Hello. My boyfriend and I are planning on buying one way air tickets into England, however we have heard that without a return ticket or some sort of proof that we are leaving the country we will get hassled at Customs. I have looked at all sorts of websites and we have talked to airlines and travel agents, and they all tell us something different! Does anyone have any experience with this?
We could just buy a return ticket and not use the return portion, but that seems like a waste. We want to stay as long as possible, and have lots of flexibility while travelling with regards to where we go and how long we stay.
Any help/comments/advice is appreciated! Thanks.
The reason a return ticket is recommended is because it demonstrates that you do not intend to stay in the country permanently - if you show up without a return ticket it is generally assumed that you mean to stay. If you're staying for a long time you'll need to be able to demonstrate that you can support yourself financially while you are here.
Don't try and get around immigration - they're sticklers for procedure.
Why not get an open-ended ticket? Returns can be booked up to a year from the departure date, but that date can then be extended for another year - you'll pay a date-change fee of about 50 pounds, but
a) if you're not sure about customs, it'll make things easier and
b) sometimes its good to know your ticket home is all paid up
Are you going to England on a visa of some kind? the visa paperwork should state entry requirements, which normally mentions anything about onwards flight tickets
Thank you for the advice. No, we don't have visas and we only plan on staying for about 6 weeks (money permitting!). I have heard that the open-jaw tickets are much more expensive, but I like the idea of being able to just pay a fee and switch our return ticket date. I guess a little more cash spent is better than the time wasted at Customs. Thanks.
It's not only the time. They can really send you back home. I don't recommend coming to Europe, specially to UK, without a return ticket.
You can always call the embassy and ask them.
i did the same thing, i showed proof that i had enough money, proof of my credit card limit, and also i had a letter showing that i would be working for this fmaily as an aupair for X months for X euros etc...
i flew into amsterdam and via london and singapore, from sydney and i only got asked about it in sydney.
if you show your financial situation is ample, and mayeb if you plan on doing some work, if youve set something up, just a letter or printed email or something they should be fine with it..
PS if youre only gonna be here 6 weeks i really cant see any advantage in getting a 1 way ticket.