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1. Posted by dan_so (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

Hi two quick questions.

1. is a hepatitas B injection needed for south-east asia?

2. Ive got a one way ticket to Thailand as travling up to and through laos, how can i show a onward ticket at Bangkok airport? could i get a train ticket for laos, or can you only use flight tickets?

thanks Dan

2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

I would say Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended irrespective of travel ......

Specifically for travel to SE Asia I would recommend Hepatitis A vaccine ( in addition to others- typhoid, tetanus/polio/measles boosters etc.. if needed)

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

Dan,
Hep B is spread via blood, not food or water. If you do not exchange blood with a person that has Hep B, then no problem. People that are going to be sexually active should get the Hep B jab.

If you arrive and accept the free 30 day visa waiver, a train ticket will not qualify as proof of onward travel. Immigration rules states an onward flight. Generally, Thai Immigration does not ask westerners for proof on onward travel. However, they can and sometimes do ask for such proof. If you do not want to fly out of Thailand in that 30 day period, you have an option that should work. Book a ticket on Air Asia to Phnom Penh. Print out the e-ticket. Now cancel your flight. Pay the cancellation fee. You now have proof of an onward ticket within the 30 day visa waiver period.

Personally, I would not take the chance of flying into BKK and being denied entry. Good luck to you.

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting vegasmike6

If you do not want to fly out of Thailand in that 30 day period, you have an option that should work. Book a ticket on Air Asia to Phnom Penh. Print out the e-ticket. Now cancel your flight. Pay the cancellation fee. You now have proof of an onward ticket within the 30 day visa waiver period.

You can change the flight time (min 48 hours ahead), but flight cancellation is not allowed.

Quoting AirAsia Terms & Conditions of Carriage

Article 5: Booking of Seats

5.1 Confirmation of Booking:
The booking of a Seat is confirmed after full payment of the fare is made and after we issue you a booking number and/or the Itinerary. Once confirmed, the booking cannot be cancelled and payments made are not refundable.

Source: AirAsia Terms & Conditions of Carriage

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as it can be transmitted through food and drink.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 12, 2007, at 10:54 AM by bex76 ]

6. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 9y

get the vaccinations.. hygene is pretty lax in many places in Asia and it can't hurt you.

as to the visa - unless you look really scruffy the odds of getting asked for outward proof at the airport is minimal.

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

Quoting Hien

You can change the flight time (min 48 hours ahead), but flight cancellation is not allowed.

Quoting AirAsia Terms & Conditions of Carriage

Article 5: Booking of Seats

5.1 Confirmation of Booking:
The booking of a Seat is confirmed after full payment of the fare is made and after we issue you a booking number and/or the Itinerary. Once confirmed, the booking cannot be cancelled and payments made are not refundable.

Source: AirAsia Terms & Conditions of Carriage

Hien, that's a bummer. So much for that option. My friend just flew back to BKK. He reported that they added up how many days he has been in Thailand in the last 6 months and ask for proof of onward travel. It seems because Imm. is checking how many days you have been in country, they also ask for a return ticket or onward travel. This may become the rule rather than the exception. Hopefully other TP members will report their experience at Suvarnabhumi and we will know if it is worth the chance to fly in w/o proof of onward travel. Thanks for correcting the cancellation issue.

[ Edit: Fixed quote ]

8. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 9y

Mike, your friend's experience was the same as my boyfriend's and my experience back in May. The Immigration Officers do indeed add up how many days you have been in Thailand over the last 6 months and asked us and everyone else for an onward ticket...it took us about 45 mins to get through Immigration, with the Immigration Officers counting days and people routing in bags for onward tickets. The Officers waited patiently until every person had produced a ticket...the girl next to us who was French was refused entry as she didn't have an onward ticket. We also heard a man arguing with Immigration Officers about how long he had been allowed in for too!

I think this seems to now be the rule rather than the exception

Donna

9. Posted by dan_so (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

cheers for the comments

surly the Immigration office must understand that people backpacking through the country will not always be leaving by air and could just be getting a train or bus through to neighbouring countrys befor their visa runs out. is it any different if you get a tourist visa or do the same rules apply?

dan

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

Dan,
If you read the requirements for obtaining a tourist visa, it also states that you must have a paid onward ticket. Since it seems Thailand is getting serious about the onward travel requirement, buy the cheapest ticket out. An Air Asia flight: BKK-PNH is about $60 with advance purchase. Visit Cambodia for a week and go overland into Laos. I would suggest that over flying into Thailand w/o onward travel proof. Good Luck.