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Proof of onward travel for Thai visa?

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1. Posted by rid_1586 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi all,
I've been a keen reader of this website for a while now as i'm planning on going travelling in September around SE Asia and then onto Australia. I've found it really helpful so i'm hoping anyone can me out with a query of my own!

In a nutshell i'm hoping to enter Thailand by air at Bangkok and travel northwards and then onwards to Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia. I'll be then re-entering Thailand and travelling southwards to Malaysia and Singapore and then flying to Australia.

My concern is the requirement for proof of onward travel. I have this itinerary in mind of where I want to travel but i am hoping to kinda wing if you know what i mean, to not be rigid about travelling to set dates? I was looking at entering on a one-way ticket and just going on from there by land, taking it as it comes. I am intending to apply for the Tourist Visa as my travelling should take no more than 60 days (and I understand this visa allows re-entering into the country within the 60 day period?). Could anyone suggest how i can get round this problem as i am guessing i won't be issued the visa beforehand if i don't meet this particularly requirement? Is it worth buying a cheap flight out of the country and forfeiting it or forfeiting an open-ended return ticket to the UK, I've heard this mentioned a few times?
Failing that would it be possible to apply for the 30-day tourist exemption on the 1st time I am enter Thailand (at Bangkok airport) and then for a 15-day tourist exemption later on from Cambodia-Thai border? Again though doesn't this require proof of onward travel?

If anybody could help me out with this with a suggestion or two you would be a hero! I'm guessing i'm not the only one who has encountered this problem?!

2. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

they very rarely (if ever) ask for proof of onward travel. i have not been asked and have netered and re-entered thailand more than 15 times at a lot of the land borders.

for peace of mind an airasia.com one way flight to kuala lumpur or similar will be very cheap. you could forfeit this.

se asia is awesome. have fun

joey :)

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

I am intending to apply for the Tourist Visa as my travelling should take no more than 60 days (and I understand this visa allows re-entering into the country within the 60 day period?).

The 60 day tourist visa does not allow a re-entry - once you leave the country your visa expires. You would have to apply for a re-entry permit which is more hassle than it's worth.

Do as Joey says and book a cheap Air Asia flight out of the country just in case - we have been asked for onward tickets at land borders, at check in for a flight to Bangkok and at Bangkok airport too. More than likely though it will be the airline you are flying into Thailand with which will ask for an onward ticket if you don't have a tourist visa in your passport as they don't want to bear the cost of transporting you out of Thailand if you get refused entry!