How to fly to Thailand without a return ticket - all options

I gathered here information about the need to reversetickets, as well as how to get to Thailand without a return ticket, if you do not want to buy it for one reason or another. First of all, this situation arises when a person flies at one end, driving into Thailand using the usual 30-day stamp without a visa. Also, information on tickets for vybos and unpaid armor will be useful to those who make a visa to Thailand in Moscow / St. Petersburg and does not have tickets in both directions on hand.

All details below. And on the topic of flights, you can still read my article - How to fly cheap to Thailand.

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To Thailand without a return ticket

What is a return ticket or a ticket to a third country?

UPDATE. Recently, I noticed that the Timatik rules had changed and information about the return ticket disappeared from there. However, in fact, this ticket continues to be asked by some airlines, and regardless of whether you intend to enter by stamp or visa. I have a suspicion that specifically Tai has ceased to demand a return ticket, and this is more of a trouble for the airlines. I clarify the question for now.

Not everyone knows that if your passport is not worth it tourist visa to Thailandthen you first at the Russian airport onthe front desk, and after the passport control in Thailand, may require a return ticket, or a ticket to a third country (in English return / onward ticket). Moreover, this ticket should be no later than 30 days after arrival, and it is air, and not on the bus or train. Wherever you find information that is possible without a return ticket, do not believe it - it is officially needed. But will check it or not, this is a completely different question, depending on the human factor. It is usually checked in Russia at the front.

Airlines when boarding an aircraftfollow the rules timatic. You can see them under the links, everything is in English, not in Russian. It is there that you can find out information about what requirements the country makes to enter, depending on your citizenship.

https://klm.traveldoc.aero/
https://skyteam.traveldoc.aero/ is the same as the first link
http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/ - you need to select Thailand in the form on the left and press the button in the same place, all other data are entered later. You do not need the right shape.
https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/vendors/default.aspx?i=TIMATIC

And it clearly states that citizens of the Russian Federation needreturn ticket or a ticket to a third country at the entrance to Thailand. This, incidentally, applies to other countries, such as Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and so on. Therefore, even before the flight at the Russian airport, you may not be registered for a flight if you do not have a return ticket. Thus, airlines are reinsured from the fact that if they do not suddenly let you into the country, they will have to deliver you back to their homeland at their own expense.

Return / onward ticket may not check, yes. And judging by the various reviews on the forums and my experience, many people do not ask return tickets, neither at the Moscow airport, nor in Thailand. If you are confronted specifically with this problem, no one will tell you. I personally EgyptAir checked tickets to Domodedovo, AirAsia checked in Hong Kong, Emirates did not check, but I had a visa in my passport. But when flying by Aeroflot, nobody asked for anything and I read that our airlines do not check. In the black list of Qatar, Etihad, Thai Airways and AirAsia they always check.

Old Timatic rules with a return ticket requirement

Old Timatic rules with a return ticket requirement

New rules Timatik

New rules Timatik

On another link, these are the additional requirements.

On another link, these are additional requirements.

Options out of the situation

Remember the rule. Fly from Thailand on a charter is possible only if you arrived also by charter. At one time, no one checked, but now with 2017 steel. I suppose that if the entry was by land (for example, after a vizaran), then this rule no longer applies.

  • Make a not paid ticket reservation. Full instructions in the next section below.
  • Buy a ticket with an open date or returntariff. In the first case, then use it, in the second case, pass. This method is also suitable for obtaining a visa in Moscow. From checked - Economy Premium FLEX from Aeroflot, refund without penalties. The only inconvenience is that the money can be returned a month.
  • Buy ticket confirmation on euroavia.ru. We select a ticket for the search and it’s already there that the price will be spelled out whether this ticket is suitable for a visa or not, that is, whether this agent can book him for several days or not. Choose the item "for a visa" and pay about 300 rubles. After that, the confirmation comes to the mail. In the system, this ticket makes its way. This method is suitable for obtaining a visa in Moscow. I myself have not tried it, advised in the comments.
  • Buy the cheapest ticket to a third country onovershoot. For example, from the airline Airasia to any country, such as Malaysia. See directions: Phuket - Kuala Lumpur, Phuket - Penang, Hat Yai - Kuala Lumpur, Suratani - Kuala Lumpur. To release, because it can not be returned (more precisely, the tariff is not refundable, and fees can be return). The cost of one ticket is 1000-2500 baht, the share can be 800 baht (and you need to take without luggage, so it's cheaper). Alternatively, fly the same ticket and at the same time and see new places. It is convenient to search for any tickets through the search engines Aviasales and Skyscanner, they also sell tickets from Airasia and other low-cost airlines. It will be convenient for those who do not know English, because the search engines are in Russian, and the AirAsia website is only in English.
  • Make a fake Airasia ticket. You can download this editable eticket template. The main thing is, flight, time, cost, put down correctly. But if they check you, I don’t even know what will happen, almost fake documents. I would not recommend doing so.
AirAsia Ticket Template

AirAsia Ticket Template

Emission ticket from AirAsia (search on Aviasales)

Emission ticket from AirAsia (search on Aviasales)

Unpaid reservation instead of return ticket

In the comments they write that this method no longer works.

Unpaid reservation is much better than a faketicket, because if they start checking your printout, then at least you will have nothing to blame, they say, just did not have time to pay. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will be allowed on the flight, however, as I understand it, it is very difficult to check whether your reservation was paid or not, as long as it was in the database. When I fly on a stamp I always insure such a reservation.

But I think it is obvious that you need to make a reservation, not the airline that you are flying. That is, if you fly Qatar’ami, then booking them does not fit.

How to make a reservation

We need the Agent.ru site and the Qatar site. Reservations on Qatar lasts about 10 days. It is very convenient, you can then print a reservation on the official website of Qatar in English or Russian.

I tell. First you need to register on the Qatar website. Everything is standard there, I think, and you will understand without me. Be sure to only enter your real data, name, phone number and mail. Sometimes the site asks to confirm the phone and mail, and you can not do it if you specify the left. After registering, go to your Qatar account and copy your Qatar (Membership number) privilege number, you will need it now.

Take your number from Qatar personal account

Take your number from Qatar personal account

Next, go to the Agent and look for a flight through a search, for example, Bangkok-Moscow. In the search results, find the flight from Qatar and start to place an order. This is where we need your Membership number.

Be sure to enter it when ordering in the field "Bonus Card". After that, go to the payment, but do not pay. That's all here. Reservation is done.

Enter your Qatar number

Enter your Qatar number

Order Agent website

Order Agent website

How to print a reservation

Go back to the Qatar website, switch toEnglish, since it is better to have an itinerary receipt in English. On the main page, find the My trips tab, enter your last name in Latin letters and the alleged booking code, which you do not have. Therefore, enter any 6 letters of the type “TBGBZK”.

The site curses that it can not find suchbooking But it will give us the opportunity to go to the booking by the name and your Membership number, which is called Privilege Club Number here. Voila! Now you have a real booking code and the ability to print a route receipt (that is, an electronic ticket) with the status Confirmed.

Reservation control panel on Qatar website

Reservation control panel on Qatar website

Login by privilege number and last name

Login by privilege number and last name

Real booking code and reservation printout

Real booking code and reservation printout

And yes, on the Qatar site itself, you can also makeunpaid reservation. This is indicated periodically by the site itself. But don't let that be misleading you. Reservations can be a maximum of 72 hours (3 days) and this service costs 20 bucks. In principle, why not, but just know.

But to you, just in case, third-party sites, whereYou can check your reservation by booking code, and then print it. Not all tickets will get through, but only from some booking systems. Nevertheless, it seems to me that it is better to do a printout from the airline’s website than through such services, there will be more trust.

viewtrip.com (Galileo)
www.checkmytrip.com (Amadeus)
www.virtuallythere.com/ (Saber)

There are no guarantees

This is the most common question in the comments, soI repeat. There are no guarantees. Want to be completely sure - buy, or a real ticket to the country where you fly, or a ticket to emit. Ready to take the risk - make a reservation, but just be prepared for various turns of events. Just remember, this is your decision and you yourself must take it.

In principle, it is better for everyone who doubts to buyticket to throw and not fool yourself a head, it costs about 1000 baht in total, it is inexpensive. This is especially true of those who already have full stamps in the passport, Thai border guards may have increased attention to them.

P.S. That's all I wanted to tell. There will be questions, ask.

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