Inspired/Reminded of this by the thread about going to Juneau, I have a question that I’ve never gotten around to calling the border guards about. In 2002 I got hit with my single DUI. Now, I’ve been told that it’s anywhere from 10 years to eternity before I can drive in Canada, but also that I could apply for a permit of some sort. That’s fine, I rarely go to Winnepeg or Emerson.
But last week I was told that I wasn’t allowed in, period. This came about as I was talking to a friend whom goes there often about saving money on airfare to Scotland for a trip my wife and I hope to take next year. Where I live I have about a 0.5% chance of being even asked at the border about a criminal record. (I beleive Canada vies DUI as a felony). But what happens at the airport when they check the computer records?
So, does the DUI prevent me from Canada entirely? Is it just that I can’t be the driver? And what has to be done to convince them to spen my money there?