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1. Posted by overstayed (Budding Member, 4 posts) 16 May '07 16:14

Hi, i am a singaporean who has overstayed my visitor visa by 3 months. i intend to explore Europe. which is the best way to europe without the immigration officers checking my passport and what is the best time and date to leave UK and by which route, to have a hassle free leave?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 17 May '07 09:57

Hello Overstayed:)

I think, the only way u could get to mainland Europe, without showing your passport would be to have somebody smuggle u over. I am European, and have always had to show my passport, when arriving in any country in mainland Europe. But I think there could be serious consequences, if u are discovered being smugggled. I personally would not do it.

Cant u extend your visa?

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on May 17, 2007, at 9:57 AM by Mel. ]

3. Posted by overstayed (Budding Member, 4 posts) 17 May '07 19:42

nope, i cant extend my visa. i was thinking of travelling to Paris through the Chunnel during the holiday season, hopefully the immigration officers are so swamped with holidaymakers that they dont bother with checking everbody's passport.

some say that i should just take a bus to Paris or a ferry.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru, 1281 posts) 17 May '07 21:47

I think you are going to find it extremely difficult to get out of UK without being detected unless you tried what Mel suggested. I know that if you were in a Schengen country ie Iceland, Spain, Portugal and a number of others you may have been able to escape, because if you travel between those countries you don't get your passport inspected either on arrival by plane or at land crossings (as long as the land crossing was between a country that is part of the Schengen agreement). Last year I got a Ryanair flight from London Stansted airport to Rome and did not have my passport checked apart from at the checkin counter (I don't know if they log the passport in to a database which would come up as you having overstayed). I think what I had last year may be an isolated case and not the normal for that route because on a previous trip I got the same flight and it was checked both on arrival and on departure in both destinations.

Goodluck

[ Edit: Edited on May 17, 2007, at 9:48 PM by aharrold45 ]

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 18 May '07 03:41

Quoting overstayed

nope, i cant extend my visa. i was thinking of travelling to Paris through the Chunnel during the holiday season, hopefully the immigration officers are so swamped with holidaymakers that they dont bother with checking everbody's passport.

some say that i should just take a bus to Paris or a ferry.

U could just go, and explain that u were careless about your visa, and u are just a tourist. They may let u through, with this. Be prepared to show, that u have enough money, to travel in Europe. This may convince them, that u are just a tourist. A backpackers budget would be 30 to 50 Euros per day. Be prepared to explain why this is enough. ie u will be staying in hostel dorms...U do stand a chance of being deported, but I think it would be mean of them, to do that. If u have yourself smuggled, I think u will certainly be handed over to an immigration officer, and detained, if u are caught.
The authorities in Europe, are usually uninterested in hounding tourists, even if they have outstayed their visa, but if they suspect that u will try to work illegally, or that u are a refugee......

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1042 posts) 18 May '07 07:02

When I travelled by Eurostar last month to Belgium, I noticed that at Waterloo station passports are only checked by French immigration with no "exit check" by UK immigration.

Whether or not the French immigration officers are checking for people overstaying in Britain I don't know, but I don't think so as my wife has an Australian passport and they did a very quick check of hers.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 18 May '07 07:50

I forgot to mention Overstayed, the French authorities, are particularly energetic, with checking passports etc, at borders. That may not be such a good country, to aim for.

8. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member, 165 posts) 18 May '07 17:23

dear overstayed

the immigration checks are done on random, i think. it depends on your luck.

i heard some people brought their passport when they visited france, but they didnt get checked at all

[ Edit: Edited on May 18, 2007, at 5:29 PM by GerryKhong ]

9. Posted by majaDK (Budding Member, 20 posts) 19 Jun '07 11:54

hey!
i just want to say that the borders are open in europe! so if you go by car, it rly shouldn't be a problem if you stick to western europe! eastern europe is a whole different story & you should NOT try to get into an eastern european country without having your papers in order! but if you fly anywhere, of course they will check your passport, so maybe you should just run up to scotland & then back down, because to my best knowledge, you don't need a tourist visa when you stay in a european country for less than three months & if you enter another country & return to england, i believe your tourist visa "resets" to 3 months again, BUT i could be wrong!

10. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member, 165 posts) 20 Jun '07 18:32

dear overstayed,

i feel that this world should be a world without borders. we are born on this earth and we should not have the right to segregate the land we live in. we should have the freedom to live and work anywhere we like. we are earthlings after all.

what do you guys think?

live free, i think there are plenty of people like you who have broken the immigration law. but who gives a rats arse about laws which were made by another person.