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Visa on arrival (Singapore, Malaysia) with no proof of onward journey

Posted by jokalla on 21/1/2013 at 04:13

Hi, I'm travelling throughout SE Asia starting in about a weeks time and have a couple of questions about Visa's on arrival in Singapore and Malaysia. I will first arrive in Singapore on Jan 30th and be flying out to Kota Kinabalu the next day, so there is no issue with obtaining entry for this short time. When I fly back into Singapore from KK a week later I have no proof of an onwards journey; would it be wise of me to buy a cheap bus ticket from Sing to KL before I arrive back? Also, in order to arrive into Malaysia I will need proof of continuing travel.. at this stage I havent booked any travel from KL to Bangkok. Will this affect me? If it makes any difference, I do have my return airfare booked, but it is departing from Ho Chi Minh City some month and a half later. Would they allow me to enter Malaysia if I showed them that I have a flight departing from Vietnam and must therefore make it to Vietnam in time for this?

I hold an Australian passport, if this influences anything.

Thanks, and apologies if this isn't clear enough

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Posted by busylizzy on 21/1/2013 at 19:05

The requirement to show ongoing travel only appears to be a problem for long-haul flights into the SEA region, but not for short flights within the region (eg KL to Singapore). It comes down to specific airlines: they may ask to see your ongoing ticket before allowing you to check in.

If you read through the forum, you will see dozens of discussions about this, all pretty much confirming that. I have flown a dozen or so flights within SEA without an ongoing ticket without a problem. But I have been asked for proof on flights from NZ into SEA. It can be a different story if you are applying for a long-term visa. I read recently that people didn't have problems with this in Thailand, but I had to provide an ongoing ticket to get my 2-month Indo visa (applied for in NZ). But for VOA's and Vietnam, you won't need to worry.

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Posted by captainbkk on 25/1/2013 at 01:52

How do you pay the bus SIN-into MY/next town?
You put some exact money in coins in a farebox.
You want to have some online booking for that?
OZzies-do you never ever learn?
Departure FROM that OZ land down yondah means you get scrutinised for tickets out for your destination. Once over here in Asia noone really bothers.

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