Flight return date more than 30 days - feedback
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jan 24, 2013 1:53 AM Last Post By: Stupid_American
Jan 21, 2013 6:54 AM
Flight return date more than 30 days - feedbackI know that this has been discussed lots and promised to feedback on my experience. We left London on 1st January with return date of 2nd March and Emirates had told us that we needed either a tourist visa or proof of onward travel or we could be denied boarding. At check in no-one queried our dates/visa/onward travel so this doesn't seem to be a big issue
Jan 21, 2013 7:19 AM
1Officially everyone needs a return ticket, but somehow I hear they don't bother asking. I actually got a return ticket, because it was the same price to buy one way or two ways, but... for people who want to stay longer, there should be no issues on that.
But i have to say that in the Thai embassy in Portugal, they asked me for the return ticket in order to give me a visa, otherwise they'd deny it.
Jan 21, 2013 10:09 AM
2I think the OP is referring to something else. I believe visa exemption is for < 30 days of stay, since the OP will be staying for 60 days, a visa is required. What you can do is make a side trip to, say Cambodia, to break your 60 days up? I've never had the luxury of staying more than 30 days, so have never run into this jam.
Jan 21, 2013 2:23 PM
It is the airline who will bear the cost of transporting you back home (or at least out of Thailand) if you were to be denied entry to Thailand because you did not have the right visa, not eligible for visa exemption or visa on arrival.
If you have proof of onward travel to break up your 30 days UK visa exemption for Thailand, that is acceptable also.
since you seem to have boarded and arrived in Thailand OK, it would be via 30 day visa exemption. Just make sure you don't over stay as there are fines.
Jan 21, 2013 2:24 PM
No, they don't. Depending on how long you want to stay in Thailand, and whether you plan to enter with a visa or on a visa-exemption entry stamp, you MAY be required to show proof of ONWARD travel. Not return travel. It could be onward to Singapore when you started in USA or Europe, for example.
Jan 21, 2013 2:33 PM
5OP, if you arrived Thailand on 1st Jan (same day that you left London) then your visa-exemption lasts until midnight on 30 Jan. If you arrived on 2nd Jan then it expires 31st Jan. Look at the date on your passportstamp. After those dates (whichever applies) you are on illegal overstay, so if you don't want a massive fine when you leave you'll need to leave Thailand on or before that last day and come in again on a proper visa or another exempt stamp. 30 days if you fly back, only 15 if it's a land border crossing. Even for another 30 day stay you'll need to stay out a couple of days to make the dates work.
Jan 21, 2013 4:54 PM
Jan 22, 2013 7:32 AM
Jan 22, 2013 10:12 AM
Jan 23, 2013 9:47 PM
9Just for general information : When I was checking in with Emirates on Monday (at Newcastle Airport) I was asked for the duration of my stay in Thailand. This is the first time I've flown with Emirates and the first time I've ever been asked this question.
Jan 23, 2013 11:03 PM
10It all depends on the airlines and airport you check-in.
There those that don't care at all, these is those that do.
I had troubles getting on a flight to Bangkok in Zurich on a one way ticket despites having a tourist visa for Thailand in my passport.
Always inquire about the requirements before heading to the airport.
Jan 24, 2013 1:53 AM
11"It is the airline who will bear the cost of transporting you back home (or at least out of Thailand) if you were to be denied entry to Thailand because you did not have the right visa, not eligible for visa exemption or visa on arrival."
The airlines can also be hit with large fines and/or denied landing privileges on future flights. So, if they decide not to check, they are tossing the dice.
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