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Can you buy a one-way ticket to India?

Travel Forums Asia Can you buy a one-way ticket to India?

1. Posted by lofgreli (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I traveled alone for two months in Europe this past summer, and one thing I learned was not to plan so much. I had bought a return ticket out of London, and it was very limiting to leave out of a certain place at a certain time, because I didn't end up doing the itinerary I had planned.

Traveling Asia is my dream travel. I want to do it right, and I'm thinking that means as little planning as possible. I'd like to buy a one-way ticket into my starting point, Dehli, and then travel on by land to Nepal and hopefully see some of China and SE Asia. I'm worried, though, that VISA regulations might be a problem. Like, if I fly into India, do I NEED a return ticket or onward ticket out of India? Can I even buy a one-way ticket to a country? And I'm afraid that could be a problem every time I enter a country without knowledge of when or where I'd like to leave the country...

I'm hoping someone who has traveled Asia in this manner could have some advice for me!!!



2. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

So far, my experience is I can buy a 1 way ticket to everywhere except US and Canada.

Try, I bought my 1 way everywhere on their routes.

3. Posted by jcbc (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Some countries do require foreign visitors to show return tickets at the immigration/customs. If that's the case, you might need to buy an open jaw ticket then. Here's more information for you regarding India Visa.


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4. Posted by Frank9968 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Laura,

I am from the UK, I have travelled a lot of SE Asia but I will soon travel India. As far as I know, I can enter India with a one way ticket (no onward journey). Once you have your Indian visa and then you travel by land into Nepal (which is no problem), you cannot get back into India for another 2 months after leaving.

But, you need an onward ticket flying into Thailand with non-budget airlines. I have flown around SE Asia with budget airlines and you don't need an onward flight, but flying from London to Bangkok with Thai or British airways, you do need an onward flight. Use Airasia, I have never needed an onward flight using them (it's airline rules.. not the country).

Again, you should be able to fly to India without an onward flight (ask your airline whom you are travelling with) and then after that, using non budget airlines, there should be no problem.

Good luck,