If you’re on licence you will normally need to get permission to travel outside the UK, but this is often given. Otherwise, there’s rarely anything stopping you from travelling abroad and you should be able to travel freely within the EU. Travelling to specific countries like America and Australia will usually require you to apply for a visa due to their specific process.
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Here you’ll find links to various parts of this site where we have information and useful resources relating to travelling abroad.
A lot will depend on the country you wish to travel to, the nature of your offence and the sentence/disposal you received. Useful links include:
- Travelling abroad – A summary
- Travelling to specific countries
- Travelling while on licence
- Travelling while on a community order
- Travelling abroad while on the sex offenders’ register
- Police certificates
- Information contained on UK passports
Frequently asked questions
Here you’ll find some specific questions that we regularly get about travelling abroad and the answers we generally provide. More detailed FAQ’s may be included in the information pages above.
‘No Live Trace’ means that there is criminal record information held on the Police National Computer but it has been ‘stepped down’. Anyone who sees this, can see that you have a criminal record from your past, even if they can’t see details.
See more about how ‘No Live Trace’ might be used by agencies such as the US Embassy on our information on police certificates.
If your information is held in the UK, you are covered by the Data Protection Act, so you can apply for the information they hold on you from that country’s embassy.
If you returned to the UK, your licence would start again and you would be liable for recall to prison for the length of time you have left on licence.
Here you’ll find links to useful organisations and websites related to travelling abroad that we refer to in our information and advice. Contact details for the organisations listed below can be found here.
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Key sections include:
- Travelling to Europe
- Travelling to the rest of the world
- Travel documents – Police certificates and passports