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1. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

I'm going to be flying into Singapore from Sydney on the 1st of May. Problem is I don't have a flight out. I've planned an eight month trip across to the UK but with no planes involved. I do have Visas sorted out for Vietnam, Russia and China with the necessary stamps in my passport so there is evidence that I will be moving on.

Will I have trouble getting let into Singapore because of this? I really don't want to be turned away from my trip before it even starts

2. Posted by alimack (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi there,

I recently traveled to Singapore, and was advised to book an onward flight before entering as you can be turned away without it. I did book a flight in the end as I wasn't too keen on the prospect of being turned away, however didn't have proof of the flight as it was an e-ticket booking. Although I was worried about this when I got to the airport in the end they didn't ask for proof of my onward journey.

I don't know how often this happens though as I haven't spoken to any one else with a similar experience, but hopefully you'll get some more advice here. Personally I felt a lot more comfortable knowing I had the flight booked as I didn't want to spoil the trip, and although I did't know exactly when I wanted to leave there was always the possibility of changing/cancelling the ticket. It might be worth checking the lonely planet forum as there's usually some great advice there. http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/

Have a great journey!

3. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 10y

The problem is usually with the airline, not any country's immigration, as they're obliged to foot the cost of flying you back to where you came from if you're refused entry by immigration. Better check with your airline about this; if they're sticky about it, change airlines! There's usually no problem entering Singapore with no onward departure ticket.

4. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

Quoting ellyse

The problem is usually with the airline, not any country's immigration, as they're obliged to foot the cost of flying you back to where you came from if you're refused entry by immigration. Better check with your airline about this; if they're sticky about it, change airlines! There's usually no problem entering Singapore with no onward departure ticket.

Well, I've already bought the ticket there. Can I be turned away at the airport over here or does that mean I'm all set to go?

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

If the airline you are travelling with is a stickler like described, the check in staff will not allow you to check in for the flight, therefore turning you away from the airport.

Some airlines are flexible and let people board flights with no onward tickets, but some have been burnt and had to bear the cost of returning the passenger to their country of origin when refused entry by immigration in other countries.

I would phone the airline you will be flying with, explain the situation. If they say you need an onward flight, ask whether the visa stamps in your passport (all visas which have been paid for and tell them the combined amount) will be adequate for them to let you on the flight instead. If they say yes, ask for it in writing to save any misunderstandings later in the airport. If they say no then buy an onward fully refundable ticket which you can cash in once you arrive in Singapore

HTH