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Proof of onward journey

Posted by deborahd16 on 26/9/2016 at 20:08

When doing land border crossing from Thailand into Lao do you have to have proof of onward journey to get visa and gain access to the country. Travel agents have informed me that you do.
Intend on traveling from Lao then into Vietnam and wondering if this is going to be the same - proof of onward journey?
Planning on traveling fora about 3 months and only have sketchy plans .
Any advice and assistance gratefully accepted.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 26/9/2016 at 22:51 admin

No, I've never heard of being asked for an onwards ticket when entering Laos from Thailand as a requirement for visa of arrival.

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Posted by deborahd16 on 26/9/2016 at 23:56

OK , well that is good news. So as a general rule can one go from county to country in SEA by land and not have issue with onward journey?? I have been told by travel agent that must have onward journey to enter Thailand by air .. is this the case? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/9/2016 at 00:26 admin

Yes, in the case of Thailand, there is an official requirement that you have an onward ticket, but in practise this is rarely enforced or even asked about by immigration officers. Inbound international airlines though can be tricky on this Jetstar in particular.

In the last ten years flying into Thailand I've been asked once (I think) by an immigration officer about this.

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Posted by deborahd16 on 27/9/2016 at 00:34

Flying into Thailand AirAsia on one way ticket - bit nervous about this and not really sure what to do...??? Should I purchase the cheapest flight I can find out of Thailand within 30 days, just to be safe? I understand it is the airline and not immigration that have the issue with onward journey.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/9/2016 at 01:09 admin

I'd wait and see if they give you grief and if they do, go buy the cheapest fare out you can before checking in.

I've flow AA into Thailand one way dozens of times and they have never asked me. Jetstar (as mentioned) more problematic.

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Posted by SBE on 27/9/2016 at 01:43

As Somtam says, it's very rarely an issue if you're flying from a country within SE Asia but when I fly to Thailand from Europe I'm systematically asked to show either a tourist visa or an onward flight ticket, regardless of which airline I'm using.

You say you'll be flying into Thailand on Air Asia but you haven't said where from. If you're flying into Thailand on Air Asia X (long haul flights) then it's probably worth contacting Air Asia to ask. Last minute flights tend to be a lot more expensive than flights bought a few weeks in advance.

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Posted by deborahd16 on 27/9/2016 at 17:43

Flying from Gold Coast , Australia into Bangkok in Airasia. Thanks for feedback .

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Posted by Rufus on 4/10/2016 at 03:41

In 11 years of travelling to Thailand and to Lao I have never once been asked for proof of an onward journey. I suspect this is used to weed out undesirable looking types.

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Posted by deborahd16 on 4/10/2016 at 23:33

Hi Rufus - thanks for the feedback. Has this been when entering Thailand on long haul international flight or from another SEA country?

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