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Thai Visa.. proof of onward travel

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1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

Hi There

I have spent some time reading about the thai visa regulations and I think I am clear on it all now and we aren't really planning to spend over a month in Thailand at any point so should be ok. I do however have a question about the proof of onward travel.

We are planning to arrive in SE Asia at the very end of our 12 month RTW ticket. From there we are going to go overland throughout SE Asia, up through China to India. Our 12 month tickets will therefore have expired and we will have no evidence of onward travel becuase we are going to go overland through Cambodia etc.

How do people get round this as I am sure we are not the first to do this.

Many thanks

Sophie

2. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

im just back from a trip to se asia and i was never asked for proof of onward travel. i entered thailand 3 times, once at the airport and twice over land and was never asked so i wouldnt worry too much about it!

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

Hello Sofe:)

A good question, and one that many are asking since the new visa rules for Thailand came about last year.
I think if u look reasonably neat and tidy, the Thai immigration are unlikely to ask to see your proof of onward travel.
The problem u will be more likely to have is with boarding the plane to Thailand. Sometimes airlines are reluctant to let people on the flight, if they dont have the proof of onward travel. I would phone your airline and explain the situation and ask if there will be a problem with getting on the flight.

Mel

4. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

Thanks for your replies Mel & Mac that has put my mind at ease a little and we'll be sure to wear our smartest clothes when entering!

With regard to the flight, we are hoping that the flight into Thailand is within the 12 months, it will just be the return to the UK that will be outside which is why I was worried. I will call the airline to check but also hope that they don't look too closely at the ticket and realise that we should be flying back to the UK the same day as we fly in (which is likely to be the case as we will be cutting it that fine ;)!!)

Thanks again

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6. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 8y

I don't think anyone can actually answer your question with a definate answer. The regulations state, you must show and have proof of onward travel if asked for it. 90% of people are never asked but there is the small minority who are asked. As Mel said, look smart and you should be OK. Remember... A smile goes a long way

7. Posted by RobinR (Budding Member 40 posts) 8y

Quoting mac1234

im just back from a trip to se asia and i was never asked for proof of onward travel. i entered thailand 3 times, once at the airport and twice over land and was never asked so i wouldnt worry too much about it!

This is a very common question and a problem for even repeat thailand travelers like myself. The thailand customs are being far more serious about making sure that people have proof of onward travel and are not over staying their 90 days out of a 6 month period. If you have a visitor visa you should be ok with out evidence of onward travel, but even that is not garanteed. If you want to be extra safe get a visitors visa and go on air asia(or another discount se asia airline website and buy a cheap ticket out of thailand. This shouldn't cost you more than 50 dollars and will give you peace of mind.