Travel–Domestic and International

The following is a collection of articles and posts dealing with the general topic of how those on the registry are impacted by laws pertinent to domestic travel, international travel, and passports. How accurate and how current the content within each piece is the responsibility of the author, not of RSOL. These links are for the purpose of providing as much information as possible on this subject. What the reader chooses to do with the information is totally up to each individual.

If you have personal stories to tell that relate to this subject, please visit our Tales from the Registry and write about your experience. Please title it “Travel” or add travel as a keyword.

David Kennerly-International Megan’s Law, A Law That Fails Miserably To Make Its Case (2016)

David Kennerly: “Intro to foreign travel restrictions” (2014).

David Kennerly: “Dead-End: International Megan’s Law” (2014).

David Kennerly: “Homeland Security’s assault on travel” (2014).

Derek Logue: “The traveling registrant: your right of travel as a registered person” (2013; updated 2014).

eAdvocate: The Community Room: a “Travel and International Issues” section with multiple entries listed in the right hand column

Mary Devoy: “Traveling as a registered sex offender” (last updated 2014).

 

 

 

167 comments for “Travel–Domestic and International

  1. greg
    January 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Bahamas—— Has anyone traveled here recently??/ Im hoping it can still be entered I hav a trip planned there in April
    Please comment with your experiences..
    Thanks
    Greg

  2. CP
    January 15, 2017 at 9:01 am

    How does one get a passport

    • greg
      January 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Go to your local post office and apply for a PP. You will need birth certificate, drivers license and they will take a picture of you… Pay the fee and in a few weeks you will hve a PP… note: you can save a few dollars by haveing the pic took yourself.. but it is NOT advisable, as they are very stringent on size and background of picture.

  3. CP
    January 15, 2017 at 9:00 am

    How does one get a passport

  4. Camala
    January 12, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Has anyone ever been denied entry to Mexico through a cruise port, or any other Caribbean or Southern Island cruise port? I know if you go on a closed loop Cruise you do not need a passport unless it’s Costa Rica, are there any others that require a passport if you are on a cruise even if it is closed loop?

    • Leann
      January 17, 2017 at 2:14 am

      Be very careful cruising! my husband was denied entry on the boat on Royal Caribean they contacted us three weeks before the cruise saying his background didn’t clear. We were leaving at of miami going to Costa Maya Mexico Roatan, Belize city, Cozumel, back to Miami.

  5. Phil Lovato
    January 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    anybody been to Japan? My wife is a citizen.

    • greg
      January 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      I entered Japan in August of 2015 with no problems… buttttttttttt,,,,, I entered because of an extended layover due to mechanical problems with our plane… I had an onward ticket to the Philippines where I was denied entry the next day….

  6. David
    December 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Has anyone had any trouble entering Hong Kong?

  7. Mark
    December 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    What has peoples experience been going to Bermuda or Aruba? Thanks,
    Mark

  8. Scott
    December 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Does anyone have any recent experience going the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Cuba, Ecuador, Chile, or Peru? Thank you!

    • No Name
      December 17, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      My husband and I got thru port authority in DR in Sep 2015 and after going through without issues were pulled aside before getting into our taxi and detained and sent back on the next flight to the states. They didn’t care that we ended up in Maine and we lived in Maryland. During our layover in Maine, we quickly made reservations to a week vacation in Puerto Rico and booked a flight there. Was able to get refund on our hotel in DR but the airfare was a loss.

      • Romeo
        January 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

        Absolutely Mexico is a bunch of jerks. Ended up in birth state and held until next flight arrived.

    • Mark
      December 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      For whatever it counts i was able to get into Brazil, but i’m on a tier 1.

      • brian adkins
        December 23, 2016 at 11:44 pm

        did the green notice get sent.. u guys most countries do not have access to the us criminal records.. google it.. they are sending an Interpol green notice.. not all states are doing it.. i’m going back to the us to my home town.. Illinois does not send a green notice or do the 21 nazi bullshit of the new world order..

    • T
      December 24, 2016 at 1:19 am

      I had with Peru, and got denied entry.

    • Tod
      December 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      a friend of mine who is a RSO (as am I) recently tried to get into the Dom Republic, and was denied. Landed and sent him home on the next flight – he was not harassed or questioned, the just sent him and his family home. I am hoping he writes more details here, but just wanted to save you the hassle if trying to go there.

    • Mat
      January 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      I was truend away at Puerto Plata,

  9. Scott
    December 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Here is my experience the last couple years. Puerto Rico is no problem because it is a USA territory and you do NOT need a passport. Its as if I’m flying to Denver or Cali. Flying anywhere that has a connecting flight in Canada is a problem because even though you are in transit, Canada makes you go thru their immigration and will send you back according to the RCMP so even though many of our affordable flights to Europe from Minnesota are thru Toronto etc. I have to pick another. Because what I have read here I avoid UK and Ireland even for transit. I have gone to Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Portugal by air. With the European Union it all depends on your entry point because once you’re in Europe there is no passport control between other EU countries – HOWEVER Germany and France have instituted states of emergency that allow them to check passports and I’ve heard there might be a problem entering Europe for SO thru Frankfort. I usually go thru Iceland with no problem at all. Also Amsterdam. Went thru Paris twice but wasn’t checked. However the EU is considering new rules and this could change. I have been to Belize by air without problems in 2015. Of course returning to the USA is another story – I always allow at least 3 hours for connecting flights upon initial return point.

  10. Living Now
    December 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    We are planning a trip to Portugal (me, wife, two children) and intend to stay for the 90 day duration of the visa. Any feedback would be appreciated. We also want to travel to Southeast Asia and South America at some point. We want everything to be legitimate. I’m not sure how some people stay so long in places i.e. Romania..

    • Tod
      December 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Just came back (10/9/16) from the Azores/Portugal, NO problems getting in or out, just totally harassed in US customs coming back – COMPLETE search of everything, receipts, iphone, ipad, tried my go pro, but battery was dead. South America is not good at all, and SE Asia my be difficult as well depending on the country.Haven’t heard anything about Romania.

    • G Dogg
      December 31, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Do not go to SE Asia you will be sent back.

  11. December 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Has anyone had recent experience traveling to Spain? Thanks.

    • Cyprian
      December 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      I visited Barcelona in September and am returning in January and May.

  12. B in Romania
    November 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I have some general info regarding my travel to Europe….
    First I am required to register for possession of CP. Was discharged from probation in June 2016, and immediately left the country. I did the 21 notification for international travel….my flight was to Amsterdam with a layover in Iceland. So I gave Amsterdam as my “destination.” I intentionally did not make travel arrangements beyond Amsterdam eventhough I had no intention of making that my final stop. So Presumably the U.S. Marshals notified The Netherlands of my travel plans. But here’s the catch…I actually went though E.U. customs in Iceland! When I got to Amsterdam I arrived at the “entering for the EU” gate, and there was no customs check whatsoever. So Amsterdam was notified but Iceland did my entry.

    From there I got on a train to Germany, then Hungary, and onto Romania. Romania is EU, but has it’s own border rules. so they scanned my passport. No issues.

    So my input is that EU countries are safe for now.

    If any registrants have a modest income, i.e. social security, I would recommend Romania. My current living expenses including rent, utilities, food, cell phone, transit pass, etc. is under $600 a month. If you chose the eastern cities of Timisoara or Cluj they are near the border and English is very common there. Bucharest is also okay for getting by on English.

    I was thinking about trying to get to Domincan Republic next year, for a warmer climate and possibly even cheaper living, but I am not seeing any chance of getting in. My thought was to fly to Puerto Rico and take the ferry across. Then if I’m denied entry they would have to wait until the next day to put me on a return ferry to P.R. If that happened I could try getting into Jamaica as my second choice, or getting “through the Caribbean” flights to Nicaragua, Columbia, or possibly Bolivia. I’m looking for a permanent destination.

    Anyone with input or questions can reply.

    • Cyprian
      November 25, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      I don’t have any input on countries to the south, but I would like to share my trave thus far, as well as several questions. I recently went on a cruise with family to Europe last September (beginning with a flight to Athens, and ending in Barcelona; I also visited port cities in Turkey, Croatia, Italy and France). No issues at all other than re-entry. I was separated – without explanation – from family at a secondary screening at Newark. Waited at least 1 1/2 hours for a one minute interview and missed my connecting flight. Have two solo trips planned in January (to Italy and the Netherlands/ Spain). I have two questions, as follows: if the UK refuses entrance to SO’s, will this affect a brief layover at Heathrow (London) on a flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona? Secondly, if my license is currently suspended, will this stop me from renting a car in Italy (I plan to use my passport as ID)? Thanks in advance for any advice

      • Living Now
        December 7, 2016 at 11:59 pm

        You can double check this but I specifically went to a UK visa site and I’m pretty sure that if you are a U.S. citizen just passing through the UK on a layover that you will be fine.

    • brian
      November 28, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      I am ex military looking to escape my email is adkins7b@yahoo.com what about the language barrier.. i have income from military and social security.. if u want talk private email me.. i’m currently living in jamaica

    • brian
      November 28, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      let me know about romania and the language barrier i have income military and social security.. adkins7b@yahoo.com so u guys can private email me.. advice i’m worried about the new passport mark and the effects it will have.

    • brian
      November 28, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Listen the few brothers that have some balls and are ready to fight.. let us all make travel plans to travel then don’t go.. create emails delete them.. overload the system.. get enough people to do it. I’m ex military. I know how to take down an enemy. There just ain’t enough of u with some f*cking balls yet. It’s time to fight.

    • Living Now
      December 7, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      My family is looking into living abroad. How were you able to live in Romania for so long? Did you have to get a special visa? Did they do a background check? Do you think you will be able to live somewhere permanently with your record? Thank you!

      • B in Romania
        December 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        Hi…well. I came on a tourist visa which allows 90 days. And I never left. My thought is when I leave I will be leaving permanently. The penalty for over-staying is ultimately that when you try to leave they kick you out. They can also bar you from re-entering for a certain period of time. But as an American passport holder you typically just get a warning. I don’t drive so there is virtually no chance of police asking my passport. Even if they do I carry a photocopy of the photo and info page of my passport. Because Romania has a recent history of communist rule, they don’t like police asking for your “papers” and I have never been asked. But the down side is I can’t leave Romania until I plan to leave permanently. There is a great guide about over staying in Romania here:
        https://kingofromania.com/2015/09/18/an-exhaustive-guide-to-immigration-in-romania-and-the-republic-of-moldova/

        Any other questions email me at bradfordpdx (at) gmail.

    • Scrappy
      January 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Are we allowed to travel to Nicaragua? My girlfriend is from there and I’m trying to move there. Any suggestions?

  13. John
    November 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Anyone had any recent experience regarding travel to Belize?

    • Scott
      December 17, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      I went to Belize winter 2015. Absolutely no problem entering. But the 3 hour layover in Miami on returning to the US was essential because they had me go thru 3 different interviews and searches for 2.5 hours before letting me go to my flight home.

    • B in Romania
      December 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      I am currently planning my move to Belize in September 2017. I like Romania but feel isolated because of the language barrier.

  14. matt
    November 15, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Has anyone had any troubles when going to Brazil? I’ve been to Germany and India without problems, only at customs back in the states, but this would be my first tome going to a country in South America

    • Nikki
      November 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Brazil is extremely strict and will turn you away. We flew to Brazil from the US last year and were denied entry. It was the most horrible experience!

  15. BSR
    October 30, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Has anyone been denied travel to the Dominican Republic?

    • geo beaudry
      November 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      my brother had been living in D.R. for 6 yrs, returned to US for family visit, when returning to D.R. found out homeland sec or someone had flagged him as a SO and he was denied entry and forced to return to US, customs trashed his belongings upon entry. this was within past couple of years.

  16. Kevin Manuel
    October 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Does anyone know if a registrant is allowed to go to Haiti on a missionary?

  17. D
    October 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    After reviewing the travel matrix I decided to contact the embassies for Belize and Aruba today. Belize said it will be highly likely that rso would be turned away at entry. Aruba said as long US okay’s travel it’s not an issue. Hope this helps.

    • Arrow
      November 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Just to clarify, did the Belize embassy say it was likely or unlikely to turn away an RSO? The travel summaries I’ve seen all say Belize does not turn RSO’s away.

    • November 28, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Just to clarify, did the Belize embassy say it would likely or unlikely to turn away an RSO? The travel summaries I’ve seen all say Belize does not turn RSO’s away.

      • brian adkins
        November 28, 2016 at 7:38 pm

        i called the belize embassy they didnt know then they called me back and said customs said no.. i did research the us bought them computers at customs and i think giving our database criminal records to them and columbia.. i was personally told that i can not go to belize by belize embassy

  18. Tony
    October 13, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I am a RSO from a non-minor offense which happened in 2001. I arrived in Costa Rica on September 21st with a one way ticket never planning to return to back the U.S. When I called the Sheriff’s office to inform them I “enjoyed Costa Rica so much that I decided to stay indefinitely” they told me that I would have to visit the local police station and have them fax a document verifying my address, First, I don’t speak any Spanish. Secondly, the last thing I want to do is raise a red flag with law enforcement and have the possibility of getting deported. I emailed the U.S. Embassy in San Jose and awaiting my response. Two concerns… I have to leave Costa Rica on December 5th per the 90 day travel restriction. Will I be able to re-enter? And, will I be able to renew my passport at the U.S. Embassy when it expires in 2019? I appreciate any advice that I can get. Thanks for reading…

    • FloridaGirl
      November 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Tony from what I understand you will need to go to the Frontier and most likely go to the Nicaragua Border Or Panama and spend a few days outside the country to be considered legal. Then you can get stamped again for another 9 days and I wono uld suggest a Passport Renewal at the US Embassy once it runs out. My Husband and I have many friends who have done this for over 20 years however you can get banned if they feel you over stay etc. Lots of Illegals in CR but why get banned when a weekend trip to Nicaragua can avoid the issue. I dont know what State you are in but we had been told once you leave for more than a month you are no longer under this states control. Its only once you come back the rules apply yet again. I dont see any legal authority for you to have to report anything once you inform them you are not coming back. Costa RIca has issue with UnderAge and Drug Offenses though we know people who have both and even have become Residents etc.

      • FLorida Girl
        November 14, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        90 Days you must leave and come back but dont do it by Air. Land is a Bus or walk or boat across and its fast.

    • brian adkins
      November 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      dam you must be from a state or place u did not have to do the 21 day notice.. costa rica will send u back from other post that i have read on here.. be carefull once u leave u might not get back in.

  19. Phasma
    October 13, 2016 at 9:18 am
  20. Geovany
    September 13, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Wanted to share a travel experience with you guys. I was convicted of sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced to prison for 4 years. I live in California and have been discharged from parole for 1 year and seven months. I traveled to Bermuda with my gf in August and didn’t have any issues. Only hold up was with US customs on the way back. They held me for about 5 minutes but then let me know I was all good to go. Didn’t even ask me questions. Hopefully this helps anything trying to get out of the US on a nice, beautiful and relaxing vacation. Can someone please let me know of a South American country that where they didn’t have any trouble traveling to recently. Since laws keeps changing frequently. Thanks!

    • Robert
      September 16, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I’m currently attending the RSOL conference in Atlanta, and a session this morning shared a truckload of travel information. The presenter shared the website he developed to keep us informed: Registrant Travel Action Group. Once at the site, go to Info>Travel Matrix. You’ll find the current travel status for just about anywhere. http://registranttag.org

    • Rica
      September 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      We went to Brazil with my husband, he is a registered citizen from an offence 23 years ago. The travel, the country was great but homeland security was horrible. They held him for close to an hour without any communication to me.
      This was our first experience with them and were not aware what the issue was. We went to africa in 2012 and had no problems, we went again this year as same problem with homeland security. The country we flew out of in Africa was able to pull up his record on exit. They were not nice about it.

      • Max
        November 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

        Where you stopped going into Brazil by homeland or on your way back in the states?

    • Larry Evans
      September 25, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Colombia, but make sure you take a direct flight

      • MIKE
        December 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

        SO RSO CAN TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA?

    • Jerry
      December 2, 2016 at 1:13 am

      I’m a registered SO in Florida.. my wife is from Ecuador and have traveled with her to see her family, once when her mom was dying of cancer. The only issue I’ve had was being stopped in Miami at Customs..waited near an hour with my not even 1 year old son in tow. We are thinking about traveling again this year but with the laws changing are not sure if we will encounter any problems. So far in the past we haven’t…other than being held in Miami, then told I was good to go. I hope this info helps. If you have any info yourself please pass it on. Thanks.

  21. Bob Smith
    September 4, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Just wanted to share. I just got back from my honeymoon. We traveled to the Bahamas. I don’t want to go into a ton of specifics but my local police didn’t need 21 days. I actually went in on Thursday and flew out on Saturday. From my original destination we connected in fort Lauderdale Florida and then flew into North Eluthera. No problems getting in at all. Stayed a week and enjoyed myself. Came back to the US and got the usual treatment going thru customs. I called Bahamas a lot to find out if I could go, never was able to get an answer. Finally spoke to someone at the American embassy and asked if the Bahamas had restrictions on RSO traveling there. Was put on hold and then when he came back said nope, you shouldn’t have a problem. And he was right. Not saying this will always work, just saying it worked for me this time.

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      I went into Bahamas Dec 2015 with no problem. Hit 3 different islands for a week.
      US Customs put me through the usual secondary on my return, and I was on my way.

      Tried to go to Cabo Nov 2016, was turned away. They were waiting for me, as they were notified right after my flight left L.A. While filling out paperwork in a back room, I got a Google notification that my flight to Houston was delayed. Houston? They booked my flights back to San Fran though Houston before I landed in Cabo, no charge. They were very nice and almost apologetic about having to send me home.
      Houston was a nightmare. I was detained twice for over an an hour total. Once at Immigration and once at customs. All this hoopla for an expunged misdemeanor over 20 years ago!

  22. Andrew Killgore
    September 2, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I am not a RSO but have an idea that may possibly help some of you.

    Are you a dual citizen? Different countries have different requirements for citizenship. I found out I was a citizen of another country when I was 37 years old and now have two passports. If this is the case for anybody reading this, that may be a way around this ridiculous law.

    • Mutalib
      September 15, 2016 at 5:14 am

      What about Jamaica can a RSO live there?

  23. Jim
    August 31, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I think we should organize a pseudo “million man march” on Washington DC.

    It CAN be done!

    If people of color can do so, why can we not?

    The ramifications of the publicity would generate positive results that would be immeasurable for years.

    This can be done…

    • brian
      November 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      I’m down and i would be there we have 800,000 but noone with ballz has come forward i’m just waiting until my brothers grow a pair and are ready to take back our rights. we can take down the system in many ways.. updates everyday bleed them dry.. 50,000 of us fly to mexico on same day.. when there are enough of my brothers ready to fight i will be ready.

  24. Ane Cho
    August 23, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Does anyone have any experience in traveling to Greece? My partner is no longer on the registry on our state but he’s listed on the national registry. We’re supposed to connect in London. Anyone have problems with a connection in London? Will we have any issues since we won’t be leaving the airport?

    • Bill Arthur
      August 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Greece is no problem. In fact, all the Schengen/EU countries are no problem Once you go through customs into one of them, you can travel freely with no customs to all the other countries. I suggest staying away from London. There may be an international transit concourse where you can to go to your connecting flight without going through UK customs, but maybe not for your airline (call and ask the airline directly if you will have to clear UK customs when connecting), but it’s risky. You will probably not get through UK customs. They are very strict about sex offenders and are wired into US databases. Connect in a EU/Schengen country, like Germany, where you will go straight through customs with no questions asked. You will love Greece. Use the ferries (“superfast”) to go from island to island — much better then flying.

    • Charles P
      October 31, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I’d stay away from the UK, period. March 2016 I planned to visit Ireland with a tour group, and went thru Heathrow. Customs stopped me, and I was held for several hours; then sent back to the US on an afternoon flight.

      Wish I could boycott all things British.

      • Living Now
        December 8, 2016 at 12:17 am

        It appears from http://www.registranttag.com that there’s no way Ireland was going to let you enter anyways. I’ve read from a UK Visa site that if you are a U.S. citizen catching a connecting flight you shouldn’t have any issues…having said that we’ll still try to avoid the UK.

  25. Matt G
    July 29, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I had a gf in the Philippines. Went to visit her there 4 times in 2011 and 2012. The 5th time I went, ICE informed Immigration of my status as an RSO. I was denied entry and blacklisted. We started looking for ways to get the BLO lifted. We finally went to Hong Kong in 2014 and got married. In 2015, my wife petitioned the Bureau of Immigration to lift fhe BLO based on our marriage. The BLO was finally lifted in 2016, and I am now retired and living in the Philippines with my wife.on lawers, agency fees, travel,and Immigration fees, we probably spent about $25,000. It was well worth it.

    • Jen
      August 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi Matt, can you give me a advise what to do? My boyfriend is in RSO list and he wanted to live here in the Philippines with me. We need your advise based on your experience. What are the things we need to do? Thank you so much

      • Matthew J Globe
        October 24, 2016 at 11:22 pm

        Has he been blacklisted? If so, you need to petition the Bureau of Immigration to get the blacklist order lifted. He can’t go to the Philippines if he is on the blacklist. The way in which we were successful was to get married first. I couldn’t come to Philippines to get married, so we went to Hong Kong. It is relatively simple to get married there. Once you are married, you file a report of marriage with the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong. They send the report of marriage to the DFA, then it goes to the PSA. Once it is recorded at the PSA, you can file the petition to remove him from the blacklist based on he is married to a native Filipina. You can use a lawyer to file the petition or an agency that is accredited with Bureau if Immigration. I used an agency. Ask more if you need more info. Good luck.

        • E. S
          November 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm

          Hi there, I just read your comments and it really gave a lot of hope. I am a Filipina here in the U.S. and my husband is a RSO. He’s never been to the Philippines but we want to visit soon but we are afraid he will be turned away at the airport. Do you know if they will grant hin entry or do we also have to file the petition like what u and ur wife did? Thank u!

  26. Jason
    July 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Landed in Costa Rica and immigration had me back on a flight to Fort Lauderdale within an hour…two months later I tried to take a cruise to the Bahamas, the day before the trip they cancelled on me.

    Does anyone have an up to date list of places we CAN visit?

  27. Steadfast
    July 18, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    My friend was just denied a cruise with Royal Caribbean. I was told that all the cruise lines are now denying Register Sex Offenders. This new “green stamp” is a way for our government to deny us the right to travel abroad. We must join forces in pushing this legislation aside. As far as the Registry goes, we must also demand that low level offenses be taken off the Registry, as it has been proven that only a very small percentage of registrants recommit a sex crime. It is ludicrous and against our constitution rights of freedom and the pursuit of happiness. They can’t legally just keep pouring on restrictions, when you accepted the terms of your sentencing based on the restrictions at the time. We need to start a class action suit against the US Marshall’s office and get f..king John Walsh off TV. Here is a guy who left his six year old alone to play with some strangers in a mall who is somehow now the foremost authority on sex crimes. Give me a break.

    • Robert M
      August 29, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I was also just denied boarding on Royal Caribbean the business day before the cruise left. Today, Aug 29. They notified me that I could state my case and the situation of my case including if I had gone to a sex offender group.

      My case did not even have a victim. The “victim” was a fabricated child that I never had contact with.

      My case was one of the entrapment cases that FDLE and the orange county Sheriffs to troll craigs list and other site looking to lure unsuspecting persons. I said a few wrong statements, now i am registered for life in FLORIDA.

    • brian
      November 28, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      its time to fight back.. i’m just waiting for u guys to grow some balls 800,000 and families friends.. its time. No the registry needs to be destroyed.. noone deserves to be on it..

  28. Matt
    July 18, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Not one person has talked about traveling from state to state. Will travel to Alabama this month. Alabama’s law is vague about visitors. I am not sure if I have to register upon arrival or I have 10 days to register? Does anyone know? How will Alabama authorities even know I am in the State?

    • Brando Jones
      July 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      If you get stopped by police your record will pop up, the best thing you can do is call the police department and explain your situation. Take me My wife and I are moving to another state I called and informed that I was a form SO for another state and completed my sentence and asked if I would have to register for that state/jurisdiction and was told no as my time has been served.

      Each state is different the best you can do is inform them there is nothing preventing any SO from traveling from state to state. Also 10 days you say…. if that is your state and Alabama is 3 days expect to get arrested and charged you must and I repeat MUST comply with the registering state failure to do so can result in jail time further register time.

  29. T
    July 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

    The first time I had this experience was when I was flying to Mexico on 4/2016 which came as a surprise to me and then recently on 6/2016 when I flew to Lima, Peru, the same thing happened even after doing the notification with the Law enforcement. I guess I can’t go anywhere overseas at all because of the IML and the stigma I have to live for the rest of my days. I hope and pray that this will change.

  30. Bill Arthur
    July 9, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Secret — you can go to the Bahamas (Grand Bahama Island) without using a password. Only need a certified birth certificate and drivers license on a ferry from Fort Lauderdale called Bahamas Ferry Express. Once you’re there, you can go to other islands within the Bahamas with no problem. I haven’t done this, but their website is very explicit about it. If anyone does accomplish this, please let the group know that it works. This is one of the only nations I have found where a US citizen can visit without a passport.
    http://gobahamasplus.com/fast-ferry-info/
    Just be careful not to stay in Florida so long before you leave that you have to register there. Read carefully the details on the CRSOL state-by-state US Sex Offender Registration Laws.
    I’d still love to hear about any new cruise updates (denied/allowed boarding). From my experience with cruises in the past, you don’t need a password for a closed-loop cruise (leave/return same US destination on a Caribbean itinerary) and you can leave the ship in any port with your ship ID and not have to go through customs with a passport. This sounds like a great work-around.

    • steve
      July 18, 2016 at 10:43 am

      we have been going to Nicaragua for the last 10 years no problem, we have never had to tell anyone we are going, we only stay a week. went last year no problem, we are in texas. I am wondering if we will have a problem this year. there is nothing on my passport yet, it is good till 2019. on my registration form it says nothing about international travel restrictions.
      any ideas, will let you know if I get stopped

      • Cj
        August 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        How do you know if you have a restriction?

    • j
      September 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Bill, thank you for sharing.

  31. Mark
    July 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I am from Missouri and about to get off probation. Trying to figure out what I have to do to travel in the states around me. I read on the FAQ for Illinois, if you are there for more than 3 days in a year you have to register (Who would you register with, the last county you staying in?) In Iowa you have to register where you were within 5 days,(even if it is one night in a motel for business?) If I travel to Florida, it looks like as long as I am not there for more than 3 days at time i dont have to report.
    So many differences, how do you interpret them all?
    Do I need to let my sheriff know every time I leave town for 1 day?

    • Brando Jones
      July 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      1.(Who would you register with, the last county you staying in?)
      Boy giving me a lot to deal with here let me help you out, in Illinois you would have to register with the local law enforcement office. It could be county, could be state could be city. I would call and check.

      2. In Iowa you have to register where you were within 5 days,(even if it is one night in a motel for business?)
      Ah let me see here if it is one night you could (I am not saying you should) not register but and this is a BIG but check the circumstances they may have a rule that requires if you are there for so many days within a giving time period you have to register.. I.E. 5 days in a 6 month period also since you are staying at a hotel that qualifies as 2 days the day you arrived and the day you left
      3. If I travel to Florida, it looks like as long as I am not there for more than 3 days at time i dont have to report. That is correct to a point once again call and find out

      4. So many differences, how do you interpret them all?
      It is bullshit I have been through the wringer a couple of times fighting with jurisdiction because sex offender laws very by city, county, and state it sucks the best advice I can give you is call ahead first and see make sure someone will be there to fill out paper work

      5. Do I need to let my sheriff know every time I leave town for 1 day?
      1 Day maybe not but you should let them know if it is more then a 48 hour period and let them know before vacationing and extensive travel.

      This is not Legal advice just suggestions every jurisdiction is different and you should call and check before hand. Cover your own ass in this I know it is hard but keep your head up

  32. Bill Arthur
    July 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    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.

    • Roger Fenton
      July 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      I got a judges permission to go on a Bahama cruse on May 1, 2014, but Carnival would not let me board. Hope this helps.

    • Cyprian
      November 25, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      I recently took a 14 night cruise throughout the EU with CelebrityX and had no problem

    • Cyprian
      November 25, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      I recently took a 14 night cruise throughout the EU with CelebrityX and had no problem

  33. Bill
    June 30, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I am getting ready to travel around the world. I have written notice to my Sheriff with a list of all the countries I intend to visit. He submitted the information to the Marshall’s Office using the standard form that was created under the new law.
    He then called me back asking for more info that wasn’t on the form and wants me to update my finger prints. These request were coming from the Marshall’s Office.
    My conviction was a 1 count misdemeanor. I paid an $800 fine and did some community service.
    Now I feel that I will be labeled like some sort of evil predator. I have no idea what info is being shared or what will happen when I reach a border. F my life

    Anyone with a misdemeanor have any experience travelling under the new law?

    I’m concerned for my safety crossing remote borders.

    • Dave
      July 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Bill, CBP/USMS/ICE will send a “Green Notice” via Interpol to each country you plan to visit. You should expect that each country will be wiating for you to arrive–and likely take you off the plane and send you immediately home. Look deeper ito the forums before you decide to do this. You’ll be taking a significant risk.

    • September 16, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      How did you go about the marshall? Was it difficult?

  34. David
    June 29, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I just had a vacation to Germany and Ukraine without any difficulty with customs or immigration until I returned to the US. Then I got the usual flags and spent ten minutes answering the same damn questions twice about where I was and live.

    • greg
      June 30, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Did you follow the procedure of notifying 21 days in advance?

      • RL
        August 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm

        not sure how many people are getting in trouble for not notifying before going?
        the new bill says that if you knowingly do not notify then you are subject to fine or prison or both. I don’t know how many level 1 know about this notify bc it is not on the yearly registration form that they sign.

    • Aub
      July 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Did you have to notify the sheriffs office or did you just go

  35. Sean
    June 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Question. I’m going to Cancun for a wedding. I was on the registry in Virginia but now I’m not in Maryland. Will I be able to enter Mexico now that I’m not on Virginia or Maryland registry anymore? Also should I let the state of Maryland know I’m traveling to Mexico?

    • Ane Cho
      August 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

      We went to Mexico in May. My partner was removed from the registry in Maryland (where he lives) but as SOON as we landed in Mexico City, he was arrested, spent the night in detention at the airport and was flown back the next day. I live in Texas. The only way you’re going to get into Mexico is to walk across a border then take a flight from within Mexico to Cancun. Once you’re in the country, you’re fine. If you try to fly in, you’re wasting your money.

      • Daniel
        October 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

        This is true. I wasn’t aware of notify laws of any sort but we flew from Reynosa, Mexico on the border and straight to Cancun. I had absolutely no trouble anywhere, not even crossing back.

    • Cecilia
      November 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Hi Sean,

      I am currently a RSO originally convicted in Colorado, but moved to Virginia because I’m from here, I came across your comment about being registered in VA then got off in Maryland. I have a few questions if you’re willing to chat about how you got off the registry in Maryland. I’m planning on moving to Baltimore in two years once I’m off probation. Any information would be appreciated.

  36. bill
    June 21, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I was convicted 5 years ago of possession of child porn. Just possession not distribution. I had received 6 emails with 3 photos in each email. I was convicted of a felony first offense and given 6 months in county jail and three years probation and lifetime registration. I am in California. I went to Bolivia and was questioned when I went through customs entering the country but nothing when I left until coming back through Houston. I was taken aside all my luggage was check for over a hour, nothing was ever said as to why they were doing this. Again possession not physical contact, no prior record. Welcome to America

    • Ane Cho
      August 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

      We went to Bolivia last year, when he was still on the registry in Maryland. When we got to Bolivia, they finger printed him and delayed us for over an hour. Every time we come back to the US it’s the same thing. He gets pulled aside and questioned for 30-60 minutes and released. It’s a hassle but it’s better than not traveling.

  37. ruben
    June 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Has anyone filled out a mexico tourst migrate form known as fm-t to enter mexico by land?

  38. Gina
    June 5, 2016 at 12:12 am

    What about the US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico? Anyone know if we are able to Vaca there?

    • kerry bell
      June 6, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      these are US territories and as such are part of the US and need no passport. Other territories are Guam, American Samoa, and Solomon Islands.

      • Steveo
        June 30, 2016 at 4:20 pm

        What about moving to them, anyone have any experience moving to Puerto Rico?

        • Robert
          August 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm

          I spent a week in Puerto Rico in Feb. 2016. No problem, as it is a US territory. I wouldn’t expect a permanent move there to be an issue. Depending on the results of November’s election, I have considered that myself.

  39. ruben
    May 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Does anyone know if I can travel to the Broder towns of mexico for a one day trip

    • brian
      May 28, 2016 at 2:07 am

      I hear you can drive in to mexico but forget about flying. Oh side note I think it would be funny as shit if we started organizing.. could u imagine if we got 50,000 or more sex offenders to fly to mexico on the same day.. stuff like that is how u fight back or if we all started changing things and calling in to the register or going down there.. just planting some seeds.

      • ruben
        May 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Thanks I have drove to Nuevo laredo last year n wasn’t checked but coming back to customs was a hour n half check on me so I take it if we go for one day we still have to notefiy d government here ? N I think that actually a good idea 50000 of us go to mexico I’m in if we can make it happen

        • brian
          May 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

          Thats what i’m glad to hear to many of us just want to put our head down but they keep passing these laws long after we committed our crime. enough is enough 50,000 might be hard but i’m thinking even 5,000 would put a dent in the system and if we got travel insurance it might not even be money out our pocket but im willing to pay and lose my money if enough people show interest. My state doesnt have much for reform groups but cali has a good online site from what i can see. From what google tells me 800,000 of us thats a dam army and in alot of states we can vote.. throw in family and friends that could go into the millions. The gays had it bad but they protested and won rights, I think its time we start making a stand. Just my 2 cents.

        • brian
          May 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

          Oh one more thing if we get enough people on here maybe the site moderator could set something up.. call it the 50,000 man movement or something..lol Set it up like a year out to give time for people to join the movement. The only thing is if it leaked out it would kinda suck but maybe not.. I mean i’m not sure what they would do but it would def make them scramble.

      • Steveo
        June 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

        I wonder if we could get a visa and just live there if we drove in? Any ideas or info on that?

    • greg
      July 2, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      I’m going to say yes.
      I’ve been through the Tecate border and they just wave you through. Unless the random search alarm goes off. Then they pull you aside and do a 10 second half assed search. No major questions. No scanning passport.

      Good luck.

  40. Edward Jury
    May 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I am a US citizen but a Philippine born with my American father. also I’m a RSO. Am married to Filipina, a Philippine citizenship. I have my Philippine birth certificate and a Philippine Social Security card. Last April 2016, I applied for Dual citizenship and my application was not accepted or I can say denied without giving me any reason why. I am planning to retire on my job this year and we are presently selling our entire property and settled down permanently in the Philippines where we have close relatives lives there. The Philippine is prohibiting all RSO to enter the Philippines. so I made my research. I have to notify the Police Station where I am currently registered and need to file a NOTIFICATION OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OF RSO. That’s a clearance we need in order to get travel abroad. This is a mandatory requirement allow to notify the United States Marshall Service National Sex Offender Targeting Center. I will make sure that I will have a clearance and clear to travel outside the US to the Philippine without returning back to the US. My problems that bother me is Will the US and Philippine government allow me to travel and return back to the country of my birth place and stay there permanently and able to join my family members. The Adams Walsh law and the International Megan’s Law is very strict on all RSO. Anybody got the same problem or had any experiences in getting to the Philippines will be highly appreciated.

    • brian
      May 28, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Ok man you need to act quick at the end of the year they are going to start putting sex offender on passport.. the idiots government doesnt yet know how they are going to do this.. they can make us all get new ones or just wait until u need to renew.. but you might be screwed if you can not become a philippine citizen again. Your only option and I do not know this will work but move to a country that will let you in.. you can move there for one day. then from that country try to enter the philippines.
      Again i do not know if this will work but you have to tell communist russia i mean the us where u are going then they send a green notice. Philippines will reject u but maybe if u move to another country then try u might get in.. good luck let us know

    • Josh
      June 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Edward,

      I am married to a Filipina and I lived there for 2 years. In 2012 I went back and was turned away at the airport ( being the Philippines I was asked for a bribe of about$1,300). I’ve been working to get my name off the blacklist there in the Philippines and having to go through the DOJ there and was told by one lawyer that their best advice is to just pray. Since you have duel citizenship you might be alright but just a warning. Hopefully you make it. I’m hoping to move there permanently as soon as I am cleared from the blacklist.

      • Cherry Mae Jimenez
        June 18, 2016 at 1:19 am

        Hi josh so what happened? How long you have to wait for lifting your name on black list? You and my fiance have same problem, may i have the name or phone # your atty’s number….

  41. JJ JJ
    May 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Went to Costa Rica and when we landed they asked me to come with them. I was questioned and then put back on a plane. Costa Rica is out. I am a dual citizen of Ireland so I know I can’t be turned around there, but was wondering if I fly into London will i be stopped? does anyone have an experience with London or the UK yet?

    • Joel T
      July 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Same here we flew to Costa Rica with family, they wjere waiting for me, questioned me and put me back on the plane. COSTA RICA is a NO GO!!!

  42. Tod
    May 9, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    It would be nice to have a list on this site of where people have traveled and gotten into and ones that haven’t – I heard you were putting something together, but it might be good for people to simply reply and say they got in or had problems – there is not a resource out there like this, having a SO ‘friendly’ list would be very helpful to a LOT of people – sooner than later, you have enough to start, once it is up, all that needs to be done is add more.

    • David
      June 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Can you contact me directly Tod

      • June 26, 2016 at 1:22 am

        I was denied entry into the philippines in January 2016. I cannot file the fiance visa until I see my fiance of almost 2 and a half years, who is determined never to give up on me. She will leave for Hong Kong in about 30 days to work as a Housekeeper. I need to visit her there. Do you know if they are allowing anyone on the registry or should I go the upfront route and contact the embassy first and provide them with information on my situation. Will they care or will that just speed up my denial. I could kick myself for not having $500 in my hand when I got to the immigration window at the manila airport, but I was not thinking well at that moment. Here is my information should you have any solid information. Thanks.

        • Matt
          October 24, 2016 at 11:32 pm

          You can travel to Hong Kong. I went three times. I married my wife there.

    • September 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      I am a registered sex offender and I was convicted of rape victim under 13 when I was 16yrs old in 2004. I plan to go back to my country Trinidad and Tobago on September 30th 2016 what do I have to do who do I have to report to? I am now 28yrs old

      • Scott
        January 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        Did you get into trinidad ok?

  43. Tod
    May 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    If you are traveling internationally I would strongly recommend looking into travel insurance. I found a policy that if you are considered ‘persona non grata’ – denied entry into a country you can be covered by insurance, and cancel for any reason. So it is worth a couple hundred to save a few thousand! https://www.itravelinsured.com/travel-insurance/travel-lx-insurance – i have NOT used this yet, but I called and it doesn’t sound like it matters what the reason was, just that they did not let you in. I would also suggest contacting the embassy as well, I did for Portugal and she said, in writing, that as long as the US allows me to travel, they would let me in – might change when the notice comes across, but worth checking. Traveling by train is great in EU, they may check your passport (if you don’t have a stamp on it yet) ON the train, but there is no computer to scan, etc. There are options…
    There are places to travel, screw Mexico and some of the other ones that don’t, whining about it won’t help, finding places that want our money, don’t care, are where I want to go!

    • Tod
      October 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      just a follow up on this trip, I did not have any problems getting into Portugal, had a great trip, and of course when I got back to the US – the asses at customs pulled me aside, did a complete search of everything, including my iPhone and iPad – an hour of harrasment. DO NOT BRING A LAPTOP, and make sure there is nothing on anything that would cause any additional questions.

      • lee
        November 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

        Todd, did you have to do the 21 days notification? Where did you clear the immigration at, is it Portugal? When did you do this trip?

  44. Rob
    May 9, 2016 at 10:18 am

    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

  45. KL
    April 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I am traveling to Trinidad/Tobego in August. I live in Maryland. It says I have to notify my primary registration agency 3 days before I travel internationally with my itinerary. I am going for a wedding for about ten days. Any comments on what I may face?

    • brian
      April 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Alot of people ask then they never come back and tell what happened. ON a side note I just went to jamaica march 2016 went through 1-2 hours of questioning by different immigration officers but they let me in. Now my victim was 14 not sure if that made a difference.. Another thing that was pointed out to me that alot of countries in europe and china age of consent is 14. I am attempting to email them now and ask if i can travel there. I dont know if they will care that what i did is not a crime in there country or just see the green notice from interpol and deprot me.. again look up green notice on interpol.. definintion criminal that is likely to recommit crimes in foreign country.. we should be able to sue.. if we dont fight back nothing happens we are 800,000 strong. i know alot even myself want to keep head down and wait 4 years or 9 years and get off registry but now they are going to put it on our passports.. something needs to be done. It really is time to take a stand.. if all u do is donate money if you can afford..

      • john
        May 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm

        I am going to jamaica next year for my wedding and its already paid for. Im nervous they will send me back but i have a email from thier embassy saying i will not be turned away

      • john
        May 17, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        Also do you have to register at jamaica as a sex offender

        • brian
          May 28, 2016 at 2:16 am

          john i looked up about registering in jamaica and at first u will read that they have a registery but after alot of diging and emailing.. I think jamaica tried then saw how much a pain in the ass and money it would cost and gave up.. I’m not 100 percent about this but i looked alot and emailed people and this what i came up with. I cant remember the links or anything just googling around.

    • September 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      What happened when you went to Trinidad and Tobago?

  46. Jon
    April 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    In 2004 I was convicted of distribution of child pornography in MN on a Federal level. I served 24 months in prison. Had 2 years of probation and 10 years of registry to the MN BCA. I was registered as a Level 1 offender. I have tried countless times over the years to find my name on the National Sex Offender List and the MN specific Offender List and my name has never appeared on either of them.

    If I am not on any lists that are available online. Am I still going to have issues traveling internationally? I feel like there is probably a different list/information provided to the different countries when your passport is scanned but how would I actually know if I am going to have trouble getting into another country?

    I want to be completely honest when I am filling out a visitors visa and not trying to pull a quick one on anybody but should I say I have a criminal background on a visa request or leave it off and see what happens? All of this based off the fact I cannot find myself listed anywhere.

    Thoughts?

    • April 15, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Until I found this I thought I’d have to spend the day inside.

    • erwin
      April 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Minnesota only lists level 3 predators on their public website. But you’re still required to register with local law enforcement. If MN is a SORNA state, you have to abide by the new guidelines by giving notice to officials before you do any international travel. You also could be the subject of a green notice warning sent out to countries you plan traveling to. In addition all registered sex offenders will have the new passport identifier under the new law. So you have a lot of obstacles to overcome. The European Union tends to be more relaxed about letting in RSOs but that could change with an sex offender identifier stamped on your passport. Also many countries countries (especially in Latin America & Asia) have been turning RSOs away. Go to the CA RSOL website. You’ll get a lot more info & stories about from RSOs who have attempted travel internationally

    • brian
      April 29, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Ok i’m ex military and retired and i love to travel.. now the greatest coutnry in the world is trying to deny that and it makes me sick that the citizen of this country let it happen.. it doesn matter the crime you send people to prison cruel and unusual punshiment is sappose to be illegal.. Ok from what i understand is when u travel u have to tell if you are on registry.. they issue a green notice through interpol.. now i dont think you’re passport is flagged.. I have heard countries like canada columbia australa japan have access to our criminal records.. besides those countries you should be fine because they wont know you are coming because u dont have to tell. As far as visa i dont remember being asked that and i have traveled alot.. i’m sure some places do.. I would lie but thats me. but i dont advise anyone thats on registry to not notify that u are leaving country.. some people have had no problem others got busted.. and its very serious.

    • brian
      May 28, 2016 at 2:21 am

      now if you no longer have to register from what i understand u are golden.. i’m screwed well maybe i was sappose to register 10 years louisana but i had to move to virginia well la stops you’re time u have to live there for 10 years. virginia where i live now its life.. Illinois where i’m from 10 years but you have to be off where u where sentenced this is a bunch of bullshit.. I have to hire a lawyer in a few years and go to court in LA and hope they let me off.. if not puerto rico at 15 years I think.. I was in military and moved around but it makes me sic that they do this to us. I mean if this is not cruel and unusual what is. Plus this happened years ago but they can pass new laws and new penalties and say they are not punitive but if i dont follow i get a felony who is buying that crap.

  47. Darrin S
    March 31, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I’m hoping someone here can lead me the right direction as this is not just about travel and passports, but also about immigration. My fiancé brought up a point that I had not considered, and that is that immigration may look at my background as an RSO as much as they will look at her as a foreigner.

    I understand that we need to prove our relationship, and that has been resolved with 2 visits to her country. But will immigration or some other government arm also look at my record? I have been on the registry since 2003 with a non-person misdemeanor. I’ll happily read opinions, but if someone can direct me to someone who has some first hand knowledge, I’d appreciate it. Would they deny her a fiancé visa because her fiancé is an RSO?

    Thanks

    • Randy
      April 3, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Darrin, unfortunately yes it will affect your being able to use a visa for your wife. Read about the Adam Walsh Act. There is a specific section in it that denies the a sex offender to petition for a visa. Feel free to contact me if you need more info

    • Rica
      September 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      I never got a Fiance` visa but i applied for all my paperwork and never got any problems my husband is a RSO. I do not believe they run a background check on you when processing the visa or green card for her. all the questions and information is about her. All you have to do is validate you are in a genuine marriage or meet the required timeline for marriage when she relocates.

    • Matt
      October 24, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      They will deny her a visa. Adam Walsh Act of 2006 prohibits an RSO who has a conviction involving a minor from petitioning a fiance or family member unless you can prove that you are no risk to them. The problem is the standard of proof is such that no one can meet it.

  48. Tod
    March 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I recently traveled to Europe this summer, I am a RSO and did register before I left the US, I flew through London into the Czech Republic, no problems, Few back to London, no problems, then to Switzerland, not problems, train to France, and then back to London, again, was not held up or harassed – until I got back to Denver, was taken out, everything was searched, and then was finally released – not questioned though. It wast the first time outside the US since I was released from probation, but still have to register for 8 more years, and even then, with IML, may not help – I HOPE you are successful tomorrow, and more so, defeating this terrible law!

    I had planned on going to Mexico next month, but luckily I have insurance – highly recommend everyone has in this situation – cancelled my trip and will get a full refund, not willing to take the chance. Also, sent an email to the Portugal Embassy and asked if I could enter the their country with a sex offense, she said yes. I guess that could change, and will ask again before I book my flight (trip won’t be until Oct) maybe the injunction will win with both notification and passports.

    Thank you for all you are doing!

    • Jp
      April 11, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Hi,

      Just quick history on my background. I was guilty back in 2007 of misdemeanor attempted sexual battery(nothing actually happened, was over the internet)
      Been on the registry since.

      I went to Mexico on April 7th 2016. As soon as we landed, flight attendant called my name. I had to get off the plane before anyone. My thoughts……here we gooooooo

      I wasn’t to worried as I thought USA wouldn’t share information with Mex, I was wrong.

      Mexico passed a law in 2013 where they will refuse anyone on the registry. So I was in Mex for literally one hour then back on the plane back to Mexico.

      Good thing you canceled trip. From now on I will be researching every destination I plan on traveling to.

      Went to UK i was fine BUT as soon as we landed I had immigration waiting for me. I wasn’t that worried as I have dual citizenship. US and UK
      I went to Jamaica beginning of 2015 – no problem
      Got denied to Canada
      Went to Qatar summer of 2015 – no problem
      Went to Barcelona and Portugal around 2011-2012 – no issues but things could have changed.

      • RK
        August 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

        Hey JP, did you notify 21 days prior?
        If not can that come back and get you?
        If they flagged you in Mexico, maybe nothing got back to the States
        and no notice here?

    • brian
      April 29, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks for posting about portugual its good to hear where we can go. Mexico is actually bragging in some news article about denying over 1000 sex offenders.. well i am about to email the embassy of mexico and let them know that most people are traveling with there family and 1000×1000 is a million dollars so add family friends how much money is mexico losing.. i’m going to remind them they are a poor country and that making stupid decision like that is only going to hurt them.. AGain we have 800,000 sex offenders.. if we mass email embassies that deny us carnival cruise line and let them know how much money they are loosing maybe they will think twice. WE have an army and if you count family members friends we are in the millions.. but we can just hide and let it slide.

      • Tod
        May 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

        why put all your efforts into try to change their minds, instead, why not find places that are SO friendly? There are lots of small island countries, EU, eastern EU, middle east, and so on that would love our money. mass mailing an embassy not sure how that is going to help. Like i said before, screw Mexico, there are SO many other places we can go, other cruises, etc –

        • brian
          May 28, 2016 at 2:55 am

          Maybe you are right but so far most places I want to go have told me no. I was planning on retiring in philippines for many years and still plan on it one way or another i’m going to get in..lol What cruise lines will let SO go on? Carnival said no but i have a friend that did not know he had to notify anyone and he got on. I wanted to travel to Belize and Mexico both countries are denying us. I was actually thinking of taking a cruise there since usually u just hop off and noone checks you’re passport.

      • lp
        November 22, 2016 at 5:15 am

        When does stAmp of sex offender go on visA and passlorts?

    • B
      May 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      In 2014 I traveled to Thailand and was denied entry because the US embassy notified the thai immigration. They escorted me from the plane and made me buy a ticket out of the country. They said if I came back I would have no problem getting admitted as long as there was no notice sent before my arrival. I have not tried yet. I flew to hong kong and was admitted. A few days later I returned to the US and was questioned and searched by customs. In 2015 I got a ticket from the US. to Nauru with a connection in Taiwan. In Taiwan I got off the flight and bought another ticket to hong kong. I have been to philippines, malaysia, vietnam, cambodia, indonesia and brazil since without issue. I have no intentions of returning to the US and am interested in any suggestions with respect to second citizenship and second passports. Please reply to this post. Thanks

      • brian
        May 28, 2016 at 2:40 am

        dual citizenship is the way to go because you never know when things will get worse or if they are going to put that dam stamp on.. I read the law it says when u get off registry u get it off you’re passport. But some states its life then i was thinking what if you move out of us u are no longer on registry does it come off? The only thing is look and see what you did is a crime in that country.. marriage is prob the fastest and easiest way. Plus there are countries out there that do not ask for fbi reprot just a local police station. Just putting that out there.

        • Alexander C. Miles
          June 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

          I believe the advance travel notification expressly requires the traveling registrant to disclose all passports, regardless of issuing country, to the state authorities. Thus, e.g. a quadruple citizen who is a U.S. RSO is under a legal obligation to disclose all his 4 passports. Any Interpol notification would then list all passports and citizenships in its notice to foreign immigration authorities. If discovered, failure by RSOs with multiple citizenships to disclose all the passports under which they might travel would be a felony and result in extradition and prosecution in the United States.

      • Keymauri
        November 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

        I’m wanting to travel to Thailand have you tried to enter this year.? Or has anyone tried to enter

    • K
      June 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Yea if we are almost 1 million strong and with family n friends. We could fight back enough being scared and let’s fight. I’m down

    • David
      June 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Tod, you said Europe was ok and that you registered before. You mean you let the countries know you were coming or that you were a RSO here. Also do you still have a felony or misdemeanor on your record or has it been reduced and or expunged ?

      • Jim
        October 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm

        Todd, I went on a short notice trip from DFW to Frankfurt January of 2016. I went in three days prior to my trip and notified my local PD where I register. He explained that Texas is not adherent to SORNA and does not require 21 days notice.

        I had NO problems whatsoever at Frankfurt and during my trip. This was my first trip abroad since being registered.

        I read about people returning back and having delays at immigration returning to the US. At Dallas, I had no trouble, other than a short 15 minute detour. I sat in the waiting room for 15 mins, then the agent waived me to the window handed my my documents and I left. Thanks to the posts here before that trip, I knew what to expect coming back into the US, so it really wasn’t a big deal.

        I did make sure to use miles for my airline ticket in case there was a problem. With American Airlines, miles you can can change flights/tickets, etc.

        Hope this helps.

    • kristoffer
      October 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

      I also traveled to many of those same countries back in 2012-2013. Through London several times, paris, berlin, madrid, rome, athens, amsterdam. No issues at all. This, however, is before the ramped up efforts at detection. And I was convicted 10 years ago of possession of lewd and lascivious material and explosive device. Every time I came back, I was more than superficially examined, but never had anything exhaustively searched, or was I upheld for a great amount of time.

  49. Curt
    March 15, 2016 at 7:40 am

    What should I expect? I have a 33 year old felony sex offense from a USAF General Courts Martial involving a minor (step-daughter). I have never been on a registry nor have I ever committed any crime since. I am now 60yrs old, retired and my wife and I are traveling to Costa Rico in May 2016. I got my passport with no problem nor does it contain any type of special identifier. What should I expect.

    • Mojo
      March 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      You should expect no problems during your travels. if you are not in the registry, I doubt you’ll have problems entering the states either.

  50. JTW
    December 22, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I was wondering if you have anybody who is opposing this bill HR 515 the international travel. We cannot have this at all. I will contact all my congressman for Minnesota. Is your group on the ground pushing this and fighting against this.
    Thank you

    vote no for HR 515

  51. Ann
    November 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I just was grabbed by Mexican immigration Nov 6,2015 off a virgin America flight from SFO to cabo. I am a rso and was not told why until I figured out the ™top secret list™ the Mexican immigration told me I was on must be this.

    • Bob
      January 31, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      So your were not able to enter Mexico?

    • Jp
      April 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      yup…Mex passed a law in 2013 that denies people who are on the registry to enter Mex.

      I didn’t know that and I tried going there April 7th 2016…was only in Mex for an hr then back to USA

      • RL
        August 19, 2016 at 2:09 am

        Hey JP, will you have any issues with the no 21 day notification.
        A lot of people are not aware of that statute.
        I don’t believe its on the yearly registration form for level 1

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