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if you have had a criminal record can you go on holiday to

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if you have had a criminal record can you go on holiday to new zealand?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 7 years ago.

It all rather depends on what the criminal record was for.

New Zealand will only grant a holiday visa if you are of ‘good character.'

Basically if

- You have been convicted and sentenced to prison for twelve months or longer within the last ten years.
- You have been convicted and given a prison sentence of five years or more, regardless of whether this has since expired from your record.
- You have belonged to, supported or participated with any organisation believed to be involved with criminal objectives or engaged in criminal or terrorist activities.
- You have a New Zealand removal order in force against you or have ever been deported from any country including New Zealand.
- It is though that whilst in New Zealand you are likely to assist or commit criminal offences, drug offences or acts of terrorism.
- It is thought that due to any international circumstances it is likely that you represent a danger to New Zealand’s security or public order.

Then it is unlikely that your visa application is likely to be successful.

However, if you have a criminal record of a different nature e.g. disqualification from driving, or more common offences, then New Zealand will require more information to decide whether or not you meet the character requirements.

Contact them onXXX@XXXXXX.XXX or by telephone on 01925 451165 for more information.

I hope that this helps

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
it doesn't really help as i just want to know if i will be stopped from going on holiday to new Zealand, as 15 years ago i was convicted of a drug offence but have not used drugs since, i will be travelling with my wife and two children hopefully the end of this year but do not want to travel if i am going to be stopped Kev
Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 7 years ago.

They are not really bothered about whether you have used drugs since but whether you were convicted 15 years ago and the length of the conviction - hence the answer above. So if you did not go to prison as a result of you drug conviction then you will be fine.

But if you are worried then give them a call. But if you were convicted then you should be fine

I hope that this helps

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
give who a call? and no i wasn't sent to prison but just want to be sure i won't be turned away from newzealand when we go on holiday?
Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 7 years ago.

If you did not go to prison the you should be absolutely fine - what you can do if you want to reassure yourself is phone the New Zealand embassy over here in the UK on 01925 451165 - but the rules are quite clear.

Have a great trip

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Expert:  Thomas Judge replied 7 years ago.



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