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CHALLENGE: overstayed in the UK

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31. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

A ferry to the Republic will surely check your passport -

I've never been checked in either direction on Wales/England - Eire ferries, which covers maybe 20return trips in 15years.

32. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

well, a world without borders seems to be a better place, that is my opinion, shoot me if i am wrong, but then again Mel, borders do tend to keep a particular culture or race distinctive from others.

another thing that is bugging me is, wouldnt it be better if the world had only one currency? if that is so, would it reduce economic migrants who travel just for the sake of a higher currency?

well, that is off topic, anyway, carry on and find ways to get out of Britain without those pesky immigration officers poking around.

33. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

1 important thing - do you have your onward visas for Europe already??

If you don't then you will more than likely get rejected when you apply for it because you have overstayed in the UK, as the chances are you will overstay in Europe too.

If you do get your passport checked on arrival somewhere there is a good chance you will get turned back as you don't have a UK exit stamp.

34. Posted by nicojammes (Inactive 26 posts) 9y

hey overstayed. going from the UK to France is not a good idea at all coz the police are checking all passports at the moment. if i were you I'd aim for Belgium or the Netherlands, it would be a lot easier!

35. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

as far as i know dave, i dont think there is a uk exit stamp...

36. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

i dont think there is a uk exit stamp...

Of course there is if you don't have freedom of travel/entry (eg. you are not a EU passport holder. And if you are, then the whole point is moot anyway)

37. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

i dont think there is a uk exit stamp...

Of course there is if you don't have freedom of travel/entry (eg. you are not a EU passport holder. And if you are, then the whole point is moot anyway)

On exiting the UK, there is generally no UK immigration check.

For example, when my wife (Australian) and I (British) travelled to Belgium on the Eurostar recently, at London Waterloo station the only immigration check was by the French. My wife's passport was stamped for entry into France, but not exit from the UK. My passport of course wasn't stamped!

On the return journey, in Brussels there were 2 immigration checks - an exit check from Belgian immigration, and an entry check from UK. My wife got 2 stamps in her passport this time.

It's the same at airports too, although your passport may be checked by airline staff, and security staff there's normally no check from immigration staff.

38. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

my friends tell me that there usually is no passport checks done my immigration officers when you try to leave the country. i dont think you would need to worry about the airline staff or the security staff, their function is to establish your identity (airline staff) and the peace of the airport. do try to avoid Heathrow as there might be checks when going out of the country. The Home Office is trying to establish how many people are coming in and going out of the country. but knowing how the Home Office does things, no matter who the boss is, it is bound to fail.

do you know how funny your situation is overstayer, everybody is trying to get into UK without been detected, you are trying to get out instead.

39. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Luckily UK and not Australia...
LOL!!

40. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 9y

why is that opspa?