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Entering SEA - visa and forwarding ticket issues!

Posted by abergz07 on 18/5/2014 at 21:41

Hi all,

My partner and I are wanting to backpack and I see that NZ is under the Visa exemption rule with Thailand.
My concern with that is if we flew into Bangkok, travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia for 6ish weeks and then entered Thailand again leaving with our return ticket out of Bangkok, is this accepted? As in - does the outward ticket you need in Thailand acceptedif it is after the 30 days allowance from the Visa? Also, if we were to fly to Hanoi from Bangkok would we need to then prove somehow that we are leaving Vietnam with an outward ticket?

I hope that makes sense! It is all very confusing with this no one way ticket thing in Asia.



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Posted by Captain_Bob on 19/5/2014 at 06:06

Your main concern would be at the check-in desk leaving NZ, as airlines are required to ensure you have either a visa for Thailand or proof of onward air travel. Whether that proof needs to be within 30 days or not can vary on who you are dealing with, but in my experience NZ is one of the more strict countries in this regard. When in doubt, buy a cheap Air Asia flight (Bangkok-Hanoi) for within 30 days, print out the confirmation and it's problem solved. Don't worry about not having a flight out of Vietnam, not required, but be aware you'll need to arrange the Vietnam visa in advance. For example

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Posted by amnicoll on 19/5/2014 at 06:50

if buying a throw away ticket consider PP as may be cheaper than Hanoi but depending on airline you are flying with you might find it possible to book a stopover in Bangkok on a ticket to PP or Vietnam

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