If You Have a DUI, You May Not Be Able to Get into Canada

As a general rule, Canada does not allow persons with DUIs to enter their country

Driving to Canada is a popular holiday trip for many Americans, but there are a few things you should know before trying to cross the border.

With winter starting to settle in, many may have plans to head to Canada to explore the mountains and ski in Whistler or be enchanted by the charming streets of Montreal dusted with snow. Driving to Canada is a popular holiday trip for many Americans, but there are a few things you should know before trying to cross the border.

The Canada DUI Entry website states that regardless of the degree of the conviction — whether it is a felony or misdemeanor — if you have ever been arrested or convicted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be criminally inadmissible and denied entry to Canada. 

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website also states travelers cannot enter Canada if they have a DUI on their record.

"As a general rule, Canada does not allow persons with DUIs to enter their country, although travelers who require in-depth information regarding the process of applying for a waiver or other admissibility questions can reach the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) during regular business hours," U.S. Customs and Border Patrol states.