Is it an issue if you enter the UK by air and then leave by train on a Eurostar? I am just hoping that the departure is properly recorded with UK immigration and there is are no problems in entering next time.

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No, you will be fine, your exit will be recorded

While the UK doesn't have routine physical exit checks, every transport company must send Advanced Passenger Information to UK Visas and Immigration. Which contain :

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Travel document type
  • Travel document number
  • Travel document country of issue
  • Travel document expiry date

API that you need to submit before you even are issued your train/airplane ticket (you aren't issued your train ticket before you have filled the form on Eurostar website)

  • On leaving the UK by train I have gone through exit checks. I kind of remember having my passport scanned by an UK border officer before the French passport check, I am sure that UK officer looked at all passports.
    – Willeke
    Commented May 10 at 6:04
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    @Willeke It happens sometimes but not always. The important point is that the OP does not need to worry if it does not happen.
    – badjohn
    Commented May 10 at 7:38
  • I'll be the pedant and state that being issued a ticket doesn't mean you were on the train. Thus, there would have to be another way of recording that Elvis has actually left the country via Eurostar.
    – Peter M
    Commented May 10 at 13:24
  • @PeterM True. But I would like to think that I'm not the first one to do that. So "hopefully" it'll be fine? Commented May 10 at 14:39
  • @justa.human I agree that there has to be a mechanism of ensuring that you left the UK, but IMHO simply buying a ticket isn't it, but I don't know what is.
    – Peter M
    Commented May 10 at 14:54

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