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RonHasely

Visa application requires flight booking?

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I was looking at the requirements for a single entry travel visa and it says I need to show flights that's been booked to and out of Thailand. Am I supposed to book the flights before I apply for the thai Visa? Sorry if I'm confused. 

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At many consulates, flight tickets into and out of Thailand are indeed a requirement, and they must be booked before applying for the visa. However, it is worth mentioning that consulates who list this as a requirement will often waive the onward ticket. It is worth trying giving them an itinerary that claims you will leave Thailand overland, and to see what they say.

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this has always been a bit of a sticking point with me and over the years I only did Visa Exempt and a few times got the 30 day extension or did a visa run which can be challenging these days.  My work schedule was tough to predict, and I balk at the idea of buying a plane ticket, only to then find out for some reason that the Visa application is denied, paperwork is messed up, etc.  I have been dying to go t India but they also want all sorts of pre travel information, none of which I plan in advance, hotel, points of contact, etc.  So, the Thai Visa Exempt was one of the reasons I first chose Thailand.  They made it easy to go visit. 

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19 minutes ago, BritTim said:

At many consulates, flight tickets into and out of Thailand are indeed a requirement, and they must be booked before applying for the visa. However, it is worth mentioning that consulates who list this as a requirement will often waive the onward ticket. It is worth trying giving them an itinerary that claims you will leave Thailand overland, and to see what they say.

Which consulates will often waive the onward ticket apart from Hong Kong, that states flight/itinerary on the website and does not ask for one?

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1 hour ago, lkv said:

Which consulates will often waive the onward ticket apart from Hong Kong, that states flight/itinerary on the website and does not ask for one?

One example I can quote from personal experience is Yangon.

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31 minutes ago, BritTim said:

One example I can quote from personal experience is Yangon.

Yeah. I forgot about that. I had a SETV in Yangon a couple of years ago and indeed, although I had an exit ticket, I am aware that people that did not have one were asked to write stuff on a piece of paper....like what they will do in Thailand and so on (itinerary).

 

But I do think these two are singular cases in the region. Apart from others that don't publish the exit ticket as a requirement, such as Vientiane for example.

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2 hours ago, gk10002000 said:

this has always been a bit of a sticking point with me and over the years I only did Visa Exempt and a few times got the 30 day extension or did a visa run which can be challenging these days.  My work schedule was tough to predict, and I balk at the idea of buying a plane ticket, only to then find out for some reason that the Visa application is denied, paperwork is messed up, etc.  I have been dying to go t India but they also want all sorts of pre travel information, none of which I plan in advance, hotel, points of contact, etc.  So, the Thai Visa Exempt was one of the reasons I first chose Thailand.  They made it easy to go visit. 

I was thinking of just doing a Visa exemption for 30 days to play it safe.What are the chances that I can leave thailand after the 30 days then apply for a Thai SETV while I'm out of the country for a month...then come back to Thailand and stay for 60 days with a 30 day extension?

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If you do a VE, you are more than likely still going to need a exit flight as the airline you are flying to Thailand on probably won't let you on the plane with out the exit flight pre booked.

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27 minutes ago, wisperone said:

If you do a VE, you are more than likely still going to need a exit flight as the airline you are flying to Thailand on probably won't let you on the plane with out the exit flight pre booked.

The onward travel proof isn't a problem. Booking a flight from my home country before my SETV is approved just seems risky. That's why I was considering a VE

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23 minutes ago, RonHasely said:

The onward travel proof isn't a problem. Booking a flight from my home country before my SETV is approved just seems risky. That's why I was considering a VE

If you supply all the required documents when you apply for the visa the chances of it being denied are almost zero. No need to worry about buying the ticket at all.

 

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Some ticket can be bought with cancellation insurance and there is a website that sell "onward" ticket for ~$12. I was not asked for flight ticket in Vientiane when applying for SETV. Most of the time the airline ask to see an exit ticket but not the last time I flew from Laos. 

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35 minutes ago, Tayaout said:

Some ticket can be bought with cancellation insurance and there is a website that sell "onward" ticket for ~$12. I was not asked for flight ticket in Vientiane when applying for SETV. Most of the time the airline ask to see an exit ticket but not the last time I flew from Laos. 

What website sells onward tickets for $12?

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15 hours ago, gk10002000 said:

this has always been a bit of a sticking point with me and over the years I only did Visa Exempt and a few times got the 30 day extension or did a visa run which can be challenging these days.  My work schedule was tough to predict, and I balk at the idea of buying a plane ticket, only to then find out for some reason that the Visa application is denied, paperwork is messed up, etc.  I have been dying to go t India but they also want all sorts of pre travel information, none of which I plan in advance, hotel, points of contact, etc.  So, the Thai Visa Exempt was one of the reasons I first chose Thailand.  They made it easy to go visit. 

I go to india often with no onward ticket,they ask when i get there but i say i dont know if going back to thailand or uk,once they asked me at check in at don muang what money i have,i had 8000 rupees in cash some baht & 3 different banks plati um & gold cards,get a visa online no problem,india is a 1/3rd of the price than thailand & as tho its hard to believe very trustworthy

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