I'm an American citizen and I've overstayed my visa in the UK for years now. I want to book my flight back to the US ASAP on my own dime but I have a some questions about traveling home.
A lot of flights I've seen back to the US have a connecting flight in either The Netherlands or the Republic of Ireland (not in the UK).
Would it be an issue to travel through these countries considering I'll likely need to be issued a transit visa upon arrival and I've overstayed a visa in the UK?
Would it be best to find a flight that goes directly to the US, no stops in other countries?
And I also wanted to ask about the airport. What can I expect when I'm there?
1.) Is there anything specific I should bring with me (I'll have my valid US passport and a print out of my flight details)?
2.) Should I go directly to immigration and speak to them? Will I be detained and/or issued a fine/ban?
3.) Do they check passports when you leave (I'll likely need to take a flight out of Heathrow in London if I can't transit through other countries)? I don't believe there are formal exit controls in the UK but don't they do random checks?
4.) Can I just go and board my flight as normal?
I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing so as to allow this to go as smoothly as possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.