Can I get a passport to go to Malawi, Africa if I have a previous felony drug conviction?
Question: I have a previous felony drug conviction. I was invited to Malawi, Africa as part of a missionary team. Will I be able to obtain a passport?
I am 55 years old and has worked in healthcare/education for 35 years. I have had formal education (BA & BS) and a passion for community work. I completed rehab and outpatient counseling, paid my fines and has been discharged from probation.
My pastor asked if I would be interested in going to Malawi, Africa as part of a health care team consisting of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and educators. We would travel in May and stay in Malawi for approximately 2 weeks.
The court has no travel restrictions on me; I do not have child support or alimony payments and no history of any violent crime of any type. What are my chances of obtaining a passport? What, if any, problems should I try to anticipate in applying for my passport?Answer:
There are a couple of things to consider. Most American citizens convicted of a felony offense are able to obtain a passport. Those convicted of drug-related offenses are prohibited from getting a passport if the offense involved crossing international borders.
While the United States may issue a passport, many countries do not permit individuals who have a criminal record to enter. Please contact the Malawi consular services concerning this issue.Malawi Embassy
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