Based on the feedback we’ve received, the countries listed below don’t require a visa for UK citizens and there are no questions on the landing/entry card that relate to criminal records. However, this information is based on leisure/tourism travel, and it may be different for business/longer stays.
Also, it’s worth remember that while this potentially means that the country that you’re travelling to might not have any specific requirements, there may be travel requirements on you because of your criminal record.
Namibia were great. Although UK visitors don’t need a visa, I checked about any problems I may have because of past convictions. They called me back and said I have served my time and they have no problem (as long as I don’t reoffend in their country!)
Botswana said I can enter without a visa.
Zimbabwe do require a visa which you can get on the border, or apply in advance.
Zambia also do require a visa which I will have to apply for and await the outcome.
So I recommend always contact the embassy or High Commission and be open about your conviction because the last thing you need is to be refused entry at the border having spent a lot of money on the trip”