How to Show Proof of Onward Travel | Avoid Getting Stuck on Your Next Trip!

How to Show Proof of Onward Travel | Avoid Getting Stuck on Your Next Trip!

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, we’re going to explore the
issue of onward travel, and why you may need to show proof that you will be leaving the
country the next time you travel. (light chiming music) When most of us travel, it tends to be roundtrip. This means that when we get to our
destination, we have an itinerary that shows that we will be traveling out of the country. But did you know that many countries won’t
allow you to enter if you don’t have proof that you’ll be leaving the country? It’s actually quite common, and the reason
is that they don’t want people overstaying their tourist visas. This can definitely be a problem for adventurous
travelers, backpackers, and digital nomads who may be traveling for extended periods
of time, but without an exact itinerary or plan. The process is confusing and inconsistent
too. Many countries may not state that they require
proof of onward travel, but may informally enforce it once you arrive in the country. Also, some airlines may require it when you
check-in to your flight as well. I’ve heard that this can be a problem in places like Thailand, where it’s
not only beautiful, but the cost of living is cheap. Thailand, for example, has had to crack down
on people overstaying their visa, and will sometimes even ask tourists to show proof
of funds to be able to travel out of the country. So, suppose you’re planning an open-ended
multi-destination trip. How do you get around this issue without having
to book all your tickets in advance? The good news is that there are ways to get
around these rules. So, let’s go through the options. Number 1) Buy a cheap budget ticket: You can
often find cheap airline tickets from local carriers in your destination region. While I am not crazy about the idea of buying
an airline ticket with the intention of not using it, it is an option. Number 2) Redeem points toward your flights:
Since many of you are points and miles collectors, you can often use your points to book airline
tickets without the risk of losing them if you cancel your flight. This is a great way to have proof of onward
travel without having to waste money on a ticket. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that
your points are refundable before booking the flight. Number 3) Book a refundable ticket: So this
is a popular trick in the travel community. Sites like Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz
will let you book flights with the option of canceling within 24 hours. For example, if I want to book a one-way flight
from Thailand to Cambodia, I can select the refundable flight option. This allows me to cancel the flight within
24 hours for a full refund. Also, just be sure that the carrier doesn’t
charge you a booking fee, as those are generally non-refundable. Once I book the ticket, I’ll get an email
and e-ticket, which I can then use to show as proof for onward travel. This might seem like a shady thing to do,
but actually, what I learned after doing some research is that it’s a common practice
among travel agencies and travel agents. Number 4) Rent an onward ticket: I actually
didn’t even about this option until I did some research on the topic. You can actually rent a ticket from a company
like The process is similar to just booking a refundable
ticket, but the service usually gives you additional time and will automatically cancel
the ticket for you for a small fee. You also don’t have to pay the actual flight,
which makes it much less risky. I actually think this is the best
option in case you’re not able to get connected while traveling to cancel your refundable ticket. For a small fee, you can have the ticket canceled
automatically and you’ll still have documentation that allows you prove onward travel. My only suggestion to be careful of which
site you use for the service. Some have bad reputations in the travel community. seems to have a good reputation,
but definitely do some research on the company before renting your ticket. In addition, here are some tips to keep in
mind if you need to prove onward travel. Number 1) Outbound tickets can be anywhere,
but they need to be within the timeframe: Your ticket doesn’t necessarily need to be back to your home country. It just needs to get you out of the country
that you’re visiting. Though keep in mind that the ticket must be
within the visa timeframe. So if your visa is only valid for 30 days,
you’ll need to show departing travel plans within that period. Number 2) Print out your documents (if possible):
While having everything on your phone is probably sufficient, I highly recommend having a print
out as well. I feel like the situation is perfect for Murphy’s
Law, so you don’t want to depend solely on your phone. Also, I’ve had situations where an email
won’t show unless I have connectivity, so just be careful. Number 3) Dress to impress: This is something
that I picked-up from some of the travel forums. Travelers were suggesting that you were less
likely to get stopped or questioned if you seemed like you might have the means of leaving. I guess that means not looking like you’re
a backpacker that might choose to overstay the visa. I know it may sounds silly, but dressing a
bit more professionally might save you some hassle and scrutiny if you plan to travel
one way to a country. That being said, I would still have a plan before you visit the country. Number 4) Bus or boat tickets may not be sufficient:
Some people have reported that bus or boat tickets are not always enough to show intention
of leaving, so keep that in mind. And finally, number 5) Don’t forge documents:
Whatever you do, don’t attempt to deceive people. There are folks online that walk through how
they managed to trick airport officials by altering documentation. I would not recommend going down this route. Not only is it illegal, it’s extremely risky
and dangerous. Please don’t do it! It’s not worth breaking the law when you
can easily and cheaply rent a ticket or even buy a refundable plane ticket. Have you ever had to provide proof of onward
travel? If so, pleases share your experience below. Also, let us know if you have any questions. If you enjoyed this video or found it useful,
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30 thoughts on “How to Show Proof of Onward Travel | Avoid Getting Stuck on Your Next Trip!

  1. That is interesting! We had that problem when we went to Vanuatu from New Zealand for a few days back in 2015… Vanuatu officials wanted to see that I had an outward flight out of New Zealand before I was allowed to board the plane back to New Zealand!!! Lucky I found my return ticket on my iPhone.

  2. Great job! There are a lot of miles/points/travel sites on YouTube, but this is the kind of stand out content that will keep me coming back here.

  3. That's a nice video I just watched on your channel, I am had a great time watching the entire video…. and yes, could you please check my channel and contents? That's how we can help each other to build a community… stay connected..

  4. Wow, I didn't know you could "rent" an onward ticket. Valuable tips like that are why I keep coming back to this channel! Thanks, Ernest!

  5. Good advice! Keep in mind that some countries require you to have a RETURN ticket to your home country. It seems ridiculous, what if you want to continue traveling? Anyway, they ask for a return ticket. If you are Latin American traveling to Europe an onward ticket to go to another destination might not do the trick.

  6. how do you cancel a plane ticket if you book on expedia or any other sites?? Because I cannot be calling them when I go to arrive at another country due to the cost of call and stuff.
    Also, if they want proof of accomodation then how can i book a hotel or put some cheap deposit that i cancel anytime without losing big bucks? any websites? Also the cancellation process is done through phone or online?

  7. Excellent video! You should have more views!
    I was so impressed I added your video on my blog

    Thanks 😉

  8. What about travelling overland? Do you need an onward ticket? E.g flying to USA, then travelling overland to South America & flying out of Santiago, Chile.

  9. That interesting! Sometimes i use fake tickets, but its so scary! Last time i used for proof onward ticket.

  10. When entering Costa Rica by bus, immigration officers generally want proof of onward travel, but they accept bus tickets!

  11. And make sure there are four people in front of you in line and as many as possible behind you in line so they don't take 20 minutes to scrutinize you. And wear pants. 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 choose your first destination that has the cheapest flights out of there if you need to dump a ticket. Or pick a country that doesn't have as much annoying visa bullshit. Someday eventually Thailand Cambodia Laos and Vietnam and others are going to figure out that if they just gave people 90 days free entry they would probably get four times more visitors. But there's a reason those countries are dirt poor because they're not very smart.

  12. Thank you for this video! 🙂 Do you (or does ANYONE HERE) have experience when it comes to arriving in Lisbon, Portugal? Most reviews seem to be about South East Asia – but do you think the "Best Onward Ticket" will also works with a Brazilian arriving in Europe?

  13. When I flew from Barbados to St Vincent, they asked when I checked in for a ticket out of St Vincent. I had no ticket so I had to book one at the airport for $ 76 USD. Even though I had a flight booked home from Florida. I am from Sweden. But when I landed at St Vincent, they never asked for a ticket. I never got a refund. I traveled by boat from St Vincent down to Grenada

  14. When I flew from Grenada to Port Of Spain, they asked for a ticket out of Trinidad and Tobago. They also did that when I came to immigration in Port Of Spain. They looked at their computer. Fortunately, so had already booked a flight to Florida.

  15. It's so dumb! If I wanted to overstay my tourists visa… I just wouldn't get on the return flight lol. Just another example of idiotic governments interfering with exceptional people's lives…

  16. Hi,
    I'm flying to thailand on the 1st november. I wish to extend my visa on arrival and I have booked an onward flight dated at the end of my Visa extension on the 27th December. Will this be valid when asked for proof of onward travel or will I have to buy another ticket which is dated before the first 30 day period(VOA) is up?

  17. Hi I'm going to the Philippines for 2 months before I go to Indonesia and I have the first 30 days free but when I show my ticket out will they not allow it due to my Visa ending before the ticket departure date? Can I extend the visa in the airport in the Philippines? Thanks

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