We are not required to buy return tickets, when we take the train or the bus. But if we are flying, the agencies tell me I must have return... Well I do have return ticket from one country... But I wanted to fly to another, and from there, I wanted to do some land border crossing, which I have done in the past. But they said, it is not allowed... WILL THEY EVEN asked me to show my tickets.... Well, if you have a THIRD WORLD passports, immigration can be a bit of a pain... It's like the whole idea of backpacking is only for westerners and perhaps caucasians...
Lets say for "example", if one is in Vietnam, does he need return tickets if he goes to Jakarta??? Does it depend on your passport. It DEFEATS the purpose of having a NO VISA policy for ASEAN member country, because this policy is really restricting our movement. Its sad!
It's on the off topic, its like a, "What made you smile today." thread.
I wouldnt bother or just book cheap tickets with air asia. I know you can be asked, so when i flew from perth to bangkok, i had a 60 day visa but i also purchased a £20 flight from bangkok to vietnam with AA incase i was asked to show proof of onward flight - i wasnt, however when i flew to Manila i was asked to show onward proof!
Flying in Europe you often don't need to get returns anymore to get the same price.
Hi Swept Away!
Even if you hold EU, OZ or US passport, you are required to show an outbound ticket if you fly into the country. Even if you don't need a visa for that specific country. I met several people for instance from australia who had problem at their airport before flying to singapore.
Overland is typically easier, but there are countries that require either an outbound flight or a bus ticket.
Airline companies can get a big penalty if they allow passengers without an onward ticket. This is way they are so strict on it.
Now, don't listen completely to the agent... Many countries will accept an outbound bus or train ticket too. Or alternatively, you buy some very cheap ticket with a low cost airline.
In case you know are entering the country by land, you may improvise and use your creativity to produce a flight ticket. I have seen such examples at border crossing of countries where surely there is no way for custom to check.
Another option - in case you already need a return/outbound ticket for visa application. Ask an agent to book the flight, print out the ticket and cancel the flight. Many agents - especially in "non-western" countries - will do this for a small fee.
Note: of course, I wouldn't use this solution if they may check it at the airport. You may never know how sophisticated their system is...
You can see a list of low cost airlines per country/region on wikipedia:
Hope this helped.
Have a great trip!
I am Canadian and I traveled around the world last year without any return or onward ticket.
Thy only country that gave me a hassle was anal Japan and that was only when I was leaving the country for China. Too boot, it was the airline (at check in) and not even customs that gave me a hard time.
Air Macau, told me today, that 90% They won't ask if I have return tickets... But the 10%, it up to me to take the risk... well the tickets weren't that cheap so, I just might go home first.
I am flying back home on the 9th, so not ready... then wait for the next PROMO dates of a budget airline.
Thanks anyway... I'm not that scared to take a risk... Is that stupid. I mean I would insist on getting just a one way ticket on my next travel, and that would be from my country.
I have crossed a lot of borders in Asia, in my previous passport, which already ran out of pages, can I just use that as some sort of reference, if I tell the powers that be, that I intend to cross borders, and so I can't have return tickets...
Or can this be done: Get tickets, lets say Bangkok and then your return ticket is after 60 days, even if you are only allowed in Bangkok for 30??? I think they allow people to have Ticket to Bangkok and the exit is Saigon... I guess the airline, just wants you to buy a return ticket... They don't care where you will make the exit. I will ask them that. If I get to Bangkok, then exit somewhere else.
I appreciate the links that have been added...thank you~
Last year I flew to Bangkok. I had almost the same case. But i was just flying out from kuala lumpur. First the airline gave me hard time at check-in - i managed to convince them that is ok. Then 2am bangkok airport, the custom guy didn't want to let me in. I was arguing - calmly - that I was leaving from KL and i want to stay another x time in malaysia. They kept insisting on a bus ticket or airplane ticket. Then I asked kindly if the guy could help me get a ticket. I also wanted to test if they wanted money or just insisting on regulations / showing off the power. At the end, they took me to some supervise in the middle of the night. She wasn't friendly either. They made me wait another hour - they were of course doing nothing - so they could show off their authority over the foreigner. At the end they let me in, but they really wanted to give a hard time.
So it's possible, but thai custom are not known for friendliness and flexibility...