin with!! We land in Baja head to Mexican customs we are pulled out of line taken into this little room where they proceed to tell him he is not allowed in the country… They fill out all forms escort us with 5 armed guards back to the same airplane we just arrived on and sent us back to USA.. What the hell is going on? When we arrive to us customs they say have a nice day and they have heard of this happening more and more?? What a way to ruin a 10 day vacation!!!

Got off plane and flew to Hawaii for the week would rather spend my money in the USA anyway!!! As far as I am concerned its over priced there anyway Americans are not safe and they can make rules up as they go!!! Take Mexico and shove it where the sun don’t shine….

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OK, so far as I have read from your comment and others, our passports are flagged by the US government who is alerting the country of destination prior to our visit that we are a threat and should not be allowed into the country. We are effectively being held hostage in the USA by the US government. Our freedom of movement is being taken away. Our government is now attaching and waging war against us…what do you do when someone is being directly targeting us and threatening us – YOU FIGHT BACK! The list of countries mentioned on this site… Read more »

I wish they would just update the RTAG Travel Matrix.

They sent out the Excel version of the Travel Matrix months ago, and it didn’t include many of the countries where RSO’s have been rejected, including the Philippines.

I’m sorry to hear of your troubles. This must be a brand new policy, as I travelled there last May with my wife. I’ve been a SO since April 2007 on a single misdemeanor charge. I was sentenced to summary probation, which I managed without any hiccups, and my case was expunged May 2010. For our 5th anniversary, my wife and I decided to spend a week in Cabo. When we arrived at the airport in Cabo, I was taken to a little room immediately after my passport was swiped. I was advised that CBP had “flagged” my passport, so… Read more »

Can a sex offender travel to Cancun?
Travel Restrictions
A sex offender is not allowed to own a passport, or if he has one, its validity may be revoked. The State Department may only issue or renew his application provided that he registers in the system as such. … As for drug trafficking, a conviction certainly disqualifies anyone from traveling.Jul 5, 2017
Can Felons Travel To Cancun? (Information & Rules) › can-felons-travel-cancun IT seems the problem is with the passport…….you have to go to places you don’t need a passport.

Having never done this before myself, I’ve been told that a workaround is to cross over into Tijuana using the land border crossing (no passport required), take a cab to the Tijuana airport, have your immigration form stamped there (again, no passport required), then fly to Cabo as a domestic passenger. I’ve never tried it, but I’m under the impression that it does work.

When people aren’t allowed to go on VACATION something is wrong. So are they alerting other countries of murderers, thiefs and people with DUI’s? Same old answer….No

Oy vey, what a dreadful experience. One can only hope that your trip to Hawaii turned out well.

Two things to maybe consider:

1. Any money you spend inside this country is subject to taxes which further fund this scheme.

2. Depending on the length of this trip your boyfriend may have risked being charged with a Failure To Register offense in Hawaii. It is not widely known that many states have a registration requirement for visitors.


@joe … The way I read it, correct me if I’m wrong …. When visiting … If you don’t expect to stay more than ten days you are ok, right? And don’t need to register ….

That is correct; if not staying longer than 10 you do not need to register but must over ten days or must if multiple visit amounting to greater than 30 days in a year.

Thank you for sharing. The exact same thing happened to my boyfriend and I on January 4th as we arrived in Baja. We were just about to get our passports stamped when a woman came up and took our passports and us to the little room off to the right. Without saying anything they separate us and walk me back and stamp my passport and inform me that I am free to go if I would like. Seriously?!! Ummmm no, I waited on the couch for over an hour, while multiple officers came in and out laughing and joking around.… Read more »

This may be worth a trip to the Mexican Consulate, preferably in LA. The fact that one has to actually pay for a flight and not get admitted once they arrive, with no notice, is unconscionable. AT the very least, one should go to the consulate and ask them about the current situation with US registrants. And those that have been going for years and suddenly restricted, frankly, should have a case, even in Mexico. But with your experiences, I think we need to hit the consulate with a legal question. This is NOT US-specific policy (though I’m damn sure… Read more »

The US government is the one responsible for alerting the countries prior to the arrival. If you read the details of ALL of these entry denials the subjects were greeted either before going through customs or at customs and identified by their FACE! This means that they were given info including the FACE ID PHOTO from the US government via direct communication with a US based database! GET IT – the USA – our own government – told a foreign government that WE were criminals and as such, too dangerous to be allowed into their countries! The impact of this… Read more »

Hi Eric Knight;
I read somewhere, possibly here, that it is homeland security, they are the culprits. I do recall a man at the RSOL meeting in L.A. saying the same thing. He cant be with his family in the Philippines because of his status as a registrant. If it is in fact homeland security I would think their time would be better spent protecting THESE SHORES from any threats and not taking away our right to travel freely. I can not see how that protects these shores. It’s kind of sad that other governments believe their lies/misinformation.

Yes it is Homeland security.they informed Gatwick of my 2004 third degree felony with a 20 month sentence. Lewd and lascivious. So Gatwick ( London’s other airport) refused me entrance ( 2 hour layover to Istanbul) to fly thru to Istanbul for replacement knee surgery. Lost all my money on the tickets hotel stays turkeys visa fees. Over $5000.00. they advised me to next time fly Toronto to istanbul.bypass england. I sat in immigration prison ( told I was being detained not arrested.but still printed,photo,swab etc, and locked down in a one man cell for 4 days awaiting the next… Read more »

I’m curious as well. I had a Felony Battery Count back in 1996, charged reduced to a misdemeanor 2000 persuant to 17(B) and expunged in 2002. I had summary probation as well. No charges prior or after. I actually just visited Canada. I was let in without any issues. Nothing. Furthermore, I’ve visited the Philippines, other parts of Asia, Dominican Republic and ect ect. I’ve never had any issues. When coming back into the US via Florida, they stopped me once before, but the gentleman just came (supervisor) and said this was ancient history. Now, when I came back into… Read more »

“I had a Felony Battery Count back in 1996, charged reduced to a misdemeanor 2000 persuant to 17(B) and expunged in 2002.”

Well then…obviously it would be a surprise for you to have an issue since your change were expunged over a decade ago. For 99.9% of this NOT the case so consider yourself lucky…first of all to have the funds to travel and second for your status situation.

What is a redress? How do you get it? What do you need in order to qualify?

Regarding redress numbers:

A few people have brought this up in comments throughout this site however, I’m still not sure how it actually helps us in being pulled aside for additional screening.

We don’t really know what the US is putting on the passport for flagging. It might simply say “sex offender,” giving no details, not even the charge. Mexico or other countries might nix some flagged as SOs, but not others — perhaps nixing those marked as child molesters but not those for indecent exposure. Ome big problem is — who knows? We can’t even see if what is flagged is correct or not. We don’t know if it is general or specific, so we can’t even challenge it. And, is it on the passport, or if it filed with Interpol,… Read more »

Anyone can request to know what’s stored on their passport by making a request via DHS’s website. Unfortunately, I don’t actually think it’s the passport itself; I see think it’s SORNA’s SMART office that’s preemptively alerting foreign countries prior to our arrival into their country.

You can learn more about this here:

I don’t think it is some prior warning to a particular country before we arrive. But it might be a general listing of a criminal record with Interpol, or marked on the card/passport with the new RFID technology.

At Gatwick airport I was told I’m on a Homeland securitys banned list. Which automatically pops up when your full name is entered into the systems passport check. It’s not the passport but it’s info triggers the h.s. info release. I have a 2004 conviction listed from Nassau CTY .FL.

I’m wondering if you can go to the consulate for whatever country you plan to go to and get a visa in advance. Does anyone know? Because to go all the way there only to find out at arrival that they won’t let you in — that’s horrendous. And you’ve spent a LOT of money on the trip before you ever even take off.

I believe that this is the only “safe” way to travel without too much apprehension about being denied entry into the country you are traveling to. Unfortunately, even with a visa, the immigration officer checking your passport at your destination STILL has wide latitude and discretion into whether you will be allowed access or not. Therefore, even armed with a visa, there’s still a chance that you will be turned away.

You can Google “does a visa guarantee entry” for a long list of foreign immigration offices that confirm that a visa does not guarantee entry. 🙁

The Gatwick airport border ESC. Guy told me I can apply for a ” sticker visa ” he said most countries have them. I went to Vancouver’s ( I live in Canada now ) Turkish embassy and applied for this sticker visa. Took 3 weeks. Got it and flew Calgary to Toronto then to direct to Istanbul . No problem. It was for necessary knee surgery. I don’t know if it applies to tourism.

What a farce! This country keeps thinking of ways to harrass it’s free citizen to make some sort of point of moral superiority. Yes, if they have proof someone is engaging in child sexual tourism or any other threat, please detain, investigate, prosecute. But don’t harass people just to make a point, whatever it is. If this isn’t the moral equivalent of warehousing Japenese Americans during WWII, I don’t know what is. Why doesn’t our country stop coddling these corporations and the countries like Bangledesh that harbor the child slave labor camps that make huge profits off of the clothing… Read more »

“When a well-packaged web of lies  has been sold gradually to the
masses over generations, the truth will seem  utterly preposterous
and its speaker a raving lunatic.” Dresden James.

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.” ― Plato

“Power attracts the corruptible”
Frank Herbert

It would be very helpful if perhaps CA RSOL could put together a concise information about all this. Rather than us blunder into this in the worst of circumstances, we might be able to avoid it, or avoid some of it. How is this information available at the customs checkpoint? Is it on the passport or card? Or does that system they swipe do some record check of some central file Immigration has that was set up when you apply for a passport? Or??? Is there any way we can even check this information to see if it is accurate?… Read more »

Would someone who has been denied entry PLEASE sue the Federal government so we can get this information addressed properly and out in the open and not simply hidden in the shadows and used against us where ever and when ever they please. This is a human rights violation and our government is providing false information about us to foreign governments. Our own government is betraying us and sending advanced information that we are a danger and threat and should not be allowed free entry into countries! Either we are allowed to travel or we are not. There should be… Read more »

You guys are kind of cute…. can CA RSOL do this and can someone please do that… @anonymous – may one suggest you do the research, make the phone calls, dig in dark places, compile a comprehensive report and submit it to CA RSOL for publication? I am sure they would be tickled. @Tired – so you are asking someone (you did say PLEASE) to risk their anonymity and possibly livelihood and spend beaucoup bucks to sue the Federal Government so you can know to where you can travel without risk of being turned around? Really??? May one suggest you… Read more »

@Tired – so you are asking someone (you did say PLEASE) to risk their anonymity and possibly livelihood and spend beaucoup bucks to sue the Federal Government so you can know to where you can travel without risk of being turned around? Really??? May one suggest you factor into the cost of this whole ordeal (thousands) the price of a mid-week plane ticket (couple hundred bucks) and one night cheap hotel and do it yourself? Find me a lawyer who will take the case pro bono and will stick with it all the way to the Supreme court if needed… Read more »

I hope I don’t sound flippant here, but if any one is looking for a magic bullet that is going to slay the Megan’s Law beast, then this board is going to look like a waste of time. That being said I read, listen, to these post as I would music. There is a real rythym to it and it flows. Sounds sometimes like the blues or an opera or one of those twangy country songs about lost love and regrets, undertones of punk rebellion. I am not mocking anyone here. Indeed, I look back at some of my posts… Read more »

I read your lengthy reply….So I’ll make mines short. I was always told there never be a Black President how did that prediction turn out???

With the proper resources, California RSOL could conduct the necessary research and report on it. What resources? A $10 donation on behalf of every registered citizen would work beautifully! When that happens, we will have all the resources needed to educate, legislate and litigate.

I have heard of freedom of information requests. Does anyone know if this can work, so we can find out what’s going on. I’ll apply for one, if I can. I don’t plan on going out of the country myself, just like to know what’s going on.

Yes…you can receive information related to your passport via a Freedom of Information request. Unfortunately, as I’ve pointed out in another post, I don’t think it’s what’s on our passports that are causing the issue; it’s SMART’s SORNA office preemptively notifying foreign country’s of our intention to enter their country.

I’m confused. How can one get the information on SMART’s SORNA office policies? They are a government agency, no? Tax payer funded? I don’t plan on getting a passport or visa soon to travel. I’m confused, frustrated and nearly broke.

Whenever any person travels, the airline provides CBP and a host of other federal agencies with a copy of the passenger itinerary. Typically, when you’re traveling abroad, you have provided the airline with your passport number, so this is provided as well. The passenger manifest is checked against federal databases, including the infamous “no fly list”, to limit the risk of an attack. Also caught up in this are passengers with warrants and, you guessed it, registrants. When a registrant is flagged on the manifest, the country that they are traveling to is preemptively notified that of our intention to… Read more »

Appreciate your explanation, which does make sense. Except for the fact that people have been pulled off planes / out of line before ever getting to the passport counter. In other words, by sight. How – with the help of a photo? Which photo is that? Does swiping your passport at the LAX check-in counter transmit data including your photo? Is that digitally stored in the stripe? Or does the swipe trigger an additional event? Like a person specific alert and sending your annual registration photo to the host country? It is one thing to have this sort of thing… Read more »

What is CBP?

Why not get a World citizen passport from World Service Authority and only use your US
passport after you return to the USA? The other Question to think about: isn’t it better to go into Mexico via the boarder then fly to your destination anywhere else from Mexico using other than a US passport? Using you drivers license is better than a flagged US Passport isn’t it? Sometimes asking the right questions from the right people and organizations can help greatly.

Why not get a passport from Joe’s Excellent Passport Shop? I am guessing it will be just as useful and quite frankly, I could use the money. When was the last time anyone has successfully gotten on an international flight and crossed international borders with a World Citizen Passport from the World Service Authority? Or the first time. As far as driving to TJ and then moving on – not everyone is driving distance from the Mexican border or wants to travel via Mexico at all times to all places on the planet. The point is that US Citizens not… Read more »

Some posters mentioned expungement could possibly help with what is flagged on our passports. I don’t think that’s the case. It’s definitely not the case for U.S. customs. My conviction was expunged many years ago and reduced to a misdemeanor, but I still get stopped when my passport is scanned returning to U.S. points of entry. I’ve travelled to many countries (not Mexico but Asia and Europe) and never had any problem at the destination, but always upon my return to the U.S. With that said, I’ve not travelled internationally in over a year, and obviously something has happened recently.… Read more »

Everyone’s info is sent to the destination country, not JUST RSO’s. This information is readily available on the internet regardless. The specific country will flag the RSO’s and do as they wish. Don’t blame the USA for your past.

Mine’s not available on the internet, as I’m exempt from that specific component.

Mel, you are incorrect. RSO information is SPECIFICALLY sent to the country of intended visitation. While other felons may also have to submit to extra scrutiny, registrants are the ONLY group of individuals whom are specifically prohibited from travel without 21 day notice. In fact, there is absolutely no way to find out if one will be denied entry to a country unless they actually travel there. As more and more registrants are being denied entry due specifically to the reporting requirement, this law is working JUST as intended: A backdoor way to prevent registrants from traveling without overtly breaking… Read more »

Hey Mel, you are wrong old chap. I am not on the California website either. Furthermore, some of us can very well blame the USA for our past as in we are innocent but caught in a system that really doesn’t care about justice at all and have to pay for that injustice for the rest of our lives. How dare you make such arrogant comments about citizens who are being abused by the very government they are forced to support via income taxes and sworn oaths!

I think this comes under our freedom to travel. Or at least double jepody I have traveled at least 20 times to Mexico in the last 15 years. I have not been there I 2013 . But I the past had no problem. I am in California and maybe they do not inform SORNA . Just thinking

Your constitutional right to travel applies only within the borders of the US, not overseas. The US is not stopping you from leaving, it is other countries barring you from entering. The US is merely giving out information — what other countries choose to do with that is up to them. I only wish our country did not hand out that information about us. But it would be helpful if we could at least know what it is or if it is — it might even depend on what sex charge you were involved in, might only be those offenses… Read more »

Interesting the US government knows (tax payer IDs, census, food stamp/welfare rolls, etc) exactly where all the illegal Mexicans are in this country but won’t deport any of them. Or, at least until the timing is right. If the US can keep our “bad people” out of other people’s countries, why can’t the Mexican government keep their millions of illegals out of ours? In case you haven’t heard, the government has an agenda, and it’s not that secret! Unless you have relatives there, if you want to see a bunch of Mexicans all you have to do is open the… Read more »

The tone of your post is a little racist. If you wanted more impact I think mentioning depriving families of going on VACATION would have been a little more appropriate.

I disagree. His comment was directed towards the country of this topic, Mexico.
Surely you must realize the majority of illegals abiding here are from the very country turning back our legal travelers visiting Mexico, who only wish to vacation there for a short time.
He further comments on how ironic it is that the Mexican government can’t or won’t help our country to turn back illegal and undesirable “Visitors” from it’s homeland.

“if you want to see a bunch of Mexicans all you have to do is open the door”

I disagree..but there are more important fish to fry here.

Stop crying about it, and do something about it. Stop waiting for someone else to do your job. You can start by all of you sending a letter to the ACLU about this subject. Maybe they will listen, or maybe they won’t, but you’ll never know till you all get off your butts.

You all might get more involved with RSOL, send them a few bucks, go to a meeting. Until you do something it isn’t going to get any better. RSOL of Virginia died because not enough people would get off their butts to help. If your allowed to vote, then you should do so. The people that make these laws wont listen to a RSO, but they will listen to a voter.

Has anyone ever gotten a traditional pardon for 243.4a sexual battery. Please let me know because I moved out of state one year to early to get a certificate of rehabilitation. It seems like traditional pardons are hard to get for a person out of state. When I was in California I was exempt from all website exposure but it is different in florida. everybody is subject to the websites. Does California plan on giving any traditional pardons out ever. I have not been in trouble in 13 years after parole. can some one please help me.

I have lived in Tijuana, Mexico before my conviction for about 5 years. I never had to show a passport while crossing into Mexico. I was stopped a few time at the border going in when their scanners thought something was in my car just said going to my wife’s house. I was on my way. I only to show a passport card at the border coming back in daily for work. Found out you can travel up to the first 50 km with travel docs after that you are supposed to get a visa. At the border or airport.… Read more »

Google “RSOITS” and you will find a paper published on that explains what is going on behind the scenes. All RSOs need to read this paper to understand what is going on.

What is the substantial difference between this and the fugitive slave laws of two centuries back? Except that it is now a world government based in Washington DC and there is no underground railroad to transport people to a place of safety, like Canada was.

I wonder if this only affects registrants in states that have the 21 day advanced notice of international travel? I understand that California is compliant with that supplemental guideline?

Also, has anyone found this supposed new law in Mexico that prevents registrants from traveling there?

It does not matter what state you live in. If you are a registrant then you must notify your jurisdiction of any international travel 21 days prior to travel. It is a FEDERAL law. Applies to EVERY state. Even states that are not SORNA-compliant.

Read this:

SORNA is in effect for EVERY registrant. Period.
SO be careful.

Ok, so I go to my local police department and since my state doesn’t have this 21 day travel notification requirement they won’t have any clue what to do with my travel information anyway. They haven’t updated their procedures to be compliant with this new U.S. law because my state law doesn’t require them to be compliant. So then in this case who is at fault? Is it my fault that my state doesn’t require me to register 21 days in advance of international travel? I’m confused.

The federal law actually makes clear that there is NO federal registration office; all registration occurs at the local level. When I traveled to Cabo San Lucas last May, I placed a call to the detective who handles my registration here in Los Angeles. I actually called him in February, a full three months ahead of my vacation, as I had already booked my trip and did not see any benefit in waiting until the last second. His response was literally, word-for-word, “call me when you get back from Mexico.” Since SORNA only requires that notification be made 21 days… Read more »

I have to agree with Janice on the comment she made, the RSO and their families need to pony up some funds to help with the fight, but most will not. I know that in my state ( Texas) I give nearly every month, it is really not very hard to donate $20 to $30 dollars a month for the cause. We really do not have a choice if we want to win.

On this note, is there an option for doing an automatic donation from credit card or Pay Pal every month?

My great grandmother, who escaped Hitler, always said “Never say never, anything is possible, many people came out safe from that awful time.” Sometimes I have a hard time but I keep reminding myself of great grandma and what she said.

Check out the International Tracking of Sexual Offenders Working Group white paper

It outlines what SMART’s plans are over the next few years to notify foreign governments of visits from register sex offenders to comply with SORNA requirements. Sounds like notification of Mexico of sex offender air travel is in place and operational. Interestingly, the white paper specifically mentions that it will be years before the system can be implemented for land travel.

Looking for answers on where a 290 can still go in the world. I am planing a trip to Belize as to the best of my knowledge it does not discriminate against 290 ex-felons l. Has anyone traveled to Belize this year? Please post places where you have not had any problem getting in.

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… Read more »

Document this fully and send it to your representative with a question about how he thinks this is democracy/justice/ex post facto punishment. He will lie if he does not agree there are serious constitutional violations that he most likely voted for. I would retain CARSOL to help submit this letter if you think this is a good idea. The underlying reality is that your child and family are being emotionally abused by this “law ” (and that is using the term loosely) and how is it that the legislators hold their own political insurance packages above the constitutional rights of… Read more »

Have you looked into getting a Certificate of Rehabilitation? If your details are correct you sound like a good candidate.

If that is not an option, if your details are correct, you sound like the poster boy for why these laws are so draconian and wrong. You should consider being a plaintiff.

Hope you get to join your family in Mexico.

I just got back from Mexican consulate, they couldn’t do much, they said I can travel thru San Diego cross the boarder then take a flight to Cabo, it’s insanity, I’m thinking about chancing it and taking an am flight back with my expungement paper work and if I get pulled out again I have some sort of proof, the consulates attorney said it’s a crap shoot on the individual agent, im blown away by no one giving me an answer, curious if anyone’s gotten thru with paper proof in hand

I hate to say it, but you should have done some research prior to booking your trip. If you had, you would have known that Mexico started refusing entry about 2 years ago. I’m not trying to be a jerk, but the issue of registered citizens being denied entry to places like Mexico has been a hot topic for a while now. The Mexican Consulate advising you to drive into Mexico and then hop a domestic flight makes zero sense. First, last week, the Mexican side of the San Ysidro border crossing opened a new processing center. The days of… Read more »

Cabo Return, you might want to send your story to the email address provided in this link. This new group is collecting stories like yours with, apparently, the intention to try to do something about this ugly situation.

I just posted to the site you suggested, thnx K, my family is heading back now, what a nightmare, I just got off the phone with the U.S. embassy in Mexico, they said it’s a problem that’s overwhelming them only lately, it’s his understanding that anyone that the U.S. Gov has decided to include on a data base has been sent to Mexico and it’s only a list, no explanation of any crime, and it’s 100% return policy, before I guess it showed the conviction and 1203.4 info or what have you and you could explain or bring paper work,… Read more »

Also thnx Paul, I don’t feel you’re being a jerk, I’m sure we all feel the frustration, and you’re right I will research in the future, but like I said I’ve been traveling to Mexico for years as well as multiple other countries, no problem, but in the future the consulate said to stop by 20 days in advance they can issue a travel visa unless I’m flagged right then and there, but I’ll have to research that as well, so this travel restriction is new to me I’ll be working on it for sure

Just returned from Cancun. I should have done some homework. I wrongfully assumed a passport would get me in. I was taken off the plane to the “little room” where five agents suddenly would not converse in English. I filled out their form while my wife and son waited and then was told I was not welcome in Mexico. (Convicted in 1998. No jail time, released from probation in 2013). They gave us 2 minutes to decide weather we all returned or just me. My wife and adult son stayed since everything was already paid for. They hurried me back… Read more »

What if your offense had nothing to do with a minor? Does anyone know if this has any impact on international travel? I am a registered sex offender in CA and a CA resident. My conviction was in 2000 in VA. It was a felony offense that was basically the result of a drunken case of mistaken identity on my part. Blacked out in college and got in bed with a girl’s roommate instead of the intended girl. No force or coercion was used because she thought I was her boyfriend (just as I thought she was a girl I… Read more »

The short unhelpful answer to your question is nobody really knows. I flew into Cabo, Mexico in 2014 and gained entry. In 2015 I flew into the Dominican and was denied entry. Are they looking at just people on the registry or the actual crime? While my crime was a misdemeanor it was also with a minor. While your on the registry your crime was not with a minor but if they don’t bother looking at your actual crime and that your just on the registry then you might be screwed. Obviously they don’t look at the actual facts in… Read more »

My suggestion is to try to enter via land and get the tourist permits at the border. If successful, then just take a take to the city you want to travel to, or go the nearest airport in Mexico.

That way if you are refused entry, it won’t cost you much.

Thanks for the replies, guys. I pretty much figured it was as you said; no one knows the answer and we’re all just struggling to figure it out based on anecdotal evidence. The last time I flew internationally was to Paris in October 2015. Had no problem. The Spain trip (same one where I was kicked out of Canada) was in 2014. Both were within the last two years. It crossed my mind to call the Mexican consulate and ask them some anonymous questions about what the policy is, but I have the distinct feeling this would get me nowhere.… Read more »

Just wanted to post an update here. My wife and I made the trip to Mexico successfully. Flew into Mexico City, then continued to Cancun. Had no issues whatsoever entering or leaving the country, and also no issues re-entering the US. Encountered the least hassle at customs and immigration that I have in years, as a matter of fact. Whether this is because my offense didn’t involve a minor, because my conviction is over 15 years old, or because I just got lucky, I’ll never know. Based on my reading of the actual statutes in the new International Megan’s Law… Read more »

stressed out, yes very helpful, thank you.

Really? This is good news. Are you still on the registry?

Have you gone back in the last 2 years?

As a separate question, has anyone actually used the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) to avoid being hassled when returning to the US? I never knew this was possible. Does it actually work? Are you doing yourself more harm than good by attracting attention to yourself, or is it legitimately beneficial?


So the concensus is ….

If you’re off the registry you’re ok?
Even if your offense was involved a minor?

That is NOT the consensus, and I’m not sure where you’re getting your information from.

If you were ever convicted of a sex offense involving a minor, irregardless if you have to register, you are “not ok” and travel notices will be sent to other countries informing them of your intention to enter into their country.

Thank you.

For some reason I thought some comments leaned towards only those required to register (providing advance notice of travel) as what triggered the alerts.

So if I’m under no obligation to report travel is the warning attached to my passport ?

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