I'm heding to China through vietnam and was planning on buying my ticket there from Hanoi to Beijing. At the moment I'm trying to get my Chinese visa in Bangkok and have been told that I need to show my in and outward tickets to get the visa. As I can't get my train tickets until Hanoi and nned to show my visa this seems a bit weird. Only going off what the travel agents have told me but none of them seemed desperate to sell me a flight.
Hope you can help, I feel like I'm going in circles!!
I am asking the same question...
Laos to China... what if I am traveling by land?
what if I just buy a ticket to exit China, like Shenzhen to Kota Kinabalu?
Buy a one-way ticket out of the country. Make sure its a fully refundable fare, may cost you $20-$30 in 'processing fees' but that would be your best option. I had to do the same thing going into South Africa and I may have to face the same issue going into China even though I have a multi-entry visa. Good luck!
Problem is there are few flights that offer refunds.
In this case I would go for the cheapest one out of the country and take my loses.
I heard a few stories bout the overland route from Thailand to Beijing to Mongolia and the Chinese would not except an onward train ticket exiting the country and issued my a reputable agent. Just some advice that may help.
Please post back your results
I did a quick search and Air Asia offer a flight from Shenzhen to Thailand for 77USD, no refunds. I am sure there must be something cheaper out there.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 25, 2008, at 3:09 AM by outcast ]
There are always 100% refundable flights, for example.. a first class ticket. Just make sure your credit has enough of a limit on it to take that hit. and I'm also curious how you decide to handle it.