Onward travel for visa application

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1. Posted by spookysully (Budding Member 2 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Hello,

I've booked a 1 way ticket to Thailand leaving the US on 11 August 2022 (saving myself almost 2000usd). For my visa application I am required to show proof of onward travel out of the country via a flight but I'll take the train to Nong Kai and go to Laos for my visa.

I am applying for my visa to enter Thailand now (June 22) and need to provide proof of onward travel out of the country on the visa application. My question is, onward travel tickets are only good for 48hrs and if I use onward travel for proof of my departure on my visa application which will be today (June 22) will my onward travel ticket be of any use when I arrive in Thailand 11 August if it's only good for 48hrs?

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2552 posts) 6d 1 Star this if you like it!

How about making a cancellable flight reservation, use it as your POOT, then cancel it once you get your other transport sorted?

3. Posted by spookysully (Budding Member 2 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

The problem is, an "Onward Travel" ticket is only good for 48hrs. If I use it for my visa application now 22 June, it will be useless when I arrive in Bangkok 12 August.

Visa on arrival is only good for 30 days, if I get my visa prior to arrival it's good for 60 days and both cost the same. Just good sense to get it before travel.

My question is, would one of these $14usd "Onward Travel" tickets work or will I be forced to purchase an actual flight out of Thailand for my visa application? I know the "Onward Travel" tickets work but I'm confused on how to use them for my application and my arrival.

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2552 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

A $14 ticket providing proof of onward travel sounds like a scam. Where are you seeing it? Are you certain you're on the official government website rather than some agency?

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4284 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

If you intend to visit another country during your time in Thailand just book an real ticket and go to that country before 30 days is up. Return to Thailand for the ride back home.

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"I've booked a 1 way ticket to Thailand leaving the US on 11 August 2022 (saving myself almost 2000usd)."

I have booked many tickets to Thailand (and also the Philippines) from the US. I have never found a legitimate one way flight to Bangkok to be cheaper than round trip. I know with the cost of fuel going up so does the cost of plane rides.

Good luck.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4284 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

(Addition to post 6.)

"I've booked a 1 way ticket to Thailand leaving the US on 11 August 2022 (saving myself almost 2000usd)."

Just to be clear, assuming you are flying one way to Thailand and one way return home.

7. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 258 posts) 3d 1 Star this if you like it!

When I entered Thailand (immediately prior to Covid starting) I had no onward travel ticket, no proof of funds and was not asked for either. Used visa exemption.

I've visited loads of countries that require Proof of Onward Travel never having anything onward (or anywhere). Only time I was ever asked for it was check-in at UK airport for flight to Vietnam and was asked by the airline and I just kept a straight face, declared I didn't need one because I had an e-Visa which they wanted to see, didn't understand but were then happy. Of course it's a risk, there is a chance you'll get a "jobsworth" immigration officer but most are bored and not interested.

There seems something very weird with your ticket pricing. If I wanted a ticket US (e.g. LA) to Bangkok 11 Aug returning 60 days later it took me 2 mins to find more than 5 costing less than US$1500 so a saving of US$2000 sounds very weird.

Ian