Well I booked my flights weeks ago and as I am flying into Thailand and travelling overland to Malaysia I booked my onward flight from KL. I asked STA twice if this would be ok with visa's and was told it'd be fine and not to worry. However I've checked the consulate website which says this:
'Traveling overland out of Thailand to check-in for a flight from an airport in another country (Malaysia, Singapore, etc) is not accepted.'
Shall I risk it and just show them my KL flight or shall I sort out a visa before entry? Has anyone else been misadvised by STA? I feel pretty disappointed, up until now I thought they'd been very good!
No it was STA in England that gave me that advice.
You will be fine - in theory you are supposed to have an outward flight booked out of thailand, but i have been to thailand several times and have never been asked. last time i went to thailand i was doing the same as you - travelling overland to another country to then fly out - and it was absolutely fine. Many backpackers visiting Thailand will be doing the popular overland route through laos, vietnam etc, or going to malaysia like you and I have never heard of any other problems.
Hmmm you may be right. Either way I think it is very poor practise for STA not to advise me of this so I can make my own decision and calculate the risks myself! I've seen posts on here where people have been asked to provide onward travel documents so it is obviously something that is enforced occasionally! At least if I decide to go without the onward travel documents or without a full visa I know and understand the risks.
I've seen posts on here where people have been asked to provide onward travel documents so it is obviously something that is enforced occasionally!
Really? I've never heard of this actually happening. I've been to Thailand a number of times and no ones ever asked me for proof of a ticket. Probably a good thing because only once have I ever actually had a ticket out within the 30 days of my visa.
While I agree that STA probably should have explained exactly how the visa works and let you make your own decision, they were right in saying you will be fine, and they wouldn't want you to believe that its something that you should worry about.
Hey it was a post by loubylou that worried me:
My boyfriend and I had a different experience to everyone else entering Thailand last month through Bangkok airport. The Immigration desks had big signs up saying that people had to produce their passport, arrival card, boarding card (from the flight they had just come from) and an onward ticket. The Immigration Officers also asked EVERY person from our flight for an onward ticket and even refused one lady entry because she didn't have one. It took us forever to get through Immigration - between them checking onward flights and them counting how many days people had spent in Thailand over the last 6 months - and we missed our bus connection!
We were lucky in that we had an onward ticket to show, the Immigration Officers seem to be enforcing this rule when they feel like it and some people have taken the risk and it hasn't paid off. We also entered Thailand overland from Cambodia at Koh Kro Kong and we were asked for an onward ticket there too!
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Crazy. I guess when they are bored they actually decide to try and enforce things. It just seems odd to me that they would try to enforce this. There's gotta be thousands of backpackers landing in Bangkok everyday with plans on spending a couple or more months traveling around the region, or are on a RTW ticket where they fly into Bangkok and out of another city. They would be sending an aweful lot of people home if they refused entry to everyone without the proper onward ticket.