Canadian Cruises and Inadmissibility Infographic

Canadian Cruises and Inadmissibility Infographic

Canada is surrounded by breathtaking waters and is the ideal destination for a cruise. Indeed, Vancouver, Halifax, and St. John’s are amongst Canada’s many idyllic areas for exploring the country’s vast beaches, national parks, and landscapes, and entail popular activities such as whale-watching and iceberg viewing.

However, it is important to note that your criminal history can affect your trip. Upon visits to Canadian ports throughout your cruise, your criminal record will prevent you from disembarking on any excursion stops. Furthermore, should your cruise depart from a Canadian port, you may be denied entry to Canada, and consequently miss your ship’s departure, without a refund. Finally, if your cruise ends at a Canadian port, you will be required to leave Canada immediately, on the first available flight.

To avoid these situations, and to resolve your inadmissibility to Canada, there are two processes that can help you enter Canada on either temporary or permanent grounds.

Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit is a means of temporarily overcoming your criminal inadmissibility to Canada for a maximum of three years, with the specific time being determined by a Canadian immigration/border agent. Individuals may apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) if less than five years have elapsed since the completion of their last sentence, or if more than 5 years have elapsed, but Criminal Rehabilitation has not been applied for.

Criminal Rehabilitation (CR) allows an offender to permanently overcome their criminal inadmissibility, if a minimum of five years have elapsed since the completion of their sentence(s).

If you have any questions about your admissibility to Canada or criminal history, consult a qualified immigration lawyer that will give your guide you through which steps to take, and give your situation and application acute attention-to-detail.


Canada is surrounded by beautiful waters and is perfect for cruising. Double check with the infographic above that you will be able to enter the country!

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