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1. Posted by zellyuk (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


I am due to enter the states for 2 months at the end of May. When I land into LAX will I need to have proof of an outbound flight? I have not yet booked this and didn't know whether I need to do this before I arrived. It would make my life a lot easier if I could leave it until july before I booked.

Any help would be much appreciated,

Cheers guys


2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

They usually like to know that you're legit about leaving their country lol, both times I've entered the States they have asked when my on-going flight was at the passport control counter. I'm not sure if its absolutely essential might want to research this for your own peace of mind!

3. Posted by roskelld (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I'd be interested to know peoples experiences of this too. I'm considering a visit to the US, leaving by road into Mexico and beyond. So I wouldn't have a flight booked. This can't be too much of an uncommon thing to do.

My only experience of something like this was going to the Philippines a few years back, I arrived at the check in desk to be asked where my return flight tickets were (I didn't have one). So I quickly had to run to a net cafe and book the first refundable flight from the Philippines I could find on Expedia.
When I arrived in the Philippines I cancelled the flight ticket and carried on as I intended.

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5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

There was one person on here earlier who wanted to keep his options open on when he would leave, so he bought a super cheap ticket from Miami to the Bahamas--which is what he told the customs people he woulduse--and then he planned to buy a different ticket to the Carribean at a later point in time.

You might consider a similar strategy.

P.S. Note that I'm not saying you shouldn't plan to stay legal and leave before your visa expires--but I do understand that sometimes you need to have flexibility when your travel plans are not yet finalized.

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