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One-way ticket to S.E Asia (Bangkok)

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1. Posted by Pontypridd (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Hello again everyone, would like to thank everyone for there assistance so far in helping me organise my ever looming trip.

Has anyone flown into Thailand (bangkok) recently on a one-way ticket. I plan on organising flights from London to Bangkok (direct with Thai airlines) before flying into Cambodia (PP) on the same day (Cost £400).

Froniter (orgainisation im teaching with) state "Whether flying with Frontier or independently to Cambodia it will be nessessary to purchase a flight with a return date of within one month of arrival in order to comply with visa regulations. You must however, purchase a flight which is extendable to cover the duration of your stay."

Key travel (flight quote) stated that return flights were not needed and i would be fine, I rang Frontier who would not confirm this and said that i might not be allowed to depart from London....

So where does the problem lie, Airlines, Thailand or Cambodia?? Is a return flight def needed or should i be ok (has anyone flown one-way recently??)

Hope someone can shed some light and practical advice, Thanks, Owen.

2. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

Check out the Cambodian embassy website and give them a call. I don't see any reason you wouldn't be able to fly if you have a visa.

3. Posted by Pontypridd (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Thanks for the reply Claire,

I will be getting a 30 day business visa on arrival in country. I rang the cambodian embassy, explained that i wanted to enter country without outbound trip planned and organise my outbound visa's/travel in while in PP.

Plan is to extend my 30 day business visa in Cambodia so i can spend an extra month after teaching to explore the country, this will also give me the opportunity to arrange my vietnam and Loas visas.

The problem i was told is leaving London for SE Asia without return tickets??

4. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 10y

Hmmm. Well, I do know that there can be problems flying if you do not have proof of onward travel within 30 days and you don't have a visa (but fine if you have either). But that's for Thailand - and you do have proof of onward travel from Thailand - to Cambodia.

So it seems the problem is with Cambodia. I'm not sure how business visas work though. The only other thing I can suggest is to google 'cambodia' and 'visa'.

I know the whole visa thing is a nightmare!!

5. Posted by Pontypridd (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Well ive emailed the Cambodian embassy outlining my concerns and least ill have something in writing this way....

Off to cardiff tomorrow so ill speak to STA and Trailfinders, see what they got too say...

If anyone else HAS entered SE Asia without outbound travel arragened PLEASE give us a quick shout just to put my mind at rest!!!


6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1613 posts) 10y

If anyone else HAS entered SE Asia without outbound travel arragened PLEASE give us a quick shout just to put my mind at rest!!!


I have entered Thailand many times and have NEVER been asked for proof of onward travel! The Thai immigration form that we fill out on the plane does have a space for entering "departure" information, I leave that part blank - that area has always been filled in by the immigration officials only when I depart Thailand.

I wouldn't be surprised if Thai immigration may ask certain travellers for proof of "monetary resources" to cover their visit in the land of smiles, but it has never happened to me in the last 9 or 10 years. I have noticed that contract workers from China seem to get the third degree when they arrive, I guess Thai officials don't want them to become a potential burden.

7. Posted by Pontypridd (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the replies guys....had a look at a view quotes for flights and have decided to use STA Travel...Got a return flight to Phnom Penh for £767 with a 12 month open ticket, so ill extend it out there to comply with visa's...

Next on my list is travel insurance, anyone recommened any good companies, looking for good price with cover for any adventures i might encounter on the way...

8. Posted by matcube (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Once you step into a plane directed to Thailand, you will not have any problem entering the Country, with or without an exit ticket, with or without a Visa (if your nationality is eligible).

The problem may indeed be whether they will let you on the plane in London in the first place. I live in Thailand and I travel several times Bkk-Milan and back, so the Milan-BKK is kind of one-way once I am in Milan. In Milan, they always ask me at the check-in for documentation that I can stay in Thailand, like work permit, visa or the like. At some point they were about not to let me on the plane, and then I finally found the document in my backpack.

It could possibly be up to the city or airline, though. When I first flew to Thailand from India back in 2000, I had no problem purchasing a one-way ticket, as I didn't few months later for an Indonesia-Thailand one way. Still in 2000, however, no travel agency would let me purchase a one-way to India without a long visa/residence permit in India (I had a 6 month visa but that was not enough).

A friend of mine, with a Thai wife, had problems embarking his wife on a one way-flight BKK-Italy (he finally succeded after lots of arguing with the airline managers). I can't stand when airlines take the place of immigration offices. I am not even sure they have the power to do so. Any information about the law regarding this would be much apreciated by myself as well.