Is it possible to be refused entry at UK passport control, if I am visiting the UK for 3 weeks to celebrate our wedding (to my UK husband)?

I worry that they will think I am attempting to move there to stay and make use of the NHS for giving birth but this is not the case. We live and work in Russia, so what if I take proof of work, return tickets, doctor's bills, etc., would it be sufficient evidence of my intent to return home?

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    The UK is less funny about this sort of thing than the US, as it doesn't operate Jus Soli citizenship.
    – CMaster
    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:22
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    Unless you are literally on the cusp of giving birth (in which case I imagine you would have been prevented from flying) then I imagine you will be fine
    – Uciebila
    Jun 12, 2019 at 13:10
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    @DJClayworth states celebrate to husband so presume they're already married and celebrating it with UK family. Kid will be British anyway due to the Father. Make sure you have travel insurance so you don't get charged if you do give birth in the UK, only UK residents are covered by the NHS for "free".
    – BritishSam
    Jun 12, 2019 at 13:53
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    I presume that too. But I thought it worth mentioning. Jun 12, 2019 at 14:00
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    @BritishSam, "to celebrate our wedding" is a perfectly idiomatic way of saying "to get married", and the three week stay was until recently the shortest possible to get married (one week before you can publish the banns and then two after). As of 2015 it's five weeks (one and four). Jul 5, 2019 at 6:40

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As long as your passport and any visa/documentation is in order I see no reason to worry. I think you will find the passport control people to be courteous and professional. Your husband is British (by the sound of it?) so there should be no problem. You would be very unlikely to be stopped due to your pregnancy, pregnant women are treated with respect in the UK. If you have a return ticket there will be no reason to treat you suspiciously.


I've travelled while 6 and 8 months pregnant and I was never stopped for this reason. You should have nothing to worry about, but it's great that you prepared additional documents to prove your intentions to give birth in your home country, and not the UK.

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    Your website indicates that you are an EU citizen, so your experience of being admitted to the UK while pregnant is not relevant to a Russian woman because you entered the UK under EU freedom of movement.
    – phoog
    Feb 10, 2020 at 5:36

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