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  • lindahowson

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    Hi, Can anyone tell me if I can cross on land from Thailand to Laos without proof of an onward flight? More and more we meet up against check in desk officials who will not let us board unless we have "onward flights". When we are travelling without long term plans and definite dates this is becoming a real pain.
    We want to cross land borders from Thailand to Laos, Laos to Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia and Cambodia to Thailand before returning to the UK. Do we need the trouble of fully refundable flights just to get into another country?

    #1 Posted: 22/8/2014 - 23:55

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  • DLuek

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    Immigration officers can deny whoever they want for any reason they want, but generally speaking, you shouldn't need proof of onward travel if entering any of those countries by land. At least that's always been my experience. If coming to Thailand by air, there's a good chance that the airline will want to see proof of onward travel before allowing you to board.

    #2 Posted: 23/8/2014 - 07:07

  • Captain_Bob

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    "Thailand to Laos, Laos to Vietnam, Vietnam to Cambodia and Cambodia to Thailand"

    No required proof of onward flights for any of these crossings, by land or air.

    As mentioned above, you're only potential hangup is when departing home country to Thailand, airlines often want to see onward/return flight ticket at check-in. Once you have your boarding pass it's a green light. And don't worry about Thai Immigration on arrival either. They just want to see your passport + arrival card and stamp you in.

    P.S. don't know what passport you're travelling on, but many countries get 30 days visa-free for Thailand. If you need more a tourist visa obtained in advance is required.

    #3 Posted: 23/8/2014 - 10:36

  • lindahowson

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    Thanks for the feedback. We have understood that land crossing of borders is reasonably ok and stress free in this region but the most up to date information is usually the best.
    We are travelling on a UK passport but even so our recent visit to Australia and New Zealand have been a real pain immigration wise. We will not be going back.

    #4 Posted: 24/8/2014 - 01:23

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