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Can you go to America if sectioned?

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    Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭ ricicle


    Hi folks,

    I have heard that you can't go to America if you've been sectioned. I was sectioned in November. I've searched the web and can't find out if it's true. Does anyone know?


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  • Being honest, I don't know. I think the ESTA form does ask some mental health type questions, iirc.




  • Need more details. Are you planning to visit America as a tourist, or for business reasons, or immigrate?




  • Black Swan wrote: »
    Need more details. Are you planning to visit America as a tourist, or for business reasons, or immigrate?

    I am planning on visiting as a tourist for 3 weeks. I’m worried because the person I am hoping to go with doesn’t know I was sectioned




  • ricicle wrote: »
    I am planning on visiting as a tourist for 3 weeks. I’m worried because the person I am hoping to go with doesn’t know I was sectioned

    Depending on why you were sectioned and whether there are any consequential and/or on-going mental health difficulties, you might want to reflect on your decision about not telling your travelling companion. Not least for your and their safety.




  • Depending on why you were sectioned and whether there are any consequential and/or on-going mental health difficulties, you might want to reflect on your decision about not telling your travelling companion. Not least for your and their safety.

    I was sectioned because I wanted to go home and I was hearing command voices and was severely depressed. I was then diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder (formally bipolar. I don’t need to tell my travel companion becaUse I’m not dangerous. She knows I’ve been in hospital just not that I was sectioned


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  • ricicle wrote: »
    I was sectioned because I wanted to go home and I was hearing command voices and was severely depressed. I was then diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder (formally bipolar. I don’t need to tell my travel companion becaUse I’m not dangerous. She knows I’ve been in hospital just not that I was sectioned

    Ok. On that basis, I wouldn't advise you any further other than consider discussing the matter with your psychiatrist before you make a final decision on whether or not to tell your companion. Best of luck.




  • Thank you for that!


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