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1. Posted by sarusan (Full Member, 61 posts) 11 Feb '08 05:30

I am looking to get a one-way ticket to Thailand, as I don't yet know my onward travel plans. Has anybody else done this and, if so, were there any problems at immigration?

I will be moving on, I just don't yet know when and where. Can I just show them evidence of funds e.g. a bank statement, to show I have the means to leave the country?

2. Posted by rach6083 (Budding Member, 53 posts) 11 Feb '08 09:31

I'm also interested in knowing this, but no-one replied to my post

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3534 posts) 11 Feb '08 09:52

Oliver,
If you obtain a visa before arriving in Thailand, you can legally enter with a one way ticket. Most airlines now check for a return ticket. Thailand might not care, but your airline may; check with them.

If you arrive and accept the free 30 day entry permit, you are supposed to have proof on onward travel within that 30 day window. A flight to Phnom Penh or HaNoi would satisfy them. Thai Immigration officials rarely ask to see travel documents of western visitors. They do check your boarding pass, your arrival card and enter your passport details. They can ask for proof of onward travel or adequate funds for your stay, but seldom do. Friends of mine from Vegas flew into BKK last week and were not asked for onward documents. It is up to the discretion of the Immigration officer. You should be OK with a one way ticket with proof of sufficent funds for your stay. Good Luck.

4. Posted by frosty (Full Member, 107 posts) 11 Feb '08 19:39

Quoting sarusan

I am looking to get a one-way ticket to Thailand, as I don't yet know my onward travel plans. Has anybody else done this and, if so, were there any problems at immigration?

I will be moving on, I just don't yet know when and where. Can I just show them evidence of funds e.g. a bank statement, to show I have the means to leave the country?

A similar question like this is on a previous post. It would not cost you anything to compare what a round trip ticket would cost with an "open jaw" return. Then find out what a "one way" ticket would cost, double that cost for the real fare to go back home. Some "one way" tickets are almost as expensive as a round trip ticket. Up to you!

Thai immigration officials seem to be more fussy about return tickets for travelers from "less wealthy" countries who might want to remain in Thailand instead of ever going back home! Having a return ticket is the regulation that is on the books, but for many, many years of travel I have never been asked for a return ticket, I always have one though!

I can verify that Thai immigration officials are scrutinizing passports of travelers who frequently travel to Thailand and get the free 30 day entry permit. They have counted the actual days I was in the country over a 180 day period to see if I exceeded the time limits.

Have fun.

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member, 316 posts) 14 Feb '08 04:23

Yup, just make sure you have a visa before you arrive. Usually problems occur when you want a visa on arrival. I didn't have a return flight (well, I did...but it was 8 mths later) and it was ok but I did have a 60 day visa already.

6. Posted by sarusan (Full Member, 61 posts) 15 Feb '08 04:51

Quoting claireh

Yup, just make sure you have a visa before you arrive. Usually problems occur when you want a visa on arrival. I didn't have a return flight (well, I did...but it was 8 mths later) and it was ok but I did have a 60 day visa already.

But UK nationals don't require a visa...

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 15 Feb '08 07:30

Quoting sarusan

Quoting claireh

Yup, just make sure you have a visa before you arrive. Usually problems occur when you want a visa on arrival. I didn't have a return flight (well, I did...but it was 8 mths later) and it was ok but I did have a 60 day visa already.

But UK nationals don't require a visa...

What Claire mentioned is the 60-day multiple entry visa, which you can apply for if you intend to stay longer than 30 days continuously. Also, when you have this visa, immigration officers will not request you to show an onward or return ticket.

8. Posted by Pyjamarama (Budding Member, 16 posts) 15 Feb '08 08:56

It is not Thai immigration officials you will normally have trouble with but the airline when you are boarding the flight. Even with the 60 day visa you will need proof of travel (must be by plane, train ticket etc not acceptable) out of thailand within 60 days. If you contact the airline you plan to fly with I'm sure that is what they will say. you can always book a return flight and change the date when you get to Thailand which is what I'm doing.

9. Posted by Emmett70 (Travel Guru, 534 posts) 16 Feb '08 02:08

I've flew into Thailand and never been asked for proof of onward flight. I usually get the 60 day visa in advance though, but even when I got the visa on arrival I wasn't asked for proof of onward flight.

You can get some flights on airaisa for as cheap as 20 pounds, so you could always buy a cheap ticket to your most probable next country, and if you then change your plans all you've lost is 20 pounds and at least that way you won't have to stress about immigration.

10. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member, 212 posts) 17 Feb '08 08:00

I have flown into Thailand on numerous occasions and never been asked for an onward ticket or proof of funds, but the rules do state that you do need an onward ticket and sufficent funds to stay in the country, I know numerous people who do take the chance, but I would always eir on the side of caution