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How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel: 9 Options

By: Author Zachary Friedman

Posted on Last updated: June 14, 2024

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Proof of onward travel is becoming a common and annoying travel requirement. An increasing number of countries are requiring that you show a valid ticket out of the country before you’re allowed to enter or even board your flight. This proves that you intend to leave the country and not overstay your tourist visa.

While traveling long term, you sometimes find yourself in situations that make it difficult to provide proof of onward travel. For example, maybe you’re flying on a one-way ticket. Maybe you’re a spontaneous traveler and you don’t know how long you’re going to stay. Maybe you plan to exit the country overland and can’t purchase a ticket online. The proof of onward travel requirement presents an obvious challenge. Luckily, there are some solutions. This guide outline 9 ways to show proof of onward travel.

The fist time I was asked for proof of onward travel was when I was flying from Los Angeles to Cartagena, Colombia on a one way ticket. I had never heard of this requirement. These days, I always make sure I have proof of onward travel when flying on a one-way ticket. I would say about 75% of the time, I end up needing it either when checking in for my flight or when passing through immigration. Usually, I pay to rent a plane ticket for 48 hours. This costs about $12.

The view flying into Manila

What is Proof of Onward Travel?

Proof of onward travel means that you must provide proof that you are leaving the country that you are entering. The government wants to make sure that you are not planning to illegally immigrate. Airlines can also require proof of onward travel.

A booked airline ticket out of the country acts as your proof of onward travel. This ticket can be to a third country or back to your home country. The ticket must show that you are leaving the country before your visa expires. The ticket must be confirmed and paid for.

In most cases, you can also use an international bus, train, or ferry ticket as proof of onward travel. Sometimes these are a bit harder to book online but they are usually accepted by immigration. In some cases, immigration may require an airline ticket.

Any country can require you to show proof of onward travel. It doesn’t matter if the country offers visa-free access, visa on arrival, or if you obtained a visa in advance. Airlines can also require proof of onward travel before they allow you to board.

Generally, proof of onward travel is only required if you are entering on a short-term visa such as a tourist visa. If you are entering on a long-term visa, such as a residency visa, proof of onward travel usually isn’t required.

If you are arriving with your own means of transport such as a car, boat, motorcycle, or bicycle, you are usually exempt from showing proof of onward travel. Your vehicle proves that you have the means to exit the country.

Immigration may also require you to show proof that you have sufficient funds to sustain yourself during your trip. You may be asked to show a bank statement with a certain amount of money in the account.

Some countries also require that you show proof of funds in addition to proof of onward travel. In this case, you need to prove that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. How much money you need to show depends on the country and the duration of your visa. This is a fairly rare requirement for tourist visas.

A departures board at a airport

Airline Proof of Onward Travel Requirement

Many airlines require that you show proof of onward travel before they will issue you a boarding pass or allow you to board your flight. While checking you in, the agent may ask to see your flight reservation out of the country you’re visiting. If you check in online or at a kiosk, you may be called up by a gate agent to show your proof of onward travel.

Airlines check for proof of onward travel because many countries hold the airline responsible if a traveler shows up without the means to support themselves or leave the country. In other words, countries have passed the responsibility of checking proof of onward travel onto the airlines.

If an airline allows you to fly on a one-way ticket and immigration doesn’t allow you to enter the country when you arrive, the airline may be required to fly you back to your home country at their expense. Some countries also fine airlines for this. Before you are deported, you will likely be given the opportunity to buy a ticket out of the country.

To avoid this situation and reduce liability, airlines often require everyone to show proof of onward travel before boarding. Airlines tend to be very strict about the proof of onward travel requirements. If you can’t provide proof of onward travel, they will require you to buy a return ticket on the spot before they allow you to board. This could be very expensive.

Your proof of onward travel won’t be checked every time you board a flight on a one-way ticket. Because most passengers fly on round-trip tickets, airport staff often forget to check or simply don’t care. If you’ve made it onto your flight without proof of onward travel, it’s unlikely that immigration will ask for it when you arrive. That said, it’s not worth taking the risk. When flying, always be prepared to show proof of onward travel.

Why do I Need Proof of Onward Travel?

The proof of onward travel requirement exists to prevent illegal immigration . The government wants to make sure that you plan to leave the country and not overstay your visa or live and work in the country illegally.

The most common way for people to illegally immigrate to a country is to enter on a tourist visa, student visa, or work visa then never leave. According to this article from NPR, “people who overstayed their visas accounted for 62 percent of the newly undocumented, while 38 percent had crossed a border illegally.” Visa overstays are more common than illegal border crossings.

The proof of onward travel requirement reduces the likelihood of visa overstays. Having a return ticket proves to the government that you plan to leave the country before your visa expires.

Some financially irresponsible travelers also run out of money during their trips. They either spend all of their money or travel on a one-way ticket without the means to return home. These travelers may end up overstaying their visas, begging, working illegally, or committing other various crimes. This creates a number of problems for governments to deal with.

By requiring proof of onward travel, the government can be assured that even if a traveler runs out of money during their trip, they will still be able to leave the country because their return ticket is already paid for.

The purpose of this guide is to make it easier for you to comply with the proof of onward travel rule. If you don’t have the means to pay for a flight out of a country, you shouldn’t enter.

A small airplane in the Philippines

Which Countries Require Proof of Onward Travel?

Officially, only a handful of countries have immigration laws on the books stating that proof of onward travel is required for entry. These countries include the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, New Zealand, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Indonesia, and probably several others.

That doesn’t mean that you won’t be asked when entering other countries. You could be asked to show proof of onward travel when entering any country. In my experience, Southeast Asia countries, Central American countries, and European Union countries tend to be strict about proof of onward travel.

Sometimes these rules are enforced and sometimes they aren’t. At this point, it is best to always be prepared to show proof of onward travel whenever entering a foreign country. Particularly when passing through an airport. You never know when you’re going to be asked.

Most airlines require proof of onward travel these days. Any immigration official could require you to show onward travel plans before allowing you to enter. You don’t want to have to put yourself through the stressful situation of having to book a flight last minute.

Where is Proof of Onward Travel Checked?

There are 3 different places where you may be asked to provide proof of onward travel.

  • At the airline check-in desk or gate- When checking in for international flights, the agent may ask to see proof of onward travel before issuing you your boarding pass. If you check in online or at a kiosk, you might be called up to the gate to show your proof of onward travel before you can board.
  • At immigration- Before stamping your passport and allowing you to enter the country, an immigration official may ask to see a valid ticket out of the country. This can happen at the at an airport, land border, or sea port. When you enter a country overland, the chance of being asked for proof of onward travel is lower.
  • At an embassy or consulate when applying for a visa- Many countries require that you show proof of onward travel before they issue you a visa. You’ll have to attach your flight itinerary as supporting documentation for your visa application. If this is a visa requirement, be sure to accurately list the locations and dates where you will enter and exit the country. Some countries are very strict and will only allow you to enter and exit at the point of entry indicated on the visa that you have been issued. Read the rules carefully.

Zac in Indonesia

How to Provide Proof Of Onward Travel: 9 Ways

Luckily, you have plenty of options when it comes to providing proof of onward travel. Some are legal and some are illegal. Some cost money and some are free. In this section, I’ll describe each method. 

1. Purchase a Refundable Flight Ticket

This is the best and cheapest way to provide proof of onward travel. Simply buy a fully-refundable one-way airline ticket from the country that you’re visiting back to your home country or to a third country then cancel and get a refund when you arrive. This way, you have a legitimate onward travel ticket to show at the airport check-in counter and immigration.

To make this work, you’ll need to buy your second ticket before your flight. Search for a fully-refundable flight from your destination country back to your home country or to another country and book it.

After booing, you’ll receive an email with your ticket confirmation. This email is your proof of onward travel.

After booking the ticket, you have two options.

  • Wait until you arrive at your destination country and make it through immigration, then cancel the ticket and collect your refund.
  • Print out the ticket after booking, then immediately cancel it.

The first option is safer because you will have a legitimate valid ticket. If the airline or immigration actually checks that you are booked on the flight or asks you if the ticket is valid, it is. You’re not lying to anybody.

With the second option, your ticket is not valid because you already canceled it. All you have is a confirmation email that shows you bought a ticket. In most cases, this is sufficient. Usually, nobody will check or ask if your ticket is still valid.

It’s important to note that it is possible for both immigration and airlines to check the validity of your onward flight ticket if they choose. A database of flights and passengers exists. From my understanding, one airline can check another airline’s bookings if they need to.

In some cases, you have no choice but to cancel the ticket before you arrive. For example, if you only have a 24 hour window to request a refund but you’ll be in transit for 36 hours, you’ll have to cancel your ticket before you arrive and pass through immigration.

If you have to cancel your onward ticket before boarding your flight, try to book it on a different airline than the one you’re flying with. This makes it more difficult for the airline to check the validity of your ticket. If you book on the same airline, they can easily see in their system that you’ve canceled the return ticket. It is unlikely that anyone will notice but this is a good extra precaution to take.

Before buying a ticket, you’ll want to confirm that it is fully refundable. Be sure to read the fine print. Some airlines charge cancellation fees. Some only offer refunds in the form of flight vouchers. They don’t offer cash refunds. You should also make sure that there isn’t a booking fee. You want to make sure that you can get all of your money back. If there is a fee, find another flight to book that doesn’t have a fee.

It’s also important to make sure that the ticket you book is on a flight within your visa validity. For example, if your tourist visa or entry permit is valid for 30 days, the ticket must show that you’re leaving the country before that 30 days is up. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to enter.

Ideally, you should book a ticket that departs around the time you actually intend to leave the country. In some countries, immigration will issue you a visa that is only valid for the number of days that your proof of onward travel indicates that you’re staying. For example, if your proof of onward travel shows that you plan to stay two weeks but you intend to stay for a month, you might only get two weeks on your visa.

As long as the ticket is fully refundable, you don’t have to worry about the price of the ticket. You just need to make sure that you have enough money to cover the cost of the ticket. That said, it’s best to book a cheap flight, just in case you can’t get a refund.

When booking my refundable flight, I always book the cheapest flight I can, just in case I can’t get a refund. For example, if I’m flying into Bangkok, I’ll book my onward ticket to Singapore or Kuala Lampur rather than the United States. A regional flight is much cheaper than an intercontinental flight. If I can’t get a refund for whatever reason, I’ll be out less than a hundred dollars instead of a thousand.

How to Book a Refundable Ticket

There are a number of ways to book a refundable ticket. One option is to use a booking engine such as Expedia or Orbitz. These companies offer free cancelation on many flights if you cancel within 24 hours. Usually, there are no fees involved.

When using these booking sites, use the .com version of the site. The country-specific versions often don’t offer 24 hour refunds. When looking through the list of flights, look for flights with free 24 hour cancelation advertised on the listing.

Some booking engines also have a ‘refundable flights’ check-box on the search page. If you check this box, you’ll only be shown flights with 24 hour or better refund policy. This makes it even easier to search for refundable flights.

You’ll find that most flights come with 24 hour free cancellation. The only exceptions are flights on budget airlines. Budget carriers often do not offer free cancellation, unless they are required to by law. I have found that most budget carriers in Europe and Southeast Asia do not offer free cancelation. Another option is to book a flight to the United States. According to the US Department of Transportation, airlines flying into the US must allow you to cancel your ticket free of charge for 24 hours after booking as long as you make the cancelation at least 7 days ahead of departure. To read more about this rule, check out this guide.

This works well for American travelers. If you’re not from the US, you could be asked to show a US visa.

You can also book a flexible date ticket directly with the airline. Flexible tickets can be changed or canceled. They are usually much more expensive than standard fares. The price doesn’t matter because you’re going to get a full refund anyway.

Before you book a flexible ticket, you’ll want to make sure that it is fully refundable. Some premium airlines offer 24 hour refunds on all of their flights.

Is this legal and Ethical?

Buying a ticket and canceling it is a perfectly legal and free way to provide proof of onward travel. The ticket you have to show the airline and immigration officer is valid and paid for, even though you plan to cancel it. You don’t have to lie to anyone.

Buying and canceling the ticket doesn’t break any rules. It isn’t against the terms of the airline as long as the airline offers free refunds.

This trick has been used to provide proof of onward travel for decades. Before online booking was possible, travel agents used to offer this as a service to their clients who were flying on one-way tickets. You can still pay companies to book and cancel a ticket for you. More on that in the next section.

Drawbacks to booking a refundable ticket

The biggest drawback of this option is the time it will take to get your money back. Some airlines may make you wait several months before issuing a refund. During that time, your money is tied up so you won’t be able to use it for travel.

You will also have to deal with the actual process of asking for a refund. This can be torturous. It depends on which airline you use. On one occasion, I had to wait on hold for two hours to speak to an agent to request a refund. Some airlines make refunds difficult.

Sometimes you can get your money quickly and painlessly. If you cancel immediately after booking and the airline or booking company offers free cancelations, the ticket may never even be charged to your credit card.

Of course, there is also the risk that you don’t get your money back. An airline or booking company could refuse to grant you a refund. Maybe you misread the flight listing and mistakenly booked a non-refundable ticket. In this case, you could be out hundreds of dollars. Airlines and booking companies are not known for their customer service. They can try to rip you off.

To reduce the likelihood of this happening, it’s a good idea to call the airline or booking company before booking a refundable ticket. Confirm with the agent that the ticket is fully refundable.

2. Rent a Ticket to Use for Proof of Onward Travel

A number of services exist that allow you to rent an airline ticket to use for proof of onward travel. For many travelers, this is the fastest, safest, and easiest solution.

These services work by booking a real flight ticket in your name. They then forward you the booking confirmation in an email. This is your proof of onward travel. You can print the email or show it to the airline or immigration agent on your phone. The company then automatically cancels the ticket for you after you’ve made it through immigration. Usually, the ticket is valid for 48 hours. If you need more time, you can also rent a ticket that is valid for up to 14 days.

When you rent a ticket, you’ll only pay a small fee to a company that will provide you with a temporary ticket to use as proof of onward travel. Prices for onward ticket rental range from $12-$20. You don’t have to pay for the whole flight.

Some companies allow you to choose the destination for an additional fee. Some allow you to schedule the ticket in advance. Longer validity tickets are also more expensive.

In order to rent a ticket, you’ll need to supply your name, the return date for your onward ticket, the departing airport, and your email. Optionally, you can also choose to include an arrival airport.

The main benefit of renting a ticket is that you don’t have to worry about actually getting a refund. You also don’t have to deal with reading through cancellation policies to find refundable tickets. You never have to pay upfront for an expensive ticket or wait for a refund. In addition, the only personal information you need to supply is your name. No passport info is required.

Before you rent a ticket, make sure it comes with a Passenger Name Record (PNR) code. This is what the airline and immigration use to verify that your ticket is real. If it doesn’t come with a PNR code, you may have trouble at some airports and border crossings.

A number of companies offer this service. Some are better than others. Some are straight-up scams. Be sure to do your research before renting a ticket.

For example, some companies supply you with a fake ticket to use for proof of onward travel. They never book a real ticket in your name. Instead, they simply fill out a template with your name and the flight details for a real flight. They essentially supply you with a forged document. These companies should be avoided.

Personally, I think renting a ticket is the best way to provide proof of onward travel. It’s what I do. It’s fast and convenient but it does add an extra cost.

The best places to rent a ticket for proof of onward travel:

  • Bestonwardticket.com – This company rents tickets that are valid for 48 hours. They charge $12 for a basic ticket. You can add a destination for $4.99 and you can schedule your ticket for a later date for $1. The tickets are real and verifiable. I have used this service many times and have never had an issue.
  • Onwardticket.com- They company issues you a verified ticket within 60 seconds. This is a great option if you’re in an airport or immigration and you need last-minute onward travel. You can choose from 48 hour or 14 day validity for your ticket. You can also choose from direct or multi-stop flights. Prices start at $12.
  • Onewayfly.com- One Way Fly can issue you a verifiable ticket that is valid for up to 14 days. This is great for applying for visa applications. They also offer proof of accommodation (hotel reservations). This is a common requirement for visa applications. This company also allows you to add multiple passengers, avoid stopovers, or delay the ticket delivery. You do need to schedule this ticket in advance. It can take up to 12 hours to arrive after you place your order.

Before you book an onward ticket, be sure to read some reviews to make sure you’re ordering from a legitimate company. There are several scammy companies that sell fake onward tickets or provide poor service. The above 3 companies are all legitimate and receive excellent reviews. I trust them.

This is the option that I usually use. Even though it costs money, I prefer renting a ticket over booking a refundable ticket. The reason is that I don’t want to worry about not being able to get a refund.

3. Buy a Cheap Ticket and Throw it Away

Book the cheapest ticket you can find, use it for proof of onward travel, then don’t take the flight. In some places, you may be able to find tickets on budget airlines for less than $20. In most cases, you’ll spend $50-$100 on a ticket.

This is a good option if you get caught at an airport check-in counter without proof of onward travel. You can just find Wifi and book the cheapest flight. This is completely legal. Buying an onward ticket proves that you have the means to leave the country.

The cheapest tickets are usually short regional routes operated by budget airlines. Look for a ticket from your destination to a big city in a neighboring country. Tickets between large cities or capital cities tend to be the cheapest. Tickets to major hub cities are often cheap as well.

Be sure to check different dates to find the cheapest option. Sometimes tickets are cheaper if you book 2 weeks or a month in advance. Make sure the date you book is within your visa’s validity.

This method tends to work best in regions with lots of flights such as Europe and Southeast Asia. A few examples of budget airlines include Ryanair, Volaris, AirAsia, EasyJet, and WizzAir.

To help you find cheap flights, use the Google Flights map feature. It can help you quickly search for the cheapest flights in multiple cities in a region. Just input your destination city as the flight origin then change the search to one-way.

The drawback to buying a ticket and not using it is that it can be expensive. Sometimes. In some countries, airfare may be too expensive to just buy a throwaway ticket. This is the case in more off-the-beaten-path countries where flights are less frequent.

After you pass through immigration, consider calling the airline to tell them that you can’t make the flight. Even though the ticket is non-refundable, you may be able to get part of your money back. In some cases, you can get a refund on certain taxes. Some airlines might offer you a partial refund or voucher. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

4. Book a Bus or Train Ticket Out of the Country

Most airlines and immigration authorities will accept an international bus or train ticket as proof of onward travel. You don’t always need an airline ticket. Your bus or train ticket must show that you’re planning to leave the country before your visa expires.

This can be the better option if you’re a budget traveler. You can often buy an international bus ticket for $20-$50. These days, most bus companies sell tickets online. You can simply print the e-ticket or show the confirmation email. You don’t have to use the ticket if you don’t want to.

Zac standing in front of an international bus in Kenya

This is a risky method. Some airlines and immigration officials are picky. They require that you show an airline ticket as proof of onward travel. I believe the reason is that they can’t verify bus or train tickets. They can only verify air tickets on the database.

In my experience, a bus or train ticket is usually accepted for proof of onward travel. It depends on where in the world you’re traveling, the port of entry you’re using, and the mood of the immigration official. If you’re entering the country overland, a bus or train ticket is almost always accepted. At airports, it’s hit or miss.

5. Book a Ticket with Points or Miles then Cancel

If you have accumulated enough rewards points on your travel credit card, you can use the points to book yourself a one-way ticket to use as proof of onward travel. After booking, print the confirmation e-ticket email. After reaching your destination, cancel the ticket and get your points back.

This works well because flights booked with rewards points have better cancelation policies in many cases. FOr most flights, you have 24 hours to cancel. Points are often refunded instantly after you cancel your flight. you don’t have to wait for a refund.

Most banks and credit card companies have their own search engine for booking reward flights. Sometimes, you can use rewards points to book directly with an airline. In this case, you may have to convert your rewards points to the airline’s miles. Sometimes, you can use your points to book through a booking company like Expedia. Some credit card companies also have a concierge service or travel agency that you can call to help you make a fully refundable booking. You can simply call and ask the agent to book you a refundable ticket.

Before booking, you do have to research to make sure that the ticket is refundable. You don’t want to waste your valuable points. Read the terms and conditions carefully. It’s also a good idea to call an agent to confirm that the ticket is refundable.

The main benefit of booking with points is that you don’t have to put up any money for the ticket. You pay with points and receive points back when you request a refund. When you book with points, you usually don’t have to wait for a refund. It’s instantaneous.

6. Ask the Airline If You Can Sign a Waiver

If you find yourself in an airport without proof of onward travel, and the airline check-in agent is not allowing you to board your flight, ask if you can sign a waiver.

The waiver releases the airline of any liability if you are turned away by immigration when you arrive at your destination. In other words, the airline will not be responsible for paying for your return ticket if immigration doesn’t allow you to enter the country. By signing the waiver you are also guaranteeing that you have the financial means to leave the country. You will be responsible for paying for your return ticket if you are not allowed to enter.

This is a legal contract between you and the airline. If you agree to the terms, the check-in agent will print out a waiver for you to sign. Many airlines have these waivers already prepared for this situation.

Not every airline offers this option. Some will simply not allow you to board until you can obtain proof of onward travel. It is worth asking if you can sign a waiver if you’re in a pinch.

Even if you sign a waiver and are allowed on the flight, it does not necessarily mean that you will be allowed to enter the country once you arrive. The waiver is only between you and the airline. Immigration could still deny you entry if you don’t have proof of onward travel. That will be another problem for you to deal with when you arrive.

If the airline won’t allow you to sign a waiver, the next best option is to find an internet connection and either rent a ticket or buy a refundable ticket, as outlined above.

7. Carry Proof of Sufficient Funds

In lieu of showing proof of onward travel, some countries will accept a recent bank statement that shows that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay and purchase a ticket home. Some counties list it as an alternative to proof of onward travel.

The amount of money that have to show will depend on the country you’re visiting and how long you plan to stay. For example, they may require that your account has maintained a balance of at least $5,000 for the previous 3 months. 

While traveling, is a good idea to carry proof of funds if you can. Particularly if you’re a digital nomad. Some countries require it before issuing a visa. This is a common requirement if you’re applying for a long-term visa such as a digital nomad visa.

8. Buy Proof of Onward Travel from a Travel Agent

Some travel agents offer onward travel as a service. They will email you a pre-booked ticket confirmation that you can use as proof of onward travel.

If you book your trip with a travel agent, they may offer this service for free. If not, they will charge for it. This service will probably cost somewhere around $30-$50.

Behind the scenes, the agent simply buys a refundable ticket in your name, sends you the confirmation email, then cancels the ticket for you after you arrive at your destination.

9. Talk Your Way Out of It

Sometimes you can talk your way out of having to provide proof of onward travel. If asked for proof of an onward ticket, you can tell the airline attendant or immigration official that you intend to leave overland or that you simply haven’t bought your return ticket yet. Sometimes they’ll just accept this answer and send you on your way. Sometimes they’ll ask you some follow-up questions or hassle you a bit then allow you to pass.

Whether or not this will work really depends on where you’re traveling, what you look like, how you behave, the mood of the immigration official, and luck. If you’re a smooth talker and look well-off, you might be able to talk your way out of it. If you look like a dirty and broke backpacker, you probably won’t have as much luck.

In my experience, this method usually works at land border crossings. If asked for onward travel, I tell the immigration official that I plan to leave overland by bus. In many cases, they will accept this answer. At airports, this method is hit or miss. Usually, it won’t work.

This is a risky option. The airline could refuse to let you board. An immigration official could refuse you entry or even deport you. If you can’t talk your way out of it, you’ll usually be given the option to buy a return ticket.

Honolulu Airport, Hawaii

Forging a Ticket for Proof of Onward Travel

Some travelers create fake tickets to use as proof of onward travel. To do this, they use photo editing software or a word processor to create a realistic-looking flight confirmation. Some use a real confirmation email and change the flight info for an existing future flight. They edit in their name as well as the airline, flight time, and flight number from a real flight. They simply copy the flight info from an airline or booking site.

Services also exist that sell fake tickets. They have a template and simply enter your information then send you the ticket.

I do not recommend you forge a ticket for proof of onward travel. It is illegal and could get you into big trouble if you’re caught. By showing a fake ticket to an immigration official, you are lying to a government official. You are also breaking immigration law. If you’re caught, you could be denied entry, fined, deported, or even thrown in jail. You could be prohibited from returning to the country.

Showing a fake ticket to an airline employee is also a bad idea. They could refuse to allow you to board, cancel your ticket, and even turn you over to airport police for questioning. Forging a ticket is risky.

Another reason not to forge an onward ticket is because it’s easy for the airline or immigration official to find out that it’s fake. Remember, they can look you up in their flight database. If they see that you aren’t on the flight manifest, they know that the ticket isn’t valid. It won’t have a valid PNR code.

When you use the other methods outlined in this guide, you are not lying to anyone. You are acting within the law. When you use a fake ticket, you are at best lying and at worst committing a crime. There is really no reason to make a fake ticket because there are so many legal and free alternatives.

What Happens If I Show Up Without Proof of Onward Travel?

If you didn’t plan ahead and find yourself in a situation where you’re asked for proof of onward travel and you don’t have it, one of three things will happen. 

  • A ticketing agent or immigration official will ask you to buy a ticket- This is the most common scenario. In this case, you’ll have to go to an airline ticketing counter and buy a ticket on the spot. Preferably a refundable ticket. If you have access to the internet, you could go online and buy a ticket.
  • You’ll be denied entry- If you don’t have enough money to buy a ticket, the airline may simply not let you on the flight. In this case, you’ll just have to turn around and leave. If you’re at immigration, you could be denied entry. In this case, the airline may be forced to fly you to your home country. You’ll be deported.
  • They’ll let you in anyway- In some cases, you may get lucky and they just let you in. Before this happens, you may be questioned and hassled. It really depends on the mood of the airline employee or immigration official. 

To reduce your likelihood of getting asked for proof of onward travel, try to dress nicely and look clean and well-groomed. Business casual clothing works well. Avoid looking like a dirty backpacker or a hippy. This draws negative attention.

Why Travelers Dislike These Rules

Backpackers, long-term travelers, those traveling to multiple countries, and digital nomads often experience issues with proving proof of onward travel. A few common situations where you may need to provide proof of onward travel include:

  • Flying on a one way ticket- This is the most common scenario. Many long-term travelers like to buy one way tickets to keep their itinerary open or to save money. When you fly on a one way ticket, you’ll often need to show proof of onward travel.
  • Applying for visas- Many countries require you to submit an onward or return flight ticket with your visa application. This can present a challenge if you plan to enter and exit overland or if you don’t know your exact travel dates. Maybe you want to get the visa before you buy your tickets. You will need to show proof of onward travel to get the visa.
  • Entering by air and exiting overland- Maybe you plan to fly into a country and exit by bus, train, ferry, or on foot. In some cases, you can’t buy your ticket out of the country online in advance. For example, maybe you’re planning to travel to a border by public transport then cross on foot. You can’t buy a public transport ticket weeks in advance. You may still need to show proof of onward travel upon entry.
  • Keeping your itinerary open- If you’re a spontaneous traveler, sometimes you don’t know how long you’ll want to stay in a particular country. Maybe you’ll want to stay 1 month or maybe you’ll want to stay 3 months. Sometimes you don’t know which country you want to visit next. Maybe you’re going to Thailand and you’re not sure if you want to travel to Cambodia or Malasyia next. You still need to show proof of onward travel.

My Experience with Proof of Onward Travel

When I travel, I usually fly into a country on a one-way ticket then travel overland to surrounding countries by bus or train. I usually fly home or to my next destination from a different country than I flew into.

When flying on a one-way ticket, I always make sure to have proof of onward travel because I never know when I’ll need it. I would estimate that I’m asked for proof of onward travel on about half of the one-way flights I take.

When crossing borders overland, I usually do not carry proof of onward travel. I have only been asked for it once when traveling from St. Petersburgh to Helsinki by ferry. Luckily, I had already booked an onward ticket out of Europe that the immigration agent accepted. I do not believe he would have let me through without an onward ticket. He was friendly but strict.

I have also had to provide proof of onward travel on a couple of occasions when applying for visas. Once when applying for a visa for India and once for a visa for Thailand. In both cases, I booked my return flight because I knew when I was leaving.

In the past, I have made fake tickets. I do not recommend trying this. It’s too risky and it’s against the law. These days, I always rent a ticket. Even though it costs money, I find it to be the fastest, easiest, and most reliable option. Having a real ticket gives me peace of mind. I won’t be denied entry.

Final Thoughts

The proof of onward travel requirement is a hassle for backpackers, digital nomads, and long-term travelers. You may need to show onward travel when flying on one-way or applying for visas. It is an essential travel document. Just like your passport. Luckily, there are some loopholes that you can use to get around this requirement.

The best method for providing proof of onward travel really depends on where in the world you are traveling, how long you plan to stay in the country you’re entering, and your budget. If you have room in your budget, I recommend renting a ticket. If you’re on a tight budget, consider booking a refundable ticket then canceling.

Some may argue that using these tricks is skirting the rules. This is not the case. All of the methods outlined in this guide are legitimate and legal. Travel agents have been using these tricks for ages.

Whichever method you choose, be sure to sort out your onward travel before heading to the airport. You don’t want to end up arguing with a check-in agent or immigration official and being forced to book an expensive ticket home on the spot. Hopefully, this guide makes your trip go a bit smoother.

How do you provide proof of onward travel? Share your experience in the comments below!

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Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Great article!

One thing to bear in mind is that when flying into the US having an onward ticket to Canada or Mexico (ie, a contiguous country) doesn't work for them, even if those countries are your actual genuine destination.

wheretheroadforks

Saturday 5th of August 2023

Good tip! I didn't know that. I've never had to deal with that because I'm a U.S. citizen.

Saturday 1st of July 2023

I will travel to US from Canada. Do you have experience with US immigration and onward tickets? It looks like if you check, the booking appears as pending full payment.

I've never had to deal with onward tickets in the US because I'm a citizen. I imagine they will ask for onward travel. I recommend you have it just in case.

Jason Taylor

Saturday 14th of November 2020

I bought a ticket from onewayfly website. Got ticket within 12 hours as they said. I checked the booking reference number on the main airline website, it was ok. Therefore, I don’t think the site is a scam.

Yosef Gabriel

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Thank you so much for information for travel . I just use onward ticket visa for proof of onward travel . It cheaper . Hope this useful for you .

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The Ultimate Guide To Proof Of Onward Travel

The Ultimate Guide to Proof of Onward Travel by Travel Done Simple

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Providing proof of onward travel is something that many countries around the world require from visiting tourists.  Countries do this because they want to avoid illegal immigration from people who enter the country on a tourist visa and simply choose not to leave it.

Requiring visitors to provide proof of onward travel is similar to requiring them to get tourist visas ahead of time, but they are separate because even if you are allowed to enter a country visa-free, you may still be denied entry or even denied boarding for your flight to that country if you are not prepared with this proof!

For most travelers, providing proof of onward travel is as easy as showing their return flight ticket home, but for others such as long-term travelers, last-minute planners, digital nomads, or country-hoppers, it’s a bit more complicated than that since more often than not, you only bought a one-way ticket!

On this page, I will tell you everything you need to know about providing proof of onward travel, including all the possible ways you can do it.

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Which countries require proof of onward travel.

Most countries around the world have it as an official requirement to enter the country, but not all of them enforce it.  There are however a few countries that are almost guaranteed to ask you for proof of onward travel every time and they are Brazil , Costa Rica, Indonesia , New Zealand , Panama, Peru , the Philippines , the UK , and the US .  

That being said, I was also asked for it before visiting Hong Kong so you never really know when it’s going to happen as oftentimes, it all depends on the immigration officer or airline check-in agent you interact with.  Many of them will let you enter the country without it, but others won’t.

To reduce your chances of getting asked for it, try to avoid dressing like someone who looks like they have no money.  Appearances matter, especially to immigration officers and airline check-in agents who have to make decisions based on what they see, so being well put-together goes a long way.

You can also do a google search ahead of time to find out if it’s common or not for people to get asked for proof of onward travel when visiting the country you plan to travel to, but if you really want to be prepared, the best thing you can do is have proof of onward travel for every country you plan to visit regardless!

When do you need proof of onward travel?

Proof of onward travel is needed at every port of entry to a country that checks for it.  When entering via land, more often than not it will be the immigration officer at the border crossing who asks you for the proof, but when entering via sea or air, it is actually usually the airline or ferry agent who will ask you for it before allowing you to board.

To make it easier for their immigration departments, most countries have placed this burden on the airlines and ferry companies that take you there meaning that it probably won’t be an immigration officer who asks you for proof of onward travel, but rather the airline or ferry company’s check-in agent at the airport or ferry terminal before you board your flight or ferry to that country.

They make sure the airlines and ferry companies enforce it too by slapping them with fines and forcing them to cover the cost of deporting you back to your home country if it is discovered that they let you board your flight or ferry without proof of onward travel so don’t expect to get off easy if it’s not an immigration officer checking.

That being said, just because you got checked by an airline or ferry official doesn’t mean that you won’t also get checked by the immigration official when you arrive.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you are prepared with this proof of onward travel to avoid having to buy an expensive last-minute ticket or getting denied boarding to the flight/ferry or entry to the country because you don’t have it.

What qualifies as proof of onward travel?

For most travelers, simply showing the airline check-in agent and/or immigration officer your return flight ticket or confirmation does the job.  Most of them prefer seeing it in paper form, so I recommend printing it out and keeping it on you if you can, but it’s not always a dealbreaker.  In addition, the ticket or confirmation must be for a departure that occurs before your visa expires.

However, if you don’t have a return flight ticket because you are entering the country by land/sea or you only bought a one-way ticket, then you will need another form of proof.  Some countries will accept bus, train, or ferry tickets to your next destination as proof of onward travel, but most will require flight tickets or confirmations as they are more easily verified.

Most of the time they just want to see some kind of indication that you are planning to leave the country at some point so that means all they will do is take a quick look at your flight confirmation and let you go, but sometimes they will actually check their systems to make sure the flight you’re booked on actually exists so it’s important to be prepared.

How to get proof of onward travel?

The problem for long-term travelers and most people who like to travel spontaneously and/or without planning everything in advance is that they don’t always have proof of onward travel available like the average short-term, return-flight traveler does.

Luckily though, there are ways to get this proof without having to pay for return flights you don’t need and/or planning your whole trip in advance.  Here are the best ways you can do it:

1. Use Expedia.com to book a fully refundable flight within 24 hours

Using Expedia.com to book a fully refundable flight within 24 hours is the best way to get proof of onward travel as it gives you a legitimate flight confirmation which you can show to any immigration, airline, or ferry official and which they can cross-reference for verification if needed.  

It’s also the most flexible way to get proof of onward travel as well since you can simply wait until an official actually asks you for it before getting it, as long as you have an internet connection.

Note: while many airports these days have free wifi available, some do not so having a travel-ready phone with a prepaid SIM card really comes in handy in times like these.

And since it is fully refundable, all you have to do is cancel the ticket within those 24 hours (ideally after you’ve already passed through immigration and entered the new country) and after a few business days, you get all your money back meaning it’s a completely free way to provide proof of onward travel!

Note: this can only be done by using the US version of Expedia (i.e. the ‘.com’ version and not any others).  This also means that you will not be able to change the currency you pay with meaning that you will lose money on the foreign currency conversion fee if your card’s currency isn’t USD.  Either get yourself a good no-FX fee debit card and/or credit card for traveling or try method #2 below for more currency options.

How it works:

The way it works is that you just travel as you normally would, not worrying about having proof of onward travel, and if/when you do get asked for it by an official, just tell them to give you a sec while you book it right now.  

Note: if you want to play it safe, you can also do this at your hotel, or wherever you have an internet connection, right before leaving for the airport every time you travel to a new country, but as long as you have internet at the airport, that’s not necessary.

Then pull out your phone, go to Expedia.com , and search for any one-way flight from the country you’re about to enter, going anywhere outside that country, and that departs anytime before your visa would expire.

Make sure to pick a flight that has the green text “Free Cancel w/in 24 hrs” next to the price.

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Once you pick one, first check that there is no booking fee in the Trip Summary since that’s non-refundable (if there is, go back and pick a different flight), and then scroll down to click on Continue Booking, making sure that it still says “Free Cancellation within 24 hours of booking!” underneath it.

Note: don’t get confused by what it says in the ‘Important Flight Information’ section as this only applies to the booking after Expedia’s free 24 hour cancellation period has ended.

The Free Cancellation travelers should be looking for when booking an onward flight with Expedia

Fill in all the information required and make sure that it still says “Free cancellation within 24 hours of booking!” underneath ‘Review and book your trip’ before clicking on ‘Complete Booking’, then make the booking.

Note: ignore what it says in “3. Review the terms of your booking” since again, that only applies to the booking after Expedia’s free 24 hour cancellation period has ended.

Fill in all the information required and make sure that it still says “Free cancellation within 24 hours of booking!” underneath ‘Review and book your trip’ before clicking on ‘Complete Booking’, then make the booking. Note: ignore what it says in “3. Review the terms of your booking” since again, that only applies to the booking after Expedia’s free 24 hour cancellation period has ended.

Take note of the exact time that the 24-hour cancellation period expires and set a reminder for yourself on your phone to cancel it before it does.  You can find this by clicking on “View my Itinerary” and then “Manage reservation”.  Remember to also take note of the time zone and factor it in your reminder if you will be crossing any on your flight.

Make sure you received the confirmation email for the flight booking and then show it to the official that requested it.  Once you’ve passed immigration and entered the country, either click on “cancel my reservation” in the confirmation email or go to “Manage Reservation” via “My Trips” on Expedia.com by using your itinerary number (also found in the email).

Click on “Cancel Flight” and confirm that you want to cancel it.  Once it’s cancelled, verify that the full amount will be refunded to you.  Then verify that the reservation was successfully cancelled by going back to “My Trips” and checking the reservation.  It should say cancelled and the “New Total” for the trip should be $0.00.  You should also receive a cancellation confirmation email.

Check your bank account or credit card for the refund and enjoy your flexible time in the country you’re visiting!  If you ever run into any issues during this process, just contact Expedia support : 1-877-227-7481.

2. Use United.com to book a fully refundable flight within 24 hours

While the Expedia method is a good one, it does have a few disadvantages, one of which is the fact that you can’t change the currency you pay with, meaning that you will lose some money on the foreign exchange fee, both when paying for the flight and when getting your refund, if you don’t have a no-FX fee debit card / credit card  and your card’s currency isn’t in USD.

Luckily however, you can use the exact same method when booking a flight via United.com as well since US law requires all US airlines to provide free 24-hour cancellation (or holds*) to any flights booked through them as long as the flight was booked at least 7 days before departure.

*A hold is similar, but the difference is that in a hold, a booking is created without you actually paying for it and then held for you for 24 hours, after which it gets automatically cancelled if you don’t end up paying for it.

The cool thing is that the flight you book on their website doesn’t even have to be a flight operated by United as it can be one of their codeshares meaning as long as you use their website to book it, it falls under those rules.  It won’t show you as many flight options as Expedia will, but it still has quite a few available.

United isn’t the only airline (US or not) to offer 24-hour free cancellation, but it is one of the few that will let you book flights using their website (and cancellation policy) for other airlines meaning you can use it to book a flight on the other side of the world that’s operated by a totally different airline.  In addition, United lets you pay in many different currencies, helping you save on foreign exchange fees.

Similar to the Expedia method, when you need a refundable ticket to show to an official, just go to United.com and search for any one-way flight from the country you’re about to enter, going anywhere outside that country, and that departs anytime before your visa would expire.

Pick the cheapest flight you can find and scroll down to check the terms and conditions.  Make sure it says “All customers booking at united.com may request a 100% refund within 24 hours of ticketing.”  In addition, make sure it says “Book without worry. Cancel for free within 24 hours of booking” underneath the ‘Continue’ button, then click it.

The Ultimate Guide To Proof Of Onward Travel

Fill in your information and press ‘Continue’ again.  Say no to the added insurance and make sure “pay in full” is selected.  When you get to the payment screen, make sure it still says “You will have up to 24 hours to change your mind” under the Terms & conditions.

Note: don’t worry about the line that says “This ticket is nonrefundable, and a fee may apply for changes” as that only applies to the booking after United’s free 24 hour cancellation period has ended.

The Ultimate Guide To Proof Of Onward Travel

If you want to change the currency, just click the country and language at the bottom of the screen (if on mobile) or the top (if on desktop) and select the country you want to change the currency to.

The Ultimate Guide To Proof Of Onward Travel

Click on ‘Purchase’ and take note of the exact time that you made the booking, setting a reminder for yourself on your phone to cancel it before the 24-hour period expires.  Remember to also take note of the time zone and factor it in your reminder if you will be crossing any on your flight.

Make sure you received the confirmation email for the flight booking and then show it to the official that requested it.  Once you’ve passed immigration and entered the country, either click on “Manage Reservation” in the confirmation email or go to “Find a Trip” via “My Trips” on United.com by using your confirmation number (also found in the email).

Click on “Cancel Flight” and confirm that you want to cancel it.  Once it’s cancelled, verify that the reservation was successfully cancelled by going back to “My Trips” and checking it.  You should also receive a cancellation confirmation email.

Check your bank account or credit card for the refund and enjoy your flexible time in the country you’re visiting!  If you ever run into any issues during this process, just contact United support: 1-800-864-8331.

3. Use your travel points/miles to book a fully refundable flight

This method is quite similar to the previous two, however it has one major difference and it’s that you’re not actually spending any of your actual money to do it (even though you should be getting that money back with the first two methods anyways).

Instead, you use the travel points/miles that you’ve accumulated with whatever program you use to book your fully refundable flight and and follow the exact same procedure as outlined in the previous two methods to get your points back once you’ve passed immigration.

Oftentimes, booking with points comes with longer free cancellation periods and the points usually get refunded instantly instead of having to go through a waiting period of several business days as you would if paying with actual money.

If you have enough travel points/miles to do this, then it’s highly recommended.

Since there are many different travel points/miles programs out there, I can’t provide exact instructions on how to do it with them, but the process should be very similar to the Expedia and United methods so just follow the instructions laid out above.  

Note: make sure to read all the details for your program before using it to buy any tickets to ensure that you will get all your points back after cancelling your ticket.

4. Use an Onward Flight Ticket Service

If you don’t have enough travel points/miles or you just don’t want to spend real money on a flight booking by using the Expedia or United methods just in case something goes wrong and you don’t get your full refund, then using an Onward Flight Ticket Service is a good alternative.

What these services do is essentially follow the same procedure that the Expedia and United methods follow, except they’re the ones that actually make the booking (under your name), pay for it, and then cancel it after a period of 48-72 hours (depending on the service) only charging you a small fee for this.  

And since they are real reservations, you can verify them yourself by using the PNR number provided to check your reservation on the airline’s website.  This also means that immigration and airline officials can verify them in their own systems too.

You still have to pick the departure date and in some cases, the destination airport for the flight, but the service spares you from taking the larger financial risk involved with booking your own ticket.  You also benefit from a longer cancellation period that you don’t have to set a reminder for meaning you can have more time to use your ticket before it gets cancelled automatically for you.  

Most of them also allow you to choose a specific time/date that you want the ticket to be delivered (for an extra fee), meaning you can plan ahead to have the 48-72 hour timer start on the same day that you plan to enter the country that asks for proof of onward travel.

However, it’s also important to note that most of these services won’t provide you with an e-ticket number and some travelers have reported that some officials require it for valid proof of onward travel so if you want to avoid running into this situation yourself or you just need another solution, then try method #5.

Which service to use?

There are several different websites out there that provide this service and it’s important to do a little research on them before you give them your money since some of them either provide poor service or just take your money and run (such as flyonward.com which is no longer in business), but here are a few that I found:

  • OnwardTicket.com This service costs $12 USD and provides you with a real ticket that is valid for 48 hours.  What makes this service stand out is the fact that they are the only ones to actually give you the ticket instantly meaning that you can wait until you are asked for the proof of onward travel by an official before actually paying for it.  Every other service has a waiting period varying from 30 minutes to 12 hours.
  • RentOnwardTicket.com If you want to save some money or get a little extra ticket time, then this service is another alternative.  They only cost $9 USD and their tickets are valid for 72 hours, but they do not provide instant tickets meaning that you can’t get them spontaneously as you could with OnwardTicket.com .  Their waiting period is only 30-120 minutes however, so it’s not too bad.  If you aren’t in a rush, then you can save a bit of money with them!
  • OneWayFly.com However, if it’s more important that your ticket is valid for even longer than 72 hours, then this is the best service you can use since their tickets are valid for 14 days.  This is especially useful for visa applications since you don’t know when they will check your flight reservation validity during your application.  This comes at a higher price though, either $19 USD or 19€, and their waiting period is between 30 minutes to 12 hours.

5. Book the cheapest onward travel you can find

If none of the previous solutions work for you, then you will have to book some form of onward travel that you just have to essentially sacrifice.  Try and see if the immigration or airline official will accept a bus, train, or ferry ticket out of the country as those are typically cheaper than flights (especially buses).

If that’s acceptable to them, then book the cheapest ticket you can find.  I tell you how you can find the cheapest bus, train, and ferry tickets in their respective guides:

  • Guide to Bus Travel
  • Guide to Train Travel

However more often than not, they will require a flight ticket out of the country and if that’s the case for you, then you will have to find the cheapest one-way flight possible.  The best way to do this is by using Google Flights’ Explore Map feature.  Learn how to use it in Part 2 of my Guide to Google Flights .

To increase your chances of finding a cheap flight, use the Flexible Dates feature to show you the cheapest flights in a particular month (that departs before your visa would expire) and make sure to look for one-way flights leaving the biggest airport in the country (which you can find in its Destination Guide ).  

You can also check and see if that flight can be booked for a cheaper price by using Momondo .  See my Guide to Momondo for more information.

Sometimes the tickets you buy will even be partially refundable, letting you recoup some of the losses you’d incur, but at the end of the day, you are still losing money by doing this so it should only be a last resort should any of the previous methods not work for you.

6. See if they will accept a signed liability waiver instead

This is something you could try before any of the previous methods, but it doesn’t always work.  Essentially, it involves asking the airline official if they will accept a signed liability waiver instead of an onward travel ticket.

This liability waiver basically removes the responsibility for the airline to ensure that you have the means to leave the country before your visa expires and puts it all on you.  It takes form as a contract that you have to sign, which the airline will use if they’re ever questioned by immigration as to why they let you board the flight without proof of onward travel.

Not every airline will offer this as an option, but it’s worth asking because you never know!  This may sometimes also work with immigration officials in certain countries, but not always.  

Note: if you decide to try this, it should not be your only option and you should always have a plan B available in the form of one of the previous methods discussed here.

7. Create a fake travel itinerary (RISKY)

This method is a very risky one and not one that I would recommend considering all the other legal options available above, so doing it is at your own risk.

What makes it risky is that by doing it, you are lying to an immigration official which is considered to be a crime in most, if not all, countries around the world, and can lead to much worse situations than simply getting deported.  

In addition, although lying to an airline official is not technically a crime if they’re the ones that ask you for the proof, it’s still risky since they have the ability of verifying your itinerary in their system.

Most of the time if the itinerary is done well, they won’t notice that it’s fake since all they do is just glance at it and don’t actually verify it, but some of them will check that the flight on your itinerary actually exists or that you’re actually booked on it, so you need to make sure you’re prepared for that if you do decide to go this route.

How it’s done:

To lower the risk of getting caught, you need to make sure that the fake travel itinerary you create is with a different airline (and ideally, one that’s not part of the same airline alliance) than the one that you are flying with since they cannot check your status with other airlines.  

In addition, you have to make sure all the flight information on the itinerary corresponds to real existing flights on that day so when an immigration official checks that it actually exists, they will be able to find it.

If you’re a photoshop whiz, then you could attempt to edit an old itinerary of yours, but if you don’t want to take the risk of messing that up, you could also use a fake online ticket generator.  

There are a few on the web, but the itineraries some of them produce aren’t super well done and others have started to become recognized as fake by border officials around the world.

The best one out there is FakeFlightTickets.com which generates a convincing Expedia flight itinerary for you based on real existing flights and your information.  It costs $5 USD for the service and is delivered to you instantly.  Again, using this service is done at your risk.

And that’s all there is to it!

Getting proof of onward travel is an annoying nuisance that many long-term travelers have to deal with, but with this guide, you should be able to handle it stress-free!

And while some may argue that all of the methods presented here are still cheating the system (and not just method #7), that’s simply not true since you are still planning to leave the country at some point (hopefully), you just don’t know when or how that will be!  Just remember not to overstay your visa and you will be fine.

Let me know if this guide helped you out in the comments below and if you want to know what else you should bring with you on your travels, be sure to check out my Guide to the Top Travel Accessories !

Sebastian, the travel expert and traveler who is also the creator of a travel website called Travel Done Simple

About The Author

Hi there,  I’m Sebastian , founder and creator of Travel Done Simple. Since I turned 20, I have lived in 5 different countries and traveled to over 40 others! You can learn more about me on my  About page   and find me on social media.

Hi there, I’m Sebastian , founder and creator of Travel Done Simple. Since I turned 20, I have lived in 5 different countries and traveled to over 40 others! You can learn more about me on my About page   and find me on social media.

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Had the same problem. For onward or return flight you should go to aeroflot.com if you choose pay by cash they give you PNR number for free for 24h. Then just go to Photoshop or keyflight.io for create itinerary.

Sebastian - Travel Done Simple

Oh wow thanks for sharing that tip Jason! I just tried out this method for myself and while it does work (in terms of getting you a PNR number), the only issue is that Aeroflot doesn’t always have flights in every part of the world (such as Southeast Asia, for example). Plus, there are no longer any free flight ticket generators on the internet so like you said, either you have to photoshop an existing ticket or pay $5 to use keyflight’s service. It’s a decent option for those that can find an Aeroflot flight out of the country they’re …  Read more »

Dennis Cryns

Thanks so much for this great article!

Lot Widokowy Balonem

Your ability to distill complex information into digestible content is remarkable. Thanks for another great post!

Przelot Balonem Cena

Really enjoyed your post! The way you break down the information makes it so accessible and interesting. Thanks for the great read!

Sebastian, the travel expert and traveler who is also the creator of a travel website called Travel Done Simple

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What is Proof of Onward Travel? My Horror Story & How to Avoid Disaster

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Proof of onward travel is one of the most important yet under-discussed parts of trip planning and preparation. In this article, I’ll talk about what proof of onward travel is, how to prove it, and my personal experience *almost* getting denied boarding due to a lack of it.

Have you ever been barred from boarding a plane?

As in, ticket in hand, luggage in tow, Pinterest boards filled… but denied entry at the very last second?

The answer for me is almost. A very very close almost.

And because that sense of panic (and profuse sweating) is something I’d never wish on anybody, I’m here today with a mildly serious post about a travel mistake many of you might make, and what you can do to prevent it.

TL;DR – If the phrase “proof of onward travel” means nothing to you, you need to keep reading.

If you want a full recount of my experience ‘lawyering’ my way onto a flight to Germany , you can scroll to the bottom of the post, but for now – here are the important nuggets of info you need to know.

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What is proof of onward travel?

Proof of onward travel (often referred to as proof of returning travel or proof of outgoing travel) is basically proof that you will be leaving the country you’re temporarily travelling to. In other words, you won’t be overstaying illegally.

Why do airlines and immigration authorities require proof of onward travel?

Simply put: many countries want proof that you won’t be staying longer than you’re allowed.

For the most part, it is a safeguard against illegal immigration, but we travelers are required to provide proof of onward travel too if we’re asked to.

For most of us, this proof usually comes in the form of a return ticket (i.e. yes, I’m going home on this day!) but for digital nomads, spontaneous backpackers, and one way ticketers, it’s not as easy to prove that you will, in fact, GTFO.

So, while one way tickets sound awfully romantic (the possibilities! The self actualization!), sadly, these indulgent fantasies couldn’t carry any LESS weight to border police and airline employees.

Can you imagine entering a new country with a one way ticket, and just being like “Yeah don’t worry… I’m not here to stay illegally. It’s just an Eat Pray Love sorta situation.”

You’d probably be home in time for supper.

NOTE: In most cases, proof of onward travel can either be proof of return travel (e.g. a ticket showing you are going home) or proof of outgoing travel (e.g. you are leaving that destination for another). Usually, they don’t care if you are going home after – their main priority is ensuring you will leave that specific destination before you legal allowance runs out.

Which Countries Require Proof of Onward Travel?

You’re not going to like this answer…

While not all countries have a legal requirement that you provide proof of an onward ticket, you should ensure you have some kind of proof of onward travel no matter where you’re travelling.

Passports with boarding passes on a table

Long story short: even if it’s not a legal requirement, airlines are increasingly checking passengers for proof of onward travel before boarding or even at check-in. This is because many countries now put the onus on airlines to perform these checks, otherwise they may have to bear the cost of flying you back.

Practically speaking, this means many airlines will just check you have a return or onward ticket, even if they’re not legally obligated by the destination’s laws to do so.

Some budget airlines in Europe like RyanAir, Wizz Air and easyJet even regularly perform “visa checks” at check in for those with non-EU passports.

Most annoyingly however, proof of onward travel is very randomly enforced, which is why you might have never encountered it as an issue before. In fact, I have friends who (out of hundreds of flights), have only been asked once or twice for an onward ticket.

The likelihood you’ll be checked isn’t high, but trust me – once it happens to you (as it did me), you’ll be scared straight into having the right documents every time… just in case.

Passport and boarding pass with coffee at airport

I’ve tried to locate an accurate list of countries with a legal requirement for proof of onward travel, but most websites seem to regurgitate the same country names without official sources to back them up.

The UK for example is often cited as a county where proof of onward travel is mandatory, but if you look on the official Gov.uk site here , they phrase it differently.

Rather than saying onward travel is mandatory, they instead say you must prove your status as a “genuine visitor” through one of several methods, one of which is evidence you’ll leave the UK (i.e. an onward travel ticket) OR evidence that “you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey and any other costs relating to your visit”.

See how it’s not that black and white?

Practically, I can tell you 9/10 times when I’ve spoken to UK passport officials, they’ve asked me how long I plan to stay, and asked for proof of the duration of my stay. Without an onward ticket, I would have likely created a lot more problems for myself.

People walking in an airport

So, really, research the entry requirements for your destination, but try to ensure you have some kind of proof of onward travel no matter what if you want to be on the safe side. At the end of the day, your travel fate is up to either the airline employee or passport control officer speaking to you, so it’s often better to be safe than sorry.

If you’re curious about which countries explicitly state they require an onward ticket though, here are a few that I’ve found (with links to the official sources where I got the info from):

  • Costa Rica: The official Visit Costa Rica website states here that “All non-resident travelers must possess a return ticket or a ticket as proof of when they intend to exit the country, commonly referred to as an outbound exit or onward ticket”
  • Indonesia: According to their official immigration law here , under Article 42, it says “Visa application is refused in the event that… the applicant does not have a return ticket or onward ticket to continue their travel to another country”
  • New Zealand: As stated in this official government FAQ , those entering New Zealand without a visa “must have valid onward travel arrangements” (with the exception of Australian citizens or permanent residence holders)
  • The Philippines: As stated on the official Republic of the Philippines Bureau of Immigration website here , they state that a “return ticket” is part of travel requirements for entry
  • USA: While I’ve had trouble locating the exact law requiring proof of onward travel in the USA, as stated on the official Travel.State.Gov website here , “Citizens of VWP countries *  who reside in Mexico, Canada, or a nearby island are generally exempted from the requirement to show onward travel to another country *  when entering the United States” which implies that other countries in the Visa Waiver Program must show proof of onward travel

Let me know in the comments if you can find more countries explicitly stating their requirements for onward tickets (preferably from government sources. I’d love to add to this list!

Overhead view of blue lagoon in the Philippines

When will I be asked for proof of onward travel?

Sometimes, they’ll ask for it at Passport Control before you’re allowed into a country (I’ve seen a sobbing girl get refused at the Ireland border for not having it!).

Other times, you’ll be asked for it before you get on the plane (like in my case) or even just when you check in. This is becoming increasingly common because often airlines will have to bear the cost of flying you back if they allow you to board without the right documentation.

Regardless, there isn’t a universal time when you will be asked, and how picky they’ll be will also depend on the employee you’re dealing with.

But hey, it’s all good, friend. Now that you know this complication exists, here’s how you can make sure you never get withheld from boarding your plane!

Airport with decorations like flags and a globe and travellers walking down

Options for Providing onward travel Proof

How do you provide proof of an onward ticket? What if you want to travel with no fixed plans or go on a one-way ticket somewhere for an indefinite amount of time?

There are several ways you can provide proof of onward travel, along with workarounds that allow you to maintain flexibility. Here are some options for you re: providing proof of an onward flight/travel.

Option 1: Buy a return or onward ticket in advance

Sorry Spontaneous Sally, but the best way to make sure you don’t run into trouble is to simply have your onward travel sorted.

And beyond just booking it, make sure you have solid PROOF too.

A paper copy of a bus, train or plane ticket would probably be easiest to have and show off, but make sure you have digital copies on your phone too (screenshots, people!) just in case.

If ‘go with the flow’ travel is more your thing, here are some other options:

Departures area of an airport at night

Option 2: Buy a refundable ticket

There are several airlines that refund tickets within a specified time frame, so you can easily purchase a ticket and then refund it right after.

Be careful with this method though: be sure to read the fine print and Google individual airline policies before you buy.

Some companies might only refund you credit, rather than actual money. Others might have strict rules about when refunds apply or have a stiff cancellation fee.

If you’re not keen to spend loads on a plane ticket (even temporarily), you can look into other transport options like buses.

My friends in Europe, Flixbus offers very cheap rates and they charge only a 1 euro cancellation fee, at which point you get the rest of the money as Flixbus credit.

Not too bad, considering tickets will be less than 60 euros most of the time, which is way cheaper than a plane ticket.

NOTE: While a bus ticket should be sufficient, it really depends on the employee you deal with… For some, a plane ticket might seem more “legitimate”, so keep that in mind!

Woman sitting on the floor on her laptop

Option 3: Buy a cheap ticket and plan not to use it

In parts of the world where traveling between countries is cheap, you could always just buy the cheapest ticket you can find, with no intention of using it.

This will likely be your best bet if you’re crunched for time (i.e. about to board the plane).

If you are travelling in Europe, you might want to read my guide to the cheapest ways to travel in Europe for a briefer on the cheapest tickets you can book.

Generally speaking though, if you need cheap proof of onward travel in Europe, there are a lot of low cost airlines like RyanAir and Wizz Air you can look into, or even just bus companies like Flixbus.

Rainy plane window looking out onto another plane

Option 4: “Rent” a plane ticket

Lastly, I will say that another final option for providing proof of onward travel is “renting” a plane ticket through a service. Many sites exist for this purpose.

I personally have not used any myself, and have heard enough horror stories of scams to feel good about… NOT recommending any I haven’t used personally.

I really do think any of the options mentioned above are a better option than relying on a service to do it for you.

But, if you’ve used any of these onward ticket rental services, please let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear about your experience.

Sunset view outside of a plane

NOT an Option: Faking Proof of Onward Travel

Okay, so there is plenty of shady advice out there on the Internet telling you how you can ‘fake’ proof by amending emails or even using online ticket generators.

Guys, please use your common sense.

Do you REALLY want to provide fake documents to government officials just to save (in the case of FlyOnward) 10 bucks? It’s not worth it, and is genuinely illegal. Please do not ever do this for the sake of saving a few bucks.

Crowds walking in an Asian airport

My ‘proof of onward travel’ disaster story

With all that practical information out of the way, here’s how I was almost denied entry on my flight to Germany.

Fresh off a flight from Vancouver to Montreal, I had my passport in hand, a carry-on full of snacks and an all-too-excited grin at the prospect of living in Europe again for a few months.

Everything had been smooth sailing up until this point – my flight landed early and I even had time to buy a bag of delicious MTL bagels.

I was only one flight away from being back in Germany and I swear I could already smell the pretzels.

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My carb-loaded buzz was short lived. Instead of a chirpy check of the passport and a syrupy “have a nice flight!”, I was greeted with a stern airline employee who looked me up and down, then demanded to know when I would come back.

I had prepared for this, I thought. With a psychotically large smile, I whipped out the return ticket confirmation on my phone, citing a June return for my university grad ceremony. “ I can haz Germany now? ” I thought through my ‘calm’ smile.

The short answer was no.

“That’s more than 90 days. I can’t let you on the plane,” he said almost as if it was a non-negotiable fact.

Oh dannnnnnnnng.

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It was in that moment that I snapped out of my dreamy daze and kicked into lawyer mode.

I knew that I only had 90 days to spend in the Schengen Zone, but it had been my plan all along to simply travel outside of that zone for a few weeks to ensure I never maxed my allowance.

I cleared my throat, and spewed out a (likely less eloquent) version of the following: “I’m aware that as a Canadian citizen I get only 90 days of free travel in the Schengen zone. My plan is to travel around the Balkans for a month to ensure that I don’t exceed those 90 days.”

I had done my homework, or so I thought.

Amsterdam Schipol airport by night

“Well do you have proof you’re leaving the Schengen Zone?”

A million thoughts flooded through my mind as the passenger queue grew behind me.

I hadn’t planned any of my Balkans itinerary because Type A me decided to embrace spontaneity for once.

I told him that no, I hadn’t purchased any tickets yet, but I had a rough plan and if I needed to, I would buy a plane ticket on the spot right there.

He then proceeded to quiz me on my plans.

It seemed like he as all too eager to somehow “catch me”, because as soon as I mentioned Croatia, he exclaimed with a snooty tone “well, Croatia IS in the Schengen Zone.”

Haaaa, I knew right then that he was wrong.

I had read the rules a million times.

Exasperated (but still sassy), I told him to Google it. And he did, as curious passengers stood by like they were watching an intense boxing match.

After a few taps of the phone, the redness in his face said it all.

I was right. I out-Schengen’d the airline guy. A win for obsessive Googlers all over the world!

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“Okay, I’ll let you on the plane under one condition… that you UNDERSTAND that you only have 90 days in the Schengen Zone, and overstaying may result in a fine or a ban from the area,” I nodded, sassy again.

I might have flipped my hair a bit, but that could just be my overactive imagination at work.

And so I got on the plane.

Shaking, but on-board, ready to drink a lot of airplane wine. Funnily enough, I was so paranoid I ended up buying a bus ticket to Croatia in case the Munich border police asked me similar questions.

They didn’t ask me a single thing, just smiled, stamped my passport and waved me off on my merry way.

SO, learn from my mistakes! Take this as a cautionary tale that you are not immune to random checks, even if it has never happened to you before. Especially these days, countries are getting more strict and careful about people coming and staying illegally… so at least have a plan on what to do if this situation arises.

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Any More Questions About Proof of Onward Travel?

I hope you found this guide to onward travel proof helpful! Now, tell me – have you ever had any “proof of onward travel” horror stories? Let me know in the comments!

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19 thoughts on “What is Proof of Onward Travel? My Horror Story & How to Avoid Disaster”

Okay, I did NOT know about this. Never encountered this problem, but probably because I’ve never bought one-way tickets. Nice to keep in mind for the future.

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This is one of those things that people don’t find out about until it’s too late haha! Glad you’re aware of it now, Charmaine 🙂

Great advice and poor you with your story! I’ve found that German border patrol officers are the friendliest ever!!! Every time I travel in and out of Germany, their most common question is why I have a German last name (Wagner) but not a German passport! haha…total discrimination, but you don’t fit the profile of someone who is likely to overstay your Schengen visa 😉 They definitely profile for it in Germany! I’ve only ever gotten my passport stamped…no questions asked!

They definitely do profile for SURE! I think I confuse them with my passport because I’ve been in/out of Europe a lot in the past 3 years, so the stamps are mega confusing. Add in a German student visa (from last year) and they’re stumped most of the time haha. I’m SO paranoid about visa things these days, I always get nervous even when I’ve done nothing wrong haha. Better safe than sorry I guess? Thanks for reading, jordan!! 🙂

Thank you for sharing your experience! This is SO important to know. The UK is really strict about this too.

Yes!! The first time I went to London, it was on an overnight bus from Paris (#brokestudentlife) and I crossed the border in the middle of the night, half asleep. I was petrified because they asked so many more questions than the other places I’d been to. Now I know it’s always good to have everything confirmed, printed and available haha. I’m such a nerd I sometimes even practice my little spiel about who I am, where I’m going, etc. while I’m in line.

I love how you did your research and knew he was incorrect about Croatia! It shows it’s always good to be prepared. Imagine if you didn’t! This was an interesting read. I had no idea that Germany was so strict to get in to.

Haha I felt so smug after!! And yeah, it honestly depends on individual guards/employees though. In my experience, German border police have always been very easy-going and not as picky as this. It pays to be prepared no matter what though!

Oh Christina! I swear you are the funniest Though of course this could very well not be that funny! I learned about prove of onward travel on my trip to Maldives; the lady a true the counter definitely looked like she’d send me home if I hadn’t got anything Luckily I did!

Hehe thanks Nam! I feel like this is definitely one of those things you don’t know about until you get asked for it! That’s why I want everyone to know it at least exists! And SO good to hear you didn’t get turned away at the Maldives haha… that would have been terrible!

Honestly, this has never been an issue when I’ve travelled. Thank you SO MUCH for bringing this to my attention. I usually have printed itineraries from booking my flights, and they include the return date and flight number, but I will make 100% I have those on me when I travel now! It appears quite a few people haven’t heard of this/had it happen, so good job for letting us all know about this!

thanks for reading, Kayleigh!! Yeah it’s definitely one of those things you don’t hear about until it’s too late haha. Glad you found this useful 😀

I have never been denied entry into a country but I did have to provide a rambling explanation coming from Paris to the UK with my friend who has a German passport and a return plane ticket and I only had a one-way plane ticket and an American passport with a recent UK border stamp. Long story short I gave a very detailed explanation of her student status in Paris my American holiday time frame and tried not to pass out from fear. The guy asked a lot of questions and wanted exact dates and locations for proof of onward travel, so have that information ready and not stowed away in your carry-on.

oh my gosh that sounds so scary!! Really good tip to have everything handy. It always helps to be overprepared 🙂 I still carry my silly spreadsheet around and it always makes them laugh haha.

i think I was asked once by an airline when I went to Peru from Chile. I simply told them I had 12000 in the bank and they let me through. Afterwards I have never been asked for proof when I intend to leave. If I was to travel to Europe I would probably travel to Albania. Rent an apartment there and use Albania as my base of operations. When I want to go to Poland than I would simply tell them I will return to Albania afterwards. I figure that as I am a caucasian male who is dressed in dress clothing and I have a US passport that I am not likely to be asked alot of question as they figure I am likely rich and not interested in illegally immigrating to their nation.

These requirements are a mess! I travel often in SE Asia and places like Indonesia require it all the time :/ There are a few onward ticket generators, such as fakeflighttickets.com, flyonward.com, returnflightonwardtravel.com Have you guys tried any of these? Are they worth it?

I use https://keyflight.io , it was enough for a border control and for travel visa (but i paid for it)

I had a similar experience flying into Italy, but the U.S. airline let me board with only a one-way ticket. In hindsight, I had wished they had stopped me in New York. Once in Rome, I spent 3 hours in their “holding room” trying to explain to them I would buy a return ticket within my allotted 3-month visa, I just didn’t know where I was flying out of yet. My misfortune I had traveled to Italy at a time they were having a row with Indian (yes, other countries have rows with other countries, it just doesn’t make the US news). I am of Indian extraction. My father is American-born Indian and my mother is from New Delhi. I finally got a custom agent to understand that the US is a melting pot and some of us have funny last names and darker skin. This sunk in, he nodded, and said that they would consider letting me in. This was progress. Soon after a fellow American traveler was brought into the same office because he couldn’t find his passport in all his luggage. We talked, and he suggested I buy a fully refundable one-way ticket back to the US via my smartphone. What a genius! I did do and within minutes I had proof of return. This pleased the Italian customs and off I went.

We had a terrible experience with the border patrol in Germany. We were coming back to US with a 1.5 hours layover in Munich, after a cruise a few years back. We visited many ports and had all those stamps in our passport. Munich border patrol (still in secure area of the airport, changing a plane) checked all the stamps and did not let us through. We were not told what the problem was. We showed our itinerary to the agent but got nowhere. We did not know that one of the stamps, Zeebrugge (Belgien) was stamped with a future date by customs agent at the cruise terminal. It turned out that we were stamped with a future month. German board patrol agent took us away to a lockdown area. I were kept there for a long time and worried that we miss our flight. We were kept in the dark all this time and were not even allowed to use the restroom. It was rude and inhumane behaviour. It took a long for another agent to call Zeebrudgge customs to verify the information. Finally, we were allowed of this lockdown area to catch our flight. We were running with our carry-ons with the speed we did not know was possible for us. They gave us a paper which had a correct date for Zeebrugge – that is how we found out what was the delay about. I would always think about Germany border patrol as sadistic. BWY, we were already senior citizens that year.

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How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel When Traveling One-Way Internationally

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Dreaming of booking that one-way flight to paradise? If it’s an international destination, keep in mind that you may have to provide proof of onward travel before the airline will allow you to board the plane.

5 Ways to Provide Proof of Onward Travel

Say you want to keep your options open. Flying to Paris? Maybe you want to go to Italy afterwards, or maybe Africa. Going on a long trip to Southeast Asia? Maybe you want to start in Thailand, leave the country by land, and aren’t sure from where or when you’ll fly back.

This is an exciting way to travel, but it does require going through a few hoops to satisfy immigration requirements. To ensure you have intentions (and funds) to leave the country you are flying to within your allotted tourist visa, many countries require you to provide proof of onward travel. Since airlines have the burden of paying hefty fines for transporting passengers without this documentation, it is usually required to provide proof of onward travel at the airline check-in counter.

If you’re traveling roundtrip on the same ticket, this is easy for the airlines to verify and there is no need to do anything special. For one-way tickets, it's best to be prepared with proof. Here are 5 ways to provide proof of onward travel.

Book a Refundable Ticket

One of the easiest ways to get around this conundrum is to book a refundable airfare ticket. A full fare refundable ticket will be quite pricey, but if you have some wiggle room with your bank account, this could be the best option. Just make sure to read all the rules regarding any refundable ticket and make sure there are no cancellation fees.

An even better option is to take advantage of the 24-hour risk-free cancellation policy . This is a D.O.T. rule for flights to/from the U.S. but it can sometimes work for other flights booked on some popular third-party sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, or Priceline. To do this, you’ll want to book a one-way ticket out of the country you are traveling to. For instance, if you’re traveling one-way to Colombia, book a one-way flight back to the U.S. before you head to the airport to check-in for your flight to Colombia.

It can be any flight that is at least one week away from the date you are booking. Before you purchase, make sure you read the fine print stating that your flight is free to cancel within 24 hours. This may not be the case for flights that do not involve traveling to/from the U.S. so it’s best to stick to those to be safe.

Print out the confirmation or save a screenshot on your phone to show the check-in agent when you check in for your one-way outbound flight. It’s best not to cancel the ticket until you clear customs and immigration in the country you are traveling to just in case an agent decides to actually look to see if the ticket is still valid. If you will arrive at your destination within 24 hours of checking-in, purchase this refundable ticket just before checking-in for your flight and then just cancel it for a full refund after clearing immigration.

That’ll give you some flexibility to figure out your plans as you go, but don’t overstay your visa and never lie to an immigration officer. If you’re traveling long-haul and won’t be able to clear immigration before the 24-hour period, you’ll likely be ok just showing the original confirmation email, if asked, but it may be best to try one of these other methods.

Book an Award Ticket

If you have a stack of award miles or points to use, try booking an award flight out of the country and then either change or cancel after you arrive. Award tickets often have more lenient change/cancellation policies than paid tickets so you may be able to get a full refund. And you can usually put award tickets on hold for multiple days, which is likely sufficient enough proof of onward travel.

Rent a Ticket

For those short on time or who don’t want to deal with figuring out cancellation policies, there are a few agencies who will allow you to rent tickets for the sole purpose of showing proof of onward travel.

For as little as $12, BestOnwardticket will purchase an onward ticket for you, which will be valid for 48 hours or more. You don’t even have to choose a destination. Just simply fill in your name, email, the airport you want the flight to depart from (i.e. the airport you are flying into), and departure date (make sure it’s within your allotted visa time frame), and they will send you a valid ticket within the hour. For extra fees, you can add a specific destination, or choose to receive the ticket at a later date in case you want to set this up in advance.

That’s it, you’ll get a valid confirmation of a flight and the service will automatically cancel the ticket after 48 hours. This is the easiest way to obtain proof of onward travel if you don’t mind paying the small fee for the service. Another reputable company that offers this service is OneWayFly .

Book a Cheap Flight

Of course, another method is to book a cheap one-way flight on a budget carrier to a neighboring country. This is a very cheap and easy way to satisfy proof of onward travel in Southeast Asia. With so many discount airlines flying in this region, you can often get a one-way international flight for around $20. Choose somewhere you’re thinking about going anyway and you can either use the ticket or just decide to eat the cost if you want to change plans.

Do a simple google search for “budget airlines” in the region you are traveling to in order to find out which airlines may sell the cheapest international flights. If you don’t plan to take the flight, make sure to avoid adding on any extra fees for baggage, seat selection, etc. that the airline may trick you into purchasing.

Buy a Cheap Bus or Train Ticket  

Many long-term travelers prefer to travel by land and this can be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to provide proof of onward travel. Bus companies also sell tickets in advance online so you can secure a confirmation email before traveling.

A bus ticket may be cheaper to book than an onward flight and it’s likely that the bus company will have a more flexible change or cancellation policy than an airline. For instance, if you plan to travel by land out of the country anyway, book a flexible ticket with a bus company that serves most of the country as well as international routes or routes to a border town, and you may be able to change dates or itinerary for little or no extra fees.

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What is Proof of Onward Travel and What Are Your Options?

Proof of onward travel is a common yet frustrating question that you might get asked for when you’re travelling into a new country. This is especially the case if you're travelling with flexible plans, and don't necessarily have your next country planned (or booked) yet.

Proof of onward travel is usually requested when checking in at the airport, however I’ve also heard some stories of a few people who have been asked for proof of onward travel while crossing land borders, Basically, it's evidence that you'll be leaving the country before your visa expires, usually in the form of a flight ticket to another country.

The easiest way to bypass proof of onward travel?

Rent an onward ticket.

This is the simplest and most reliable method (although there are other ways too). Read on to learn more about proof of onward travel and your options.

Proof of onward travel causes endless confusion amongst travellers, so it’s good to know what your options are and to do a little bit of research into your next country beforehand. Sometimes airport staff get it wrong as well – I’ve once had to argue my way onto a flight from South Korea to Vietnam, which doesn’t require proof of onward travel.

Proof of onward travel seems to be requested more often in South East Asia (probably due to the high volume of expats doing monthly visa runs). I've also been questioned when flying into the UK as well.

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What is Proof of Onward Travel?

In short, proof of onward travel is evidence that you will be leaving your destination country. This is usually a return flight ticket or another flight ticket to your home (or next) country. A land border crossing in the form of a bus or train ticket is usually accepted as well, but I’ve heard quite a few stories of airport staff specifically asking for a flight ticket.

Proof of onward travel is required by some countries for all sorts of reasons, but in general, it’s to make sure that:

  • You have enough money to leave the country.
  • You intend to leave the country before your visa expires.
  • You don’t intend to stay in the country (illegally).

If you think about it, using proof of onward travel to determine one of the above scenarios doesn’t seem like a particularly bright idea, but for now, it’s best to treat it as just one of those old, bureaucratic rules that haven’t yet been updated.

What Counts as Proof of Onward Travel?

A flight ticket out of the country you're visiting is the best proof of onward travel. Technically, bus or train tickets should be accepted as well, but a flight ticket is your safest bet as this is what border control is used to. If you're not sure, you should try and find an official source (e.g. the government website of the country you're visiting) or play it safe with one of the options below.

The cheapest and most surefire way is to rent a ticket .

What Countries Require Proof of Onward Travel?

Countries that definitely require proof of onward travel include Peru, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, Costa Rica and Panama.

My personal experience of being asked for proof of onward travel was flying into Thailand. I was also asked for proof when flying to Vietnam, but I did my research and found that proof of onward travel was not needed. I showed my evidence to the check-in desk at Bangkok Airport, and they finally let me through.

I tried digging around some more to find a more comprehensive list, but couldn't find one - not to mention, it probably changes from time to time. Renting a ticket alleviates this uncertainty altogether, but if you want to check your destination's government resources - more power to you!

How to Get Proof of Onward Travel

My first experience with a request for proof of onward travel was when I flew with a one-way ticket from Sydney to Thailand several years ago. I intended to catch an overnight bus into Cambodia before my one-month visa expired, but I wasn’t sure when – so I didn’t have a ticket yet.

Thailand requires an onward ticket, and I didn’t want to pay for one. So, like any self-respecting digital native of the 21st century, I went to the internet to find answers. And as always, the internet delivered: with hundreds of pages of conflicting advice from self-proclaimed “experts”, hare-brained theories and generally inconsistent anecdotes.

Not exactly the clarity I wanted. Thanks, internet.

So, what are your options?

1. Risk It and Smile

While it’s possible that you won’t be asked for proof of onward travel at the airport, it’s a good idea to be prepared on the off-chance that it might happen. Life is full of unexpected surprises: tour taxi to airport could be late, there could be traffic… and you might get denied entry when boarding your flight.

This leaves you with no choice but to book an onward flight (or follow one of the options below), and if you’re short on time, you might end up missing your flight altogether. The alternatives are so simple that there really is no point in risking it.

Verdict: high risk, not recommended.

2. Create a Fake Ticket Confirmation

If you’re a Photoshop whiz, you can try editing an old email confirmation from another airline or travel agent. Just make sure that the flight number and departure times of the flight you’ll be “boarding” actually exists!

Alternatively, you can start the booking process with some airlines and take a screenshot of the check-out screen. Some creative cropping will result in a document you can keep on your phone to show at the gate.

I’ve met a lot of people that advocate this approach, but personally, I’m not a fan. While it’s highly unlikely that they’ll actually check the details at the gate, this method leaves you vulnerable to accusations of knowingly forging official documents. And let’s be honest: that’s exactly what you’ve done. You’ll have almost no options to defend yourself and completely at the mercy of the airport official.

3. Buy a Flexible Date Ticket

Another legitimate way of skirting around the onward travel rules is to buy a ticket where you can change the flight dates. The issue is that flexible date tickets are often significantly more expensive, especially if you compare it against local airlines that offer flights that are inflexible but are also half the price (or less).

Verdict: expensive.

4. Buy a Cheap Throwaway Ticket

While expensive, this the most legitimate way to beat the system. In fact, this is what most process-abiding airline staff will tell you if they find you don’t have an onward ticket.

In a nutshell, this method requires you to buy the cheapest ticket possible to a nearby country, while still being within your visa period. I’ve also heard of people getting by with a cheap bus or train ticket between countries, although it seems like there have been mixed results with this approach. Still, this strategy is expensive – not to mention wasteful.

Verdict: unnecessary, expensive and wasteful.

5. Hold a Flight Ticket for 24 Hours

All US airlines (and some online travel agencies) are also required to offer a 24 hour “hold” period. With this method, you can reserve a ticket at a certain price for 24 hours. You’ll be issued with a confirmation email, which you can show to the airport staff if asked.

This was my personal preference for a while as it’s completely free, however I’ve heard stories of some people having their flight reservations questioned at the airport. It’s hard to say whether they got unlucky or the airports have become wise to the act, but this method is still a relatively low risk way of bypassing proof of onward travel. If all else fails, combine it with method #6 or #7 if you’re challenged at the airport.

Verdict: low risk, but not foolproof.

6. Buy a Refundable Flight Ticket

In the United States, all airline companies are required by federal law to provide a complete refund on all bookings within a 24 hour period. This means that you can book any flight at random, use it to get into your destination country as “proof of onward travel”, then get all your money back.

Just make sure you process the refund before the 24 hour refund period expires!

The best way to do this is to pay by credit card to avoid dipping into your savings, or even better, to use your frequent flyer miles. All US airline companies should honour the 24 hour refund period, however there has been some chatter about American Airlines phasing out this option. To make sure you’re not going to stuck with a $1000 flight across the world, make sure you do your research: read the fine print before booking and make sure you have enough time to cancel before your 24 hours are up.

Verdict: low risk, but could be expensive if you don't cancel in time.

7. Rent an Onward Ticket

There are a number of services that allow you to rent a ticket for a small fee. At first, these services were using the “hold a flight ticket for 24 hours” method which made them rather unnecessary, but they have since become more sophisticated. When you present your flight number and details at the airport desk, you will now actually show up on airport systems – making this a legitimate way of having peace of mind.

As far as these services go, the self-titled  Onward Ticket website is a good place to get yourself an onward ticket. At the time of writing, renting a ticket costs $12.

Verdict: highly recommended.

Final Thoughts

Proof of onward travel is an inconvenience that travellers will have to face at one point or another, so it’s good to be informed and have a plan before you end up stuck without being able to board your flight.

The simplest way to avoid any headaches is to simply  buy an onward ticket , but if you’re game, either holding a 24 hour reservation or refunding a flight ticket within 24 hours is also an option. Just be prepared in case an over-zealous airport official keeps asking questions.

If asked why you’re holding (and not buying) the ticket, you can simply say you’re waiting to see how price changes, or that you simply forgot. Make up an excuse. If they won’t get off your case, simply book the ticket on the spot. Just be sure that you can process the refund in time!

Whichever method you decide to use, don’t forget to smile and be friendly to all airport staff. Simply being nice can get you free seat upgrades, less questions, and even in one case, an exemption when I tried to bring 12kg of carry-on luggage onto an airline with a 7kg maximum.

If you have other strategies or experiences, I’d love to hear from you!

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One more life hack how to create a real ticket for 24h for free: 1. Go to aeroflot.com and book a flight ticket 2. On the payment screen change language to RU. 3. Choose payment method by cash 4. They will give you booking number PNR for 24h. But without flight itinerary 5. Go to Photoshop for create itinerary Good Luck

Hey Weekends, this sounds pretty similar to the 2nd method listed here. All in all, I'd still recommend the 7th method to most people. It's just safer and it seems like airport officials are getting savvier. I personally wouldn't want to be caught with a Photoshopped ticket!

My bf and I just used fake flight tickets while traveling to Bali. It's a dummy ticket that looks exactly like the confirmation you get from Expedia.

good luck with your travels!

Thanks for sharing your experience!

I like the idea of renting a ticket.. I personally just bough the cheapest out of Thai to vietnam which I'll be happy to go to.. do you know if they will ask for onward proof?

Hey Firo, if you've bought a legitimate ticket you simply have to fill in the arrival card with your next destination. Thailand's border security has a reputation of asking for proof of onward travel, but you might not get asked at all. On the occasions that I've flown into Thailand, it was a 50/50 change on whether I was questioned or not.

Alternatively, you can rent a legitimate ticket with a provider such as Onward Ticket . This allows you to change your mind later on - for example, if you don't want to head to Vietnam any more.

So did the hold ticket work for you every time? How do I find the hold ticket, which page should I find it at? And any idea if trying to get a 60 days visa in my country from consulate is that also ok to use the hold ticket, any experience?

I've used the hold ticket method quite a lot of times and I haven't had any issues. You simply need to book with an American airline (any of them will do). That said, the last time I did this was a few years ago, so now I'd suggest renting a ticket instead - just to be safe.

As for your visa situation, I can't really say without knowing what visa you're trying to get. Depending on where you're going, some visa applications require that you provide an exit ticket (that is, a "confirmation" is not enough), but again, this really comes down to your personal situation and where you're going. Hope this helps!

We're traveling from the US to Singapore, Sabah Malaysia, Brunei, The Philippines then back to the US. The only tickets we have purchased are from the US to Singapore and from The Philippines back to the US. If we show our return ticket from the Philippines back to the US, will that be adequate for boarding flights to the other countries?

Hey Boyd, I'd say that this should be fine if you can show the full itinerary and the connecting flights.

The main thing that each country cares about is when you're going to leave, not where . Officially, Singapore and the Philippines both require proof of onward travel to enter the country (although there's a chance they just won't check). I suspect Malaysia will also ask, but I'm not 100% sure as this was one of the rare times I had an exit flight booked before I landed in the country.

Best of luck and safe travels!

Great article ! Onward tickets keep your booking with PNR confirmed for 14 days. Which is perfect for visa application as well. (i'm not paid to say that :p )

Hey Lucie, thanks for sharing! I didn't know about it working for visa applications too, but perhaps that would be useful someone else reading this 🙂

I rent onward tickets. Service could not be better! Immediate responses, personal attention, authentic ticket and they cancel it automatically. I highly recommend and will use them again.

Number 3 may not work in Thailand. If they ask you for proof, they won't accept an open ticket, as even their consulate's page mentions this. For Thailand, the easiest way seems to be a smile, a 'hello' in Thai, or, if you want to stay on the safe side: a throw-away ticket for 20 bucks from AirAsia.

Hey Roman, I think you've misunderstood #3. Purchasing a flexible exit ticket with the option of changing the departure date is 100% abiding by Thailand's rules. If you're going to buy a throwaway ticket, you may as well rent an onward ticket and save yourself a few dollars. Being nice to the person at the desk is always a good idea though 🙂

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How do you provide proof of onward travel when you buy a one-way ticket ?

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Showing proof of onward travel is one of the big challenges that one-way travelers must face when purchasing a plane ticket. Most destinations in the world will indeed ask for proof that you plan on leaving the country after your stay. But what if you don’t want to have plans and bother with a fixed return ticket? Luckily, there are some solutions you can consider, like renting a real plane ticket for a few dollars with Onward Ticket .

What is proof of onward travel?

First of all, let’s explain what is a “proof of onward travel”. Most countries, whether they require a visa or not, have laws that prevent foreign visitors to stay in their territory for too long. This is, for example, the case of Indonesia, the United States , New Zealand, Indonesia and many more.

In enforcing these laws, they want to make sure you don’t stay in their country to find a job or use other resources without paying taxes. And to make sure of this, they require proof that you’ll exit the country after your stay. Now that the responsibility has been passed to the airline companies, this proof will be checked before you board your flight and then again at immigration as soon as you arrive at the airport.

But what if you want to travel with a one-way ticket because you don’t want to have fixed plans ? Good news for you, several options will allow you to travel exactly your way.

Book a return trip and don’t use it

This is the solution most travelers use. Even if they don’t plan to use their return ticket, they buy it anyway just to be able to show immigration they plan on leaving the country eventually. The biggest advantage is that this solution always works and will allow you through immigration. The drawback, though, is that it’s expensive and you monopolize a seat in the plane that won’t be used in the end. All in all, this is not a solution that we would recommend.

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Design or buy a fake onward plane ticket

Some travelers are tempted to design or buy a fake plane ticket to show immigration a proof of onward travel. There are a lot of websites that sell those kinds of tickets online. But this is absolutely not a solution that we’d recommend. First, there is no guarantee that such a ticket will be accepted at the airport as the validity of fake tickets can’t be checked anywhere. Then, this can be considered as forgery, or use of forgery, which is harshly punished by the law in most nations. It’s clearly not worth the risk.

Buy a cheap train / bus / plane onward ticket

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Proof of onward travel is not necessarily a return ticket. All you need to prove is that you’ll leave the country before your visa expires. And this can be done with any type of ticket that will take you out of the country. So, what you can do is find a cheap bus or train ticket to anywhere. But again this means you are wasting money for a ticket that won’t be used. The other problem is that those tickets are often hard to book online and they are not automatically accepted by immigration. So, once again, this is not always the best solution.

Rent a ticket with an onward flight booking company

You’ll find a lot of onward flight booking companies online, but all are not equal in terms of quality and customer service. After trying some of them and reading the comments of our readers, here is one we’d particularly recommend: OnwardTicket.com. This company lets you rent a real plane ticket which is valid for 48 hours for only $12, and you also have the option to book a direct flight for an extra $2. This is the solution we’d recommend beyond a doubt for many reasons. First, this is the most economic one, as you get a ticket for as little as $12. Then, every ticket is real and comes with a PNR number that can be checked online by you and by the authorities. Last, but not least, sometimes you might need to actually use the customer service, and it’s simply amazing and fast! So why bother designing a fake ticket or losing money by buying an actual one when this kind of solution exists?

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So, are you looking to get a cheap and effective proof of onward travel for your next trip? Here is the best onward ticket service that will allow you to get a real and legal proof of onward travel for as little as $12.

This article is a paid promotion by OnwardTicket.com.

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Bryan has visited 56 countries, which is exactly one more country than his wife, and she won’t let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip and loves a good adventure, an exotic meal, or a passionate conversation about global events. And he also loves to find out how much stuff costs, which is why he and his wife started Budget Your Trip.

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Which Countries Require Proof Of Onward Travel For A Tourist Visa? (And How To Get One)

I worked in tech companies for over 10 years, and part of my work was to travel around the world to present research at conferences, keynotes, and industry events. Traveling was the nice part, but it came with a nasty part of applying for visas way before my travel. And many of these countries asked me for proof of onward travel .

I didn’t have a clue what it was. To me, it was strange that they forced me to book a round-trip flight even before I got a tourist visa approved. I also found it hard to find information online from other travelers, what they were doing, and how they were sorting it out.

In this post, I share some quick notes about my experience with proof of onward travel, which countries require it, and what you need to expect when applying for a tourist visa. Also, some resources you can use to get the documents you need for your application. Let’s dive in!

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What is Proof of Onward Travel?

Proof of onward travel is a document or other form of evidence that shows that you have a plan to leave the country you are visiting. This is often required when applying for a visa, as it helps to ensure that you are not planning to overstay your visa and illegally immigrate to the country.

Many different types of documents can be used as proof of onward travel, for example:

  • A round-trip flight itinerary
  • A one-way flight ticket with proof of onward travel from another country
  • A bus or train ticket
  • A ferry ticket
  • A cruise ticket
  • A hotel reservation
  • A rental car reservation
  • A visa for another country
  • A letter from your employer or school stating that you have a return ticket

The specific requirements for proof of onward travel may vary from country to country. For example, some countries may only require a round-trip flight itinerary, while others may require proof of onward travel from another country even if you have a one-way flight ticket.

The first thing to do is to check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting. Confirm the specific requirements for proof of onward travel, you can usually find this information on the embassy or consulate’s website.

If you are asked to provide proof of onward travel, it is important to be prepared. You should book your flights or other travel arrangements in advance and have the documentation ready to present when you apply for your visa.

If you cannot provide proof of onward travel, don’t worry. It may still be possible to get a visa. However, they might ask you to provide additional documentation, such as a letter from your employer or school stating that you have a return ticket. I had to do this a couple of times, for example, for Canada and Australia. Sometimes it is straightforward, but sometimes these letters can take time and be an extra hassle.

Countries that require Proof of Onward Travel or a valid flight booking?

The following countries ask you for a valid flight booking or proof of onward travel when applying for a tourist visa.

  • United States : For tourist and business visa types B1 and B2 .
  • Australia : For some visa subclasses, Australia might require evidence of your travel arrangements out of the country.
  • United Kingdom: The UK may request details about your travel and accommodation. However, it’s not a strict requirement in all cases.
  • Canada : If you’re applying for a tourist visa, you may need to provide information about your travel and accommodations in Canada.
  • Japan : Visa requirements can vary, but some types of visas might require a detailed itinerary or proof of round-trip tickets.
  • Iran : Iran usually requires a travel itinerary from a local tour operator for a visa.
  • Nigeria: For a tourist visa, Nigeria typically asks for a copy of a round-trip ticket or itinerary.
  • Saudi Arabia : Tourist visa applicants may need proof of round-trip travel and accommodation details.
  • Turkey : For certain types of visas, you might need to provide proof of your travel arrangements and accommodations in Turkey.
  • Schengen countries:  All Schengen countries require proof of onward travel when applying for a visa. This can be a round-trip flight itinerary, a one-way flight ticket, or a bus or train ticket.
  • China:  China requires a round-trip flight. You can also submit a one-way ticket with proof of onward travel from another country.
  • Algeria:  Algeria requires a round-trip flight. You can also submit a one-way ticket with proof of onward travel from another country.
  • Brazil:  Brazil requires a round-trip flight itinerary. You can also submit a one-way ticket with proof of onward travel from another country.
  • New Zealand:  New Zealand requires a round-trip flight. You can also submit a one-way ticket with proof of onward travel from another country.
  • Thailand:  Thailand requires a round-trip flight. You can also submit a one-way ticket with proof of onward travel from another country.
  • United Arab Emirates:  The United Arab Emirates requires a round-trip flight. You can also submit a one-way ticket with proof of onward travel from another country.

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Onward Ticket: Get Verified Proof Of Onward Travel To Enter A Country

Entering some countries requires you to demonstrate that you plan to leave the country by a specific date by showing proof of onward travel. But what if you don’t know when you plan to depart? Here are the best ways to show immigration you have a valid onward ticket without wasting money on cancellation or change fees.

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What is an onward ticket?

An onward ticket is a document that proves that you have a scheduled departure out of the country within a specified period. Travelers often require proof of onward travel for visa applications or when crossing borders. This ticket is also referred to as a return ticket, departure ticket, or onward flight ticket.

Not every country asks for proof of onward travel, but the COVID situation has led many countries to mandate onward ticket checks with the latest lockdowns and pandemic border restrictions. 

While an onward ticket is not necessary when traveling to every country, an immigration officer can request you provide documented proof that you are not planning to stay in the country illegally. 

It's good to be prepared just in case. You can buy an onward ticket for $14 from a reputable website; there are even some free options  I cover in the article below. Having an onward flight ticket will ensure there are no problems when dealing with bureaucratic border control upon arrival at immigration.

This article serves as a guide on purchasing and using onward ticketing to minimize your costs while maintaining maximum flexibility.

Why is it important to have an onward ticket?

It is all about illegal immigration. Many countries are cracking down on foreigners overstaying their valid visa days. Proof of onward travel shows authorities that you have the means and intention to leave the country and do not intend to stay in the country illegally.

63% more illegal immigrants overstay their visas than illegally cross the borders.

Showing an onward ticket for short-term tourists on vacation is not typically an issue, as tourists usually have a pre-booked itinerary with a fixed departure date and a prepaid return ticket. 

However, proof of onward travel doesn't work for digital nomads or nomadic retirees like me who choose to stay relaxed about our plans. Picking a departure date usually means paying for an airline ticket we don't plan to use (throwaway ticket), paying exorbitant change fees to choose a different departure date, or risk immigration not letting us into the country for not providing an onward ticket.  

Travel flexibility is where using an onward ticket provider comes in handy.   Onward ticket providers allow you to "rent" proof of onward travel confirming you have a flight out of the country. You can confidently present your proof of onward travel to the airline check-in agent or immigration when you arrive in the country. A rented or disposable onward flight ticket is a 100% legitimate, verifiable flight reservation made in your name.

A disposable onward ticket is a smarter, more flexible, and cheaper way to deal with proof of onward travel.

I have partnered with the most trusted online ticket provider on the web with a 4.7 rating on Trust Pilot and loads of happy customer reviews. You can  book an onward ticket for just $14 . 

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How do I book an onward ticket on your website?

You can get verified proof of onward travel in as little as sixty seconds from our travel partner's website. Simply click the button link below to start the application.

  • 1) Enter your origin and destination airport, passenger information, whether you want a round-trip or one-way flight ticket, and whether you wish to extend the reservation validity duration
  • 2) Pay for your ticket- The booking form takes all major credit cards or Paypal. After payment, a flight reservation is made within seconds by a registered travel agency.
  • 3) Your travel itinerary with a PNR code is immediately available for download. Additionally, the onward ticketing system will send your confirmable flight itinerary in a confirmation email within minutes.

How much does an onward travel ticket cost?

You can buy a disposable onward ticket reservation that meets airline and immigration requirements for onward travel proof for $14 USD.  There are optional add-ons if you want additional features added to your reservation. 

Optional add-ons include

  • Make your ticket a return ticket $7- a full round-trip ticket is helpful for a visa application
  • Delay your ticket delivery date $1- if you don't want to activate your ticket until a later date
  • Increase the validity period to 14 days $17- makes the ticket valid for 14 days (if you think the visa application process might take longer than 48 hours)
  • Only use direct flights $2- to only use non-stop flights on your airline itinerary (avoids potential visa complications with stopovers in other countries)

How do I use a temporary onward ticket?

  • 1 Check the visa requirements of your destination country-  Not every country requires an onward ticket
  • 2 Book your onward ticket on this website before you leave home-  Your onward ticket can be checked at the airport when you depart and by immigration at the airport when you land. If you wait to purchase your onward ticket when you land, you may not have time or internet access to buy the ticket before you get your passport checked.
  • 3 Get onward ticket reservation in two minutes-  Pick your departure and arrival airports, enter your passport details, and pay. The system sends a confirmed flight reservation to your email address.
  • 4 Show your onward ticket reservation to the immigration officer when you arrive-   Smile. Be polite. Don't be nervous. Your airline reservation is confirmed and has a departure date. Our ticket partners provide 100% legitimate tickets with a unique Passenger Name Record (PNR) code that immigration officials can verify with the airline.
  • 5 Get an onward ticket before you depart-   It could save you a lot of hassle at the airport.

  INSIDER TIP   : Extending A Disposable Onward Ticket- Tickets purchased from our partner's website are real flight reservations. As such, the purchased reservation is only valid for 48 hours, enough time to fly to a new country and pass immigration. However, if you need to show proof of onward travel for a visa application, you can extend the reservation for 14 days.

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10 Ways to show proof of onward travel

There are a few ways to buy an onward ticket. The safest options cost money, as they create legitimate, verifiable airline reservations with your name and travel information that can be confirmed by any airlines agent, immigration authority, or border control officers.

  • Rent a temporary onward ticket $
  • Buy a Flexible Date Ticket $$$
  • Purchase an expensive refundable ticket $$$
  • Make a 24-hour Hold on an airline ticket $
  • Book directly with airlines that offer free cancelations $
  • Buy a cheap return ticket $$

Risk it [NOT RECOMMENDED]

Sign an airline liability waiver [not recommended].

  • Use a bus or train ticket [NOT RECOMMENDED]
  • Photoshop a Fake Ticket [NOT RECOMMENDED]

Buy a flexible travel ticket ($$$)

The most straightforward way to show proof of onward travel is to purchase a ticket where you can change your departure date. This type of ticket gives you some flexibility if your travel plans change. The problem is airline companies make a killing off of flexible tickets. Changing an airline ticket is always expensive, as airlines can tack on change fees and charge you the difference in the fare price.

Get confirmed proof of onward travel for just $14

Purchase an expensive refundable ticket ($$$)

Another option is buying fully returnable tickets. Just make sure to read the fine print. Some airlines only refund tickets using flight vouchers instead of cash. A refundable ticket is not always available for every flight and often comes with a refund or change fee. A refundable ticket is almost always more expensive, and refunds are not always immediate. Qatar airlines, for example, held my money for one 1-month after requesting a refund on a legitimate ticket I purchased.

Reserve a flight ticket using online travel websites with FREE 24-hour cancellation ($)

The cheapest way to get an onward travel ticket is Expedia.com. Expedia has a 24-hour refund policy for most of its flights. I say cheapest, but if you keep a watchful eye, this method is actually FREE, as in 100% of your money back. In fact, Expedia has never charged my credit card when I cancel a flight within the 24-hour refund window. Expedia simply withdraws the reservation, and I never even see the charge hit my credit card statement.

While I mention Expedia, I'm sure other websites offer a similar policy. However, since I haven't had any reason to use a different company, I can't vouch for how they work. Expedia, to me, is tried and true.

  INSIDER TIP   : Expedia.com- This method only works on Expedia.com. For reasons unknown to me, the .com site offers free refunds, while Expedia.ca, Expedia.co.uk, etc., does not.

Make airline reservations that have a 24-hour Risk-Free Cancellation Policy ($)

Another cheap option. The premise is the same as option 1 above, except you book directly with airline websites instead of Expedia. The key is finding an airline that offers FREE 24-hour cancelations AND has flights on the dates and arrival airport you need.

Here are some larger airlines that allow FREE refunds for reservations canceled within 24 hours of booking. Since airlines can change their policy, confirm with the airline if they still offer refunds with no change or cancelation fees. Additionally, verify your payment is refunded back to your credit card and not issued as flight credit or flight vouchers.

Alaska Airlines:  24-hour free cancellation.  

American Airlines:  Keeps reservations on hold for free for 24-hours.

Delta Airlines:  provides a full refund for cancellation on flight tickets made by midnight the day after the purchase

JetBlue:  24-hour free cancellation.  

United Airlines:  24-hour free cancellation.

  INSIDER TIP   : Booking Direct vs. Online Travel Websites- I find booking my flight directly with airlines is cheaper 90% of the time. While I make nearly all my normal flight bookings directly with airlines vs. using an online travel website, I prefer travel websites when I need a temporary onward ticket. Why? Because online travel websites compile all the options for me, I need to check each airline one by one if I book direct. Since I'm don't plan on ever using or paying for the flight, I don't mind paying for the more expensive flights.

Buy the cheapest one-way ticket

An extreme budget airline like Ryanair, Asia Asia, or Wizz Air can drive down the cost of a one-way flight laughably low. In these situations, you can throw away or consider the ticket disposable. It may seem like a waste of money to burn a ticket, but some low-cost airlines have international flights for $10-$20. My girlfriend once paid less than $10 for a one-way ticket from Vienna, Austria, to Limassol, Cyprus. An Uber in Vienna to the airport costs twice as much as the cost to fly to another country.

Use an Onward Ticket Providers

The Onward Ticket Provider is my travel partner. They provide onward travel solutions by allowing customers to purchase a pre-booked itinerary as proof of onward travel on their website.

You can buy tickets using the site for $14, valid for 48 hours. 

Sample of a confirmed reservation will receive from an Onward Ticket Provider

Four Ways To Travel Without A Ticket With A Scheduled Return

To be 100% clear, I do not recommend the following options. These options carry a high risk of being denied boarding your flight by airline agents or getting deported by Immigration authorities at your destination. Don't risk it. When you can get peace of mind by renting an onward ticket for $14 , why take a chance?

A risky option is to arrive at the airport and try to get on the flight without proof of onward travel and hope no one checks. You'll need to pass through three potential checks:

  • At the airline ticket counter during check-in
  • By the gate agent before boarding your flight
  • By immigration and passport control officers at your destination

I was caught without an onward ticket on my first business trip to Bogota, Colombia. It was my first time in the country, and ignorant about the proof of onward travel requirement. I'll never know why no one checked me at my departure airport or my transit airport. However, Colombian Immigration asked about my onward travel plans when I arrived. 

I apologized profusely to the Immigration officer and politely explained my situation. I showed them my business card and the business card of the clients I was scheduled to meet in Bogota. After a few more questions, he waved me through. I'm not sure if it mattered, but I looked the part of a business traveler with proper business casual attire and a collared shirt.

The airline cares about money. If the check-in agent at the ticket counter denies you boarding for a flight, ask if you can sign a financial liability waiver rather than providing proof of onward travel. Typically, the airline is responsible for getting you out of the country if you are deported. By signing the waiver of liability, you are responsible for your travel costs if immigration denies you entry to your destination. The airline is no longer financially liable if immigration decides to deport you in this situation.

However, even if you successfully convince the airline check-in desk agent, the actual immigration officials at your arrival airport still need to permit you to enter.  

Buy a bus or train ticket [NOT RECOMMENDED]

When you're at the airport or immigration, and they ask for proof of onward travel, one option is to say that you will continue your trip via a land border. Buying a $20 to $30 bus or train ticket seems like an inexpensive way to show you're leaving the country. Sometimes this option works if you're entering a country by land, but most airlines and airport immigration officials won't accept an international bus or train ticket as onward tickets.

Additionally, bus tickets, train tickets, ferry tickets, etc., are harder to book and buy online before arrival, making this option even more inconvenient.

Photoshop a Fake Ticket or fake flight itinerary [NOT RECOMMENDED]

 There are many ways to forge a ticket, but the most common is editing an existing flight itinerary in a photo editor like Photoshop or GIMP. You can even use a word processor like Microsoft Word or Powerpoint to create a realistic-looking fake onward ticket for cheap.

A fake ticket is the riskiest option. Giving a falsified document to a government official is a big mistake. Forging a government document is illegal and can get you into serious trouble if caught. By falsifying a fake ticket and submitting it to a government official, you are essentially lying to the immigration officer and breaking the country's immigration law.

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Surprisingly, there is no comprehensive resource online showing all the countries that require proof of onward travel. However, here is a list of countries I am familiar with that need onward travel tickets.

  • Colombia - You may be  denied entry to Colombia  if you do not have a return ticket. 
  • Greece - You must arrive in-country with proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket or other evidence that  you will depart Greece . 
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines -  requires valid return ticket
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

It's important to note that every country has different requirements for proof of onward travel. Some countries, like Taiwan, do not require an onward ticket for Europeans but do for Vietnamese nationals. Other countries, like Thailand, will ban you from entry if you don't have proof of onward travel.

So, what should you do if you're planning on traveling abroad and don't have a valid onward ticket? The best thing to do is check with the embassy or consulate of the country you're visiting. They will be able to tell you exactly what documents they require for entry.

FAQs: Onward Tickets and Onward Flight Services

Can i choose the airline, destination, or specific flight for my onward ticket.

You can choose a destination, but there is no option for specific flights, times, or airlines. You can pick the departure and arrival airports, the dates, and if you prefer a non-stop flight. Our travel partner reserves the best onward flight instantly to ensure the fastest service.

Can I use my onward ticket as a return ticket?

No. Purchasing an onward ticket from our travel partner only provides a verifiable flight reservation. The reservation is automatically canceled after 48 hours unless you extend the validity for 14 days. You will need to purchase a separate ticket to receive an airline ticket you can use to travel.

What are the benefits of using a rentable onward ticket service?

Using an onward ticket service:

  • Simplifies life if you don't know how long you want to stay or where you will go next
  • Can be used for check-in verification at the airport and at border controls.
  • Is cheaper than buying a throw-away ticket
  • Is more flexible than buying a return ticket
  • Is less complicated than a refundable ticket.

Overall, we believe that our travel partner's service provides excellent value for those looking for convenience and peace of mind during their travels.

Can I travel without an onward ticket?

An onward ticket is a required document for many countries proving you plan to leave the country and will not stay in the country illegally. Not every country requires a departure ticket. Popular tourist countries requiring proof of onward travel include the  Philippines  and  Colombia .

If I have a visa on arrival, do I still need an onward ticket?

Countries require a departure ticket to crack down on tourists illegally staying in the country. When you leave matters less if you hold a long-term visa, but if you have a short-term tourist visa or visa on arrival, immigration authorities want to ensure you don't overstay your visa dates.  

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My girlfriend wants me to relocate to the Philippines, so should I purchase a refundable return ticket to show proof to the airport authorities or immigration authorities that I have a return ticket?

Hi Randall,

You are correct. Foreigners without a permanent visa entering the Philippines must show proof of onward travel with a date no more than 30 days from your arrival date.

If you can find a refundable ticket, that works great. Just double-check the T&Cs, as some airlines and travel websites try to sneak in fees or put restrictions on the refund. You can also “rent” a flight reservation for about $14. I use this service all the time when I travel.

https://link.nomadicfire.com/onward-ticket

Enjoy your trip to meet your girlfriend. If you need any additional help, drop us a line.

So I’m going to live in the UK for a year or so, should I buy a one way ticket or just book round trip and just miss the flight back?

You haven’t provided enough information to answer that question, as the requirements depend on your visa and citizenship. Additionally, the UK isn’t a country I focus on, so I am unsure of their specific entry requirements. I suggest checking with the UK embassy in your home country for current specifics.

Hello. Re: extension visa.

He’s staying for 6months but he doesn’t have extension visa yet. Should he buy 2months return ticket then rebooked it when he have extension visa already? Or he can booked 6months return or onward ticket immediately?

He will need a return ticket or other proof of onward travel dated no more than 30 days from arrival. Even if he plans on staying 6 months, he needs to show a flight out in 30 days. Stupid bureaucracy, I know. One recommendation is to get a rented onward travel ticket from this website for $14 .

Then he can extend his Philippes visa and not worry about the onward ticket.

Does that make sense?

I have a 2 day flight to the Philippines. Will booking the onward ticket before i leave still be applicable? I believe their website says it is good for “up to 48 hours”.

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How to Get Proof of Onward Travel + Free Onward Travel Options

The first time many travellers think about proof of onward travel is when they’re at the airport check-in and the check-in staff ask to see their ticket out of the country.    If you’re on a two-week vacation of a definitive timed stay, this is usually easy, because you have your flight home.  If you’re on an around the world trip, or a digital nomad it is often harder.  While we’ve planned to go to countries, our exit from them is usually a little less planned – I mean we know we’ll leave before our visa ends, but what happens if we want to stay 3 months instead of 2 months is usually the way the conversation goes.   However, after a couple of close calls, it’s in our pre-travel checklist for EVERY country we enter, no matter how we enter it – land, sea or air.  Here’s everything you need to know about proof of onward travel and how to provide it – even if you don’t quite know when you’ll be leaving.

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What is Proof of Onward Travel?

Proof of onward travel is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s a ticket out of the country to prove that you will be leaving and not staying indefinitely on your tourist visa.  Proof of onward travel isn’t some irritating annoying airline rule.   It’s a way of their government enforcing rules to make sure you don’t stay around after your visa expires.  If you’re travelling in on an aeroplane, then the government requires that airline company to enforce the rules, otherwise the airline may be required to return you to your point of origin.

Entering on a tourist visa?  Lovely, now tell us how you plan to go, and when – just so we know that you won’t run out of money and not be able to afford to leave.

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Airline Tickets

Easiest Way to Get Proof of Onward Travel

TLDR: here’s the easiest way to get proof of onward travel – with Onward Ticket – legitimate, easy and cheap >  Buy your onward ticket here.

Some countries even require that you have proof of funds to support yourself during your stay – giving suggested amounts of cash you should hold, or funds in a bank account or at the very least, be able to present a credit card.

What is Proof of Return Travel?

Proof of return travel is slightly different to proof of onward travel. To obtain a visa for some countries – like China – you need to provide proof of return travel to your home country. Note that this in many cases is simply to obtain the visa. Our travels to China were overland and have never included proof of return to our home country. However, we did have a return to our home country flight ticket booked when we applied for and were granted visas.

What Proof of Onward Travel is NOT

Proof of onward travel is simply that.  Proof that you are leaving the country. It is NOT a ticket to take you back to your home destination.  (although to obtain a Chinese visa rather awkwardly you need to show this! – see above as this is known as proof of return travel).  So your ticket for proof of onward travel can be to a neighbouring country, it doesn’t have to be your home base.

Proof of onward travel is NOT a tourist visa – we recommend using iVisa for tourist visas.

Your proof of onward ticket can be an airline ticket , it can be a ferry ticket, a bus ticket or a train ticket.

Why do you need proof of onward travel?

Onward travel proof tends to be laws enacted by the country that you’re visiting to enforce their immigration policies.  So governments don’t want you entering the country on an innocuous tourist visa, deciding you like it, but needing to work or get more money and then not leaving – either because you can’t afford it, or because you’ve decided you’ve got a better life there.  If you decide you like a country enough to want to live there, then you obviously need to go through the proper immigration channels and apply for the appropriate visa.

How is Proof of Onward Travel Enforced?

You’re usually more aware of the requirements for proof of onward travel ticket when you’re at the airport, flying in on a one-way ticket.  When you check in your airline asks you for the details of your next destination.  And the ticket. Or Reservation.  In recent years many countries that enforce proof of onward travel have passed on the responsibility to the airlines. This is the easiest way to get proof of onward travel, here , from Onward Ticket.

Proof of Onward Travel Enforcement at the Airport

And that’s why the airline asks you at check-in.   If you’re refused entry to the country when you get there, then your usual route is to head back to your point of origin.  Thus, if proof of onward travel is required, then the airline will deny you access to the plane unless you have it.  This is the reduce/remove their liability and ensure that if you ARE denied entry to your new country, you’ll have to pay to fly somewhere else, rather than the airline taking you there at their cost!

Why do airlines not let you board without an onward ticket?

Airlines are required by governments to ask for your visa ( check with ivisa if you need one here ) and any other documents that are required. If you arrive in a country and are not allowed to enter because of missing documentation (like proof of onward travel), then the airline has to return you at no charge back to where you departed from.

Proof of Onward Travel Enforcement at Land Borders

If you enter a country over a land border you may also be asked for your ticket out of the country but it will be the immigration officer asking you for your proof of onward travel.  We’ve never been asked for the actual ticket, but we have been asked on many occasions where we are going afterwards, and how we are planning to get there.  (our rule is always to have a plan… even if you don’t have a ticket!)

Proof of Onward Travel Enforcement at River/Sea Borders

We’ve crossed into countries on ferries and boats too.  Immigration rules apply whichever way you enter a country, so you’re just as likely to be asked how you’re leaving if you enter on a ferry.  Again, we might not have a specific ticket, but we always have an answer for how, when and where we’re leaving.

What Countries Require Proof of Onward Travel?

The list of countries that require proof of onward travel depends on what passport you hold.  Rules might be different for me as a British passport holder to you as a say Indian passport holder.   There’s also the fact that while there may be a law saying that proof of onward travel is required, it may not always be enforced.

The best way to find out if a country that you are visiting requires proof of onward travel is to check with the relevant department in your government.    That department is the one which provides foreign travel advice for you.  Here are a few of the departments for the major countries that we know read this blog.

  • Advice from the Canadian Government on proof of onward travel
  • Advice from the Government of the USA on proof of onward travel
  • Advice from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on proof of onward travel
  • Advice from the Australian Government on proof of onward travel
  • Advice from the New Zealand Government on proof of onward travel

Remember, that a country might require proof of onward travel but their agent (whether it’s the airline check-in staff or immigration agents) might not enforce it.

List of Countries that require proof of onward travel

Countries that we know through our own experience that require proof of onward travel (if you are not a citizen) include:

  • Antigua & Barbuda > read our Antigua travel checklist here
  • Argentina > UK FCO says proof of onward travel MAY be required
  • Colombia > read our Colombia travel checklist here – which includes details of requirements for proof of onward travel Colombia
  • Costa Rica > read our Costa Rica travel checklist here – includes details of requirements for proof of onward travel Costa Rica
  • Japan > read our Japan travel checklist here
  • Kenya needs proof of onward travel tickets
  • New Zealand
  • Panama – check carefully
  • South Africa
  • The Philippines
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Let us know in the comments, if you’ve been asked for proof of onward travel to other countries (and what your passport is!)

Get Proof Onward Travel Tickets Here

You can get proof of onward travel tickets for popular countries here.

  • Get proof of onward travel Colombia here
  • Get proof of onward travel Mexico here
  • Get proof of onward travel Thailand here
  • Get proof of onward travel Costa Rica here
  • How to Get Proof of Onward Travel

There are several ways in which you can provide proof of onward travel when you enter a country, we cover them here.

Get proof of onward travel with OnwardTicket.com

If you can’t pin down when you’ll be leaving a country, and proof of onward travel is required, then Using Onward Ticket to provide you with a legitimate, real, onward ticket is the easiest way to get proof of onward travel.  Buy your onward ticket here.

Onward Ticket was set up by Digital Nomads to fix the problem that all Digital Nomads face when requiring onward tickets.  You’ll get a cheap, real ticket that works.

There are a bunch of these types of services out there – and many have gone by the wayside.  Onward Ticket is a legitimate and respected onward flight booking company.  With OnwardTicket you get to rent a ticket that’s valid for 48 hours.  It costs you US$14.  And it works immediately.  Sold?  Buy yours now.

Onward Ticket gives you a legit reservation with a PNR in your name.   It’s cancelled after 48 hours.  They even provide a “Buy now, receive later” option.

Read more about how it works here

Advantages of Onward Ticket for Proof of Onward Travel

  • With onward ticket you’ll get a 100% genuine reservation. It is a verified booking. You can check it with the airline. It’s not a fake reservation. It’s a real flight reservation that you can use for proof of onward travel.
  • It’s cheaper than the alternatives. You’ve likely comparisons of One Way Fly v’s Onward TIcket. They’re cheaper (US$14 versus US$18.90).
  • You don’t need to print a ticket. When you buy your proof of onward travel with onward ticket, you’ll get a PDF document that you can show on your phone.
  • Onward ticket is the fastest way to get proof of onward travel. It takes two minutes to get proof of onward travel.

Get proof of onward travel with a fully refundable for 24-hours ticket

US airlines are required to allow you to cancel a flight booking within 24 or 48 hours without charge – regardless of whether you have status with them or how cheap the seat you’re booking is.

We tend to use United – (and as United is part of the Star Alliance, there are many codeshare flights, so it doesn’t need to be WITH United, or via the USA).  This is the best way to get an onward flight ticket for free. (but make sure you fully read the refund policies).

You can also do this with the US version of Expedia – note it has to be the .com version of the site.

  • Find your flight.
  • Check the cancellation terms.
  • Confirm that you’ve got enough credit on your credit card
  • Book the flight.
  • Save the flight receipt and confirmation as screenshots and PDF’s somewhere that you can easily access them. Save a tree or two and don’t print a hard copy.
  • Cancel your flight within the free cancellation period

We’ve used this method in many countries.  We’ve even used it at airports when we’ve not been allowed to check in because we didn’t have that proof of onward travel.  In those cases, we walked away booked a flight on the airport Wi-Fi.  We then printed the details to a PDF and screenshot, checked in and then cancelled the flight.

Get proof of onward travel with a flexible flight ticket

This is the most expensive way to provide proof of onward travel.  Buy a fully flexible ticket.  Those are the ones that you see on the far right of the page, that are usually stratospherically more expensive than all other tickets.   This is an absolutely failsafe way of getting proof of onward travel.

Get proof of onward travel with a cheap (sacrificial) ticket

Launch your browser, find google and look at Google flights.  Then just search for the cheapest flight out of the country.  Or even try bus services – bookaway has some awesome options worldwide and if you’re in Asia, 12goAsia is awesome too.  All you’re looking for is a ticket on a specific date that gets you out of the country.

Who knows you might even get a refund if you cancel it – but that’s not what you’re looking for.  You’re looking for a ticket that costs an amount of money that you can afford to sacrifice.  Give it a go!

Get proof of onward travel with points

You might have airline points.  (we had a lot of United miles when we started our adventures left over from my business travel).  You might have miles that you’ve converted from a credit card to airline miles.  Many of the miles programs allow you to book flights and then cancel and get your miles/points returned.  It’s worth a try – check out any schemes that you belong to and see what works for you!

How to use onwardticket.com

Using onward ticket to provide proof of onward travel is easy. You simply choose the itinerary that you need, pay, download your document. And you’re done! That’s it. Easy.

Is it safe to use onwardticket.com?

Yes. It’s safe and legit to use onwardticket.com – they provide you with a 100% genuine flight reservation for the purposes of proof of onward travel.

How NOT to give proof of onward travel

Of course, this isn’t the only way to provide proof of onward travel, here are some other ways of showing proof of onward travel and why you should not use them.

Don’t forge a ticket for proof of onward travel

It’s pretty easy, scan in a ticket, make a few changes, and tada you get a legit-looking ticket that looks pretty good, especially if you’re just looking at it on your phone.  And you can even find some very dodgy services that will do this for you.

DON’T.  DO. IT.

You might get in.  And to be honest, good luck if you try this method.  If you get caught you’re not just trying to get around the law.  You’re breaking it.  You are in essence lying to the immigration officer who will eventually talk to you.  And while the most likely effect of getting caught with this is that you’ll be denied entry to the country that you’re trying to get into.  You’ll also have problems getting there in the future.  And, you may be fined or face jail time.

There are a host of suggestions above as to how you can provide proof of onward travel without breaking the law.

Why is this different from the other ways in which we’ve suggested you can get proof of onward travel?   Well, it is simple.  You’re not lying.   You’re simply handing over the details they asked for, that you bought from a legitimate source.

Of course, if the immigration officer specifically asks you the question “is this ticket still booked and valid, or have you cancelled it?” – well, that would be a good time, to tell the truth. (and no, we don’t know of anyone, anywhere that that has happened to.  Ever).

Don’t take it out on the check-in staff – and don’t try blagging with them

Don’t say oh it’s on my laptop and the battery is dead if it’s not.  The check-in staff aren’t there to judge you, they’re there to do their job.  If they let you on the plane without proof of onward travel and it’s required.  If you don’t get into the country, there’s a high chance they will lose their job, or at the very least get a severe reprimand.

FAQs on Proof of Onward Travel

Got questions about proof of onward travel? Or want to know more about onward ticket requirements and we haven’t answered your questions?  Check out our frequently asked questions about proof of onward travel requirements below, or ask us yours in the comments.

What does onward travel mean?

Proof of onward travel is documentary evidence that you have an onward travel ticket to leave the country.

What is an onward ticket?

An onward ticket is usually an airline ticket or reservation that will take you out of the country. Proof of onward ticket is required by many countries to ensure that you will be leaving the country and have funds to do so. An Onward Ticket is a flight reservation made by a registered travel agency that comes with a PNR(Passenger Name Record)-Code which is verifiable on major airline’s websites. They make a 100% real reservation in your name on the flight.

Can I get a free onward ticket?

Yes. You get a free onward ticket. Usually, the best way to do this is to make a fully refundable reservation with an airline, print off your reservation, enter the country and then cancel your reservations. Of course, fully refundable reservations tend to be expensive and will tie up your credit card funds for a while. You can buy a legal onward travel ticket here with onward ticket for US$14.

Can I read more onward ticket reviews?

Yes. You can read onward ticket reviews on Trustpilot. You’ll find the onwardticket.com reviews here.

What’s the fastest way to get an onward ticket?

Using onwardticket.com to get proof of onward travel is the fastest way to get an onward ticket.

Is onward ticket legal?

Yes, the company is a legitimate company, and the ticket it provides to you is legal and legitimate. Onward Ticket gives you a legit reservation with a PNR in your name. – if and when the airlines check it, it will come up as a legitimate onward travel ticket.   It’s cancelled after 48 hours.  They even provide a “Buy now, receive later” option.

How does onwardticket.com compare with one way fly?

Onwardticket.com is cheaper and faster than onewayfly. Onward ticket costs US$14 ( buy it here ) One way fly costs US$18.90.

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2 weeks ago, at the airport, going to Brunei I could not even get to the check in counter. There was a man stopping you. 1of the questions, and there were many, was proof of departure from Brunei. I booked a $20 bus ticket out of the country, screenshot it. He did not understand the screenshot, so he had to get someone else, younger who did. Losing $20 doesn’t bother me.

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Cool idea! Much cheaper than a plane ticket.!

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Had 2 problems: First time in 2011. While in LA, I was returning to Costa Rica on US Airways. The airline agent would not accept my open ticket on TransNica bus. I stood firm and after a few minutes with airline management. They decided to let Phoenix personnel handle it (connecting flight). I got to Phoenix and there was No Problem.They were wanting force me to buy an airline ticket. Second time in 2014. I was living in Panama moving back to Costa Rica. I had to make 2 trips. Upon returning to Panama from my first trip the Panama agent ask to see a return air ticket back to the USA (my country of residence). I had a bus ticket back to Costa Rica a few days later. I was instructed to go to an internet cafe across the street and get a ticket. I speak Spanish and I understood that the internet cafe was wanting me to buy a flight internary for $40 which is no a ticket. It seems like the internet cafe would split the money with Panama IMG later. It was a Scam. I went back across the border (it’s an open border) to an Internet Cafe and bought a ticket to Fort Lauderdale. I then returned to Panama IMG and presented my ticket. After about 20 minutes and much discussion because it was a real ticket and not an internary, I got my Visa. Upon getting home, I call the airline and cancelled the ticket.

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This PoOT was definitely more hack proof before the internet! Safe travels!

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Thanks for this—very useful. You might want to add the following to the list of countries requiring this: 1. Panama: They were very strict when I went in 2018 and according the FCO site, I have no reason to believe this has changed. According to a leaflet that was handed out on the cross-border shuttle service, they are satisfied with an air ticket out of any other Central American country besides Panama itself. Not sure if bus tickets to e.g. Costa Rica suffice—may need checking out. 2. Argentina: the FCO site says proof of onward travel MAY be required. This presumably means their immigration service have the right to demand this although on my last visits there (in 2016) no one did this.

Thanks James, updates made and much appreciated!

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Nairobi, Kenya, Africa requires onward travel. I’m from the US.

Thanks Karen, I’ll update the post, lots of things have changed in recent times!

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Proof of Onward Travel

When you are heading to a new country, the boarding airline usually asks for proof of onward travel. At the arriving airport, the immigration officers also ask for a return or onward ticket.

If you are unsure of where you will be heading next, booking a return or onward ticket can be difficult. Especially if you are a digital nomad or traveling long term, it’s difficult to know your next destination several weeks in advance.

The airline’s staff at the check-in insist on showing a return or onward flight ticket. You will be denied boarding if you are not in possession of an onward or return flight ticket. But, how can you get a return or onward ticket if you are not sure where you will be heading next?

Reasons why you need proof of onward travel

Let’s understand why you would need a return or onward ticket. You would need a return or onward ticket for 2 reasons –

Reason 1: Airlines, especially, budget airlines have to make sure that you will not overstay in the destination country. If you overstay, you will, of course, be fined. But the airline that allowed you to enter will also be fined. These fines on the airlines are hefty and can sometimes cause airline employees to lose their jobs. Therefore, airlines make sure that you have proper proof that you will leave the country at the end of your stay.

Reason 2: Immigration officers at the border control have to make sure that you would leave the country at the end of your stay. Therefore, they ask you to show a return or onward ticket. They usually do not accept a bus, train or boat ticket as proof of onward travel. They only accept a flight ticket as proof of onward travel as flight tickets are verifiable.

Let’s look at various ways to get proof of onward travel for your next trip.

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01. Book a flight ticket with 24-hour FREE cancellation from online booking websites

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A few online booking websites offer FREE cancellation on flight tickets within 24 hours of booking. Book a flight ticket from any of these booking websites right before heading to the airport. Take a print of the booking or simply show it on your phone. After you arrive in your destination country and pass through immigration, you can simply cancel the booking to get a full refund. This is the best and foolproof way to get proof of your onward travel.

Below are some of the booking websites that offer FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking.

  • Expedia | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • Orbitz | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • Travelocity | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • Priceline | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking

RELATED: How to book flight tickets with 24-hour FREE cancellation on Expedia – A step-by-step guide

02. Book a flight ticket with 24-hour FREE cancellation from airline websites

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A few airlines also offer FREE cancellation on flight tickets within 24 hours of booking. You can book a flight ticket on these airline websites just before heading to the airport. If asked to show a return ticket by the airline or immigration, just show your booking on your phone. Cancel the booking once you arrive and complete the immigration.

Below are some of the airline websites that offer FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking.

  • United Airlines | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • Delta Airways | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • KLM | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • Alaska Airlines | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • British Airways | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • Ana Airlines Japan | FREE cancellation applicable on the US site only
  • WestJet | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • AeroMexico | FREE cancellation within 24 hours of booking
  • KoreanAir | FREE cancellation applicable only at least 1 week prior to departure
  • Hawaiian Airlines | FREE cancellation applicable only at least 1 week prior to departure
  • Finnair | FREE cancellation applicable on the US site only, 1 week prior to departure
  • Caribbean Airlines | FREE cancellation applicable only at least 1 week prior to departure

03. Rent an onward flight ticket from online travel agents

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The above two options require you to pay for the flight ticket upfront. Though you will get a full refund, you have to pay for the ticket first from your own pocket.

If you are strapped for cash or you don’t want to pay the full price of the ticket upfront, you can use an online travel agent. These online travel agents will pay for the ticket on your behalf and get you a flight ticket. They will cancel the ticket within 24/48 hours on your behalf. But, they will charge a fee for this service.

Below are some of the online travel agents and their fees.

Recommended agents

  • OnwardTicket | Price $16 USD | Ticket valid for 48 hours | Instant booking | 5% discount with code VT5
  • BestOnwardTicket | Price $12 USD | Ticket valid for 48 hour

04. Book a cheap throwaway flight ticket from budget airlines

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If there are any budget airlines that fly out of the country, you may be able to get a throwaway ticket at an extremely cheap price. A ticket for about $15-$30 is not a big deal. You would spend that much even if you use an online travel agent.

A few budget airlines offer extremely cheap tickets.

  • AirAsia | Cheap flights in South East Asia
  • Scoot | Cheap flights in South East Asia

05. Get a fake airline ticket

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This is an extremely risky option. So, use this option only at your own risk.

There are a few online fake airline ticket generators. These tools generate a fake flight ticket that looks like an actual booking. These bookings are not real and cannot be verified.

Below are some of the fake airline ticket generators

  • FakeFlightTickets | Price $5 USD | Downloadable fake airline ticket *
  • KeyFlight | Free service | Downloadable fake airline ticket *

* IMPORTANT The use of fake airline tickets is illegal and against the law. If caught, you may be fined, prosecuted or jailed. So please use fake tickets at your own risk.

There you have it. 5 ways to get proof of onward travel for your next trip. If you are not sure how long you will stay in a country or where you will be heading next, these 5 options will help you get a return or onward ticket without much hassle.

Have you ever been asked to show proof of onward travel? Let me know your experience in the comments below.

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The Onward Ticket Dilemma

What’s an onward ticket and why do I need it for my around the world trip? In addition to a passport and any necessary visas, most countries in the world have a protocol in place that requires you to provide proof that you’ll actually be leaving their country (an onward ticket) in order for you to enter. “Onward ticket” doesn’t mean you need a ticket home or out of that country specifically, but that you should have documentation that your travel will be continuing outside the country at a later date . For example, if you want to enter Thailand, your proof of onward travel could be an air ticket 3 months later out of Singapore or Vietnam, if you plan to travel overland. This will work most of time but you should always double check with the consulate of the countries you’re planning on visiting to get their specific official requirements for entry beyond having a passport and a visa if required. It’s not a bad idea to have proof of your plans to travel onwards in train, car, or bus (transit tickets, reservations for lodging and car rentals, etc), just in case . Onward ticket protocols may sometimes go unenforced, but you really should be prepared to show paperwork. Agents can deny you boarding on your flight if you don’t have proof of onward travel, or worse, when you do arrive you can be denied entry into the country , forcing you to go back to your point of departure at your own expense. Governments use this process mostly to reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants coming into a country for work, especially from bordering or nearby countries, not to discourage long-term tourists . Which doesn’t mean that tourists haven’t been affected by the rule. A few countries that absolutely require documented proof of onward travel are Peru , New Zealand,  United Kingdom, United States, Philippines , Indonesia, and Brazil . It’s possible to avoid some hassles by dressing presentably (think business casual, neat and tidy) when flying and being polite to passport control. Also, be sure your plans (as told to customs agents) match up with other people traveling in your party regardless of what you actually intend to do at your destination.

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When planning a trip, there are many things to consider, and one important aspect is proof of onward travel. Many countries require visitors to provide proof of a return or onward flight before they are allowed entry. This is to ensure that visitors do not overstay their visas and have a valid plan to leave the country.

While it may seem like an unnecessary hassle, having proof of onward travel is essential to avoid any complications or potential denial of entry at immigration checkpoints. Fortunately, there are several ways to obtain proof of onward travel, including both paid and free options.

In this article, we will explore different methods to acquire proof of onward travel and also discuss some free alternatives that can help you meet the requirements without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a frequent traveler or embarking on your first adventure, having a clear understanding of how to obtain proof of onward travel will make your journey smoother and stress-free.

By learning the options available, you can choose the method that best suits your needs and budget. So, let’s dive into the world of proof of onward travel and discover how to fulfill this requirement efficiently and conveniently.

Why Proof of Onward Travel is Required

Proof of onward travel is a requirement imposed by many countries as a part of their immigration policy. It serves as a way for the authorities to ensure that visitors have a valid reason to enter the country and intend to leave before their visa or entry period expires.

There are several reasons why countries implement this requirement:

  • Border control: Proof of onward travel acts as a measure to prevent illegal immigration and overstaying. It allows immigration officers to verify that visitors have a clear plan to exit the country.
  • Public funds: Countries want to avoid visitors becoming a burden on their public welfare system. Therefore, by having proof of onward travel, authorities can ensure that visitors have financial means to support their stay or have a plan to leave before their funds deplete.
  • Security concerns: Some countries use proof of onward travel as a security measure to filter out potential risks or individuals who may have malicious intentions.
  • Reciprocity: Certain countries require proof of onward travel as a reciprocal measure. If the visitor’s home country imposes similar requirements on their citizens, then they expect the same when travelers from that country visit theirs.

It’s important to note that requirements for proof of onward travel can vary from country to country. Some may request it during the visa application process, while others may ask for it upon arrival. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in denied entry, fines, or even deportation.

It’s always recommended to research the immigration requirements of the country you plan to visit to ensure you have the necessary documentation, including proof of onward travel. Now that we understand why this proof is required, let’s explore some of the ways you can obtain it.

Ways to Get Proof of Onward Travel

There are several methods available to obtain proof of onward travel. Each option offers its own advantages and considerations, so it’s essential to choose the one that suits your needs and circumstances. Here are some common ways to acquire proof of onward travel:

  • Booking a Fully Refundable Flight: One option is to book a fully refundable flight ticket that allows you to cancel and get a refund if needed. This provides you with a legitimate flight itinerary that you can present as proof of onward travel. However, keep in mind that refundable tickets can be more expensive upfront, and the refund process may take some time.
  • Renting a Ticket: Various online platforms offer ticket rental services where you can borrow a flight ticket for a specific length of time. While this option may seem convenient, be cautious as some countries are aware of this practice and may reject rented tickets as valid proof.
  • Using Fly Onward Services: Fly onward services provide temporary flight tickets for a small fee that can be used as proof of onward travel. These services issue a legitimate booking that can be verified electronically by immigration officers. However, it’s important to research and choose a reputable fly onward service to ensure the validity and acceptance of the ticket.
  • Booking a Bus or Train Ticket: In some cases, a bus or train ticket out of the country may also be accepted as proof of onward travel. This option is more suitable for countries with land borders or those with well-connected transportation systems.
  • Purchasing a Flexible Flight Ticket: Some airlines offer flexible flight tickets that allow you to make changes to your travel dates or even cancel without penalties. This type of ticket provides you with the flexibility to adjust your travel plans if needed and serves as valid proof of onward travel.
  • Obtaining a Travel Itinerary from a Travel Agency: If you prefer to book your flights through a travel agency, you can request a travel itinerary that includes your onward travel details. This can serve as proof of your confirmed travel plans.
  • Using a Third-Party Service to Generate a Proof of Onward Travel: Some websites or apps offer services where you can generate a proof of onward travel document. These documents typically include an itinerary, reservation details, and other necessary information. However, it’s crucial to ensure that the service you use is reliable and accepted by immigration authorities.

Remember to consider factors such as cost, reliability, and acceptance when choosing the method to obtain proof of onward travel. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case your chosen method is not accepted or encounters any issues.

Now that we’ve explored the paid options, let’s take a look at some free alternatives for obtaining proof of onward travel.

Booking a Fully Refundable Flight

Booking a fully refundable flight ticket is a reliable method to obtain proof of onward travel. This option allows you to book a flight and later cancel it, receiving a full refund of the ticket cost. It provides you with a legitimate booking confirmation that you can present as proof of your intention to leave the country.

When considering this option, keep the following points in mind:

  • Higher upfront cost: Fully refundable flight tickets can be more expensive compared to non-refundable tickets. You will need to pay a higher price initially to secure the booking.
  • Refund process: The refund process for fully refundable tickets may take some time. Make sure to read the terms and conditions of the ticket carefully to understand the cancellation policies and any applicable fees.
  • Time constraints: Some fully refundable tickets may have specific time constraints for cancellation. Ensure that you are aware of the cancellation deadline and make the necessary arrangements within that timeframe.

When booking a fully refundable flight, it’s crucial to consider the refundable nature of the ticket to avoid any financial loss. Keep track of the refund process and ensure that the refund is processed correctly.

Additionally, it’s important to note that immigration officers may verify the validity and status of your flight booking. Ensure that your reservation details are easily accessible and available for verification if required.

Booking a fully refundable flight provides you with a convenient and legitimate way to meet the proof of onward travel requirement. However, it may not be the most cost-effective option, especially for long-term travelers or those on a tight budget. In such cases, it’s worth exploring other alternatives that offer similar benefits at a lower cost.

Renting a Ticket

If you’re looking for a temporary and cost-effective solution for obtaining proof of onward travel, renting a ticket can be an option to consider. There are various online platforms that offer ticket rental services, allowing you to borrow a flight ticket for a specific duration.

Here’s how renting a ticket works:

1. Search for a reputable ticket rental platform: There are several online platforms that specialize in ticket rental services. Look for platforms that have positive reviews and a track record of providing reliable services.

2. Choose your rental duration: Determine the length of time you need the ticket for and select the rental duration accordingly. Keep in mind the specific requirements of the country you’re traveling to, as some may have strict time restrictions on onward travel proof.

3. Provide necessary details: Most ticket rental platforms will require you to provide your travel details, such as your destination, travel dates, and personal information. Make sure to provide accurate information to ensure a smooth rental process.

4. Pay the rental fee: Once you’ve provided the necessary details, you will typically need to pay a rental fee. The cost will vary depending on the platform and the rental duration you choose. Rental fees are generally lower compared to purchasing a fully refundable ticket.

5. Receive your rental ticket: After successfully completing the rental process, you will receive the ticket details via email or through the platform’s website. The ticket will typically be in your name, with the specified travel dates and destination.

It’s important to note that while renting a ticket can be a convenient option, some countries and immigration officers are aware of this practice. As a result, they may reject rented tickets as valid proof of onward travel. It’s a good idea to research the specific requirements and regulations of the country you’re visiting to ensure the acceptance of rented tickets.

Additionally, keep in mind that ticket rental platforms have their own terms and conditions. Make sure to read and understand these terms before proceeding with the rental. Factors such as cancellations, refunds, and customer support should be considered when choosing a ticket rental platform.

Renting a ticket can be a cost-effective way to meet the proof of onward travel requirement, especially for short-term travelers. However, it’s essential to weigh the potential risks and the acceptance of rented tickets before opting for this option. In the next section, we will explore another alternative for obtaining proof of onward travel: using fly onward services.

Using Fly Onward Services

If you’re looking for a hassle-free and reliable way to obtain proof of onward travel, using fly onward services can be a convenient option. Fly onward services provide temporary flight tickets that can be used as proof of onward travel during your stay in a foreign country.

Here’s how using fly onward services works:

1. Research and choose a reputable fly onward service provider: Look for well-established and trustworthy fly onward service providers. Read reviews and check their credibility to ensure they offer legitimate booking services.

2. Select the appropriate ticket option: Fly onward service providers typically offer different ticket options, ranging from economy class to business class. Choose the ticket option that best fits your travel needs and budget.

3. Provide your travel details: Provide the necessary information, such as your destination, travel dates, and personal details, to the fly onward service provider. Make sure to provide accurate information as it will be reflected on the temporary flight ticket.

4. Pay the service fee: Fly onward services usually charge a small fee for providing the temporary flight ticket. The fee can vary depending on the provider and the ticket option you choose. The cost is typically lower compared to booking a fully refundable ticket.

5. Receive the temporary flight ticket: Once you’ve completed the payment process, you will receive the temporary flight ticket via email. The ticket will include all the necessary details, such as the airline, flight number, and travel dates.

One of the advantages of using fly onward services is that the tickets generated are legitimate and can be electronically verified by immigration officers. This adds to the credibility of the proof of onward travel you provide.

However, it’s essential to note that not all countries accept fly onward service tickets as valid proof of onward travel. Some immigration officers may be aware of these services and may still require traditional flight bookings or have additional documentation requirements. Research the specific requirements and regulations of the country you’re visiting to ensure the acceptance of fly onward service tickets.

Using fly onward services is a convenient option to fulfill the proof of onward travel requirement, particularly for travelers who prefer a temporary and cost-effective solution. In the next section, we will explore another option for obtaining proof of onward travel: booking a bus or train ticket.

Booking a Bus or Train Ticket

Booking a bus or train ticket can be an alternative solution for obtaining proof of onward travel, especially for countries that have well-connected and reliable transportation systems. While most countries typically require proof of onward travel by air, some may accept bus or train tickets as a valid form of proof.

Here’s how you can use this option:

1. Research bus or train options: Look for reputable bus or train companies that operate in the country you’re visiting. Determine the available routes and schedules that align with your travel plans.

2. Choose your ticket: Select the appropriate bus or train ticket based on your preferred route and travel date. Ensure that the ticket covers the necessary distance to satisfy the onward travel requirement.

3. Make the booking: Use the official website or a trusted ticket booking platform to make your reservation. Provide your travel details, including your name, travel date, and departure/arrival locations.

4. Obtain the ticket confirmation: After completing the booking process, you will receive a ticket confirmation either via email or in the form of an electronic ticket. This confirmation can serve as proof of onward travel during your trip.

When using this option, it’s essential to ensure that the bus or train ticket is in compliance with the entry requirements of the country you’re visiting. Some countries may require specific types of transportation or have additional documentation requirements.

Additionally, keep in mind that bus and train tickets can have limitations in terms of cancellations and changes. Understand the terms and conditions of your ticket, including any refund policies, in case you need to adjust your travel plans.

Booking a bus or train ticket not only provides you with proof of onward travel but also allows you to experience the local transportation system and explore different parts of the country in a unique way. However, it’s crucial to check the acceptance of bus and train tickets as proof of onward travel for the specific destination you plan to visit.

In the next section, we will explore another option for obtaining proof of onward travel: purchasing a flexible flight ticket.

Purchasing a Flexible Flight Ticket

If you’re seeking flexibility and convenience while meeting the proof of onward travel requirement, purchasing a flexible flight ticket can be a suitable option. Flexible flight tickets allow you to make changes to your travel plans or even cancel your booking without incurring significant penalties.

Here’s what you need to know about purchasing a flexible flight ticket:

1. Look for airlines offering flexible ticket options: Some airlines offer flexible fare options that allow you to modify your travel dates or even cancel your flight without hefty fees. These ticket types often come with additional benefits such as free baggage allowance or priority boarding.

2. Understand the terms and conditions: Read the terms and conditions of the flexible ticket carefully. Pay attention to the specific policies regarding changes, cancellations, and refund procedures. Some flexible ticket options may have certain restrictions or be subject to certain conditions.

3. Select the appropriate ticket for your needs: Choose the flexible ticket option that aligns with your travel plans and budget. Consider factors such as the validity period, the number of allowed changes, and any associated fees.

4. Make the booking: Once you’ve selected your flexible flight ticket, proceed with the booking process. Provide your personal details, travel dates, and other necessary information as required.

5. Keep track of your booking and make changes if needed: Maintain a record of your flexible ticket booking details. If your travel plans change or you need to adjust your onward travel dates, contact the airline’s customer service or use their online portal to make the necessary modifications.

Flexible flight tickets offer the advantage of adapting to unforeseen circumstances or changing travel itineraries without incurring significant costs. They provide peace of mind in terms of meeting the proof of onward travel requirement, as you have the flexibility to make adjustments to your travel plans if needed.

However, it’s important to note that not all airlines offer flexible ticket options, and the availability may vary depending on the specific route and fare class. Additionally, flexible tickets tend to be slightly more expensive than standard non-flexible tickets.

Before purchasing a flexible flight ticket, consider your travel needs, budget, and the specific requirements of the country you’re visiting. It’s always recommended to research and compare different airline options to find the most suitable and cost-effective flexible ticket for your travel plans.

In the next section, we will explore an alternative option for obtaining proof of onward travel: obtaining a travel itinerary from a travel agency.

Obtaining a Travel Itinerary from a Travel Agency

If you prefer to rely on professionals to handle your travel arrangements, obtaining a travel itinerary from a travel agency can be a convenient way to secure proof of onward travel. Travel agencies have expertise in creating comprehensive itineraries that include all the necessary details for your trip.

Here’s how you can obtain a travel itinerary from a travel agency:

1. Find a reputable travel agency: Research and choose a reliable travel agency with experience in creating itineraries for the specific destination you plan to visit. Look for agencies with positive reviews and a good track record of customer satisfaction.

2. Provide your travel details: Share your travel dates, destinations, and any specific preferences or requirements with the travel agency. This will enable them to create a tailored itinerary that includes your onward travel plans.

3. Collaborate with the travel agent: Work closely with the travel agent to ensure that your itinerary includes all the necessary information. This can include flight details, hotel reservations, transportation arrangements, and any additional activities or excursions you plan to undertake during your trip.

4. Receive your travel itinerary: Once the travel agency has completed the itinerary creation process, you will receive a detailed document outlining your travel plans. This itinerary can be used as proof of onward travel, as it demonstrates your intended travel schedule and commitment to abide by immigration requirements.

Obtaining a travel itinerary from a travel agency offers the benefit of professional expertise and personalized service. Travel agents can provide valuable insights, recommendations, and assistance to ensure a smooth and well-organized travel experience.

It’s important to note that some travel agencies may charge a fee for creating a travel itinerary. The cost will depend on the complexity of your travel plans and the level of service provided by the agency.

Before selecting a travel agency, conduct thorough research, check their credentials, and discuss the fees and services they offer. Communication is key, so clearly convey your needs and expectations to the travel agent to ensure that the created itinerary fulfills the proof of onward travel requirement.

Obtaining a travel itinerary from a travel agency can be a convenient option, particularly for travelers who prefer to leave the planning and organization in the hands of professionals. However, keep in mind that the acceptance of a travel agency itinerary may vary depending on the immigration policies of the destination country. It’s advisable to research and confirm the specific requirements of the country you plan to visit.

Now, let’s explore another option for obtaining proof of onward travel: using a third-party service to generate a proof of onward travel document.

Using a Third-Party Service to Generate a Proof of Onward Travel

If you’re looking for a quick and convenient method to obtain proof of onward travel, using a third-party service to generate a proof of onward travel document can be a viable option. These services provide you with a tailored itinerary or booking confirmation that meets the requirements of immigration authorities.

Here’s how you can use a third-party service to generate a proof of onward travel document:

1. Research reliable service providers: Look for reputable third-party service providers that offer customized proof of onward travel documents. Read reviews and check for customer satisfaction to ensure the credibility of the service provider.

2. Provide your travel details: Share your travel information, such as your destination, travel dates, and personal details, with the service provider. This ensures that the generated proof of onward travel document accurately reflects your travel plans.

3. Pay the service fee: The third-party service provider will typically charge a fee for generating the proof of onward travel document. The cost may vary depending on the provider and the level of customization required for your specific travel needs.

4. Receive your proof of onward travel document: Once you’ve completed the payment process, the service provider will generate and provide you with the proof of onward travel document. This document will typically include an itinerary, reservation details, and any other necessary information that meets the requirements for proof of onward travel.

It’s important to note that while using a third-party service can provide convenience, there are a few factors to consider:

  • Reliability: Ensure that the third-party service provider you choose is trustworthy and accepted by immigration authorities. Research their reputation and inquire about their acceptance rate before proceeding.
  • Validity: Confirm that the proof of onward travel document generated by the service provider meets the requirements of the country you plan to visit. Different countries may have specific document formats or criteria for accepting proof of onward travel.
  • Customer support: Assess the customer support provided by the service provider in case you encounter any issues or require assistance during the process.

Using a third-party service to generate a proof of onward travel document can be a convenient option for travelers who prefer a quick and hassle-free solution. However, it’s essential to ensure the credibility and acceptance of the document to avoid any complications during immigration checks.

Before utilizing a third-party service, research various providers, compare their offerings, and read customer reviews to make an informed decision. Confirm that the generated proof of onward travel document meets the requirements set by both immigration authorities and your specific destination country.

Now that we have explored various paid options for obtaining proof of onward travel, let’s dive into the realm of free alternatives that can help you fulfill the onward travel requirement without incurring additional costs.

Free Onward Travel Options

If you’re looking to meet the proof of onward travel requirement without spending additional money, there are some free alternatives available. While these options may have limitations, they can still serve as valid proof of onward travel for immigration purposes. Here are a few free onward travel options to consider:

  • Flexible flight bookings: Instead of purchasing a fully refundable ticket, you can search for airlines that offer flexible flight bookings. These allow you to hold a flight reservation without immediate payment, typically for a specified timeframe. This reservation can act as proof of onward travel, and you can finalize the booking closer to your travel dates.
  • Travel itineraries: Create a comprehensive travel itinerary that includes your planned destinations, accommodations, and transportation details. Compile all the necessary information and present it as proof of your onward travel plans. Websites and apps like TripIt and Google Trips can help you organize your itinerary easily.
  • Booking confirmation from accommodations: If you have already made hotel or accommodation reservations for your trip, the booking confirmation can be used as proof of onward travel. Ensure the confirmation includes your name, the property details, and the duration of your stay.
  • Proof of return transportation: If you have a return flight or transportation ticket back to your home country, this can serve as proof of onward travel. Present the confirmation or e-ticket showing your departure date as evidence that you have a plan to leave the country before your visa or entry period expires.
  • Proof of onward travel to a neighboring country: Some countries may accept proof of onward travel to a neighboring country as an alternative. If you have a bus, train, or flight ticket to a nearby destination, provide this as evidence of your intention to leave the country within the required timeframe.

While these free options can help you satisfy the proof of onward travel requirement, it’s important to note that acceptance may vary depending on the country you’re visiting. Always research and familiarize yourself with the immigration policies and requirements of your destination to ensure that the provided documents or itineraries will be accepted.

It’s worth noting that even though some of these options are free, they may require more effort and planning on your part compared to paid alternatives. Take the time to gather all the necessary documents and ensure they meet the requirements of immigration authorities.

By utilizing these free onward travel options, you can fulfill the proof of onward travel requirement without incurring additional expenses, giving you peace of mind during your travels.

Now, let’s summarize what we’ve discussed in this article.

Proof of onward travel is a crucial requirement for many countries to ensure visitors have a valid plan to leave before their visa or entry period expires. In this article, we explored various ways to obtain proof of onward travel, from booking fully refundable flights to using fly onward services and renting tickets.

We also discussed how you can secure proof of onward travel by booking bus or train tickets, purchasing flexible flight tickets, obtaining travel itineraries from travel agencies, and using third-party services to generate proof of onward travel documents. Each option has its own advantages, considerations, and costs.

Furthermore, we explored free alternatives for obtaining proof of onward travel, such as flexible flight bookings, travel itineraries, booking confirmations from accommodations, and proof of return transportation or onward travel to neighboring countries.

It’s crucial to research and understand the specific requirements and regulations of the country you plan to visit. Immigration policies can vary, and not all options may be accepted universally. By preparing and presenting valid documentation as proof of onward travel, you can ensure a smooth entry process and avoid any complications at immigration checkpoints.

Whether you choose a paid option or utilize one of the free alternatives, having proof of onward travel is essential for a stress-free travel experience. Consider the costs, reliability, flexibility, and acceptance of each method before deciding which option is best for your travel plans.

Remember to keep track of your travel documents, stay informed about any changes or updates in immigration policies, and ensure that the information you present aligns with your travel itinerary.

By taking these factors into consideration, you can confidently meet the proof of onward travel requirement and focus on enjoying your trip to the fullest.

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What Countries Require Proof of Onward Travel

If you’re traveling to another country, you’re likely going to be asked for proof of onward travel. 

This usually takes place at the airport but, on some occasions, can happen when crossing land borders.

As for what countries require proof of onward travel, there are quite a few. 

A good number of Southeast Asian nations usually make this request, perhaps because of the many foreigners doing their regular visa runs.

Some countries will absolutely not let you get away with not having documented proof of onward travel. 

Thus, it helps to be aware in case you’re fairly new to globetrotting or happen to be traveling to any of the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • The United States of America
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia ( Sailing to Komodo National Park )

If you’re not too familiar with proof of onward travel or, for some reason, have never been asked to provide such verification, then it’s time for a bit of education. 

It’s important to engage in the right travel practices since this helps ensure that you encounter as few problems as possible on the road.

What You Need to Know About Proof of Onward Travel

In a nutshell, proof of onward travel is documented evidence supporting your departure from the destination country. 

It could take the form of a return ticket or another ticket to your home state or the next country you plan to head to.

If you’re crossing a land border, then you’ll be asked to provide a train of bus ticket back home. 

In some places, however, people in charge of going over the documents will specifically ask for a flight ticket.

Purpose of Proof of Onward Travel

Why do some countries require foreign travelers to present an onward ticket before granting them entry? 

There are probably several reasons, but, for the most part, these countries just want to make sure that:

  • You have the money to travel back to your home country or another country.
  • You intend to leave before the expiration of your visa.
  • You don’t plan to stay in the country illegally.

Thinking about it, you’re probably realizing how proof of onward travel is not exactly the best way to ensure that the scenarios above take place.

At the end of the day, you need to abide by the travel rules and policies set by the destination country, regardless of what you think of them. 

It’s just like making sure you engage in the proper  safety practices when traveling abroad —you really have no choice in the matter if you want to have good travel experience.

Getting Proof of Onward Travel

Imagine being asked to provide proof of onward travel when you’ve just landed in a country that you didn’t know was very strict about this documentation. 

Yes, you never planned to stay in the country illegally, but the airport staff doesn’t know that. 

What do you do now?

Countries like Thailand , for instance, will absolutely require an onward ticket. 

If you happen to be traveling to this country or other countries as uncompromising when it comes to onward travel documents, you’ll want to find a way out immediately.

The internet is usually our go-to when it comes to problem-solving. 

While it may not be the most reliable way for travelers to access information, it is the fastest.

Plus, when you know where to look and how to verify information, then the pros of going online definitely outweigh the cons. 

Besides, we find it hard to believe that you’re doing a bad job with research—you’re here now, aren’t you?

So, moving on, what options do you have?

Be Brave and Trust That Nothing’s Going to Go Wrong

There’s just the slightest chance that you might not be asked for proof of onward travel. 

Despite this, you still need to be prepared in case airport officials end up asking you for it anyway.

The Problem

Being a seasoned traveler and all that, you probably know better than most that life is full of uncertainties: the weather could be off, a tour could get delayed, or traffic could be bad. 

Sometimes the day could seem perfect until the airport staff asks you to present an onward travel document that you don’t have.

You could find yourself in a situation that leaves you with no choice, other than the options below than to get an onward ticket. 

Plus, if time isn’t on your side, you might still end up missing your flight. 

Not to worry, though, since there are still other simpler and lower-risk alternatives to choose from.

Put Your Photoshop Skills to Work

What does Photoshop have to do with this? 

Well, since you’re pressed for time and really want to make it to your flight, try editing an old email confirmation sent by another airline.

If you decide to go for this option, make sure the important details, such as the departure time and flight number, actually exist; otherwise, you could get into some trouble.

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You can also start booking flights with other travel agencies and then take a screencap of the check-out page. 

Then, put those creative cropping skills to work so you’ll have a legit-looking document on your phone to present at the gate.

This option can work for you or it won’t. After all, when it comes to ethics, there are lines we just don’t want to cross. 

If this is something you just can’t bear to do, then don’t do it. 

We’re sure you’ll find at least one or two of the other options on this list acceptable.

If you do decide to take this route, you need to be aware of the risks involved. 

While details of your onward flight are unlikely to be verified at the gate, it still puts you in a position where you’re vulnerable to accusations of purposely committing forgery on official documents. 

This choice leaves you with little to no options to defend yourself and completely at the mercy of airport officials. 

Purchase a Ticket With a Flexible Date

If you forgot to look into what countries require proof of onward travel and ended up booking a one-way ticket to one, then fret not as there’s an effective way to skirt around this problem. 

What you want to do is purchase a flexible date ticket to navigate the bumps and potholes of onward travel policies efficiently.

The problem with these tickets, though, is that they can cause a hefty sum, which is considerably higher than your regular flight ticket.

So yes, it’s expensive.

Plus, if you check out some of the local airlines offering seats at 50 percent off, then the more you’re going to be on the fence about this pricey alternative. 

Ultimately, you’re going to be left to answer this question: Is it worth it?

Get a Cheap Throwaway Ticket

To be clear, this option isn’t exactly cheap. 

Yes, you’re required to purchase the cheapest airline tickets available, but it’s still going to cost a considerable amount of money.

The great thing about this, though, is that it does allow you to beat the system effectively. 

The most policy-abiding airline staff will tell you the same thing.

The Drawback

In some scenarios, you can get away with purchasing bus or train tickets to other countries, although it seems that this approach is a lot less foolproof. 

In any case, this strategy will require you to well, throw away cash.

Expensive? Yes. Effective? Also, yes.

Hold on to Your Flight Ticket for an Entire Day

Airline companies in the USA, as well as a good number of travel agencies, are required to provide a 24-hour ticket “hold” period for their customers. 

This method allows you to reserve a ticket for a certain price for an entire day. 

The will then sent an email confirmation, which you can show to an airport official when asked for proof of onward travel.

If nothing goes wrong, then this should be a really great method for navigating around those onward travel regulations. 

In some cases, though, flight reservations will be questioned. 

Luck probably has a lot to do with this, but it’s difficult to say. 

For the most part, you should find your way around onward travel woes relatively unscathed when you use this strategy.

If it still doesn’t work, then perhaps you can rely on the next option. 

What’s awesome about our next choice is that it helps give you peace of mind, which is necessary for  healthy traveling .

Rent an Onward Ticket

Ticket rentals are a thing, and they are great for beating the age-old system of onward ticket documentation.

Before, providers only offered the “holding tickets for 24 hours” service, but then gradually started improving on their service, delivering more sophisticated options for frequent flyers for a relatively small fee.  

This is a highly recommended option because it now means you’ll appear on the airport systems, which is such a great thing for your peace of mind.

Proof of Onward Travel

There’s no questioning the inconvenience of being asked to provide an onward travel document. 

However, as the globetrotting individual that you are, this is something you have to accept and deal with properly.

Being informed and having a plan can go a long way to keeping you from getting stuck at the airport and not being granted entry to your flight. 

If you’re traveling to countries in Southeast Asia, like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand, or places in South America, like Peru, Brazil, and Costa Rica, you need to prepare for their more stringent onward travel policies. 

The same expectations should hold for destinations like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States of America.

There are a few simple options that could work for you, with some of the best and most effective being renting an onward ticket for a small fee or holding your flight ticket for 24 hours.

Last Piece of Advice

You must also prepare yourself for airport officials who could be feeling particularly overzealous that day and won’t stop asking questions.

If they ask why you’re only holding and not purchasing the ticket, tell them you forgot or are waiting to see if the price changes. 

You shouldn’t find it too difficult to make up an excuse. Do Babies Need a Passport to Travel

Whatever method you decide on, you should never hesitate to flash a smile or show some friendliness to the airport staff. 

If this is how you truly are as a person, then you’ll likely be on the receiving end of way fewer questions and, if you’re really lucky, a free seating upgrade.

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