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Confused.. do I need prove how/when I'm leaving Thailand?

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1. Posted by emilybrit (Budding Member 61 posts) 9y

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Need more advice please guys!!

I'm flying into Thailand on 16th Apr but my return flight is out of Singapore.. when I booked my flight the guys at STA said that I would need to prove on arrival that I had means to leave Thailand i.e. by booking a train or bus ticket.. is this correct?
I can't remember if I had to do that last time, as I flew into Bangkok then travelled overland and flew out of Saigon.. needless to say I'm Mightly confused..
Any help would be greatly appreciated

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 9y

Hi Emily,
Can't say for sure, but on my RTW travels I was never asked to prove onward ticket arrangements. Besides, plans can change can't they?
We flew into Bangkok, went to Phuket by train and later flew out of there to Singapore. I would imagine that as long as your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your arrival date, and you exit the country before your visa runs out, they shouldn't have a problem.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

It does state that you have to have onward travel or a return ticket in your possession. But, it is not enforced. My friend went to BKK in Feb. and Thai Imm. never asked or looked at any travel documents. Thai law states that all decisions are at the discretion of the Immigration official. This allows them to keep out someone they deem undesirable, but that will not apply to you. You will be given the free 30 day entry permit on arrival. Relax and enjoy your trip.

4. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

If you have a ticket from Singapore back home no worries. If they ask just show them your return ticket and tell them you might travel to Singapore by train, bus or fly but not sure yet.

We have friends do this all the time that visit us. They say they can get cheaper air tickets departing from Singapore or Hong Kong. They purchase tickets to Macau or Singapore and from Thailand once they get here.

Randy and Ning

5. Posted by emilybrit (Budding Member 61 posts) 9y

Thank you so much for the great advice, my mind is now at rest! Cheers guys, em

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Emilybrit

Yes, u officially need a ticket, to show that u will be leaving Thailand, after 30 days are up.
However, they rarely ask for proof, of this, at the airport, in Bangkok.
U may have some trouble, leaving England(if that is where u are flying from), if u do not have a ticket out of Thailand. The airlines often ask if u have a ticket out of Thailand. The airline did not ask to see my leaving ticket, the last time I was flying to Bangkok, but they did ask if I had a return ticket. Hopefully, they are now getting used to the way people travel, and have stopped badgering them, about the return ticket. ;)