This story comes with a request to share with those who might benefit from knowing.
Wanted to share an experience I recently had in the hopes that it would help someone. I recently tried to travel to Haiti on a missions trip for my church. I made it all the way to customs at the airport and was immediately placed back on the flight and told I had to return to the US with no reason why.
I couldn’t figure out why other than my record but didn’t think that Haiti was one of the countries that limited me from entering, plus they had said at customs that it was the US embassy, not the Haiti government that was stopping me. That’s why they couldn’t tell me why.
Soon I received a letter stating that my passport had been revoked because it did not have the special “scarlet letter” (my phrase not theirs) placed on it indicating that I was convicted of a sex offense. The letter stated that I must return my passport immediately and apply for a new one with the phrase on it in accordance with the new law.
Needless to say, I am beyond frustrated that they waited not only until I tried to travel but also that I wasted time and money on flying all the way to Haiti before they told me I couldn’t use the passport. I’m also frustrated that I wasn’t allowed to enter on a temporary basis, they could have just told the Haiti government my conviction and let them decide. Other than that phrase I had a completely valid passport and even used it to travel 18 months ago.
I wanted to share this so that other people with a record and an otherwise valid passport don’t try to travel and waste their time and money like I did. I would advise anyone with a record like mine wanting to travel internationally to apply for a new passport right away.