So, two things...
1) Canada wont allow "felons" with DUI's into their country, but they'll turn a mostly blind eye to pounds and pounds of weed leaving their country for the US.
2) Adam144- You guys just don't get any good American small brew beer up there. We're sending you the cheap Budweiser crap to make sure you guys have a false sense of safety. Then BAM out of nowhere it's a bunch of hippies from Oregon, who've been drinking small batch double IPA's most of their adult life, charging in there with a BAL of 0.35 and the dexterity of an Olympic knitting champ. You'll never see it coming.
There is NO WAY you will ever get into canada. My friend has a DUI and the scanned his passport (they scan ALL of them) and they told him to GTFO. His DUI is many many years old too. He drove 6 hours to get to the border, had a legitimate reason to be in canada, was not driving. No way hose.
Some Canadian border guards are really sticklers for past criminal history. I've heard stories where people with a dui in the 80s can get into Canada for years and then one day get denied because the particular guard thinks they are a risk. I think the upper brass has advised officers on what is appropriate to deny entry for but who knows.
Last edited by WhistlerYOW; 10-01-2012 at 04:40 PM.
Just arrive with a boat load of other felons and they will just wave you into the country...
But yeah they are sticklers for single persons with criminal records, my friend had to get a job on a ship that never sailed into US ports for the same DUI reason as OP.
-- Liberty for all!
Secondhand experience with a coworker and a parent who've been told they cannot cross without going through the designated CBSA bureaucratic process to reobtain eligibility. Coming from someone that works extensively with the customs sector, there's not really a workaround other than the option they give you.
My firsthand experience comes from having a passenger with a record in my vehicle during a crossing that had previously made it over the border with nary a snag--even with two DUIs.
One crossing went differently. After crossing the Ambassador en route to Toronto, the CBSA agent directed the both of us to the border station on the southerly side of the Windsor crossing. The two vehicles ahead of me were also flagged, so I'm assuming she was just having a bad day, meeting a quote, etc. After a short wait, I was told to come back another time. My friend was subjected to questioning by a CBSA agent and told that he will be spending time in foreign jail if he attempts to cross again. We were then escorted back to the vehicle by an armed officer and were summarily greeted by a perplexed U.S. border agent who didn't quite understand why I told him "we were in Canada for 20 minutes."
I wish there was a bridge from Buffalo to Toronto! I can get to Buffalo in about 30 minutes from my house, but even though I can SEE Toronto across the lake from my house... it usually takes at least 1.5 hours to get downtown from here.