I've been reading up on Thailand's tourist policies with regards to visas and such. I've been seeing that Thailand requires you to have proof of an outbound ticket (either by air or rail) before entry and sometimes the airlines will not let you board without showing this.
My plan was to fly into Bangkok and then bus into either Laos or Cambodia within the 30 days. However I'm trying to be flexible (and do it cheaply) so I was not planning on having the information before I enter.
Has anyone had any problems with this before? What would you suggest?
#1 JustinC474 has been a member since 27/8/2012. Posts: 9
Hello boys and girls,
This question does come up often, and as far as I've personally experienced and read from multiple posts on this website, none of us has even seen someone turned away at immigration because they don't have proof of onward travel. The best I can tell is that Thai immigration reserves the right to turn you away and uses this as an excuse if you look too rough around the edges. But even that hardly ever happens.
The bigger risk, as the OP mentioned, is that your airline will not let you board if you don't have proof of onward travel. Even there though, it doesn't happen often. The first thing you can do is check with your airline and see what their policy is. Try and get something in writing if you can just in case the particular gate agent is having a bad hair day when you check in for your flight.
If it looks risky with your airline, a couple of quick workarounds to this problem are to A) apply for a 60-day tourist visa before you travel instead of relying on the 30-day visa exemption on arrival or B) book onward travel with a cheap airline like Air Asia and then cancel if you don't need the flight.
I'm sure others will have feedback and suggestions too. Cheers.
Thanks! perfectly answered all of my questions
#4 JustinC474 has been a member since 27/8/2012. Posts: 9
Wondering if anyone had experience with Hong Kong Airlines directly... I found a great ticket but unfortunately I can't find their policy or anyway to contact them from the states except for email
#6 JustinC474 has been a member since 27/8/2012. Posts: 9
useless to contact them- use brains: would an airline ever telly ou they will flout official rules? What exacto was not exact in to tell: the apllication of the as such clear rules also vary per airline and per airport. Notoriously OZieland down yondah is often quoted for being very stringent in enforcing them.
#7 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Depends on the airline and where you are flying from. Sydney & Melbourne + Jetstar seems to be the worst combination for an onwards ticket being required. Officially yes, it is required, but in practise, as others have said, your mileage will vary.
I've been asked a couple of times now, in each case I've had an onward ticket, but the vast majority of times I don't get asked.
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Just to add that I'm in the immigration line something like 5 or 6 times a year and I've never seen anybody asked for proof of onward travel. I've traveled from UK with pretty much all the Middle Eastern airlines and they've never asked me.So the odds are certainly in your favor but s**t happens as they say.