Donald Trump’s Conviction Could Restrict His Travel Ability

Donald Trump's Conviction Could Restrict His Travel Ability

( – A jury recently convicted former President Donald Trump on 34 felony charges of falsifying business records in the New York hush-money case. His legal team is currently planning to file motions, claiming the trial was unfair, and if necessary, will appeal the case after his July 11 sentencing. However, there are other concerns about what the convictions might mean for him, particularly regarding foreign travel.

Traveling With a Criminal Record

Many countries have laws that prohibit people from entering if they have felony criminal convictions. Nations use regulations like these to mitigate risks to their citizens and safeguard national security. Since Trump is a former president and is currently running for office again, the recent verdict in his case could lead to issues traveling.

For instance, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom are some of the nations that do not allow those with felony convictions to enter. All are members of the Group of Seven (G7) political and economic summit.

Several other countries could also ban Trump if they desire. These include Israel, China, India, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Ireland, Ukraine, Hong Kong, and Turkey, to name a few. Trump’s potential ban is notable, considering he put certain travel restrictions in place in the US during his time in office.

Despite his conviction, Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over the hush-money case, has not banned Trump from any type of travel, and Trump has said he has no plans to leave the country anytime soon.

What Can He Do?

Trump could take diplomatic steps to mitigate the problem despite the new criminal convictions. He could apply for a special waiver if he wins the presidency and needs to travel for official visits. Former President George W. Bush had to do this to gain entry to Canada while in office because of a misdemeanor drunk driving charge on his record from 1976. If Trump wins office, he may need to do the same thing. The G7 summit will take place in Canada next year.

Trump has maintained his innocence regarding the recent convictions. He claimed the case was a form of political persecution and said he would gladly serve home confinement or go to prison in a statement. It’s unclear what type of sentence he will receive, but he could end up with fines, probation, or prison time.

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