Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to Pembina, ND: A Canada Border Crossing Tale

Shortly before 9/11 Steve, a Cleveland native, was traveling with buddies to a softball tournament in Manitoba. When questioned at the Canada/ North Dakota border, Steve revealed a long ago, almost forgotten,  DWI to Canadian authorities.  Unfortunately for Steve, that really changed the outcome of his planned trip to Canada.  
After sharing the information with Canadian authorities, he was marked as inadmissible for entrance. For the next three hours, Immigration officials questioned Steve regarding the offense, and finally denied his entrance into the country.  His team mates proceeded to the tournament without him.  Steve missed out on so much by forgetting about the Canadian border crossing regulations.  He lost the time and gas money driving to Canada, wasted the deposit for his Canadian hotel and missed out on the wonderful male bonding experience of being with his buddies. 
So while the rest of his team played softball in Winnipeg, Steve spent the weekend alone in downtown Pembina, North Dakota, exploring the local gas station and church museum, until his team picked him up days later on their way home.  A wasted opportunity, because Steve failed to realize that due to a long ago conviction, he needed to legally prepare or be left behind at the border.

So, if you have any business, personal or recreational trip to Canada planned, be prepared and consult with a lawyer to answer your questions to see if you may be at risk for a weekend tour of Pembina, North Dakota.

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1 comment:

  1. I will say that the border issues between Canada and the USA have escalated badly. They don't appear to be returning to any sense of normalcy yet, and it's been over a year.

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