Was Lindsay Lohan denied entry into Canada because of her criminal record?


It amuses me to realize that somehow a perpetual crack-thief and criminal mess like Lindsay Lohan is somehow allowed to travel freely through so many countries. Seriously, when was the last time we heard anything about Lindsay being unable to secure a travel visa, or that her residency status in England was somehow compromised? It never happens. Until now! Page Six reports that Lindsay was actually scheduled to be a cracked-out mess at the Toronto International Film Festival, but Canadian authorities were like “thanks but no thanks” to the Cracken. Well played, Canada.

Lindsay Lohan was scheduled to appear at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday, but the plan was abruptly canceled — and rumors quickly spread the troubled starlet was kept out of Canada because of her criminal record. Lohan was meant to appear at nightclub Set on Sunday at a party promoting her upcoming psychological thriller “Inconceivable.” But an organizer of the event informed Page Six on Thursday that the appearance was canceled almost at the last minute because “the timing did not work out for everyone to get to Toronto.”

Festival insiders speculated the snafu was because Lohan can’t enter Canada due to her past skirmishes with the law. “Canada is pretty strict about that,” said a source. “It is not easy to get in if you have had any type of record.” Other sources said Lohan refused to travel to Toronto unless she was flown first class from Europe, and the movie budget couldn’t accommodate that.

A rep for the film’s producers, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, said, “I just know she was not able to come [to Canada],” but added the issue was that everyone was “busy.”

In 2007, Lohan pleaded guilty to driving drunk and misdemeanor cocaine use. She then had numerous issues with violating her probation up to 2012. Her other infamous run-ins with the law include an alleged necklace theft in 2011. Canada immigration guidelines say “There are many reasons we may not let you into Canada,” such as, “You are a security risk,” “You have been convicted of a crime, or you have committed an act outside Canada that would be a crime,” and, “If you have been convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will probably be found criminally inadmissible in Canada.”

[From Page Six]

If we’re really being honest with ourselves, what is more likely? That Canadian authorities put their foot down and said “NOOOoooo” to the Cracken, or Lindsay flat-out refused to fly to Toronto unless they bought her a first-class ticket and a penthouse suite? I hate to say it, but it’s probably the latter. But if Canada told Lindsay to bugger off, God bless Canada. Although I have to say… Lindsay trying to pretend to be a major star at TIFF would have been amusing.


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  1. Heat says:

    Canada has refused quite a number of celebrities because of their criminal records, so I don’t think this is too far-fetched.
    I really don’t think The Cracken would want to pass up a chance at hob-nobbing with some of the A-Listers who are known to attend TIFF.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Canada routinely refuses entry to anyone with a drunk driving or drugs case. Even President George W. Bush had to seek a waiver to make an official visit to Ottawa due to his prior conviction for DWI which had occurred some 30 years prior, IIRC.

      Given that Lindsay has an extensive criminal record and her difficulties in complying with the terms of her sentences have been well-publicized, I do not doubt for a minute that Immigration Canada denied her entry. She undoubtedly was not able to get a waiver or temporary residence permit in time…but honestly, given how strict they are, I don’t think Lindsay will ever get one. Or at least she will not get one anytime soon.

      • Judd says:

        Now, if ONLY the USA would do exactly this! But, no… Our borders are wide open and any and everyone is able to enter. And forget deporting the! They just come right back, and continue murdering, raping, driving while intoxicated, while killing innocent people. Enough!

      • ol cranky says:

        yes Judd, it’s the immigrants that do a vast majority of the raping and murdering and drunk driving when they’re here in the US /sarc

    • Meatball says:

      Exactly. I’m sure she could have whined or conned someone into paying for first class or use of their plane. She seems to be good at getting what she wants from people. I believe she legit could not get in. I don’t believe this is the first time that she wasn’t able to get into the country either. Also I am sure she waited last minute to do this and I wouldn’t be surprised if she did it as a way of still getting paid and not having to meet her obligations.

      • Heat says:

        No doubt, Meatball. But the promoters (who likely had to pay a deposit fee to secure her appearance) should have been smart enough to know the basics on Canadian Immigration/Border Security regulations. Her past is no secret.

      • Pandy says:

        Yeah, we wouldn’t let Martha Stewart in a few years ago, so guess we bounced the Cracken back as well.

  2. NewWester says:

    Probably it was the refusal of the movie company to pay for a first class ticket. But I don’t think Canada Immigration refused Lindsay on grounds of her criminal charges. If she was refused it was because of Lindsay being a threat to the environment. All the vodka and crack fumes emitting from her body would wreck havoc on the Canadian ecosystem.

    • cindyp says:

      I know first hand. Canada is very strict; a DUI is a felony there & they won’t let you through customs if have one or a conviction for anything. You have to to apply for a “Temporary Resident Permit” (TRP) which requires current record checks from every state & country you’ve lived in, fingerprints, references etc etc Celebs who have convictions robably have immigration attorneys doing this for them.

    • Jen says:

      Maybe not…Canada makes it pretty impossible for someone with a drunk driving record, while it’s a DUI or just Driving While Impaired, to enter the country. Most people are refused entry for at least 5 and up to 10 years from the date of the original conviction.

      • SnowAngel says:

        It’s the DUI for sure. I am Canadian, and there was an event up here this summer. Not that big of an event, but 4 attendees had to cancel because the Canadian Customs would not let them cross the border. They were told it was because they all had DUI’s. (which they did) Funny none of them lied about why they couldn’t come. I think the DUIs for Lohan were all they needed to keep her out of here, didn’t have to even go to her other offences.

    • Rene says:

      She has had a DUI and that does not fly with our border control here. She would not be admitted to Canada on that basis alone. With all the other crap added, no way.

    • Madisyn says:

      With all due respect, its not criminal ‘CHARGES’, she has none pending, these are CONVICTIONS!!

      She has already been turned away from Canada a few years ago. Remember Liz & Dick? It was to be filmed in Canada and due to this SLAG being denied entry, location shooting was moved to LA, at great expense to Lifetime. . .

      • Greenieweenie says:

        Also, my mom is Canadian and has a DUI in the states. To enter Canada, she has to get waivers or something–make some appeal. Last time it was for her father’s funeral and they still gave her a hard time at immigration.

  3. LA Native says:

    Canada doesnt mess around. I once got taken into the back rooms of immigration there in Vancouver and questioned for two hours after disembarking a cruise ship alone. Now, mind you, I have a government background check on record and absolutely no criminal past but to them a woman traveling alone is some sort of risk. IMO there is no way they would EVER let her in but I also believe she pulled a diva attitude and asked for the first class tickets and such because thats just how she rolls.

    • Peggy says:

      Maybe they thought you were a prostitute, I had a friend visiting from England, went I went to pick her up, had to wait two hours. I was this close to leaving the Airport.
      And when you’re in Customs you cannot use your phone.
      U.S. Immigration spent the time questioning her, because she travels a lot, works as a freelancer.
      I believe the company couldn’t/wouldn’t pay for a first class ticket for Hohan, and this gal think she is entitled to a free ride.

      • LA Native says:

        I kind of doubt that, since I was in my late 40’s and dressed extremely conservatively in business attire.
        I’m just saying, they dont mess around!

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        I have heard that the Canadian immigration officials in Vancouver can be quite intimidating, especially to people they think might be trying to immigrate there illegally. If you are of Asian origin or appear Asian, they can be particularly snippy and suspicious.

      • littlestar says:

        Bearcat – yes, the immigration officials in Vancouver are very intimidating. I’ve been through there 3 times in the past year to re-enter Canada and it definitely puts you on edge. My husband and I always chuckle over the fact that immigration officials for the US are so friendly, but the Canadian ones are hard-*sses!

      • Vancouver has a big issue with people disappearing into the various Asian diasporas in the area. Their prime organized crime is mainly the Tongs and Tamil gangs…which is why they crack down harder on those groups. In Toronto if you’re from the islands you’ll get a ton more scrutiny as well. My Jamaican roommate loved travelling with me because apparently my casper level whiteness made her trips through customs easier when we were together.

      • FLORC says:

        I came here to say… You lucky SOBs.
        No matter which way it was, Canada blocked a Kraken invasion. Meanwhile the mess you guys produce (Bieber) is still here. Come gather your stuff!

  4. Aussie girl says:

    Lindsay would have never got her shit together in order to turn up. Going by her latest instragram post, she is still very much on drugs;

    Side note: sad that Trent has decided to leave PITNB.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      Her Instagram has been a mess, total cracked out mess. She is on a bender for sure. The Micheal Jackson post about her being his private friend takes the cake .

      • Aussie girl says:

        Yes asking Allah to forgive her and going on about the night b4 9/11, then there is the Oprah mention…? Someone mention that it was supposed to be a poem but that ain’t poetry!!

    • Erica_V says:

      She also had a pic of her celebrating at a birthday party this weekend. I totally believe either denied or no first class but in reality, she was prob paid more for the party appearance so that’s the route she went.

      Her IG is a mess! Posts then deleted, caption changes left & right, plus the new Photoshoped pic of her waist training while saying “I love my waist just how it is.” (The Photoshop is sooooooo bad the curtains bend on on each side…)

    • MrsB says:

      WOW. Wtaf is she talking about in that IG post?! Talk about a word salad!

    • littlestar says:

      OMG – I haven’t read Pink is the New Blog in YEARS! My old bosses used to be obsessed with that site.

      • Sarah says:

        Oh nooo!!! That is5ed to be my favorite site!!
        I actually sent in a fan pic of myself dressed up as Lindsay Lohan about 5 years ago to a party. I was wearing an orange prison jumpsuit… oops!

        I also sent one of me dressed as Kesha! Good times.

  5. Jem says:

    Oh please don’t send her back to the US – have mercy

  6. smcollins says:

    My only question is why is she still being referred to as a “starlet” (troubled or not)? That ship sailed a looooooooong time ago. Let’s be honest, she’s a D-list clinger-on at best. Harsh, I know, but my sympathy for her also ended a long time ago.

  7. swack says:

    “A rep for the film’s producers, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, said, “I just know she was not able to come [to Canada],” but added the issue was that everyone was “busy.”” How is Lindsay “busy”? She is doing nothing but partying around Europe non-stop? I believe it was the hissy fit over not flying first class. And when is this film suppose to start filming. Hasn’t this been talked about before she even left the US for England?

  8. cindyp says:

    I know first hand. Canada is very strict; a DUI is a felony there, very difficult to get through customs if have a conviction for anything. You have to to apply for a “Temporary Resident Permit” (TRP) which requires current record checks from every state & country you’ve lived in, fingerprints, references etc etc Celebs who have convictions probably have immigration attorneys doing this for them.

    • claire says:

      Yeah, I live in the PNW and it’s pretty well-known that even a DUI will keep you from crossing over to Vancouver. I don’t see how this could be a last-minute thing – anyone that would invite her should be aware of their restrictions and policies well in advance!

  9. teatimeiscoming says:

    Star? HAHA. She’s Phoebe Price with a criminal record and a few IMDB credits from the early aughts.

  10. Prairiegirl says:

    You might be surprised how many rap / hip hop / rock acts get turned away at the border, and their shows cancelled (especially the club-level tours) thanks to artists’ criminal records. There was a major act whose stadium tour was cancelled a few years back… Man I can’t remember who. (I didn’t have tickets so I didn’t much care…) . Beiber’s lucky he travels on a Canadian passport. We’d never let him back otherwise.

    • NewWester says:

      Doesn’t Justin have some legal issues in Canada? I wonder how he gets into the U.S. so easily? The U.S. customs can be just as strict

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        He has O-1 nonimmigrant status in the U.S., not a green card. At least that is the scuttlebutt among immigration lawyers. It is much easier to get a waiver to enter the U.S. as a nonimmigrant, especially since he is Canadian. Canadians – in most cases – are not required to have visas stamped in their passports; they must only show they are entitled to entry in the nonimmigrant classification they seek. Someone like Justin Bieber is high profile enough that USDHS is not worried about deporting him and/or revoking his waiver and O-1 status if he screws up again. Plus (although unlikely) USDHS could have required him or his agent to pay a sufficiently large bond to ensure that he behaves while he is in the U.S.

        Now as for a green card, Justin may need to find and marry the love of his life who just happens to be a U.S. citizen. Most waivers for immigrant visas (green cards) require family ties in the U.S. and other equities (stable finances, paying taxes, rehabilitation, etc.).

    • Jenna says:

      Chris Brown

  11. snowflake says:

    There is something different about her face, what is it?

  12. BRE says:

    She has an upcoming Thriller? Has she even filmed it yet? Please tell me she isn’t going to film it in the US!

    • Mia4S says:

      It’s the same thriller she announced was in development at Sundance on her reality show….two years ago. I guess they’re going to announce it’s still in development? Mind you it’s not unusual to see independent projects pushed back due to funding/scheduling but usually the actor goes off and does another role or two in between. Her? Not so much!

      It better have been Canada’s call for her not to be there! She should have been their begging for funding, flying coach, and staying at a Best Western.

      • iheartjacksparrow says:

        You probably know that projects that can’t move past development are referred to as being in “development hell.” If LiLo is attached, “hell” would be fitting for what the producers, director, etc., would be put through.

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  13. funcakes says:

    So in other words she has no rich “BENEFACTORS” in Canada to help her get in while turning a blind eye to her past indiscretions.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I guess no one has the Ontario premier on speed dial. From what I understand the provincial premier can waive someone like Lindsay into the province for a short-term visit.

      • Montrealise says:

        But why would she want to (I’m referring to Kathleen Wynne, the premier). It’s not as though Lindsay Lohan is a high-profile star.

      • bokchoi says:

        i doubt that – immigration and customs are federal, not provincial.

      • Nic919 says:

        Since immigration is federal, they would need to contact either the Minister of Immigration, Chris Alexander, and he is busy hiding from the press because of the mess with the Syrian family who tried to apply but were rejected. He is not going to put himself out for Lindsay Lohan.
        And Harper wouldn’t bother either.

      • The Original G says:

        Completely incorrect. Customs and Immigration are firmly federal and have independant powers of search and seizure that supersedes regular local or RCMP law enforcement. If Kathleen Wynne was interested, she would still be going to the federal Minster of Immigration and trust me, Ms Lohan has no sympathisers in the current government.

  14. sassy says:

    Yes we Canadians do not allow grifters in… i think Chris Brown had to cancel a show not long ago. Someone with a record CAN get it but it requires a lot of paperwork and has to be done well in advance – if you just show up and get checked you will get refused.

    • Azurea says:

      Yeah, it’s hard to get here with a petty criminal record. Not so if you are the member of a third world gang. Then you can come & go at will!

  15. Nell Graham says:

    Am I the only one mentally pronouncing her new movie, Inconceivable, in a Princess Bride sort of way? “I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  16. meme says:

    Kudos to Canada!!!!! Why would anyone invite Hohan to anything? She’s D-list at best. And those jeans are atrocious.

  17. Lucky Charm says:

    Good, at least someone isn’t afraid to put their foot down. Canada is SO smart…in so many different ways. It’s like Mother Nature is always asking US (see what I did there? LOL!) “Why can’t you be more like Canada?” and instead we refuse to listen, acting all petulant and throwing temper tantrums and stuff.

  18. MMS says:

    It is hard to get into Canada… been there twice now… first time we went to Thunder Bay in Ontario and was questioned for about 20 mins of why are you coming here, where are you staying, why haven’t you used your passports before, what’s the address of where you’re staying, we’ve never heard of that place, where do you work, how long have you worked there, where’s that at, we’ve never heard of that before, etc. Finally we just said, “Yes its our first time using our passports, we’re poor so we driving to the closest city in Canada from Iowa and we’re only going to be here a few days” They finally took the hint and let us go, but we were a little uneasy about it since they questioned so hard…. the way back was a different story, basically they asked, “what are you bring back?” we said, “Two frozen smoked trout fillets and half a bottle of wine!” then they said, “Welcome back to the states, see you soon!” haha we laughed about that!!

    The second time, we drove to Winnipeg in Manitoba. They let us right through, no questions asked…. but when we were returning to the US, omg it was bad! They asked us everything and got super personal and basically treated us like we were trying to use fake passports to enter the US. “Where are you coming from?” “Where are you going” “Why are you going to your dad’s house?” “Where does he live?” “What does he do for work?” “Why does he work there?” “Why are you going there?” etc… they wanted to know everything about why were returning to my fiance’s dad’s house in North Dakota, they just asked too many questions about his family and dad it was weird since we were US citizens and his whole family is and so is mine. It was almost like, “Lady we decided to visit Canada for a few days then go back to NoDak then back home to Iowa, all we really bought was food and a few things that equal less than $200 so we’re good!”

    So I’ve had both experiences with Canada and America at 2 different border crossings.

    • Kloops says:

      This. It goes both ways. I freely travel between both countries multiple times per month and it’s never a problem but anyone with a DUI or arrest history has major problems going either way. It’s just the nature of the border beast. All depends on the mood of the agent on any given day. Both sides have agents known for being dicks but bc the borders are essentially free flowing it’s the primar line of defence.

      Just like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Unless you have a record. Then you know you’re going to get hassled.

    • Penguen says:

      MMS, I feel you. I got so sick on a European cruise that they had to yank me off the ship for emergency surgery. Was in Greece for an extra couple weeks. Getting home was a nightmare when trying to get on a plane in Holland. Officials grilled my husband and I for an hour about why we were there. I would have been more understanding if they hadn’t made me stand the whole time – I was wheelchair bound because of the surgery!

      They made a big show about going through all my medical records, which was sort of hilarious because they were all in Turkish and Greek, and even held my X rays to the light (to see what? My rib cage?). I was this close to lifting up my shirt to show them my incisions when they finally decided I could get back into a wheelchair and go home.

  19. Murphy says:

    It would have been easier to just fly to Syracuse and drive over the I-81 border.

  20. Jaded says:

    I’m so proud to be Canadian after reading this…kinda brings a tear to my eye *SNIFF*

  21. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Congratulations Canada for dodging a bullet! Now can someone stop her from coming back to the United States? 😋

  22. The Original G says:

    Just to confirm, a DUI is considered a felony level crime in Canada and common grounds for denying entry into Canada. The US is much more lenient on DUIs.

  23. Marta says:

    She was definitely denied a visa – happened to Kate Moss too just because of the coke photos. I have a friend who was transferred by the company he worked for to Toronto and he was denied entry at the border for a juvenile trespassing record….or so he says…

  24. AlmondJoy says:

    That’s a plus for Canada! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 When it comes to Lindsay, it’s always best to deny.

  25. canadiangirlgirl says:

    I live across the border from Detroit. It’s a breeze coming home but it is nuts getting across to Canada. Even the Americans who pop over say going back home is ridiculously strict. In saying that, overall yes we are strict but nothing tops customs in the states.

    Btw – Eminem can’t cross to my hometown even though he lives 20 min from the border.

  26. Tania says:

    Another reason I am proud to be Canadian! Oh Canada…..

  27. Bread and Circuses says:

    As much as I would like to believe Canada is a clean-aired, sweeping-vista utopia of politeness, rainbow-flag-waving beavers, and flannel-shirt-wearing unicorns, I too find it easier to believe she demanded they fly her first class.

    Didn’t she pull the same stunt on the makers of The Canyons? (Gosh, I had to google it to remember the title. That movie passed so *decisively* out of my memory. Which is probably a good thing; too much Cracken-trivia in there as it is.)

  28. Jana says:

    Hey now, give us some credit! Let’s go with they didn’t let her skeezy azz in!

  29. SillySimone says:

    Can we just send her to Syria in exchange for their refugees? I would rather take 100k refugees in than allow this idiot back into the country.

  30. jwoolman says:

    I think she definitely was denied entry before. That Liz & Dick TV movie was supposed to be shot in Canada (Vancouver?). They ended up shooting it in California because of her, which cost them more.

  31. Killalustre says:

    That’s fine by this Canadian. We have enough antibiotic resistant bacteria and disease here. Bitch is a joke and any Canadian would have no trouble letting her know that. Although we’d probably apologize profusely while refusing her dirty ass admission to our country.

  32. kanyekardashian says:

    Man, Canada rules, I wish I lived there. The US sucks.

    • Holmes says:

      Feel free to leave!

    • qwerty says:

      Oh yeah that’s SUCH a terrible place to live! You can always move to Somalia, or El Salvador, I hear Syria is running out of people too so they’d probably be happy to take you in.

  33. LAK says:

    Going by her photos above, she’s improved a lot. Perhaps she’s not drinking and drugging as much as she used to do?

  34. Jezza says:

    I’m so proud to be Canadian!!🇨🇦🍻👍

    Besides – We don’t have a CDC equivalent to deal with whatever antibiotic/penicillin/antiviral resistant something or other she could bring into Canada. I’m a nurse and we are not prepared!!

  35. qwerty says:

    In other Lohan news, she did an amazing post on instagram with a caption that has all the commenters scratching their heads… something about MJ being her only true friend I think? Oh, and she mentions Allah too. And other things…
    She also posted a pic in a waist-trainer with a caption that goes like “I love my waist just the way it is”, lmao. She’s so high she’s not even making sense anymore. To make things better, the picture is SO obviously ‘shopped to make her waist look smaller….

  36. Jellybean says:

    Meanwhile if you are Canadian… We had a guy busted for DUI here this weekend. Then they caught him doing the same thing five hours later… But we don’t let foreigners come to Canada and do it!

  37. Jellybean says:

    Calm down everyone! We still have Beiber! And we let him come home!