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    We are hoping to cruise from the Seattle area to SE Alaska late this fall. Unfortunatley I have a DUI on my record that I recieved over three years ago. I have discussed my problem with Canadian customs, immigration and consulates and have been denied by all. Yesterday I was told that I couldn't even take the public ferry system because I can't be in Canadian waters until my five year probation period is up. I know people who have been admited into Canada after three years of a DUI. Does anyone have any suggessions. Thank you, Rols

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    Sorry to say man, but the Canadians have really clamped down on admittance into their territories. I would say you are outta luck until that dui has passed the 5 year mark. In territorial waters I'm not sure. You may get away with it, but if you get boarded or inspected by the Canadian Coasties, Border Patrol, or Mounties then they have the right to arrest you for illegaly entering the country.

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    You might want to talk to the US State Dept and see if they can give you any help/advice. But my guess is that you're indeed outta luck.

    I went through this drill a few years ago when I brought my boat up thru the inside passage. A friend who accompanied me on the trip wanted to bring his stepson along, but the stepson had a prior DUI. Bottom line: the stepson wasn't able to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rols View Post
    We are hoping to cruise from the Seattle area to SE Alaska late this fall. Unfortunatley I have a DUI on my record that I recieved over three years ago. I have discussed my problem with Canadian customs, immigration and consulates and have been denied by all. Yesterday I was told that I couldn't even take the public ferry system because I can't be in Canadian waters until my five year probation period is up. I know people who have been admited into Canada after three years of a DUI. Does anyone have any suggessions. Thank you, Rols

    I'm not tottaly sure, but thought there was a canadian class / from you could comlete, submitt and once approved you would then have access. Possibly worth looking into. I made the drive a few years ago to bring back a truck and one buddy who was going to go has a DUI, found the information out, although he never follwed through. Hope it helps

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    I too agree that you are out of luck on getting in to Canadaland. A freind of mine traveled though three times with me on drives up the Alcan with no one ever finding out he had a DUI. Then bam, on our last trip three years ago they found out at the boarder and they turned us around. He has gone through all of the hoops that they said he must and has paid a pretty penny to do so and still no luck with them letting him in. Oh and his DUI was over ten years ago. He and I have talked to others that have had the same problem with DUI's that they got more than 20 years ago. It seems to me that my friend and the others we talked to will never step foot in Canada again. Sad to say but true from what I can tell. Sorry about being a downer. Good luck.

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    you are out of luck. I'm a Passport Agent and what the others have stated is true. I work at Ft. Rich and brief all of the outgoing soldiers that the US is sharing our criminal data base with Canada. I'm not sure if they do a 100 percent check or if it's random but I tell all of the soldiers (many of whom have alcohol related incidents) that it's not worth the chance of getting turned around. Many are confused on wether or not it matters if you're just a passanger. It doesn't matter, they will not let you in. There is paperwork you can apply for, but from what I have found out it's more for someone who is trying to immigrate to Canada. Believe me I know how frustrating it is for people. It's not just alcohol either, any arrests within the last 5 years are looked at. Shoplifting, domestic violence, the list goes on and on. Sorry about the bad news.

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    If you have your heart set on a cruise maybe look the other direction and consider the ICW (or a portion) trip. The up side is that our hilbilly states could care less if you have a DUI!

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    It must be a random check. I was never aware of an issue, and have driven the Alcan 3 times since a DUI 4 years ago without incident. I geuss now I have a great reason to never make that drive again. Thank you Canada

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    I too was stopped at the boarder, didn't know about the rule, I filled out a bunch of forms had a interview took 4 hours gave them $200 and got a letter to add to my passport ( pass through without going to jail free card) I got the feeling all it was about was the $200. ????????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasgun View Post
    If you have your heart set on a cruise maybe look the other direction and consider the ICW (or a portion) trip. The up side is that our hilbilly states could care less if you have a DUI!
    Alasgun, I'm not familiar with the ICW. Is that outside waters as in open seas or is it part of the inside passage. Thanks for your concern. rols

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    have heard of people paying fee but not sure how long it had been since their dui. I would have thought customs would have told you if that was true
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    Quote Originally Posted by rols View Post
    Alasgun, I'm not familiar with the ICW. Is that outside waters as in open seas or is it part of the inside passage. Thanks for your concern. rols

    The ICW is on the east coast of the United States. Either Alaskgun was making a joke or was assuming you have a lot of spare change to ship your boat around the country and are really dying to take a long boat trip.

    Here is a link explaining the ICW:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercoastal_Waterway

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    I have a friend who entered through Montana a couple weeks ago. It was an unmanned border station. He was visiting with friends about 200 miles north when the mounties stopped him for a check. Then escorted him 200 miles back to Montana, all for a DUI in 1996.

    Bad decisions lead to future penalties.

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    Guess you should have called for a cab. Tough luck, the Canadians are smart for not allowing you to put their citizens at risk too.

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    I was simply trying to steer another tourist away from Alaska!
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