I'm travelling with Jetstar to thailand and have proof of onward travel 5 weeks later, however i will be leaving thailand within 30 days to enter laos via friendship bridge. Will this be a problem at either airport? how do i prove that i am entering laos (would a phuket - udon thani flight suffice)? i think it will be too late now to send off my passport for a 60 day visa :(
#1 jordyr88 has been a member since 5/11/2010. Posts: 4
You need either a visa or an onward air ticket out of Thailand within 30 days. The policy is strictly enforced flying out of Australia in my experience. Flight to Udon doesn't count as it's still in Thailand. Use http://www.airasiaplus.com to find the cheapest fare to somewhere like Phnom Penh (2090baht or around A$69) then book on http://www.airasia.com, print out the confirmation and present this at check-in. Consider it an insurance policy as being forbidden to board the Jetstar flight could be a lot worse. Either that or hurry up and get a Thai tourist visa ASAP.
When I arrived in Thailand no one at immigration asked for proof of onward travel and my return flight back out of BKK was not for nearly 7 weeks, but as Captain Bob rightly says, the problem will be when boarding your international departure TO Thailand. I flew out of the UK with Etihad and they were insistent on seeing proof of onward travel, to the extent that I had to go and find a computer at Heathrow to print the confirmation of my onward flight to Phnom Penh.
I think the reason that they are so strict is that if you arrive in Thailand and the border authorities decide to play hard ball, the airline you flew in on are responsible for repatriating you to your country of origin.
The Air Asia plan above is a sound one. In fact, when they have a sale on it can be cheaper to do this than buy a visa, also its a chance to have a weekend away in Cambodia, which is much overlooked by some people.
#3 ms1892 has been a member since 23/12/2009. Posts: 38
thanks bob and ms1892, i'll buy that ticket to cambodia :)
#4 jordyr88 has been a member since 5/11/2010. Posts: 4