Thailand Visa Exempt onward travel advice
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2012 7:12 PM Last Post By: davelliot
Mar 8, 2012 6:02 AM
Thailand Visa Exempt onward travel adviceJust for anyone looking in to this, i posted my own query before i set off on whether or not i needed proof of onward travel to get in to Thailand from the UK... i booked a one way flight and planned to travel by land to Cambodia at the end of the 30 day visa exemption i expected to have on arrival to Thailand but from my research it seemed you needed proof of onward rtavel out of Thailand within those 30 days and from my LP post there was a mizxed response as to wyhether i actually needed any proof, whether a hotel reservation in cambodia would be enough, a train or bus ticket out or whether it had to be a flight out....
i leaft it late so decided to get a flight out for 50 quid thru air asia but i want to let anyone know that i was never asked by the airline (jet Airways) for any proof either frtom heathrow or from the connection in Delhi, and wasn't asked for proof of anything at bangkok airport, not proof of rtavel or any visa proof at all....
If i could do it again i would just book a hotel reservation in next country, bring proof, get thru airport and then cancel the reservation... hope this helps anyone with same predicament...
Mar 8, 2012 8:00 AM
Mar 8, 2012 11:18 AM
Mar 8, 2012 1:07 PM
3All the airlines are meant to check return passage (or at least exit journey) when they are flying passengers into countries where there are limitations to visas etc - I''m sure.
Qatar - never been checked
Emirates - never been checked
Etihad - never been checked
Thai - never been checked
and recently Royal Jordanian did the same as the major airlines above, they didn't ask.
I'm sure the answer you got on the telephone is due to most airlines/countries policies - airlines have responsibilty to check.... but in practice at check in, they don't.
Edited by: dc1
Mar 8, 2012 1:49 PM
Mar 8, 2012 7:15 PM
Mar 10, 2012 2:23 AM
6Thanks friendly_checkingirl & davelliot; you were both right, i should have listened!!
As its my first time in SE Asia i decided that buying a 50 GBP flight to cambodia was cost effective as its not going to cost too much more than the travel, time, food, drink etc of making the same trip by land, plus i have heard several times that border control to Cambodia by land can often be corrupt and fees double or treble to get over to Cambodia...
But in conclusion i would advise anyone else to only check with their airlines whether they need the proof, otherwise at BKK airport you would have no problem but as insurance i would make a reservation at any hotel outside Thailand to use as proof if need be and then on entering Thailand simply cancel that reservation at no cost (asdavelliot originally advised)...
Mar 10, 2012 2:51 AM
Mar 10, 2012 6:16 AM
Mar 10, 2012 11:43 AM
Mar 10, 2012 7:31 PM
10I will answer that . people do report being asked for airtickets , and I have seen them being asked for it . Wixtravel , don't you remember ? on that other post there was copy and paste of a fellow who said he got asked for air ticket everytime he flew out of Gatwick . I knew someone who checked in at Paris and was forced to buy onward ticket at the airport.
Wixtravel doesn't it occur to you that the whole point of onward ticket requirement is that its supposed to be evidence you intend to leave? , just having the money for a bus ticket doesn't count as evidence .
As for asking the airline - good luck with that , the people who deal with enquiries are not in a position to second guess what check in supervisor will decide , and somtimes they just say ask at consulate. Someone else reported ringing Jet Airlines and being told they would not be allowed to fly from London to Thailand without air ticket out.
Mar 11, 2012 5:18 AM
11OK, onward travel isnt the query, you'll remember there were different opinions on whether onward travel meant an air ticket, or whether it could also mean bus or train ticket perhaps, and since these are difficult to book on line (all the way into a neighbouring country) then maybe a hotel booking would do? Do all airlines have a standard rule they follow that says it must be an air ticket? Or Is it airline dependent?
Mar 11, 2012 11:54 AM
Mar 12, 2012 3:22 AM
13#8 where you got your information that an air ticket is the only acceptable form of onward travel?
This is from the Thai Ministry of Foreign affairs
- Evidence of travel from Thailand (air ticket paid in full).
Doesn't say anything about train/ bus tickets or hotel bookings.
#12 Or Is it airline dependent?
It's up to the airline whether to enforce it or not.
Mar 12, 2012 8:28 PM
14Copied and pasted from Thai Consulate Melbourne , Australia -
QUOTE " Requirements
1.The passport must be in order and valid for AT LEAST 6 months, beyond the proposed day of entry into Thailand.
2.A confirmed ticket out of the country within 30 or 90 days (depending on country of which list they are on)."
"confirmed ticket out of the country" would mean air ticket , you don't 'confirm' railway tickets.
RE#12 - quote - "you'll remember there were different opinions on whether onward travel meant an air ticket, or whether it could also mean "
There was just Friendly Check In Girl quoting a Titimac document and saying in theory that you didn't have to have air ticket , but she wasn't able to give any actual examples of check in staff accepting bus or railway tickets . There was some other person saying he didn't get asked for ticket at all when flying out of London.
Quote - "whether it could also mean bus or train ticket perhaps, and since these are difficult to book on line (all "
Think about it Wixtravel , what would be the point of them having requirement for bus or train ticket ?, they may as well not have rule at all in that case , how does having a bus ticket even if you could get it outside the country prove that someone has intent to leave ? , anyone can buy a bus ticket , it doesn't make sense does it ?.
Quote - "Do all airlines have a standard rule they follow that says it must be an air ticket? Or Is "
Airline staff that do ask for onward tickets always ask for air tickets . They want to be on the safe side that they won't have to pay to bring a rejected passenger back . In any case TBL's quote from ministry of foreign affairs and the quote from Thai consulate Melbourne indicates that the immigration laws mean air ticket.
The only thing that is not standard is that some airline staff based within the region seem to be more aware its unlikely that Thai immigration will enforce the rules on arrival and thus they let people on without tickets. In countries outside the region there is risk they will ask , and if they do they will want air ticket.
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