One way ticket
New to this forum Id like to say hello to everyone
Girl friend has just got her uk visitors visa . Do i have to buy her a return ticket for her to enter the uk or can i buy a one way ticket .The plan is to return with her in febuary . Return tickets are 800 pounds plus direct .any advice please ..
Hi and welcome to the forum.
Congrats on the visa and I bet you are both excited.
Others would be able to answer better than me but i would think by not having a return ticket you could cause unwanted problems at immigration when arriving.
jonnyxba I think it is a requirement from most countries in the world to have a return ticket. I have been doing a little homework on one way and there is not a great deal of difference betwwen return and one way. So when you go back in Feb on a one way you have to pay over 3/4 of the fair again.
There have been a few threads on buying a ticket in BKK over the last week or two.
Jonny, your wife will more than likely have to show her return ticket when she comes through immigration. A one-way ticket might be construed as an intention not to return home when the visa expires and lead to refusal of entry to UK. Don't be a cheap charlie and buy her a return!
Hi Jonny. It seems you have a few good reasons to buy a return (it's cheaper, she's going back anyway, no immigration hassle), and no reason not to. If you get a single and the immigration officer looks at it the same way, he/she's going to think - why? Also checkout the airlines policy - I seem to remember some carriers will not let you board with a single ticket as they are responsible for getting your g/f back to Thailand if immigration play up. So some won't sell you a o/w ticket anyway. Also get her some thermal undies - enjoy your time together.
Even worse, they may sell you the one way ticket but refuse her entry at check-in.
Originally Posted by Phetchabun expat
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Thanks for all the advice .I will be booking a return ticket british airways is 42000 baht ill check the forum out for advice thanx everyone .
Look at the prices on EVA and Thai as well for direct flights as one or both are usually cheaper than BA.
Wow. British Airways flying into Heathrow. I guess you didn't have any trouble with justifying your girlfriend's reason to return then!
I have booked a one way Airasia flight form KL to Stansted and am aware that they will ask for return tickets (Also at immigration in the UK). Now I would prefer to buy these tickets in a few months time when I have enough to pay it off without occurring interest on the credit card. Now I gather that, for a small fee, I can go into a travel agent in Thailand and get a confirmed flight printout??? Will this be accepted by both Airasia and UK Immigration?
edit: This is flights for my wife, my daughter and Me.
Last edited by gwyd1982; 2nd Oct 2010 at 06:49.
Reason: extra info
I am not really sure what you are asking? You will need an actual return ticket booked to fly. Also when your wife/daughter leaves Bkk they will ask if she has a return flight to Bkk even if its to KL.
Im not going to fly from Bangkok... I will travel down by train to KL. Then all 3 of us will fly to the UK. Im aware that they require a return ticket booked for my wife, as she is Thai. You would normally show a print out of a confirmed flight with her name and passport number on it right? Now I believe you can get a printout from a travel agent to show this, without actually paying for the flight... Anyone know? Thanks.
"Without actually paying for the flight" how can you say you have got a confirmed flight?
From what I understand no flight is booked and confirmed until it is paid for.
You can "reserve" any number of seats on any number of flights but it doesn't mean you have a seat booked as these will expire after a certain period of time, unless paid for.
It's having the ticket numbers in the booking that counts.
If there are none then the flights held in the booking can be cancelled (UC) by the airline depending on the ticketing time limit or the guaranteed fare time limit (which requires rebooking and re-quoting subject to class availability)
You could get a print out that shows a confirmed flight (HK) in the booking, with a fare and with a type of payment but it would of course not show any ticket numbers as you wouldn't have had them issued and your payment debited.
I have no idea if a travel agent will do this for you.
If UK immigration knows that without a ticket number a print out of flights held in a booking essentially doesn't mean anything then you may have a problem, the airline will certainly know this and anyway they will want to see an E-Ticket with all the details I would imagine.
Our recent booking for travel in March next year had a fare guarantee of 7 days from set-up and a ticketing time limit of February
It couldn't be rebooked in the same class in those 7 days to extend the FG (and me having to pay for it that week) so it had to be ticketed or we would have lost that class/fare.
Last edited by maokaang; 3rd Oct 2010 at 08:41.
Reason: corrections made per email received
a visa does not guaranteee admission regardless of the ticket.........make life easy..............v/v have been abused before the staff here at the airport aren,t stupid
also some singles are not that far from returns............sugggest you buy open return if you must........but even that might cause hassles..............try some of the airlines own sites qatar/emirates/kingfisher or quantas(code share with BA and often cheaper than BA)
Gwyd, where ever you travel from, makes no difference, when in posession of a V/V, of limited duration. It doesn't matter if its BKK or Kuala Lumpur. The immigration at the UK arrivals airport, are the ones who give you permission to enter UK, not the Bangkok Embassy. You've gone to such extremes on the forum to make sure the visa application is OK. Why mess it up now?
Originally Posted by gwyd1982
Get a return.
I know it makes no difference where I fly from... I was explaining to chocolate-eater as he got confused by my post.
Natty's answer was what I was looking for. Thank you. I just wanted to know if a print out was good enough... seams not as I need ticket numbers in the booking. I was just asking so as to save myself the interest on my credit card as explained previously!
I looked at return tickets from bangkok but the cheapest is going to be 70,000 thb for the three of us. I booked a One Way from KL for 13,600 thb!
I will, of course, not muck it up now and book a return, but just wanted to book later if possible!
I dont know if you have had your oneway tickets issued yet but you could buy another oneway UK-Thailand, it amounts to the same thing as far as immigration are concerned I would supose, a ticket to return (other forum members might confirm this)
Worth checking the price considering to costs you have posted.
Yes that was the plan.. Thanks again.
Sorry I see what you mean now, the more I think right now the more confused I become
Last edited by Natty; 3rd Oct 2010 at 10:28.