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Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

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Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

Hello everyone,

We (German and UK) are about to apply for a Tourist Visa for Thailand in Kuala Lumpur.

Our question is, if it is possible to apply without a return ticket or onward prove of travel?

It says „return ticket to and from Thailand“ on the checklist. Do we need prove of going in to Thailand and out? And if we need it, would a bus ticket be enough?

Thank you very much,

Lea

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1. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

I am not the best in these matters, however it is my understanding that a "POOT" proof of onward travel, is not a requirement for a Tourist Visa..

The first point of this is in countries like the UK and Australia for an example, where the airline boarding you for your flight are required that you meet the rules for Visas.So this means if you are getting a Visa Waiver a ticket out. If you have a Visa then they should not require you to have a ticket out.

Perhaps others may like to express a view.

Chok Dee

Those using the Visa waiver, require a airline ticket.

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2. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

This varies from embassy to embassy so if it is listed as a requirement by the embassy in KL then I would say you need it.

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3. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

Yes you will need to prove round trip, in and out of Thailand within the time period allowed for the visa you are applying for.

The embassy does not specifically state air ticket, but in general a bus ticket is not considered proof of exit. Unlike with an aircraft, on a bus you have opportunity to get off before crossing the border, hence boarding does not guarantee exit (especially since most buses only take you to the border and then you cross on foot).

The only true way to be certain is to simply ask at the consular office.

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4. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

A bus ticket out of Thailand is not going to be accepted.

I have also seen embassies to say on the web that a return ticket is required although after discussion they have agreed that an air ticket out of Thailand is sufficient. Some embassies have eventually even updated their instructions to say so. However, you might run against an official who insists on following what they have written into their published instructions. Only the KL embassy can tell what they really accept, i.e. if you do not want to waste money you need to waste time by asking the embassy before application.

It might be more time and cost efficient to reorganize your travel plans so that for now you cross into Thailand using the visa exemption that should be available to you.

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5. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

Thank you all for the answers! We will go today to the Embassy and ask just to make sure. We were debating if we should just try with a bus ticket but after reading through the replies, we decided to ask.

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6. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

Hope you’ll take the time to inform us of the policy of KL embassy.

It’s very frustrating that, instead of one clear visa policy, Thai embassies and consulates around the world seem to make up their own rules as they go along.

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7. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

It's very "Thai-style" to have different rules in different jurisdictions. The Thai consulate in Vientiane, for example, has very lenient policy - application form, photo, passport copy, money, that's it. But others stating requirement of onward flight, sufficient funds, hotel bookings, etc. can enforce that to the letter. Same story with driver license requirements for foreigners, it depends largely on what province/district/town and big boss, they can make up their own "rules".

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8. Re: Getting a Tourist Visa without return ticket?

For a visa exemption the Thai Embassy in Washington, DC states that POOT can be via air, boat, train or bus. Yet the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles, CA web page states by onward flight only. No wonder people are confused.

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