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Thailand visa and proving onward travel

  • MissBanana

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    I'm going to South East Asia for 3 months next week - flying in and out of Bangkok - but will be in Thailand for less than 30 days so I haven't applied for the tourist visa, thinking the visa on arrival will be ok. But will I have problems when I arrive in Thailand as my flight back is in 3 months from my arrival day and no proof that I'm actually travelling on and won't be in Thailand for the 3 months?!
    I hold a British passport.
    Any help - much appreciated!

    #1 Posted: 29/1/2013 - 15:29

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  • mic59

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    I have this reply from admin somtam2000 on another question on this visa thread
    The onward ticket thing is tricky to give advice on. In theory a number of countries can ask for it, but in practise most don't (at least not of real tourists). The airlines tend to be more of a hassle, especially Jetstar.

    In practise I've flown in the area I dunno how many times, at least 50 and I've been asked 2-3 times in total and it has not been an issue.

    Hope that helps!

    #2 Posted: 30/1/2013 - 06:27

  • Captain_Bob

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    "will I have problems when I arrive in Thailand as my flight back is in 3 months"
    No you won't. Thai immigration on arrival doesn't usually check for onward travel. The only possible hurdle is check-in / boarding the flight from the UK. Airline check-in policy may include proof of onward travel. Firsthand accounts vary on how likely this is (including mine) but you should at least have a convincing itinerary in mind or on paper, and in combination with the eventual flight ticket out of the region it should be OK. Want a 100% guarnatee of no airline hassles? Get a Thai visa in advance in the UK, otherwise wing it and see.

    #3 Posted: 30/1/2013 - 10:40

  • MissBanana

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    Thanks for the replies. I hadn't even considered that the airline would have a problem with it! OK, well I was going to have an itinerary on paper to show in case I had any problems so I'll do that and I'll contact the airline to see what they say - if they won't let me on the plane I'll have to try to get a Thai visa before Tuesday!

    Thanks for your help again!

    #4 Posted: 31/1/2013 - 07:57

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