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.
Please note: If you are on the Sex Offenders Register and have notified the police of your intention to travel a ‘Green Notice‘ may be issued and ‘flagged’ via your passport. This ‘flag’ will alert overseas immigration that a person known to have committed criminal offences will be travelling. Overseas immigration officers will then decide whether to allow you entry or send you home.
- 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.
- The Philippines
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.