enter in China with just a one way?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 12, 2012 8:23 PM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Jun 8, 2012 8:01 PM
enter in China with just a one way?Hi, I've asked for my visa yesterday and I will get it next tuesday. (I had an ivtitation from my friend in China) I have had no problem to get my visa. I bought a one way ticket canada to china yesterday and today, I have heard that to enter in China, we need a round trip tickets. Is it true? Because I had an invitation from my friend, they didnt ask me for proofs of hotel reservation or tickets reservation. The thing is, I don't know the exact date that I want to come back.So, is it possible to enter in China witout a return ticket proof? Thanks to respond, my flight is really soon and I am worried. :/
Jun 8, 2012 10:29 PM
Jun 8, 2012 10:48 PM
2If you check the IATA Visa Database through the Delta Airlines site you'll see that China accepts travellers on one-way tickets.
However, be aware that travelling on two one-way tickets is usually much more expensive than travelling on a round-trip ticket. Of course you have more flexibility, but you pay for that flexibility.
Jun 9, 2012 3:14 AM
3most CHEAp airlines (like airasia) aren't much cheaper for two ways tickets. You pay a little less as you have to pay the credit ard fee only once... by the way:
For the chinese visa you usually need a return ticket but they might accept another itinerary (eg say that your going to take the train to hanoi an you couldn't buy the ticket yet. If they aren't issuing the visa, there's the option of consulting a travel agent, say them that you need a return ticket to get a visa. they can make "reservations" which look like bookings and cancel them - if they are friendly they'll do this for free.
otherwise get a "pdf to word" converter for free an create your own ticket - works quite good. I guess for an invitation they won't aks for hotel. otherwie make a one day booking where you pay 10% and cancel it or use it for the first or last day. Usually one day is enough.
Never mention if you plan to go to sensitive areas as Northwest (Xinjiang), Sichuan, even Yuanna or Tibet. They might not like it.
Jun 9, 2012 3:29 AM
4So-called budget airlines like Airasia basically sell one-way tickets and don't offer any discount on round-trips. The traditional airlines operate differently, though, and the OP is flying Canada-China-Canada. I'm not aware of any budget airline operating between Canada and China, not since Oasis went under a few years ago on the Vancouver-HK route.
Jun 9, 2012 6:32 AM
5My ticket was cheaper on a one way than round trip... I paid 1070 $ and for the round way it was more than 2500$. But the thing is, I might find a job as a teacher there . I heard that some schools can change your visa for a work visa. Thanks for your replies, I feel a little better. I think I will ask them when I will pick up my visa in Toronto. Or still I can ask a China airline. Any advice about teaching there is taken :-)
Jun 9, 2012 7:21 AM
Jun 12, 2012 12:58 AM
7I would not recommend that you ask the consulate about possible problems - they might find them. Once you have your visa the airline will accept you. If asked you can say you are going to Hong Kong or Macau!
Re teaching - it has been several years since schools or universities were able to change a tourist visa into a work visa so expect to have to return to Canada to get your Z-visa!
Jun 12, 2012 8:23 PM
8Depending on the Onward Travel requirements of a visitor to a given country, it is the Airline that enforces the requirements prior to you checking in, they can demand proof of onward travel, or require you to purchase a return ticket, or refuse issuing you boarding passes. Not sure of this applies to China, but its very common in Central America. Its not Chinese Immigration once you land, its the airline enforcing the rules,as they have to fly you back if they screw up...
Check with the airline.
I flew to Shanghai oneway no problem from Chicago on American- FYI
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