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I fly into Bangkok March 24th and will be traveling around up to Chiang Mai then over to Laos but have no onward ticket to present when I'm flying into Bangkok... I heard this can be a problem. Any suggestions on cheap and/or refundable tickets I could get just in case?

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    As far as I know, you don't need one. You will have to fill in an immigration card and include the date you plan to leave and where you are going next, but they won't ask to see a ticket... at least I have known anyone to be asked.

    Upon arrival you will get 30 days leave to remain (LTR) and as long as you don't overstay you'll be fine. If you want longer than 30 days then you should apply for a tourist visa.

    I've lived in BKK for more than 4 years now and have a business visa and work permit so it's a while since I had to worry about these things. The above is correct as far as I'm aware but I would check with your Thai consulate to be sure. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Laura Chesters via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I've been going to Thailand for years and never been asked this. I think it used to be an issue when the hippies were there in the early seventies but certainly not these days. over 6 years ago

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    You need an onward ticket that says Bangkok to another country that will accept you legally. All countries generally require an onward ticket to another country to guarantee that you have a ticket to leave the country when it's time to go. about 5 years ago

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    The law is you MUST have an onward ticket. The reality is that authorities have never asked me for one. That said, last time I flew there, an American airline would not let me fly to Thailand until I bought an onward ticket. It also depends on your passport, your looks and where you have just come from. about 5 years ago

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    I agree with Dr. Mike. Probably depends on what you look like and where you are from. It may not be fair, but that's what it is. I'm American, have always arrived looking clean and decently dressed... Never a question about an onward ticket. about 5 years ago

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    If you get Visa on Arrival, they would ask you for your onward ticket. It can be a plane, bus or boat ticket, any profe that you are actually intending to leave the country before your visa expires. about 5 years ago

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    While they may not ask you, the risk is that you can be denied boarding on the flight into Thailand as the airlines have some obligation to ensure that you are entering legally. You are required by law to have an onward ticket as the other posts have said. Do you really want to mess with the authorties in Thailand if you get caught out? Best case scenario they will put you straight back on the plane home about 5 years ago

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    The Thai Foreign Ministry has just issued a recommendation regarding this. Basically, all tourists who apply for a 60 day visa or a visa on arrival should present not only the outbound ticket but also a hotel voucher that would cover their whole stay in Thailand. The latter is not a big problem, since you can make a reservation, print it out and cancel it afterwards. As for the former, it does not have to be a plane ticket. It can also be a bus, train or boat ticket. Enjoy your trip. about 5 years ago

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    This is a really stupid rule & it's up to the airline to enforce it when you check in for a flight to Thailand. If you are traveling from Australia they will probably want to see an outbound air ticket which is dumb if you have plans to exit Thailand via a land border. If you travel from other countries (like Malaysia/China/Singapore etc) they don't care if you have an outbound ticket or not ! In 20 years of traveling to Thailand i have never been once asked to show a onward exit ticket for a visa on arrival. Anyway if you need a cheap hotel i get mine here http://www.ihotelthai.com over 4 years ago

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    First what nationality is your passport?

    Many nationalities get a visa on arrival for 30 days, extendable to another 30 days if you apply while there
    It is not NECESSARY to have an onward ticket, but you MUST have sufficient funds to purchase one if requested and enough money to support yourself during your stay over 4 years ago

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    I was asked for proof of exit ticket last week when i booked a one way Manila to Bangkok, never was i asked that before and have flown Thai many times.
    Also flying Malasian to Manila from London they wouldnt let me board as my return eas 70 days and visa for 59 days. They made me buy ticket out if Manila befire visa expiry or they not let me board. I feel rules have changed this last year. Never had these problems before. over 3 years ago

    Answered by rodney via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I've flown into Bangkok twice (I'm British) - once in 2011 and once in 2012. Neither time did they ask for proof of onward travel. I've never heard of anyone being asked. Next time I fly into BKK, I definitely won't purchase an onward flight ticket. over 3 years ago

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    You really won't need one, they won't ask you for it or even bother to see it over 2 years ago

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    I just had an experience in February 2014 when flying from Bangkok to the Philippines. The reservationist wanted to see my onward ticket from Manila but I didn't have one. She wasn't going to let me board the plane. I tried to explain that Delta won't issue my boarding pass until 24 hours before the flight. Luckily I had printed my E-mail with my itinerary and she accepted that. All my flights throughout SE Asia were one way and this was the only airport where I had a problem. over 2 years ago

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    I have been staying in Thailand as much as possible for the last three years. The nature of my lifestyle means that I take advantage of the 30 day on arrival visa. I have over the last couple of years bought return tickets out of Thailand, flying for example, Phuket to Glasgow with Emirates, and Phuket to Sydney with Jetstar, my return ticket taking me back to Thailand, into Phuket. On both those occasions Emirates and Jetstar refused to check me in until I showed a ticket out of Thailand. The Thai authorities are much more relaxed in their attitude but do warn travellers that they reserve the right to refuse anyone entry to the country so you cannot take it for granted that you will get the 30 day VOA. If you are concerned that you may be refused entry, having a sacrificial ticket with Airasia to Laos, Cambodia or Singapore for example may help you. My advice to any traveller these days is to book your flight into Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and have a connection booked from there to Thailand. Flying with Scoot on one occasion from Sydney to Singapore I was asked at check in if I was resident in Singapore, or did I have a flight booked onward. When I produced my booking for a flight from Singapore to Phuket there was no problem. Is this a personal problem? I don't think so. I am quite respectable and well presented when I check in, although I am a mature aged traveller. over 2 years ago

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