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Ticket out of Thailand

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Is a onward ticket out of Thailand necessary when flying into Thailand on a one way ticket while holding a Non-O based on dependent?

 

I will not have a ticket showing I'm leaving Thailand once the visa expires. Is this going to be an issue?

 

 

 

 

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Not needed.

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No, I just arrived back to Thailand from Australia with no return ticket.  Don't know how they can check these days as the check in process was all done electronically without contact with a human.

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I would have thought so, unless you were arriving on a longstay visa like a Non-O.  But, do they ever check for departure ticket?  I cvant reemember.  I have been on a long stay for years.  And how easy is it to cancel the second 1/2 of a return ticket, anyway. (Answer:  Usually, VERY easy, so I am told!  Depends on your airline and ticket change conditions)

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

There is no requirement to have a return ticket in any case. Only a onward ticket is required if you don't have a valid visa for entry. If you have a a valid visa of any type a onward ticket is not required for entry.

...if you don't have a visa the airline will not let you travel is the way I think it works..

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ID: 7   Posted (edited)

20 minutes ago, Laza 45 said:

...if you don't have a visa the airline will not let you travel is the way I think it works..

It's either/or.  Either a visa OR an onward ticket within 30d (assuming you're a national of a country whose citizens are eligible for visa-exempt) in order to be issued a boarding pass at check-in.  Some airlines may be more lax than others about this of course, and some less knowledgeable counter agents may ask for the onward ticket even though you have a visa (in which case a little polite discussion usually resolves the issue if you don't have one).

 

But I think this hardly ever comes up at Immigration unless they're flagging you for some other reason; only at airline check-in. 

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19 minutes ago, Laza 45 said:

...if you don't have a visa the airline will not let you travel is the way I think it works..

That's correct for a number of countries, and people do get stopped. Hawker 9000 just posted clarification.

For entering Thailand, technically the onward ticket is required if you do not have a visa, but the airlines I fly with (airasia regularly) don't normally ask for it.

Thai Immigration don't normally ask for it either.

FYI, airasia do ask for onward ticket for some other countries such as the philippines, and they check visa for Myanmar, Macau before allowing you boarding

so its always possible they could start checking onward ticket for people flying into Thailand.

 

The Op said he has a Non-O visa and should therefore be ok.

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Thanks everyone.

So if the onward ticket is not needed, what would I write on the departure card the airline gives me? Does it not ask when I will be leaving Thailand?

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1 minute ago, Oohwan said:

Thanks everyone.

So if the onward ticket is not needed, what would I write on the departure card the airline gives me? Does it not ask when I will be leaving Thailand?

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You do not have to complete the departure card until you depart.  The arrival card does not ask when you are leaving.

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2 minutes ago, Oohwan said:

Thanks everyone.

So if the onward ticket is not needed, what would I write on the departure card the airline gives me? Does it not ask when I will be leaving Thailand?

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The only thing you need to complete on the departure card is your name and passport number.

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2 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

 Only a onward ticket is required if you don't have a valid visa for entry.

Is this a new policy for air travel? Is it strictly enforced for visa exempt entry?

 

Thanks!

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26 minutes ago, Scott3000 said:

Is this a new policy for air travel? Is it strictly enforced for visa exempt entry?

It has been the policy for many years.

Not normally enforced by immigration but people are often denied boarding of  their flight without a onward ticket. 

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ID: 15   Posted (edited)

On 3/19/2017 at 9:50 PM, Upnotover said:

Not needed.

Disagree - my wife is from Vietnam, she came to meet here in Bangkok me two days ago - they made her buy a return ticket in Ho Chi Minh airport or she couldn't board - first time this has ever happened, she has met me here a dozen times in last 5 years, never needed a return ticket before Saturday.  She has never failed to return on time, never overstayed........maybe just a new rule for Asean travellers??

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4 minutes ago, TunnelRat69 said:

Disagree - my wife is from Vietnam, she came to meet here in Bangkok me two days ago - they made her buy a return ticket in Ho Chi Minh airport or she couldn't board - first time this has ever happened, she has met me here a dozen times in last 5 years, never needed a return ticket before Saturday.  She has never failed to return on time, never overstayed........maybe just a new rule for Asean travellers??

Did she have a visa? Because that was Upnotover referred to, as has been explained earlier in the thread.

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If you will fly to the Philippines without having a Philippine residency visa, you need an onward ticket, at least when flying Cebupacific.

You cannot board without showing them one. (if necessary, they are willing to check for you the cheapest option and you can buy this ticket when checking in)

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1 hour ago, TunnelRat69 said:

Disagree - my wife is from Vietnam, she came to meet here in Bangkok me two days ago - they made her buy a return ticket in Ho Chi Minh airport or she couldn't board - first time this has ever happened, she has met me here a dozen times in last 5 years, never needed a return ticket before Saturday.  She has never failed to return on time, never overstayed........maybe just a new rule for Asean travellers??

I am pretty sure she was trying to travel without a visa, and enter Thailand visa exempt. This is completely different from the OP's situation, entering Thailand with a valid Non Imm O visa.

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3 hours ago, BritTim said:

I am pretty sure she was trying to travel without a visa, and enter Thailand visa exempt. This is completely different from the OP's situation, entering Thailand with a valid Non Imm O visa.

You are correct, Visa on Arrival but first time she has been required to have a return ticket........not a problem, just curious.

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26 minutes ago, TunnelRat69 said:

You are correct, Visa on Arrival but first time she has been required to have a return ticket........not a problem, just curious.

When traveling without a visa, intending to enter Thailand visa exempt (not to be confused with visa on arrival which is different, and open to other nationalities) the airline check in is always liable to ask for an onward ticket out of Thailand. They are less likely to check when using regional flights but (as your wife discovered) it can still happen.

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