Planning a trip to Canada in 2022? How you can overcome your criminal record

Canada is open to fully vaccinated tourists. You may be able to visit Canada with a criminal record as long as you prepare ahead of time.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has entered its third calendar year, tourism to Canada is set to rebound in 2022.

Unlike in 2020 and 2021, Canada is now open to tourists from the United States and the rest of the world as long as they are fully vaccinated. It is important to note the Canadian government is updating its travel rules regularly as the pandemic continues to unfold so you are strongly encouraged before you travel to Canada to get the latest information.

You should also keep in mind that Canada has strict rules on entering the country with a criminal record. If you have a criminal record, a Canadian border officer may deem you to be inadmissible to canada and you will not be able to enter the country. U.S. citizens should also note their passport is linked to an FBI background record where their criminal history may appear. Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers have access to FBI background record information.

The good news is that Canada is accommodating to tourists and recognizes those with a criminal record may be capable of being rehabilitated and hence are unlikely to pose a public safety risk to Canadians. As such, the Canadian government offers a number of solutions you can pursue to overcome criminal inadmissibility