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1. Posted by RC2012 (Budding Member 99 posts) 4y

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I have booked a 1 way ticket flying from Gatwick - Amsterdam then Amsterdam - Bangkok next month, I am just going to land and get the visa on arrival, I've spoke to British airways who said they can stop me from boarding the plane as I dont have proof of onwards travel but if I can prove I have funds to do this once im there I will be fine, I then spoke to the Thai Embassy in Birmingham who said I will not be allowed on the flight from Amsterdam - Bangkok without on onwards ticket or 60 day visa.

My friend booked a 1 way ticket and was fine but so many people say different things, Has anyone actually done this recently?

Thanks

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 4y

Why a one way flight? You do intend to go back home don't you? On major carriers often 2 one way flights cost more than a round trip. Local flights back to Bangkok are not that expensive.

Yep, your airline may not allow you to board without a return ticket. Or, at least a ticket out of Thailand. How long are you going to stay in Thailand? Maybe purchase a flight out of Bangkok to another country. Of course that country may or may not be fussy with no-return tickets.

With a UK passport you do not get a VOA at Bangkok you get a Visa Exemption stamp. This free Visa Exemption stamp in your passport allows you to stay for 30 days. But you are supposed to have proof of onward travel. Will they check at immigration - maybe - maybe not. Will the airline press it - maybe - maybe not!

It was your choice to buy a one way flight. Safest thing is to buy a tourist visa from the Thai embassy. That price is cheap compared to the airline possibly not allowing you to board at Gatwick or Amsterdam.

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 4y

How can they stop you boarding? Lots of people use one way tickets to many different destinations though it costs a lot, lot more for two one ways than a return.

Why are you going British Airways? Have you too much money? After a lousy flight to Delhi decades ago I never used them again.

Why did they knowingly sell you a ticket in the first place? Tell them you want your money back if they say they will stop you boarding and you'll book with one of the many other airlines.

They do not care in Bangkok though you will be asked your onward plans which is normal. If you overstay, they'll just charge you 500 baht per day when you leave so do not care if you do.

Bangkok is a travel centre and people do travel to many different destinations from there, booking tickets in one of the many travel agents or online.

4. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 4y

Quoting karazyal

Why a one way flight? You do intend to go back home don't you? On major carriers often 2 one way flights cost more than a round trip. Local flights back to Bangkok are not that expensive.

have you never heard of a traveler who intends to continue on their travels, but has no firm plan at the time of departure? lots of people buy one way flights for many reasons.

Quoting karazyal

Yep, your airline may not allow you to board without a return ticket. Or, at least a ticket out of Thailand. How long are you going to stay in Thailand? Maybe purchase a flight out of Bangkok to another country. Of course that country may or may not be fussy with no-return tickets.

The country of disembarkation only requires you have proof of onward travel. It doesn't even have to be a plane ticket. The cheapest way around this is to go online and buy the cheapest bus ticket you can find out of Thailand. Having said that, it's very unusual for the airline or the immigration to ask westerners traveling, in particular to Thailand, for proof of onward travel. Loads of us here have gone to Thailand many times and never been asked for it. I'd say as long as you have a reasonable story for the airline, such as you intend to bus it from Thailand to Malaysia and then fly on to somewhere else, and can show you have access to funds, ie credit cards, then you should be fine. In the worst case if you go to Gatwick and they tell you they wont let you on without a onward ticket, then you can buy a refundable ticket at the counter and then just refund it when you get into Thailand. It will cost at most $50 as most tickets these days aren't fully refundable.

Quoting karazyal

With a UK passport you do not get a VOA at Bangkok you get a Visa Exemption stamp. This free Visa Exemption stamp in your passport allows you to stay for 30 days. But you are supposed to have proof of onward travel. Will they check at immigration - maybe - maybe not. Will the airline press it - maybe - maybe not!

It was your choice to buy a one way flight. Safest thing is to buy a tourist visa from the Thai embassy. That price is cheap compared to the airline possibly not allowing you to board at Gatwick or Amsterdam.

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 4y

Quoting Cyberia

How can they stop you boarding? Lots of people use one way tickets to many different destinations though it costs a lot, lot more for two one ways than a return.

Why are you going British Airways? Have you too much money? After a lousy flight to Delhi decades ago I never used them again.

Why did they knowingly sell you a ticket in the first place? Tell them you want your money back if they say they will stop you boarding and you'll book with one of the many other airlines.

They do not care in Bangkok though you will be asked your onward plans which is normal. If you overstay, they'll just charge you 500 baht per day when you leave so do not care if you do.

Bangkok is a travel centre and people do travel to many different destinations from there, booking tickets in one of the many travel agents or online.

This has to be way up there as one of the worst bits of advice you have ever given. Congratulations!

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 4y

An airline can definitely stop you boarding - it happened to my friend when he tried to board a flight in NZ on a one way ticket to Australia. He had to buy a return ticket from one of the ticket agents in the airport and was then allowed to board. As far as I know they do this mainly because if you refused entry into the country you're going to it would be the airline's responsibility to get you back to where you boarded!

I'd play safe and either get the visa or a cheap onward ticket somewhere else.

7. Posted by RC2012 (Budding Member 99 posts) 4y

Thanks for the replies guys, I've got a 1 way ticket because im travelling through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia then Malaysia and Singapore. I didnt get a return as I might go from Singapore to Aus but not 100% so a 1 way was the easiest option.

I was thinking of getting a 60 day visa for Thailand so I can board the plane but again I didnt want to waste this as it has a validity of 3 months, I will be in Thailand for 30days at first then travelling which it will then only run out...

8. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 4y

Quoting bex76

An airline can definitely stop you boarding - it happened to my friend when he tried to board a flight in NZ on a one way ticket to Australia. He had to buy a return ticket from one of the ticket agents in the airport and was then allowed to board. As far as I know they do this mainly because if you refused entry into the country you're going to it would be the airline's responsibility to get you back to where you boarded!

I'd play safe and either get the visa or a cheap onward ticket somewhere else.

That's always an issue with Australia and NZ, they always ask. Although I was really surprised in my last trip from NZ to Aus they not only didn't ask when checking in for the flight, but immigration didn't ask in Aus! And they do it because the airline and the person checking you in is legally responsible to verify you have an onward ticket an both will be fined if they let you through.

But I have never been asked, nor know of anyone that has been asked on a flight to Thailand. There are too many situations like the OP where he is flying into Thailand but taking overland transport out at an unspecified time and place.

I do have to say its really frustrating because the airline holds all the cards. They CAN refuse to allow you on the plane. I also recently had a hell of a fight with the check in crew at Jetstar on a flight from Australia to NZ. The woman looked at my passport and asked if I had a onward ticket from NZ, "yes back to Aus" I said in a months time. "oh well your visa will be expired then, I can't let you on this flight."
"no my visa is good for a year in 3 month periods. Ive been here 3 months and now Im leaving, when I come in I get another 3 months."
"No thats not true, you wont have a visa, I can't allow you on this flight"
"can you get someone that knows how this visa works?"
"I KNOW HOW IT WORKS!"
"no you don't, get someone." She called her supervisor who amazingly also told me his staff member was correct, I wouldnt have a visa when I returned and I wasnt going to be allowed on the flight. "OK call immigration and ask them" they called and then there was red faces and back peddling as they tried to blame everyone but their own dumb selves for not knowing how the ETA visa works. Sheesh

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 4y

Quoting Dodger

I do have to say its really frustrating because the airline holds all the cards. They CAN refuse to allow you on the plane. I also recently had a hell of a fight with the check in crew at Jetstar on a flight from Australia to NZ. The woman looked at my passport and asked if I had a onward ticket from NZ, "yes back to Aus" I said in a months time. "oh well your visa will be expired then, I can't let you on this flight."
"no my visa is good for a year in 3 month periods. Ive been here 3 months and now Im leaving, when I come in I get another 3 months."
"No thats not true, you wont have a visa, I can't allow you on this flight"
"can you get someone that knows how this visa works?"
"I KNOW HOW IT WORKS!"
"no you don't, get someone." She called her supervisor who amazingly also told me his staff member was correct, I wouldnt have a visa when I returned and I wasnt going to be allowed on the flight. "OK call immigration and ask them" they called and then there was red faces and back peddling as they tried to blame everyone but their own dumb selves for not knowing how the ETA visa works. Sheesh

That's terrible! It's very poor that they didn't know how the visa works and stressful for you and anyone else who has to go through that.

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