Travelling to Asia

This information is based on travel for leisure/tourism.

Countries that don’t ask

Based on feedback we have received from individuals, the following countries require a visa on arrival for UK citizens, but there are no questions on the landing/entry card that relate to criminal records.

  • Cambodia
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • India – India now has an e-tourist visa scheme. The online form needs to be submitted before you travel (similar to an ESTA for travel to the USA) and takes some time to complete. It doesn’t ask about criminal records.
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • The Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

Countries that ask

  • Japan – Anybody travelling to Japan will be asked to complete an arrivals card which asks ‘Have you ever been found guilty in a criminal case in Japan or any other country?’. Foreign nationals will be finger-printed and a facial photograph taken after which, an Immigration Control Officer will conduct a short interview. Refusal to provide finger-prints or a facial photograph will mean that you are denied entry to Japan and asked to leave.
  • AnonForThisOne

    For the Philippines side: you 100% can travel there as a tourist and wont have a problem in gaining entry. However if you intend to stay there for longer than 30 days you will need to apply for a work visa. This may ask for a police certificate from the UK that would show your criminal record. However, how this is is handled depends on the law over there related to how serious they view the crime and if they have any provision in their law for rehabilitation of offences after a certain period of time. You should consult a lawyer once there.

    From the police side: of course you can travel while on the SOR. Just make sure you notify them of travel. They may apply for a Foreign Travel Order but this only applies if you are a risk to children. It has to be for:

    “Protecting children generally or any child from serious sexual harm from the defendant outside the United Kingdom” means protecting persons under 18 generally or any particular person under 18 from serious physical or psychological harm caused by the defendant doing, outside the United Kingdom, anything which would constitute an offence listed in Schedule 3 if done in any part of the United Kingdom” s.114 Sexual Offences Act 2003.

    It is usually only granted when there is specific evidence that you plan on committing a sexual offence against children.

    Hope this helps.

  • keef

    I flew to meet my boyfriend (I am gay) in Manila last week (April 17) but was refused entry as I have a criminal record of internet sexual offences. I was turned back home immediately. Just 7 weeks earlier I was allowed in. Interpol have now shared all criminal records so expect to be refused entry in the Philippines and possibly Thailand