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Can You Travel to Ireland With a Criminal Record?<\/h1>\n

Traveling to foreign countries, Ireland included, with a criminal record can sometimes be risky. If you\u2019re not sure about your rights and the country\u2019s rules and regulations, as well as how they work in practice, going back home without ever entering the destination country becomes a plausible scenario. That can mean anything from a failed business deal to wasted vacation time.<\/p>\n

So can you travel to Ireland<\/a> a possibility for people with a criminal record?<\/em> Travelers who have a valid passport or national identification document of Ireland, an EU\/EEA country, or Switzerland, can enter Ireland even if they have a criminal record. Travelers who are not citizens of any of these countries might be refused entry if the crime they were convicted for resulted in a punishment of a year or more of prison time.<\/strong><\/p>\n

This is, of course, only a short answer. As is often the case with immigration policy and traveling, much is left to the discretion of the immigration officers. And there\u2019s always a catch or two that might ruin the trip to Ireland. So, it\u2019s best to do some research before you book a flight or a cruise.<\/p>\n


Traveling to Ireland With a Criminal Record<\/h2>\n

People who travel into Ireland can be divided into two broad groups. In one group, you have the citizens of Ireland, citizens of member-countries of the European Union or the European Economic Area, and the Swiss. We\u2019ll call that group \u2018group A\u2019. Citizens of all the remaining countries in the world are in the other group \u2014 \u2018group B\u2019.<\/p>\n

For the purposes of entering into Ireland, members of the two groups get very different treatments. In general, it\u2019s easier for group A members to get into the country, as there are fewer things that might prevent them from entering. Some group A members might be in an even better position than others, as Irish nationals will never face denial of entry into their country, while the rest might under very specific circumstances.<\/p>\n

Group B members have to get a permission to enter Ireland<\/a>. This means that, whether you need a visa to enter Ireland or not, as a group B member you will have to undergo the same interview with an immigration officer as anyone else from the group. And during that interview, the immigration officer might ask questions about your criminal record.<\/p>\n

It\u2019s important to understand that your country might not readily share criminal records information and that it might be impractical for the immigration officer to request a check in the timeframe of an interview. However, it would be in your best interest to tell the truth if the officer asks about past convictions. If caught lying, there might be consequences.<\/p>\n

If you\u2019re a group B member who needs a visa, the choice might not even be there as some visas require applicants to get a police certificate that contains information about their record. In that case, your best bet would be that the certificate shows either no jail time or less than a year of it.<\/p>\n

Are EU\/EEA and Swiss Citizens With a Criminal Record Completely Safe to Enter Ireland?<\/h2>\n

EU\/EEA and Swiss citizens are in a better position than, for example, Americans, when it comes to entering Ireland with a criminal record. However, that doesn\u2019t mean that Ireland is going to let just anyone cross its borders \u2014 especially if that someone is a possible threat to public safety.<\/p>\n

According to Ireland\u2019s regulations, if you are a citizen of one of the EU\/EEA countries or Switzerland, you can be denied entry into Ireland in the following cases:<\/p>\n