I’m a US citizen and have visited the UK 2-3 times a year for the last 6 years to visit my now husband. After a holiday in Europe, I had a layover in London. When landing, I told the IO this, and he commented on my visits and gave me a coded landing with “forty eight hours” noted.

I fell ill from a virus contracted on vacation, and had to remain in the UK for 3 weeks after my initial flight. I have a doctors note and spoke to Voluntary Departures while in the UK previously.

I now plan to visit again, three months after my previous visit. Will this brief overstay cause me to be refused entry? Or if I come with all documentation should I be okay?

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    I’m not sure anyone can answer this with any certainty. The usual advice for visa-free nationals wanting to return after a brush with Immigration leading to a worry over possible denial of entry, is to apply for a visa Related question travel.stackexchange.com/questions/89908/… – Traveller Jul 8 at 21:11
  • Thank you. I have read all of the posts that I could find regarding this issue. I know it is impossible to predict, yet wanted to hear stories of people being let in without a need for detention. Has this ever happened? – Sengence847 Jul 8 at 21:49
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    Were you billed by NHS and did you (or your insurance) pay the bill? The UK has been cracking down on this lately. And can you show the passport stamp from your previous landing? – Michael Hampton Jul 9 at 0:05
  • @michaelhampton I previously studied on a Tier 4 Visa, so was registered at the local hospital- so no bill was given. Is this good or bad? And the stamp has "forty eight hours" hand-written on a coded landing. – Senegence847 Jul 9 at 2:20
  • @Senegence847 please keep using the same account. – Willeke Jul 9 at 8:09