My boyfriend is a UK citizen. He is now living in Belfast temporarily. I want to meet up with him in Dublin travelling from HK (Visa Free) (connecting flight in Amsterdam). I will have a return ticket to fly back to HK in 2 weeks later from Dublin.
But I'm worried I will have a hard time at Dublin immigration since I'm travelling by myself as a female (I'm 29).
I had a hard time at Belfast immigration 2 months ago. He questioned us and nearly refused me entry. I don't know if UK immigration has the record or not. If they do, I don't know if UK and Ireland immigration share the information, or they are separate and don't share information.
Would it be hard for me to pass Dublin immigration?
Also, I have two options flying to Dublin from HK:
- connecting flight in London
- connecting flight in Amsterdam
Since I had a hard time at Belfast immigration, changing flights in London will not be a good choice for me, right?
The story of having a hard time in Belfast immigration:
I hold a Hong Kong passport which grants me visa-free to the UK for 6 months.
I first arrived in the UK as a visitor on 31st Oct, 2019 with my boyfriend. The office just asked me some general questions and gave me a stamp (refer to pic 1) saying "Leave to enter for six months" from Heathrow airport immigration. He didn't ask if I have a return flight ticket to HK.
After couple months, I left the UK for Amsterdam with my boyfriend for a short vacation on 27th Dec, 2019 and re-entered the UK on 29th Dec, 2019 at Belfast airport.
This time, the immigration officer gave me a hard time after learning I didn't have a return flight ticket to HK (plus, I think it's because my boyfriend's attitude wasn't that nice to him). He took my passport and detained me and walked away (I guess he went to the office). After he came back, he interviewed my boyfriend not me. After the interview, he said to my boyfriend there are two options: (1) send me back to Amsterdam right away, or (2) I can enter but have to leave the UK by 31 Jan 2020.
Of course he chose the second option, and got a stamp similar to the one from Heathrow saying "Leave to enter for/until 31 Jan 2020" (refer to pic 2)
Other than that, he didn't give me any documents or anything.