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1. Posted by brianoh (Full Member, 48 posts) 30 Aug '10 18:15

Anyone had any issues with one-way International Flights.
I had problems with the Immigration Official in Trinidad & Tobago because I only had a one-way ticket there.
Even though I explained to her that I wanted to take a ferry out of there to Venezuela and couldn't buy it in advance from abroad.
Some airlines won't sell you a one-way international flight unless you're a national of the country you're flying into.

Anyone had any experiences with this.

How can an airline refuse to sell you a one-way ticket?

2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru, 664 posts) 31 Aug '10 06:15

Quoting brianoh

How can an airline refuse to sell you a one-way ticket?

Easy, if a country has an Immigration law that says all foreign nationals visiting require an onward or return air ticket out of that country - the airline therefore cannot sell you a one way ticket and then let you board the plane knowing you will be refused entry. If you are refused entry the airline is fined a huge amount and is has to cover the cost of transporting you back to the country that you just came from.

A lot of countries entry requirements are getting stricter now and airlines are routinely asking travellers if they have onward tickets at the point of check-in. If you don't have one you aren't getting your boarding pass! Almost every flight we have taken in Asia over the last 3 years we have been asked to show onward tickets out of the country we are about to fly to - only air tickets were accepted as proof. We've plenty of people be refused boarding or been forced to buy an expensive ticket on the spot to satisfy Immigration requirements.

3. Posted by brianoh (Full Member, 48 posts) 2 Sep '10 05:23

Quoting loubylou

Quoting brianoh

How can an airline refuse to sell you a one-way ticket?

Easy, if a country has an Immigration law that says all foreign nationals visiting require an onward or return air ticket out of that country - the airline therefore cannot sell you a one way ticket and then let you board the plane knowing you will be refused entry. If you are refused entry the airline is fined a huge amount and is has to cover the cost of transporting you back to the country that you just came from.

A lot of countries entry requirements are getting stricter now and airlines are routinely asking travellers if they have onward tickets at the point of check-in. If you don't have one you aren't getting your boarding pass! Almost every flight we have taken in Asia over the last 3 years we have been asked to show onward tickets out of the country we are about to fly to - only air tickets were accepted as proof. We've plenty of people be refused boarding or been forced to buy an expensive ticket on the spot to satisfy Immigration requirements.

Thanks Loubylou.
Has anyone ever seen a list of countries that insist on return/onwards tickets out of their country. Is there one online?
It would be usefull.

I had a sticky situation in Trinidad & Tobago recently where the Immigration Officer wouldn't let me into the country because I didn't have an onward flight.
I explained to her to no avail that I planned to take a ferry out of the country, and that I couldn't have purchased a ticket in advance.
Eventually I was able to book a flight to Venezuela to satisfy her.

Was she worried that I was going to live off Trinidad & Tobago, highly unlikely,there are too many beggars there already.

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6. Posted by Trini5 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 29 Apr '11 15:14

As both an American and a Trinidadian I take offense to your statement as I see as many beggars here in the states as I do there: and guess what America is far richer than Trinidadians.

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 29 Apr '11 16:03

I've seen far more homeless on the streets of Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California than in all of Vietnam (one of the poorest countries in the world). I predict that the number of homeless Americans can only increase due to the lack of jobs for mature residents. American employers only want to hire beautiful people under the age of 35.

8. Posted by brianoh (Full Member, 48 posts) 3 May '11 19:06

Quoting Trini5

As both an American and a Trinidadian I take offense to your statement as I see as many beggars here in the states as I do there: and guess what America is far richer than Trinidadians.

It is very true that there are also many beggars in the United States, and many homeless people and people living on the edge of society.
I didn't make any comment on the United States though. My point was about Trinidad & Tobago having such a strict policy to people visiting the country. Do they not want people visiting other than on organised packages.