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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 8y

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World traveler arriving on a one-way to Luton airport

I've heard reports of immigration officers in the UK denying access to travelers regardless of their passports. Ive read posts on this forum and others regarding this important issue.

My situation is as follows:

I have a CDN passport (even though I was born in Iran, and it says that in my CDN passport).

I'm flying in on a one-way ticket (on a cheap discount airline, ryanair) from Marrakesh, Morocco.

My previous passport was stolen in Mexico last year, so my new passport is pretty empty and it was issued by CDN embassy in Mexico city (and it says that in the Passport).

I only have a couple stamps in my passport (from Morocco, EU, and USA). I haven't worked since I left Canada 3 years ago. I've been living on life savings, a large bank account, and using websites like couchsurfing, and hospitalty club (therefore avoiding the need for hotels). I use public transport, and rideshare (instead of trains, or bus networks), therefore enabling me to spend no more than 10 pounds or so/ day.

I don't have a physical credit card with me though I use a family credit card number to make purchases online.

I don't have a bank statement, as I do everything online; and my account usually has a few hundred dollars in it at all times. I have an international debit card handy.

I'm coming in on a one-way ticket because I want to travel extensively in England, and Wales until I'm good and ready to leave (probably 2 months after arriving). Canadians are entitled to up to 6 months of tourism time in the Uk (officialY). The immigration officer then decided how many months to grant the Cdn visitor. I need at least 2 months. How do I get that?

I want to buy my exit ticket when I am done with England. I want to spend At least 2 months in england. I plan to fly to Norway after that. I'm planning to fly on Norweigan airline out of London again so I want to buy the ticket later, not now.

However, if it's better, I can purchase the ticket to Norway here in Morocco, and print out the e-ticket and bring it with me to Luton airport when I arrive in London next month if it will help me avoid a lengthy ordeal in the immigration waiting room, or heaven forbid refusal and deportation back to Morocco (even though I am Canadian), I don't want to go back to morocco or Canada.

What do you think will happen to me at Luton?

I am young, olive skin, clean shaven, travel alone, say that I work as a freelance travel writer, and was born in Iran, though maintain Cdn citizenship.

I can either tell them I'm staying in a cheap hostel, which I won't since I have hosts lined up in london or Should i tell them about the hospitality club and my hosts (whom I've never met), and my plan of only spending a few pounds a day, and therefore don't need to prove i have thousands of pounds to verify my stay of 2 months, or should I just tell them Im staying in a cheap hostel for a week in London before moving on to other destination in England.

My purpose in england is tourism (albeit really cheap tourism). I like slow travel.

how should I word this at luton?

Thanks

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

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3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

So you are a "freelance travel writer".

Sounds cool. How come you only ever ask questions and never provide any information of feedback yourself? I would have thought that you'd be a wealth of information.

Are you sure you're not a freelance leech?

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

There's no need to tell them you've never met your hosts in person, that'd be unwise. As long as you have an address, names and a phone number, they assume you won't be on the streets somewhere. It's also unecessary to tell them how much per day you're spending. Just state that you'll be sightseeing for 2 months. Just have your Intl debit card, family CC number and other financial documents in your carry on bag just in case (they'll probably ask for some proof of income/money). Flying in from where you're at, it'd be a safe bet to have an outward ticket (to Norway in your case). Even coming from the US, they make multiple inquiries on where I'm going and when I'm leaving and where I'm going to. They may hassle you just because you're coming from Morocco. Maybe you can get an open ended ticket to/from Norway in Morocco...

The more proof you have of your purpose of stay, the better the chances of you passing through with no problems. You don't want to be interrogated @ a London airport. They have a separate area for this process and judging by the body expressions of those I always see sitting on benches (You know it's bad when they have seating areas), they've been there for quite a while!

5. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 8y

ok but how do i prove i have income/money. print out my bank statement?

6. Posted by bornfishy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Quoting james

So you are a "freelance travel writer".

Sounds cool. How come you only ever ask questions and never provide any information of feedback yourself? I would have thought that you'd be a wealth of information.

Are you sure you're not a freelance leech?

He says he's a freelance tourism writer. He isn't actually one.

andy.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting bornfishy

Quoting james

So you are a "freelance travel writer".

Sounds cool. How come you only ever ask questions and never provide any information of feedback yourself? I would have thought that you'd be a wealth of information.

Are you sure you're not a freelance leech?

He says he's a freelance tourism writer. He isn't actually one.

andy.

That may or may not be true as there is quite a posting history which would make more sense if Sandy actually were a freelance travel writer. Either way, Sandy does not share the information he gains with others - at least not on TP.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting james

So you are a "freelance travel writer".

Sounds cool. How come you only ever ask questions and never provide any information of feedback yourself? I would have thought that you'd be a wealth of information.

Are you sure you're not a freelance leech?

He's not a freelance travel writer--we are.

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Ah - sorry - edit as I just read the posts in the other sandy thread - sandy PM me if you genuinely want advice.....

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2008, at 11:44 AM by magykal1 ]

10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Simplest solution would be to buy an el-cheapo ticket to Norway while still in Morocco. You can always decide not to fly if the date is too soon for you.