Donald Trump’s felony conviction entails inadmissibility to a host of countries including Canada and UK

Former President Donald Trump may not be allowed to enter nearly 40 countries now that he’s a convicted felon
Former President Donald Trump may not be allowed to enter nearly 40 countries now that he’s a convicted felon

NEW YORK (TIP): Now that Donald Trump is a convicted felon, his list of countries to visit has gotten much shorter. Trump was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying records in an effort to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels quiet about an affair that occurred in the 2000s. That means certain freedoms Mr Trump once enjoyed may be out of his reach — and could have a serious effect on his ability to carry out his presidential duties, including travelling to foreign countries.

Nearly 40 nations – including Canada and the UK – have strict policies when it comes to allowing individuals with criminal records across their borders, and barring a special accommodation, Trump would be held to those same standards. It’s unclear if he would be allowed to visit if he wins the presidential election in November but remains a felon.

Here are just five of the over 35 nations that can ban Trump from entry now that he’s a felon:

Israel
Despite Trump once retweeting someone who referred to him as the “King of Israel” and bragging that he moved the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Trump may not be able to visit the nation now that he’s a felon.

Israel reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone with a criminal record, including felonies. Border control forces in Israel have the authority to bar entry for anyone suspected of committing a crime or with a record, and Trump meets both of those qualifiers.

Canada
According to the Canadian government’s tourist hub, any “US Citizen or permanent resident that has a felony conviction on their criminal record may be deemed inadmissible to Canada for the purposes of immigrating, or even if they’re merely coming to Canada to visit.”

Canada even retains the right to bar individuals “arrested or accused of a felony crime … even though you have not been convicted,” meaning Trump would have faced issues visiting the US’s northern neighbor the moment he faced charges. The government notes that “a felony will likely result in inadmissibility.”

Japan
Japan is fairly strict with its immigration and visitation rules, including laws preventing convicted criminals from entry.

Under Japanese law anyone convicted of a violation of “any law of regulation” of any country and who has been sentenced to “imprisonment with or without work for one year or more, or to an equivalent penalty” can be barred from entry.

Japanese law does note that individuals convicted of a “political offence” are not subject to those rules. In Trump’s mind, at least, he could qualify to visit under those terms. It’s unclear if Japan would buy his version of events.

UK
Under UK law, a felon can visit England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland with some restrictions and requirements in place. However, Britain can bar access to convicted felons.

Unless an “Immigration Officer is satisfied that admission would be justified for strong compassionate reasons,” they can refuse access to any convicted felon so long as the crime they committed would also be punishable by imprisonment in the UK.

China
China has strict policies when admitting anyone over its borders. Chinese officials conduct character assessments for anyone applying for a visa, and that includes a criminal history check, including felonies.

Even minor offences can get someone barred from entering China, so Mr Trump may not be able to chide the Chinese in person if he were ever so inclined.

Countries and territories that restrict visits from felons
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Egypt
Ethiopia
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Japan
Kenya
Malaysia
Macau
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
New Zealand
Peru
Philippines
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Taiwan
Tanzania
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

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