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).




364 comments for “Travel–Domestic and International

  1. Ralph
    June 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I want to travel to Israel in October 2017. I am not Jewish if that means anything. I’m a RSO in California. Crime was 25 years ago with step-daughter. Level 1.
    Has anyone traveled there in the past year? Can you please let me know if there are any procedures that work

  2. Beth
    June 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Looking for feedback from someone who *has* filled out the SORNA form and was admitted into an EU country. Please share your experience. Thank you!

  3. Yuriy
    June 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    As of June 2017 has anybody had problems to traveling to France or ukraine ? I would like to know.

    • Joe123
      June 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      I traveled to Ukraine and Romania as a Level 1 without any issues.

  4. Beth
    June 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Am wondering two specific things.

    1. Does anyone know what happens after you fill out the SORNA form? The US Marshals enter the info into INTERPOL? And then what? Does it sit there for available cross-checking purposes, or do they send a notification to the country?

    2. Am wondering if anyone has filled out the form and been turned back from Italy.

  5. Todd
    June 11, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I am a RSO from Kansas. I was wondering if I would be able to get to Paris or in to EU without any problems and other countries that would allow me to enter there country.

    • Sam
      June 13, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      You should not have any problems whatsoever. I traveled with my family to the Schengen region, entering in Frankfurt Germany and have traveled all around Schengen. At the end of my 90 days I entered Africa in Morocco, stayed and toured all over that country you before returning back to Spain and back into the Schengen region.

      I have also recently travelled to Romania Moldova Macedonia Bulgaria and the Ukraine.

      The state where I am registered does not follow sorna and thus did not require the 21-day notification. To cover my bases I have notified the state that I intended to travel internationally including approximate locations and dates and when I intended to fly out of the country and when I might return.

      I minimize my international travel signature by doing exclusive land and or sea crossings only and staying out of the air. We only do this because of rumors that suggest that Angel watch does periodic scans of Passenger manifests. I have never heard this substantiated in any way and have no idea if it is true or not.

      We will continue to travel around Europe Africa and Asia for the next couple of years, hopscotching in and out of various regions depending on their individual Visa and or tourist visa requirements.

      Prior to traveling internationally I traveled extensively in the United States traversing the country multiple times and like others have stated I keep a record of exactly when I enter a particular state and what their requirements are as far as registration is concerned and I always leave before any registration requirement is triggered.

      To anybody that is considering traveling I would not hesitate for a moment because certainly the benefits far outweigh the Draconian rules of the United States.

      We may return someday but our work affords us the ability to work from any place on the planet and travel anywhere and anytime we want. We are also looking into becoming citizens of a foreign country….. Steps which for us could make sense but there are many factors that go into this.

      • Beth
        June 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        Hi Sam, just curious what your state is?
        We’re in Texas, a supposedly non-compliant state, but today my husband was told he needed to fill out the form. So now we wait and see. We’ve traveled to Europe many times (pre-form) and never had an issue except in the UK. We’re entering in Italy.
        Does anyone out there have recent experience having filled out the form and entered Italy?

        • Sam
          June 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

          I’m from NY, Level 1. No form.

          I just sent a certified letter before I left and that was that.

      • Beth
        June 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm

        Hi Sam,
        Thanks for your response. Just another question/comment.
        Interesting that you could submit a certified letter. My husband had to go downtown and submit documentation through the registry office.
        My other question is related to your dates. You said when you “might” return.
        We submitted our travel itinerary, but it’s likely that our return date will actually be a little farther out, due to my changing work schedule. Just curious if you have any feedback/input on returning to the US later than the date you originally gave them. Is there any reason to be alarmed about changing our return date (which we wouldn’t do until we were in the EU anyway)? I searched online but I don’t see a way to update your SORNA form/info remotely.
        Thanks for any insight you might be able to offer.

        • Sam
          June 16, 2017 at 6:49 pm

          Well here goes…… so before we even attempted to leave the country we had been traveling around the United States in an RV and per the law in New York state we were or I was rather listed as undomiciled. We were not domiciled in any County in New York state because we were traveling the United States and I took care to make sure that wherever we went we were within the scope of each State’s registry guidelines so that we did not overstay and trigger a registry requirement.

          That was my first step and that involved alerting my local sheriff’s department and sending in a certified letter that we would be traveling the United States and that was that.

          When we decided to travel International I called the registry and inquired about doing so and because I was already listed as un-domiciled I only had to let them know what my intentions were and that we would be out of the country for an indefinite period of time.

          The registry in New York state indicated that if we stayed for any length of time at any one address while we were traveling around the world that I should send in a letter and or let them know via a phone call what address I might be staying at for any length of time.

          The certified letter that I indicated is just how I communicate with New York State, making sure that I always have full documentation.

      • Angel
        June 16, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        “Sam, This is a question from a friend of mine desperately in need of any help he can get. You seems to be very knowledgeable in the area. I promised him to forward his question to you.
        “I am completing a sentence for underage photos on my computer and was given 25 years of supervised release. I am also a US trained medical doctor. I want to have a Plan B ready in case staying in the US becomes untenable. I am interested in emigration from the US and am interested in finding what this entails. Obviously, I would still be on supervised release, the conditions are boilerplate Adam Walsh act. I am open to ideas/suggestions for which country to relocate to. Ideally, I would like to practice medicine after I move and would prefer infrastructure allowing continued contact with my family in the US. I would go as far as denounce my US citizenship. I am ignorant as to where to go and how to go about this whole process and would greatly appreciate any advice you could offer.”
        Thank you for your help!

        • Sam
          June 17, 2017 at 9:54 am

          From where I have done my research it looks like as far as relocating outside of the United States and if you intend on relocating to Europe, that Romania and Portugal are your two best bets, though Spain is the country that I am personally investigating immigrating to permanently with my family.

          The Golden Visa program in various countries especially in those mentioned could grant you the quickest access to permanent residency outside of the United States. Money talks.

          If you are still currently under Supervision in the United States you obviously will have to get permission to leave the country from your probation officer.

          I’m sure I share your pain, my conviction was in 2002 and was in New York. In my opinion, and after considerable research, and having lived in New York……… Oregon and New York are the best places to live based on my registration level of 1.

          I follow the laws to the letter and all investigation into relocating is being done with a local attorney. I don’t want to burn any legal bridges in the US as my registration in NY ends in 2023. I would never denounce my citizenship for the US, though there are, as mentioned, several compelling options for making life as a RSO far more tolerable.

          I served my probation for ten years without any incidents. I completed all court-ordered evaluations and treatments. For all intents and purposes I live my life with my family generally speaking under the radar in the United States. By under the radar I just mean that because I am a level 1 there is no public notification in my current state of New York. There is little to no information on the internet or any news outlets regarding my original conviction and because I follow the letter of the law and have not gotten into trouble I remain very much under the radar.

          That all being said I do still have some restrictions and since we began traveling internationally we have come to understand that there are plenty of other options for living a very nice life outside of the United States.

      • Angel
        June 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm

        I thank you very much for your time and efforts. I am sure everyone does really appreciate that you help them.
        I even don’t know how to put comments here, only I find your comment and click on reply. I am very new to this site.
        I sent your reply to my friend and he is very grateful.
        He is also asking to know if there is a way he could communicate with you through CorrLinkes. He has a few important questions which he has been seeking answers to in months and no one seemed to know the answers to help him.
        Your help is greatly appreciated!
        Thank you!

        • Sam
          June 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

          Your best bet is an attorney…….I would never advise anyone beyond simple information I’ve collected…..

          Good luck.

      • Angel
        June 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

        Thank you so much for the help and the good luck wish!
        You were a great help!
        Thanks again, and good luck to you too!

  6. Lynn
    June 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    My husband and I are wanting to travel to Michigan,(he is registered). And looking for more information on restrictions/notification? I have seen that schools are totally off limits. Is this true? Also any phone number we call for more information have us leave a message and no one calls us back. Super frustrating. If you could direct me in the right direction it would be much appreciated!! Thank you!

    • David Fuell
      June 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Where are you travelling from. U live in the United States and travel all over the States without any issues. As I’m not in any one state but my home state or make residency or job in one state more then 3 days

      • Lynn
        June 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm

        We live in the US. We were told we have to follow each states laws. Doing research, I believe it says if you are visiting MI more then 7 days you have to register and they have safety zones (1000 ft around schools) where no one on the registry can be in. Just wondering if this applies to everyone even parents.

        • Lauren
          June 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm

          Yes, be sure and check every place you want to go with what their time limit allows. Florida is 48 hours before reporting there. California is 7 days, Hawaii is 10 days, and so on. What kind of school? College or younger? Is your husband still on probation? Trust me, these things matter.

        • Determined
          June 14, 2017 at 11:33 am

          I live in Michigan. I just had an appt with my attorney on Monday regarding this very topic. The way in which it is worded is you may not “loiter” within 1000 ft of a school zone. My children live with me. I recently was early released from probation and had concerns about sporting events and parent/teacher conferences. The law is designed to prevent “creepy old men in trench coats” from loitering around the school and watching “children”. I recommend a low profile, confront no one and use common sense. It is a no win with LE. Better to save any indignation and contempt for a legal challenge.

  7. Dn
    May 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I know a lot of you have said traveling to a Schengen country is no problem. Is that still the case? Looking to plan a trip there in September with my family and hoping I won’t have any issues. Most likely flying into Vienna. Thanks for any insight you can give me!

  8. Mark
    May 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Has anyone ever tried going into Argentina? If so what was the experience like?

  9. Ron
    May 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Does anyone here knows what will be the life after you finish your registration years? This is my last year and what will I expect? Will my life go back to normal and I can travel freely?

    • Lauren
      June 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Not likely. Just because you are no longer registered locally does not mean your name suddenly disappears from registries and lists. Travel will be uncertain, possibly for several years.

  10. Jim
    May 5, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Is anyone familiar with life for registered citizens in Puerto Rico? Can registrants find housing? Jobs? Can one live there in relative peace? Any info would be appreciated.

    • john
      May 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Has anyone heard of a r.s.o being denied entry into jamaica

      • Dave
        June 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        I just sent an email to Jamaica asking them for travel next year but I don’t have a response yet

    • Hp
      May 26, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      I would think you would be ok there. Laws there are really relax I just came from visiting there. No problems at all

      • Joe123
        June 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

        What level are you? Someone recently told me that they were denied to Jamaica. I’m not sure what their charge was, but they were at least Level 2.

  11. Don
    May 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

    So, if someone doesn’t have to register for life and eventually fall of the register after 10-15 years, they are just considered a felon and won’t have as much hassle?

  12. D
    April 26, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Hi, I’m curious if anyone has any recent experience with Norwegian Cruise Line. Thanks in advance.

  13. James
    April 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I’m planning a vacation from Utah to Hawaii for 6 days in May. For domestic travel like this, can anyone give me tips or information? I’m required to register as a SO. I’ve called the PD where I’m living and 6 days doesn’t require reporting in Utah. However I haven’t contacted any Hawaiian PD to report my stay yet. Gathering from their website for laws governing RSO’s, it appears only stays of 10 or more days within 12 months requires registration. When purchasing my ticket, my UT driver license was used (no passport required). Thank you for this community and for any feedback. This is my first time flying as a SO and I’ve been off probation for almost a year.

    • Donald Sueoka
      April 26, 2017 at 11:52 am

      My wife and I were in Hawaii for 2 weeks. We did not stay long enough in one place for me to have to register anywhere in Hawaii. We did 5 days in Maui and 3 in Honolulu then we did a the cruise around the islands. I was fine here in Indiana.

      • Islandav8r
        April 27, 2017 at 2:47 am

        @Donald… Unfortunately, you are incorrect as to not staying “long enough in one place” to have to register. If you’re there for three (3) business days (not greater than three days but on the third day) you must register so the information you are giving is incorrect and could put people in jeopardy. If you don’t know the law then you should refrain from commenting even though you were fortunate enough to not get caught. Aloha

        • Don
          May 4, 2017 at 8:16 am

          I followed up with the laws before we left. I also told my detectives. Everything was OKd by them through the FBI too.

        • Kim hight
          June 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm

          How are they both right? Anyone that can read sees he was traveling NOT MOVING. Hence he was right And did everything right. 3 days was wrong. Period.

      • James
        May 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm

        Thanks to both of you for the feedback. I contacted Hawaii SOR unit and they’ve confirmed a stay less than 10 days in a calendar year doesn’t require registration. Clearly there’s mixed information out there, however–just more indication of a flawed system. Thanks again. First-hand experience is helpful from both a resident and a traveler.

        • Don
          May 4, 2017 at 8:18 am

          You did your homework. Have fun in Hawaii!

        • Jeff
          June 4, 2017 at 5:53 am

          You’re actually both correct. Looking at HI laws online it shows that up to 10 days in a calender year does not require registration _unless_ you are establishing a residence. In that case the time requirement is 3 days.

    • Islandav8r
      April 27, 2017 at 2:42 am

      I live in Hawaii and have been a registrant for almost ten years. If you come to any of the Hawaiian islands you MUST register with the local police department within three (3) business days of arrival. Each island is its own county and if you visit other islands then you will have to register with that island. Now with that being said there is no one keeping tabs on you so whose to really know how long you stay on island. However, if you have contact with law enforcement they usually ask if you’ve been arrested before and may run your name so it’s up to you whether you chance it or not. Aloha!

  14. TL
    April 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Just wanted to give a travel update. I am a RSO, still on supervised release. I just traveled to Aruba for one week at the end of March, and then back to the US for one day and then immediately to Spain for another 10 days in the beginning of April. No problems whatsoever. And was not even stopped coming back through US Customs for any questioning. I just received my new passport the week before leaving, and it has no identifying marks. I was expecting US Customs to question me returning from at least one of the trips, based on my info being uploaded on the flight manifest, but this did not happen. My travels were as smooth as they could have been.

    • RD
      April 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Can anyone clarify for me, if a travel visa is approved for a country is that a guarantee you will be able to travel and get into that country to visit?

      • rwvnral
        April 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

        Absolutely not. Any nation has the right to refuse entry to anyone regardless of whether or not they hold a valid passport….just as holding a valid driver’s license does mean you can drive anyone’s car without their permission.

      • TL
        April 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

        I also agree with the response of rwvnral. A visa approval does NOT guarantee entry into that country. One thing to consider is that while a visa “could” be granted, it must be kept in mind that you would be applying for a visa through the consulate or embassy. They are who would approve the visa, if it was approved. BUT….when you travel to the country, it will be the customs/border control that would be aware of your impending arrival, and they would be the ones to decide to prevent your entry into their country. There is a huge disconnect between the approving consulate in a country and the border agency of that country. Not a chance you would want to risk.

    • Van
      April 24, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Did you give 21 days notice?

      • TL
        April 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

        Yes, I gave 21 days notice for both trips.

    • Beth
      June 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Hi TL,
      Curious if you registered with SORNA before leaving the US, and if so, what state you are based in?
      Thank you so much.

  15. jk
    March 31, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Ok got a job here in alaska I’ll need to drive through Canada to get to Haines alasaka . I am a RSO but it is a mistermeanor how do i find out things i know nothing at all thank you.

    • jk
      March 31, 2017 at 3:04 am

      Oh it was in 2009 got off probation in 2011

    • David
      April 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Here is what I would do. I would fly to Alaska and have a friend drive my car through Canada to Alaska. Then I would fly my friend back to their home destination. Btw, what kind of job did you get in Alaska?

    • Don
      April 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Canada does not allow anyone with a felony or a sex offense to enter their country. I would do as David said.

  16. Steve
    March 27, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Hello. I will be off probation in 3 weeks. With the identifying mark coming quickly, should I apply for a passport immediately the day after I am done? And should I do it expedited? Any help here would be great.

    • Tod
      March 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      I would suggest you to, who knows when that will occur and would rather have that in hand before that happens. They may eventually require it, but if you have one, then it will not be as easy. Changes are always possible, but for now, get it while this has not been implemented yet.

    • Freedom Fighter !!
      March 30, 2017 at 11:22 am

      You can legally have a Passport now !!! There’s no law that says you can’t have one !!. Get it NOW !! And travel ! Eat there crap !! Endure the pain !! But don’t let this ILLEGAL crap stop you from life !!!

      • Steve
        March 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm

        Would they not reject it presently with me on probation still?

        • TL
          April 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

          Steve, you will not be rejected while being on probation. The disqualifying (rejection) issues are if you owe child support, owe the IRS, or have a drug conviction involving international smuggling. But being a RSO on probation does NOT disqualify you from obtaining your passport. I am an RSO and I am on supervised release currently, and I just received my passport.

    • kerry bell
      March 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      I’m a RSO, and just got my Passport today. There were no identifying marks that I could see. You do not have to wait to get off probation or parole to get a Passport. Just can’t use it until off. Would not hesitate.

      • Steve
        April 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm

        I should have been clearer in my initial post. I had less than 1/8 oz marijuana in my home when the police arrived to arrest me. It was packaged in with my charges which I am still baffled about since it was about $5 street value.. Thus I technically have a drug offense which would disqualify me until probation is over. At least that is what I have read in multiple places.

      • TL
        April 24, 2017 at 11:27 am

        I must clarify that as an RSO, you CAN use your passport while on probation/parole/supervised release. I just traveled out of the country twice in the last 4 weeks. I gave my 21 days notice to my county of registration, and I let my PO know. Other than that, I was fine to travel. Obviously, you can not go to countries that will not accept RSO’s. But it does NOT stop you from using your passport to travel while still under probation/parole/supervised release.

  17. PM
    March 27, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Anyone know if RSOs can get into Honduras? Specifically Roatan. Looking to escape the confines of the US ASAP! Bought tickets for next month, but wondering if I’ll be able to get in. Moreover, my state is non compliant with SORNA and makes no mention of the 21 day notification requirement so I’m gonna plead ignorance. However, I read that “Angel Watch” routinely scans airline databases and if a name pops up from the International RSO list then they send out an INTERPOL notification. Anyone got information or experience with this?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Brian
      March 29, 2017 at 2:10 am

      I recently visited my home town in Illinois they do not do international notices. I am living in Jamaica. My advice is transfer to Illinois then leave. I wish I knew Jamaica let me in but has messed with me a few times about it.

      • BD
        March 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm

        So let me get this straight, you have had no problems getting into Jamaica? How recent?

        • Brian
          April 21, 2017 at 2:43 am

          I had trouble 2 times but they let me in after questioning . Fly from a state that does not send notice is my advice . They have my notice from Virginia

        • brian
          May 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

          I just left jamaica.. because of the notice.. it is a green notice and not all states do it.. once a country has it its there for life.. I hated Jamaica and now am in Romania.. Jamaica super expensive and i did not like the people.. my advice leave through illinois or travel to europe first.. again once that notice is sent to a country you will be in there computer for life’? I was flagged leaving and coming after notice

      • PM
        April 1, 2017 at 10:28 pm

        Thanks Brian! They don’t do notices where I live either. I was just concerned that @ngle W@tch would scan the Secure Flight database and run the names off the Intl RSO list and send the notice that way if they popped up. If I can’t get into Honduras then Jamaica may be my next choice!

        • Gigi
          May 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm

          Where do you live that they don’t give notice? How is that possible? Doesn’t SORNA require it? Does anyone have a list of states that don’t give the federal agencies notice?

        • brian
          May 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm

          I do not advise Jamaica but it could be different for you.. I am currently in Romania. Vacation fine but to live sucks i was going for dual but could not do it and i have alot of overseas experience..

  18. TL
    March 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I thought I would post this for all interested, and as a follow up to my “delayed” passport application. Upon filing my renewal application, the passport web site stated it was currently 4-6 weeks for delivery. I had almost 9 weeks, which was plenty of time not to have to expedite. My brother (no-felony convictions) filed his renewal one week after mine, and he received his within 3 weeks. I, on the other hand, was at 6 weeks with still no passport. Even more frustrating, the passport web site status was “processing”, the same status it had been in for almost 4 weeks. When I was within 2 weeks of travel, I drove 4 hours to a passport agency to try to solve the problem. The gentleman who helped me could only tell me that my passport was on “hold”, but could give me no further information. He explained that I should have received a letter explaining the “hold”, which I never received. He suggested calling the passport 800 number again and asking for a phone call back explaining the reason and to also request a letter, since I did not get one. I called and I was advised someone would call me back within 2 business days, and that they have requested a letter to be sent to me. 3 days later, still no phone call from the Dept. of State, and no letter. At this point I contacted my senator, explained I was a RSO, but that nothing was preventing me from having a passport. I also explained that I felt my passport was no “stuck” in the new legislation requirement of the “Unique Identifier” being placed on my passport, and that maybe the Dept. of State did not have their process set up yet. The representative from the Senators office agreed with that theory. He said he felt this was not right and got on the case immediately. The next day, the passport web site status suddenly changed to “final stage”. The next day I got an email from my senators office stating, “…your passport is out for delivery”. I received my passport in the mail from New Hampshire 3 hours later. And today is 11 days after I requested the phone call and letter from the Dept. of State about my application “hold”, and I still have not received a phone call or a letter There is absolutely no identifier on it, and I thoroughly inspected it using different lights and angles. In summary, I would have to believe there truly was a hold up on passport applications of RSO’s that do not apply using an expedite. I feel that the Dept. of State is still trying to set up the system that will place the identifier on these passports. It is also validated since I never received a phone call or letter in the mail. Those are sent when the applicant has an issue preventing them from completing the application. I do not believe the Dept. of State would send a letter explaining that they “do not have a system installed to place a unique identifier on my passport”, which would be their problem, not mine. So, I wanted to post this experience for all so that you can be advised of potential delays in attaining your passport, and to provide a solution or how to solve by contacting your US Senator. I hope this helps anyone in need.

  19. Ti1492
    March 22, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Do they deny entry to ANY level or doesn’t matter what levers you are?
    We really want to travel out of the USA but because of the fear to be deny the entry we decide to just travel to LA

    • Kyle
      June 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      I am a level 1 (lowest) offender, crime was 8 years ago , and i recently renewed my passport and got a tourist visa for Brazil with no issue. But when i arrived in Rio de Janeiro, i was denied entry by the federal police and sent home on the next available flight (waited in a small room for 11 hours). I spent $4k and 35 hours on 6 airplanes to learn this terrible lesson.
      Basically, when you travel abroad, interpol is going to send a notice to the destination country. Some counties deny you for this, some don’t. The decision to allow entry may sometimes be handled a case by case basis, as well.


      Good luck.

      • Joe123
        June 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm

        What State are you living in? I am trying to see if this is restricted to SORNA states only..

  20. TL
    March 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I am a RSO. My passport application was submitted over 6 weeks ago. Only yesterday was I advised it is on hold, but I never received any letter indicating the reason. The agency in Detroit could not give me information since the processing center was unexpectedly closed due to the snow storm. I meet all qualifications to be granted a passport. My feeling is the delay is a result of the new legislation for the passport sex offender identifier. On February 16, 2017, the Dept of State was to implement the new process within 90 days. Obviously I have fallen into that window. Is anyone else experiencing delays in receiving their passport that recently applied? I leave on an international flight in 12 days, and I am jumping through hoops to resolve this and will be travelling back to the agency in Detroit tomorrow to try to resolve. I just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced any problems?

    • MJ
      March 16, 2017 at 12:48 am

      I applied for a passport book + card (expedited) on 3/1/17 and received the book on the 3/13/17. The the status check website says my app is still processing and that everything should be mailed by 3/18/17.

      Best I can tell the book doesn’t include any “marks” or other noticeable RSO identifiers.

      Before, I only had a card but was lost and not included in the app.

    • Larry
      March 21, 2017 at 11:25 am

      I see frequent references here to the Travel Matrix. I cannot find it.

      Can anyone provide a link?

      Thank you in advance

  21. John
    March 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Anyone flown into Bogota Columbia on a direct flight from Los Angeles? Thank you for your input.

    • RD
      April 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

      I flew from Chicago to Miami and Miami to Barranquilla, Columbia…and they were waiting for me when I got off the plane. The Colombians were very nice but said the US Embassy from Bogata gave the instruction to send me back. My conviction was in 2001. I have been off of probation for 8 years and mine were class B felonies (3 counts), 15 years probation (served 7 1/2 only), no jail time, ever, from Florida. I’m not sure who or what notified them. Anyone ever got off the list in Florida successfully?

  22. randy
    March 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I need help and some info….

    I was given a week long vacation in Cancun as an award for 20 years of service with the company. Without knowing any better, I accepted it and plane tickets, hotel and other things were bought and paid for by the boss. Problem is, I can’t get a passport and the boss doesn’t know this. Yes, he’s an ******* too, and trying to change anything would result in stiff consequences. So I have a couple of options here. Take the week off anyway and let them “think” that I went to Cancun, or try this…. What if I were to fly or drive to Mcallen, TX and cross the border on foot. Then grab a local taxi and head to the Reynosa airport and hop on a plane to Cancun. Then I would return to Reynosa and then walk BACK across the Bridge to Mcallen and head home…. I would still have ID’s and birth certificate and anything else, just no passport. Any thoughts????? What can I expect flying between two Mexican cities being a white American citizen? Does anyone see any problems getting on or off of the planes in these cities since they are both within the country or any probs in Customs???????

    • Van
      March 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm


      Why can’t you get a passport? All RSO’s can get one. With a passport you fly to a country that will not deny entry after giving 21 days notice. Check Matrix. Once in country book flight to Mexico. Then fly home with no worries because you have followed all laws.

      Don’t know about walking across the border, I understand they have stepped up enforcement. Also coming back the US Border Patrol will have you in there database and would arrest you for not giving 21 day notice. They would be very suspicious of anyone without a passport.

      Good Luck

      • randy
        March 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

        Hi Van, Yes, I have applied for the PP and expect to get it, But from what I have learned it will have an “identifier” that will let them know that I am an RSO, and will be turned away at customs. But the idea of flying to another destination then on to Cancun may work….. will think about that. Thanks

        • Van
          March 10, 2017 at 7:04 am

          Randy, there will be countries that will admit you even with identifier. You can now fly to Bahamas without a passport. (believe it is the only foreign country to allow that) Then on to Mexico.

      • TL
        March 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

        Van, I had one question with your theory of landing in a country that will not deny entry, and then booking a flight to Mexico from there and believing you have followed all laws. If you were to follow this proposed itinerary of yours, and since Mexico would be your end destination, then to follow all laws, you would notify your registration jurisdiction 21 days prior to travel and tell them your end destination is Mexico. Once you do that, you will still fall under the NSOTC notification to US Marshals, and your pending arrival into Mexico will be communicated to Mexico’s authorities. Or are you proposing NOT properly providing your travel arrangements to your reporting jurisdiction, which would then NOT be following all laws? Just curious if you know something that some of us are not aware of?

        • Randy
          April 9, 2017 at 8:05 pm

          TL, I just went in for my yearly registration and told the reporting officer that I was planning a trip, but he said nothing of a 21 day notice. But I will check on this to be sure. Also, another officer said if I don’t report it no one will ever know. BAIT CHECK..? and as Van stated above, once in a country that will take an rso, you could fly to Mexico from there, sorta like “under the radar”. Well, I have been reading, making calls, consulting with various people and his statement is incorrect. Even when you do travel to Mexico from another country such that does not have restrictions on RSO’s you still have to show passport and have to go through the usual processes to enter Mexico from another foreign country. This whole thing has been eating at me for Several weeks and I’ve concluded that there’s pretty much no way that I can make it to Cancun with my family unless this pointless law that we all face is overturned. It is my understanding that there is a hearing to take place in a couple of weeks on this subject. I am confident in my findings, but if anyone has any questions or ideas I am open to them. Thanks everyone for your help Randy

    • Larry
      March 21, 2017 at 11:01 am


      Mexico passed national legislation in November 2015 that denies entry to any US registered sex offender. I had the misfortune of trying to enter Cancun by plane about 20 days after the law was passed, I was turned away, and forced to return to the US.


      • GT
        May 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

        What? What is the name of this law? We just tried to enter at Colombia Crossing and my husband was denied entry.

        • Laura
          May 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

          We tried Colombia too and were denied.

    • Larry
      March 21, 2017 at 11:27 am

      You will likely be turned away from entry into Mexico. I don’t see any difference in your method of entry – by foot or by plane. Mexico denies entry to RSO’s – it’s not just policy, but it’s the law there.

    • A
      April 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Even if you get a passport, Mexico will not let you in. I flew there out of SFO in 2015 and was put right back on a plane to US.

  23. Ed
    March 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Can someone can tell me of RSP level 2 any issues traveling to:
    1. Bahamas
    2. Spain
    3. Poland

    Which airport? Any information greatly appreciated!

    • Ryan
      March 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Everything I read say the Bahamas is good to go.

      I am curious about being able to travel to Jamaica I’ve seen people ask but no reply.

      Also what are the new passport laws? I got my passport before my offense and haven’t used it since. My expiration date is still valid but is my passport valid or do I have to get a new one each year? I called the passport office with not much luck.

      • Larry
        March 21, 2017 at 11:23 am


        I’ve been to Jamaica three times since becoming a Tier-1 RSO. There were no issues whatsoever. My last trip there was 2015.

  24. MJ
    March 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Looking to travel to Thailand later this year. Anyone any RECENT EXPERIENCE flying into Bangkok or any other major Thai airport as a RSO?

    FYI: The offen referred to “Matrix” isn’t really accurate. Also a Y/N offers no meaningful insight unless it’s accompanied by details of the particular encounter with immigration ie: did you do a 21 advanced travel notice? (not all States require this). Did you have a visa etc?


    • b
      March 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

      If you fly direct (US to BK) you will probably be turned away. I was in 2014.

      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

      • BJ
        March 6, 2017 at 3:49 am

        I have been to Se Asia over 8 times during my registration however it’s been two years, I want to go to Vietnam would you recommend flying into Hong Kong, then booking a flight from there to Vietnam?

        • b
          March 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm

          yes. do not forget to get the visa online first.

      • Christian Seitz
        March 29, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        Please contact me @

        I would like to get more info from you concerning your travel issues. I have a home in Eastern Thailand (Uban) want to get back there. I am carrying a misdomeanor internet offense , although IML doesn’t identify by offense. I guess we are all the worst monsters ever! understand it is hit and miss for each traveler. Look forward to your corresponding.

      • Andy
        April 24, 2017 at 11:19 am

        I want to go to Taiwan and Bangcock in July. You said you have flown into Taiwan no problem then traveled from there? Would it be easier to travel to Hong Kong first or straight into Taiwan?

        Thank you, Andy

      • Christian
        May 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm

        I would like to talk to you about your travels. I have a home in Uban Ratchathani , Thailand and have family I support from my deceased wife. My charge wad reduced to Misdomeanor after my probation completion. If I can get there via a second accepting country, then I will stay once there. You may contact me @ christianfit96@gmail

  25. TL
    February 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Turks & Caicos OR Antigua OR St.Maarten….does anyone have any knowledge or experience with any of these destinations to know if they will allow a RSO? These are not listed on the Travel Matrix, and was hoping to find someone with some insight

    • Lauren
      June 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      They will allow an RSO, but you have to immediately check in upon arrival there.

  26. SJ
    February 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Wanting to go to Rome my husband is a RSO. I have checked numerous sites and have called a couple defense attorneys. No one or nothing gives a definite answer. The matrix that has been posted indicates no restrictions. I am sure as all of you can imagine I do not want to get to Rome and have him turned away. Any ways to get a definite.

    • Cyprian
      February 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      I just visited Rome, Venice, Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast in January. Third time visiting Europe since September. No problems whatsoever. There is a delay coming back into the U.S., but even that has decreased with each subsequent trip.

      • Marc
        March 26, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        Do you know anything about traveling to England? im supposed to travel there with my roommate this summer for a week, then two weeks around europe. im concerned that ill have issues getting in to England. i’ve transferred flights through heathrow to Amsterdam with no problems but not sure about actually entering england

        • Beth
          June 4, 2017 at 10:47 am

          My husband was turned away from the UK in 2012 or 2013, I forget which, even though he had entered in years past. They are extremely strict. Transferring is probably fine but I doubt you’ll be able to enter the UK.

      • Beth
        June 4, 2017 at 10:48 am

        I am curious what state in the US you are based out of, and if you filled out the SORNA form? Thank you!!!

    • Tod
      March 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Most of EU is fine getting in, I have been to Portugal a few months ago, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic and even was in London – however, I hear they have turned some RSO’s away there. So would reccommend flying into anywhere except thru London – Iceland is a great option as well. Once in EU, trains are the way to go and no hassels. Just expect total harrasement, complete search – including iPhone, camera, iPad, etc – make sure those are clean, would highly suggest NOT bringing a laptop – they do not need a warrant to search any device. This is also travel insurance that actually has a clause that if you are denied entry into a country, they will cover your expenses – worth the extra $200!!!

      • Joe123
        June 20, 2017 at 8:58 pm

        What “Travel Insurance” are you referring to exactly that refunds you if you’re denied entry? Please give details.

    • Gigi
      May 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      I so want to travel to Venice for 3 months and have my husband accompany me. He ha to register. We were just turned away from the Mexico border crossing in a vehicle. Will we be turned away at the airport in Italy? What if our layover is in France? Should I look for a direct flight?

  27. JR
    February 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Anyone travel to St. Maarten? I am taking a cruise that will stop there as well as Puerto Rico and Bahamas

    • Sue
      February 27, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      If it is a US territory you only need a lic. There are no restrictions from what I have seen

    • TL
      March 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      JR…I would hate for you to run into a problem with inaccurate info. St. Maarten is NOT a U.S. territory. It is a territory of the Netherlands Antilles. I am also trying to figure out if they will accept RSO’s. And while the Travel Matrix indicates no problems to travel to the Netherlands, we can not be certain that will extend to St.Maarten.

    • Larry
      March 21, 2017 at 11:06 am


      I have not been to St. Maarten since becoming an RSO, however, I have traveled numerous times to Aruba, which is also Dutch territory. There were absolutely no issues with entry to Aruba – 4 times so far.

  28. Scott
    February 25, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Anyone have experience going to Cuba or Ecuador? Going to Cuba in 3 weeks…

    • MJ
      March 8, 2017 at 12:57 am

      Curious to hear if you have any issues getting in to Cuba. Please report back – thanks!

  29. James
    February 24, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Planning a trip to Paris in the fall. Anyone know of any trouble I should expect. Sentence complete 4 years ago. No paper. Level 1. RSO.

    • Sam
      March 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      No issues whatsoever. Traveled to Schengen area, been all over, no issues at all. I’m actually still here, been to Romania and Morocco also. No problems at all.

      • marc
        March 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm

        Sam have you been to the UK? im supposed to go to england for a week with my roommate but i am not sure if im going to be able to now.i plan on traveling around europe after that week for two more weeks and flying back to the US from italy. but do you think i need to cancel my plans to england?

        • BR
          April 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

          My father-in-law just went to London last week and was sent right back home. We were surprised because he just flew there in September without any issues at all and he has been an RSO for 2 years. And he renewed his passport last summer so if there was an identifier it should have been picked up then.

  30. John
    February 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I am a registered SO seeking information about travel to visit my fiancee in Columbia. I haven’t been able to find anything online that will give me a definate yes or no answer. Any information or advise is greatly appreciated.

  31. MarCor
    February 18, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Hello, I’m new with all the SO stuff my husband is an SO lowest level, I’m planning to visit Mexico on July but to be honest I’m really afraid they will send him back, there is any diffente with the levels? Or they treat all the SO the same ?
    My husband said there no problem his probation officer said he can travel but I read all this comments I’m afraid please if someone know give me some information.
    He is in probation for 3 years has to register for 15 and lowest level

    • Jason
      February 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Mexico is a no-go. Refer to the registrant travel matrix for a current list of countries we can travel to.

      • anon
        February 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

        Where can I find this matrix?

  32. Dave
    February 17, 2017 at 11:31 am

    International travel tip.
    Once the US Marshals notify the country where you are going with very few exceptions you will not be allowed to enter that country. Now the best way to travel is not to have to give the 21 day advance notification. According to 18 US Code 2250 (b) (1) you have to give notice only if you are required to register, which means that if you do not live in a jurisdiction that requires you to register you do not have to give notice of international travel. (To whom are you going to give the notice anyhow since there is no authority to register with.) With the exceptions of (maybe) few Indian tribes there is no place in the US where you are not required to register.
    The solution: obtain residence abroad. Any other country that is not a US territory and is listed by 41 US Code 16911 (10) will do.
    This has another benefit for your international travel. You get a clean US Passport that is not showing you are a SO. According to 22 US Code 212b (c)(1)(b) the marked passports are only for individuals who: “is currently required to register under the sex offender registration program of any jurisdiction”. Since you do not live in a jurisdiction that requires you to register it does not apply to you.
    Getting residence in a foreign country can be tricky when you are a convicted felon since most of the countries require a background check but there are some exceptions. If you would like to find out more about living and residing abroad please contact me at International travel.
    Once the US Marshals notify the country where you are going with very few exceptions you will not be allowed to enter that country. Now the best way to travel is not to have to give the 21 day advance notification. According to 18US Code 2250 (b) (1) you have to give notice only if you are required to register, which means that if you do not live in a jurisdiction that requires you to register you do not have to give notice of international travel. (To whom are you going to give the notice anyhow since there is no authority to register with.) With the exceptions of (maybe) few Indian tribes there is no place in US where you are not required to register.
    The solution: obtain residence abroad. Any other country that is not a US territory and is listed by 41 US Code 16911 (10) will do.
    This has another benefit for your international travel. You get a clean US Passport that is not showing you are a SO. According to 22 US Code 212b (c)(1)(b) the marked passports are only for individuals who: “is currently required to register under the sex offender registration program of any jurisdiction”. Since you do not live in a jurisdiction that requires you to register it does not apply to you.
    Getting residence in a foreign country can be tricky when you are a convicted felon since most of the countries require a background check but there are some exceptions. If you would like to find out more about countries where you can obtain residency as a SO please contact me at

  33. Matthew
    February 8, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been reading a lot of negative feedback regarding cruise lines so I just wanted to put a glimmer of hope on here. I’m a RSO for 8 years now (consensual relationship with a minor when I was in my early 20s). I’ve already been turned around and given the boot by Mexico so I’m pretty wary about my travel plans. My family and I scheduled a cruise for Christmas of 2016. Everything seemed fine, until about 2-3 weeks before our departure date. I got a voicemail one morning from someone in the security department at carnival cruise line asking me to call them back. ‘Shit here we go’, I’m sure many of you know the feeling I got. I called, and the woman was fairly respectful but asked for information regarding the offense and any supporting information to send to her security team to review. I explained everything tactfully and politely with as much supporting detail as I could muster and crossed my fingers. About 2-3 days later she got back to me and said everything was good to go and I was cleared for the cruise. I had no problems getting on or off the boat (not even the typical harassment from U.S. Customs.) DON’T GET DISCOURAGED – all you can do is try as it seems to be a case by case basis

    • Adrian
      February 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Do you know if royal Caribbean allows rso to cruise on there ships?

      • Matthew
        February 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

        Seems to be a case by case basis. If you’re unsure about booking a trip, I’d call and ask to speak to their security team and see if you can get a preliminary answer before booking anything

      • 5MoreYrs
        March 6, 2017 at 1:13 am

        I traveled on a Royal Carribean cruise in June 2016 to Cozumel, Haiti and Jamaica. Have a Misdemeanor offense, not against a child. Have to register with local police, not on any type of National or public website, since I don’t have a felony. Gave 21 day advance notice and Itinerary of travel.

    • Ashley
      February 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Have you had any troubles flying from state to state? My bf has the same SO charge as you from his early 20’s. We stay in Louisiana and I won a trip to Vegas and we were planning on going in a couple months. Just wondering.

      • brooklyn
        March 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm

        Ashley…you will have no problems state to state.

      • Robert
        March 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        Ashley – Look into the state where you are going, and see if there are specific time limits or requirements for SOs. For example, if you stay in Florida at the same location for more than 5 days, you are considered a “resident,” and must register with the state authority. Then, you will find your bf listed on the Florida Sex Offender Registery…FOR LIFE (the state does not remove a name/photo from their registry, even when you leave the state). It’s becoming harder and harder to travel, even within the US. FOR INDIVIDUAL STATE REQUIREMENTS CHECK:

      • Eli
        March 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm

        went traveling to another state? Domestic Round trip.. does a SOR registered neefs to registered in the state its visiting?

  34. Gary
    February 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    What happens if you go on a vacation without the 21 day notice?
    I went to Thailand 7 years ago. At that time, I had no trouble, just the stupid attitude of the agents rifling through my suitcase when I got back and grilling me about my activities. They didn’t find anything and sent me on my way.
    I want to go visit Thailand again, which I was planning on doing within a few months. But I had no idea about any of this; I only found this site and this info by accident! None of this has ever been sent to me by the authorities in my state.

  35. John doe
    January 31, 2017 at 3:36 am

    What are my chances of getting into Australia. How strict are they.
    Tier 3 Lifer but happened 15 years ago.

  36. Matt
    January 30, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I’m planning a trip to China, what have peoples experience been there?

    I’ve been to India and Israel before, but I know the rules for China may be different.

    • Robert
      February 6, 2017 at 12:11 am

      See travel matrix with clear prohibitions of listed countries:

    • Wes
      February 16, 2017 at 2:34 am

      I took my wife and two kids to China for a 14 days tour. It was the summer of last year 2016. No problems entering in or out. I never gave anyone a 21 day notice as they would have for sure shut me down. Suppose it was risky but I got see the Great Wall, Taracotta Warriors, and The Forbidden City. Once in a lifetime trip.

  37. Jaysen
    January 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Can anyone please give me information regarding entry into India as an RSO? Planning to go in 2 months.

    • Matt
      January 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Hey Jaysen, I’ve been to India and had no problems, except coming back into the states, but that is to be expected. Have you gotten your visa?

      • Jaysen
        February 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm

        Okay great. I have not. What approach should I take there and how soon should I apply? Thanks Matt.

    • Robert
      February 6, 2017 at 12:13 am

      As of Jan. 16, India is OK. Check updates here:

  38. Brian D
    January 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Good morning,

    My wife and I are planning a vacation to honeymoon to Jamaica in May. I am a RSO from Washington State (20yrs ago) and currently the lowest level 1. I havent been on Probabtion in 10+ years. We are just now getting ready to get our Passports. Is there anything I should know or be aware of? Should I list my anticipated travel? And will I have issue with Jamaican travel?

    Thank You,

  39. Brian D
    January 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Good morning,
    I am a RSO from Washington State (20 yrs ago) on the lowest level 1. No probabtion or anything. Looking to travel to Jamaica in May 2017 with my wife. Should I worry about entry? Everywhere I can see says no worries. Any thoughts or advice?

    Thank you in advance,

    • Chris
      January 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      I want to know the same thing I’m a low level tier 1 I just want to see the word if you find out please let me know

  40. Anon
    January 25, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Anyone registered travel on Holland Cruise line recently? I know Royal Caribbean and Carnival are out of the question. Closed loop trips do not require a passport.

    • Adrian
      February 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Royal Caribbean doesn’t allow registered sex offenders on there ship?

      • 5MoreYrs
        March 6, 2017 at 1:17 am

        I was able to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise in June 2016 – Cozumel, Jamaica and Haiti. No problems at all. Nervous as hell, but was able to go.

  41. Colin
    January 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Clearly things are changing fast in many countries, and our anecdotes are at best, only indicative. For most of us, it’s going to be a crapshoot every trip, no matter how easy the trip before was to the same place. More and more nations are escalating their regulations against traveling felons and sex offenders in particular; we are a damned people. Another window closes every day, it’s seeming like.
    I was denied entry to the Philippines last week (1/21/17) and sent home on the next flight. I was told a US passport-linked “alert” advised that I was not to be allowed entry into the P.I. I know that’s false, but only since my return a couple days did I learn that their “Bureau of Immigration” announced a ban on all convicted SOs in 2014! It was my first trip to the P.I., and now will be my last.. And guess what – 2 other guys in my same flight were denied entry for the same reason (SOs) and sent back; one guy told me that his traveling companion was a convicted SO also but got through; he had gone through a different line at the customs/immigration station. Point is: planned on being denied entry to the Philippines. Period. YOu wanna risk the time and money on going through a line with a lazy customs official at the computer fine; lot’s of luck to ya!

    • Lucky
      January 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Has anyone had problems traveleeing to Thailand

      • brooklyn
        March 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm

        You will be denied entry to Thailand.

      • Tired
        May 8, 2017 at 12:32 am

        I traveled to Thailand once in 2015 no issue traveled a second time 2 days after IML went into effect no issue. Third time in July of 2016 and was denied entry and put on black list. There is no chance of getting into Thailand if you fly directly from USA as that your final destination.

    • David
      January 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Colin, Have you thought about Hong Kong?

      • Scott
        February 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

        What about Hong Kong? Is there a way into blocked countries such as Philippines and Thailand from there?

        • Riden_Solo618
          March 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm

          Just returned from a five day trip to hong kong. Had no problems entering. Jad a great trip.but the usual return hasles but for me they just question​ me about my return and what i did..then cut me lose i had to wait aboit 15-20 min for the officee to come grill me…but he didnt go through my things. He just cut me loss…i came in through los angles airpor, from San way to go to ensure no entry issues is to direct flight in to Hong Kong from your state..i was told if you have transfers in other countries you could get turned around..dint forget to give 21 day notice.

  42. Ty
    January 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Anyone know what this passport stamp looks like? Under my photo on my new passport i just got a couple months ago I notice A horizontal line with squiggly lines it that differs from my old expired passport.. could this be the stamp everyone talks about?

    Anyhow Im cleared through Royal Caribbean Cruises, I can go anywhere, I always cruised with them in the past with no issues 2010, 2011, 2013…. then in 2014 I booked at cruise to the carribean. Royal Car called me from their cooperate quarters in Miami stated that Im a RSO and Id have to write a letter to inform them of my charges and i may or may not get cleared. Anyhow I wrote them and was cleared,(I have a single L&L charge that i received probation for) so I have been on 3 cruises since then, we cruise all the time… I have NEVER attempted any other cruise line especially Carnival, hear they turn RSO away. But it is a hassle coming back into the states, when u arrive at your home port after your trip in the USA, they scan your sea pass card when you leave the ship.. It beep twice (2nd beep triggers an alert message on the screen, I saw it) they tell me to sit to the side, then they take me through customs to talk to me, it is always a hassle but some ports go about it better and are quicker and just let u go after 2 minutes, some ports, escort you to customs and interrogate u (depends on the customs officer really) The vacations always great until you have to come back in the US. Funny thing is they don’t want us here but now are trying to make it to where we can’t leave… its a screwed up system…. If i didn’t have 2 kids and a wife I’d leave for good anywhere that would take me! (Costa Rica probably) traveled there in March 2015 with out any problems ….Just worried about my new passport!!!!

    • Toni
      January 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      To my understanding They have not started marking the passports yet. But there are a Lot of countries that partner up with the united states and have access to the ncic data base. So they access to look up your criminal records.

    • Chris
      January 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      I went on 3 cruises in the early 2000’s with no problems till I went in 2016 on Carnival I got pulled out of line with my mother sister it went pretty well with customs 3 mins and out

  43. 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..

    • Rick
      January 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      I did in june 2016

    • January 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      is anyone here that remove name from registry may i know what the different or advantage if there’s any. are there civil right restore like immigration right, travelling etc.

    • Ty
      January 17, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Shouldn’t have a problem, I went on a cruise last month, no problems. Air maybe a different story, but I think you may be OK

      • Ccj
        January 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

        What cruise line did you use?

  44. 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.

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

    How does one get a passport

  46. 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.

    • Ty
      January 17, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Ive been to cozumel in 2012 and 2014 through royal caribbean, no problems, just as you know when you get back into the US, all shit hits the fan

    • Ty
      January 17, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      FYI cruised to (all in 2013) Haiti, Samana DR, BVI, and Saint Marteen, No problems!! , Also just got back from the bahamas last month!! Noooo problems :))

  47. 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….

      • Nick
        January 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm

        Hello. Might I ask why you were denied entry into the phillipines? I am planning to go in December. Thanks.

      • David
        January 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm

        I’d also be interested to know what happened in the Philippines as I wanted to go there from the UK. Are you a citizen of USA? Please could you let us know what happened and if anything has changed since then?

        • Jerry
          January 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

          I just got rejected in the Philippines. I told the sheriff of my plans when I did my semi-annual report (as required by law) and I was told by Philippine customs that they were notified by the embassy the day I left. My crime was 20 years ago with no other legal problems before or since. Good luck finding a country that will let you visit. The crime I was convicted of here is not a crime in the Philippines.

        • David
          April 12, 2017 at 2:10 am

          I was denied entry to the Philippines in June of 2016. Prior to that I have entered 32 times. I have a daughter who lives there. I financially support her housing and tuition to private school. I am still fighting Philippine Immigration to lift the ban off of me. It is Philippine Immigration that decides to blacklist certain individuals.

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

    Has anyone had any trouble entering Hong Kong?

    • jaycee
      April 22, 2017 at 4:26 am

      hong kong in march was excelent no problems just the usual return hassels

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

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

    • Geovany
      March 7, 2017 at 2:32 am

      hey Mark. just wanted to let you know that I’m a sex offender and had no problem getting into bermuda.I called there consulate beforehand and they said it wasn’t going to be a problem. on my way back to the US I did get pulled to the side but nothing big.

      • Deb Thomas
        April 16, 2017 at 2:02 am

        Thank you for the information on your experience there. Were you you required to check in anywhere when you arrived? Did you call the US consulate in Bermuda, is that what you meant? Did you use your passport or a birth certificate and photo id? Thank you for taking the time to reply, its great appreciated.

  50. 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.

        • Larry
          January 24, 2017 at 12:07 am

          Yes, I went to Mexico August 2016 was pulled aside in customs I was on a layover in Mexico city held for 18 1/2 hours then returned to the USA I was headed to Colombia, South America took a direct flight to Bogota no problem entering the country stayed 3 months

    • 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..

      • Chris
        January 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Can they tell what tier you are I’m a Tier 1 myself I want to travel my case is 23 years old

    • 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,

  51. 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.

    • Dan
      January 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I thought Ireland was no problem as they do not restrict felons. Did something change that I am unaware of?

      • Jim
        March 22, 2017 at 1:59 am

        I traveled to Ireland in January 2016, and was denied entry. They were informed in advance by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. I have official paperwork from Irish immigration stating that I was not allowed into the country due to my criminal conviction. I was put into a holding room at Dublin airport for several hours, and then transported by van to one of their jails. I spent the night in the jail — with no running water, a broken toilet (which was really just a hole in the floor, nothing to sit on), and the next morning put back on the same flight I had arrived on.

  52. 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.

      • David
        January 27, 2017 at 8:21 pm

        What about Hong Kong?

        • Wes
          February 16, 2017 at 2:48 am

          Hong Kong is good to go.

  53. 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.

      • brooklyn
        March 4, 2017 at 9:36 pm

        Any problems on your last trip to spain?

  54. 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.

      • Beth
        June 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

        We were turned away but b/c we had to connect from Heathrow to Gatwick (and then onward). If you’re connecting and you don’t clear UK Immigration and Customs you will probably be okay but I would avoid the UK at all costs if it were me.
        Do you fill out the SORNA form?

    • brian
      November 28, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      I am ex military looking to escape my email is 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.. 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:

        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?

  55. 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.

      • Gigi
        May 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        Please let us know if Belize lets you in.

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

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

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

  59. 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

  60. 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.

  61. Phasma
    October 13, 2016 at 9:18 am
  62. 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.

    • 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


    • 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.

  63. 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!

      • greg
        January 16, 2017 at 8:36 pm

        which airport in the Bahamas was your first stop coming from the usa??

  64. 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?

  65. 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.

  66. 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 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.

  67. 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!

        • David
          January 24, 2017 at 7:51 am

          Hi, I’m trying to meet someone I’ve known for 6 years in the Philippines. As a RSO in the UK I keep seeing horror stories of people being turned away. After reading your post we’re thinking of meeting in Hong Kong instead. I can’t afford to spend that much money and have no plans on living in the Philippines. I just want to be able to meet her family.

          Do you know if I need to be turned away before proceedings to allow me to enter can take place?

        • Craig
          January 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

          Hello Matt,
          I am in same situation as you were. Wanting to try and meet my fiancé to get married. We are planning for her to get Chinese visa and possible get married there. I travel there for a small business we have there, so will plan stay there together until I can go to Philippines with her or she can get a spousal visa approved to come to USA with me.
          Any advise you give us will be greatly appreciated.
          Thanks, Craig

    • Ly
      January 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Matt.. My fiance was denied entry to Philippines last Oct. 2016. Just a day after he was taken out of the registry. He was told he is an RSO and blacklisted. I don’t remember if he was only taken off of the state registry and not yet in national registry that’s why he was denied entry here. Is it possible he will be denied again if he come here again if he is no longer in the national registry? Please advise. Hope you can email me too so I can get more info about your experience. Can I get your email add? Thank you so much for any help you can do for us to be together again.

    • David
      January 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Matt, I also have a girlfriend in the Philippines, but I know better than to go there. However, I want to go to Hong Kong to see her. Will I get in or be turned around and sent back to the US? Also, did you have to report your flight within 21 days of leaving for Hong Kong? Any information would be extremely appreciated!

    • April 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Matt G, Can you contact me at my email address:
      I have some questions on how you are living in the Philippines as a SO? Thank you!


  68. 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?

  69. 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..

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.
    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.

  73. 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

  74. 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

  75. 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?

    • Beth
      June 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Bill, how did your trip go?

  76. 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

    • Beth
      June 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Hi David,
      Did you notify before you went?

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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?

  80. 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.

  81. 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 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.

  82. 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


      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….

    • Jeremy
      April 20, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      So if I get that notification of international travel. Would the philipines allow me in then. How can I get to the philipines legally and be a rso

  83. 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!!!

  84. 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?

  85. 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! – 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?

  86. 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

  87. 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?

  88. 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.


    • 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.

  89. 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?


    • 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.

  90. 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


      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 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.

        • B
          March 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

          brian, I totally agree with you. can you share any specific countries with me?
          or specific success stories? I have been out of the states for about 3 years now. I have no plans to return. Thanks

      • 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

      • David
        January 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        B, If I was to inform the Sherriff here that I wanted to travel to Hong Kong, and they sent notification to Hong Kong customs, would they deny my entry?

        • Wallace
          April 3, 2017 at 5:07 am

          Hong Kong is your best bet. I have been to the Philippines and got denied entry. I just took my vacation in Hong Kong in March 2017 and had no issue getting in. I did give the 21 day notice too.

    • 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.

        • Beth
          June 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

          Hi Jim,
          Just curious if you’ve flown again since then?
          My husband has always asked when he registers in Dallas about whether or not notification is required and they have always said no. This year they said yes. We’ve never had any problems in Europe, only in the UK (he was turned away). We’re debating whether or not to fill out the form b/c it seems like it might raise a red flag when it isn’t necessary to do so.
          Thanks for any insight.

    • 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.

    • Amy
      February 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks for this- I’m going to Austria next month and am a level 1 RSO in Mass. I’m flying into Munich and may have to connect through the UK. Still wondering if I should just pay the extra for a direct flight to Germany. This whole process is nerve wracking!

    • Beth
      June 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Tod, by “register,” do you mean the SORNA form?
      By the way, you mentioned you were looking for a compiled list of countries, here’s the travel matrix:
      Thank you!

  91. 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.

    • james
      February 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      What state do you live in?

  92. 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

  93. 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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