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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.

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog https://charmainenyw.com

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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The Ultimate Guide To Proof Of Onward Travel

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 »

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Thanks so much for this great article!

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

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

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How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel: 9 Options

By: Author Zachary Friedman

Posted on Last updated: June 14, 2024

Categories Travel Tips , Visas and Borders

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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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Zachary Friedman

Zachary Friedman is an accomplished travel writer and professional blogger. Since 2011, he has traveled to 66 countries and 6 continents. He founded ‘Where The Road Forks’ in 2017 to provide readers with information and insights based on his travel and outdoor recreation experience and expertise. Zachary is also an avid cyclist and hiker. Living as a digital nomad, Zachary balances his professional life with his passions for hiking, camping, cycling, and worldwide exploration. For a deeper dive into his journey and background, visit the About page. For inquiries and collaborations, please reach out through the Contact page. You can also follow him on Facebook.

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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.

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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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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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The Ultimate Guide to Proof of Onward Travel Flights

Digital Nomad Tips / August 13, 2018 by Pia Newman

Booking flights is a necessary part of any digital nomad’s travel shenanigans (and the bane of our existence). But depending on your destination, sooner or later you may be faced with this admonition by your airline of choice: “Proof of onward travel required.”

Wait – what?

Which self-respecting digital nomad knows exactly when and where they plan to fly to next, every time they enter a new country?

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We buy one-way tickets exactly because we more often than not don’t know our next destination or don’t want to commit to one just yet. The only thing we do know is that more often than not we don’t want to go back to the place we just came from, so a return-ticket is out from the get-go.

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So what’s up with this proof of onward travel? Is it really that important? And how can you get around it without paying oodles of money for a ticket you don’t intend to use?

No worries, there are ways… 

…and we know them all.

What is Proof of Onward Travel?

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page: 

“Proof of onward travel is evidence that you’ve left the country at the end of your visa term.

Basically it’s to make sure that you:

  • have enough money to leave the country,
  • don’t intend to stay illegally, and
  • intend to leave before your visa expires.

Sometimes, this evidence comes in the form of a visa requirement. However, a country will often pass this responsibility on to the airlines. This means you’ll need that evidence at the check-in counter or the airline won’t let you board your flight.

The airlines are strict about this, and with good reason from their point of view. If they don’t check and let you on the flight with a one-way ticket, they will be responsible for the cost of both the fines and of flying you back when immigration officials refuse to let you in.

They may let you on the flight if you buy a return ticket from them right then and there – but don’t expect that to be a cheap deal, especially for a ticket you never intend to use.

Countries that have this stipulation include (but are not limited to) Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and most Central American countries.

Here are the ways you can prove your onward travel plans to any airline or immigration officer.

1. Book a fully Refundable Flight Ticket

If you can afford to wait for your refund, then buying a fully refundable one-way ticket within your visa term is a viable option. You will have to buy this ticket before you leave for your destination to be able to show it at the check-in.

You can cancel this flight upon entering the country and simply have to wait to get your money back. Just be aware that this can sometimes take months.

Also,  be sure to read the fine print . Some airlines charge cancellation fees or only give you flight vouchers instead of your actual money back.  

2. Reserve a Ticket for 24 hours  (US Only)

In the US, airline companies are required by law to provide full refunds on bookings within 24 hours. This gives you the option of buying a ticket with a US-airline at random right before your flight out, show it as proof of onward travel and get all your money back.

All you have to make sure of is to cancel the flight before the 24 hours are over.

As with the refundable ticket, read the fine print before you book! In theory, all US airlines should honor this refund period, but there has been talk about American Airlines phasing this option out. So just in case, do your research before you get stuck with an expensive flight you’re never going to take.

3. Book & Cancel with Miles or Points

If you’ve accumulated a ton of miles or points on your reward credit card, this option is kind of a no-brainer. Use those points to book a one-way flight and cancel it later. Most of the time, those points or miles are refunded immediately.

4. Book the cheapest ticket you can  find – It needn’t be a plane ticket!

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Since you’re not going to take this flight, it doesn’t matter where and at what time it goes (as long as it’s before your visa expires), so you can just book the cheapest possible flight out of the country.

With an extreme budget airline, that can be a ticket for $20. More likely it’ll be for $50 to $100.

But why focus solely on flight tickets? There are other ways to leave countries, after all. Namely via trains or buses. In Europe,  Flixbus  is a super cheap bus operator who offers rides from Bratislava to Vienna for about €5, for example.

Of course this isn’t an option in every country, but definitely worth checking out to save money and hassle.

6. Buy a Flexible Date Ticket

If you know where you’ll be flying to next but are still uncertain about the when of it all, a flexible date ticket for which you can leave your flight dates open or change them might be a viable option.

The only caveat is that these tickets are usually quite a bit more expensive than for example flights from local airlines that offer inflexible but far cheaper options.

7. Rent a Ticket with an Onward  Ticketing Service

When asked, we from WiFi Tribe tend to suggest renting a ticket from an onward ticketing service –  yes, renting it .

These service providers book real, legitimate flights in your name on the day of your flight and automatically cancel it within 24 or 48 hours. All you pay is a fee starting at around $10 for this service.

For most of these services, you are able to specify when you need to receive your ticket and for how long it needs to be valid for. If you don’t want to worry about refunds, paying large sums or cancellation policies, this is your best option.

“To be clear: you cannot use this ticket to actually hop on the flight!

Also, try to book an onward ticket from any of these services at least 24 hours in advance. They book and cancel tickets manually and usually have specific office hours. Most of them promise at least a 24-hour turnaround, so you should be fine within that time frame.

Renting a ticket this way is completely legal and our preferred proof of onward travel option, which is why here’s a short run-down of some of the current onward-ticket providers.

Onward Ticket

OnwardTicket offers a simple, easy service whereby you can get proof of an onward flight in two minutes. It’s $12 to use the service and the ticket gets sent to your email address. Simple. Easy. Straightforward.

Best Onward Ticket

BestOnwardticket  starts at $12 per ticket, and for a few extra bucks you can specify with a click whether you want a particular destination stated on your ticket or need the ticket for a later date:

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Their office hours run from 5:30am to 11pm (GMT +7) seven days a week and they promise to email your ticket within ten minutes to two hours of your booking. Outside of these hours, BestOnwardticket doesn’t book flights or cancel them. So if you’re trying to book an onward ticket last minute when nobody is at the office, you may just be out of luck.

That’s where the Checkbox for receiving your onward ticket at a later date, specified by you, comes in handy – just make sure to book a few days before you fly out and you’ll receive the ticket in your email-inbox right on time.

You can pay for a BestOnwardticket ticket via credit card or Paypal.

Onward Flights

At $7 for a ticket,  Onwardflights.com  is probably the cheapest onward flight provider out there – and one of our personal favourites.

Unlike BestOnwardticket, Onwardflights doesn’t state official office hours. They get around this by promising that you’ll receive your ticket within 12 hours of paying via Paypal, which is also the only payment method offered.

The France-based  OneWayFly  is interesting because you can book not only one-way flights but also round-trip and 1-year open flights:

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The one-way- and round-trip tickets cost €20, while the 1-year open flight costs €40. You can also add a hotel voucher for €10. Not sure why you’d need or want to spend more money on those extra options and there’s no explanation to be found on the website. If you know what that’s about or can think of a scenario in which you’d book one of those options, feel free to pop down and tell us in the comments.

OneWayFly’s office hours are Monday through Sunday from 9:30am to 6:30pm CET (GMT +1), so this one is better geared towards Europeans. In general, they promise to send you your ticket via email within 24 hours of you booking it.

OneWayFly also accepts payment via credit card or Paypal, but you can also go to the agency and pay them directly, presumably in cash.

Flyonward – BEWARE OF SCAMS!

We picked the aforementioned onward flight services because we’ve either had good personal experiences with them or because they have great customer ratings. This is not the case for all of them.

You may come across some older blog posts about onward travel services that still recommend using FlyOnward.com. Until fairly recently, a lot of people – including several of our own tribers – booked tickets with them, paid the money and then never received a ticket or a refund. FlyOnward was a scam. It has been since discontinued; even the website is no more.

Our point here is: there are more and more of these onward flight services popping up every year – the demand is growing right alongside people’s travel fevers and the rapidly increasing digital nomad community. Whichever (new) service you choose, take the time to do five minutes of research for the first time you book with them and make sure they’re legit.

So there you have it: these are our two cents on the subject of onward travel, gathered together via our Tribe’s infinite collective travel wisdom. Why not become a WiFi Tribe member and benefit from our experience in coworking and coliving directly and hassle-free? Just click here to apply  or here to  check out our next amazing destinations .

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How To Get Proof Of Onward Travel + Free Onward Travel Options

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Introduction

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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Onward Travel - Breakdown Cover Explained

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We know that breakdown cover can be a dreary subject at the best of times, but here at CBC, we want to attempt to make it that little bit easier to understand. We’ve put together a whole host of articles explaining breakdown cover in a way that’s easy to understand in the hope that customers everywhere can be that bit better informed about the wonderful world of breakdown cover.

This one’s all about onward travel options, so settle in, grab a brew and prepare to be enlightened.

What is Onward Travel?

Onward travel is a benefit in your breakdown policy that allows you to be transported to a location of your choosing; this can be either your final destination, temporary accommodation such as a hotel or back to your home, generally this is done on a reimbursement basis. So you’ll pay the cost of the travel and your policy will pay you back the money after your claim.

It’s important to note that this specific benefit only applies when you are a certain distance from your home address, so you need to check your policy cover for the exact distance.

How Does it Work?

When you make a claim on your breakdown policy and your car has to be recovered to a garage and repairs aren’t easy or quick, if you have onward travel included in your policy, you may be offered the option of onward travel if your car can’t be fixed by the end of the working day.

It’s at this point that you’ll have a few options:

Public Transport

You can take buses, coaches, trains or equivalents to your desired location and be reimbursed the cost (up to a certain amount of money) of that journey. If public transport isn’t readily available, you may also take a taxi.

If you’d rather hire a car to continue your journey, then the onward travel cover in your policy will reimburse the cost (up to a certain amount) of hiring a car to get you to where you want to go.

On some policies the cost of returning and collect your vehicle when repaired is covered too.

  • Alternative Accommodation

Whilst not technically, onward travel, alternative accommodation does fall into the category of onward travel. Your policy will cover the cost of reaching a nearby hotel and the price of a room per passenger up to a certain amount. Always check your policy to find out the exact amounts that you’ll be covered for.

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Is Onward Travel Included in Every Breakdown Policy?

Onward travel is not always available in every breakdown policy. Just because you have breakdown cover, never assume you’re covered for onward travel too.

It’s really important you look through your policy carefully (including the policy wording) before you purchase, so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money and what you’ll be covered for in the event you require onward travel.

Is there a Difference Between Onward Travel in UK and EU policies?

In truth, onward travel operates almost exactly the same, wherever you are. One major difference though between the UK and European policies is that more often than not the cost of onward travel is higher in Europe, simply because it’s likely you’ll have further to go. So, you’ll usually find that you’re afforded a higher reimbursement amount if you require onward travel in Europe than you would in the UK.

Check the policy wording of your breakdown cover before you buy to find out exactly how much you’ll be covered for.

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Onward Ticket Guide: How to Get an Onward Ticket for Free

By: Author Kenny

Posted on Last updated: April 27, 2023

Since you’re here, you’ve probably heard of an onward ticket and wondered when you need one and how to get one. Well, as I write this, I’m sitting on a plane to Bangkok from Hong Kong. The next flight I have booked is from Bangkok to Tokyo in two weeks. But I’m not going to Tokyo in two weeks. In two weeks, I won’t be in Bangkok, I’ll be in Chiang Mai. And when I leave Thailand, it won’t be by air, it will be by land, through the Thailand/Laos border.

So why do we have this ticket booked? Well…

Visa Basics and Onward Travel

Thailand sometimes requires proof of onward travel. No matter where you travel, whether you obtain a visa in advance or on arrival, or stay visa-free in a country on a tourist visa, you’ll be limited in the amount of time you can stay. Sometimes it is 15 days, sometimes 30, sometimes 90, or anywhere in between, more, or less.

When you arrive at a country and pass through immigration or passport control, they’re expecting you to leave within your allotted time. And sometimes (in some countries, always) they ask for proof. And that’s why you need an “onward ticket.”

An onward ticket is a ticket that “proves” that you aren’t planning to overstay your visa. Typically, requests for onward tickets come from one of two sources. The airline at your departure airport may ask for it before they print you a ticket or let you board. If not, immigration authorities may ask for it after you land.

Do you need an onward ticket?

When in doubt, yes, you need an onward ticket. There are many low-risk ways to get an onward ticket (we discuss these next), so you should have one to ensure a smooth trip. If you’re really uneasy, we suggest a Google search for “[country] onward ticket proof” or “[airport] onward ticket proof.” We’ve been asked for proof of onward travel at only about 25% of destinations, for what it’s worth.

For most travelers, an onward ticket is simple enough to produce. You’re visiting Bangkok from Chicago, so you book a roundtrip flight from Chicago to Bangkok. In that case, your onward ticket is your return ticket. But what if you’re leaving your destination by bus? Or you just don’t know where you’re heading next until the last second when you book a flight? Then you won’t have an onward ticket when you arrive, and if they ask for one, you’re out of luck! So, you need to create an onward ticket. There are a few ways to create an onward ticket.

Option 1: Buy an onward ticket with a 24-hour cancellation policy

This is our preferred method. You buy a ticket that has a 24-hour hassle-free cancellation policy. We prefer United Airlines for these tickets because we’ve been through their cancellation process before and found it straightforward. But plenty of sites, like Expedia, offer 24-hour cancellation on SOME tickets. The biggest risk of this option is that you’ll forget to cancel or something will get in your way (maybe a browser error or a technical error on the airline’s side).

Option 2: Buy a refundable or changeable onward ticket

Plenty of airlines offer refundable fares that you can cancel at any time up until departure. Others offer fares that allow you to change the date of the flight but not get a refund. The risk of this option is, again, that you’ll forget to cancel. You have a longer window than if you are planning to use the 24-hour cancellation option, but you’ll also have to put a lot more money on the line to secure these fares.

Option 3: Buy a cheap “throwaway ticket”

In some countries, you can fight onward tickets for less than $50. These aren’t refundable in any way. This option is best used in South America, Asia, and some European countries, but we really think it should be a last resort. You’re basically throwing away money. But at least it will be less than if you forget to refund your tickets in option 1 or 2.

Option 4: Hold an onward ticket

For US-based airlines, if you can’t cancel a ticket within 24 hours you can typically “hold” it for 24 hours without purchasing it. Some bloggers advocate this method because it is no-risk on the financial end. It is slightly more of a risk on the passport control end, though, as you obviously have not purchased the ticket.

Option 5: Tell a more direct lie with Photoshop

The last option, which we don’t advocate at all, is simply to use Photoshop (or another program) to make up a ticket. This is no-risk on the financial end, but HUGE risk on the immigration end. It’s unlikely for most of us that we’ll ever be seriously questioned by immigration authorities, but it can happen, and a photoshopped ticket is not a good way to start that conversation.

Of course, all five methods involve a bit of a lie, but travel plans change, and everyone from immigration to airlines knows this. If Thai immigration told me I had to leave on the flight I showed them at my time of arrival, then certainly I would. Since they won’t, my plans are probably going to change and I’m probably going to be leaving Thailand by bus.

A Final Wrinkle – Return Tickets

In most cases, proof of onward travel is all immigration (or the airline) is looking for. In rare cases, though, they’ll want more, they’ll want proof that you’re actually planning on returning home. This only happened to us once, flying from Orlando to Medellin. At check-in, the airline representative asked us to produce proof of onward travel, which we had from Bogota to Lima. She wasn’t satisfied (and maybe this was her error), and we eventually produced a ticket from Santiago, Chile to Chicago. She didn’t ask for the flights in between (though we were clear we could produce all of them if she wanted).  We don’t know what to make of this, as it hasn’t been an issue since.

We are pretty fortunate and have never run into any travel-stopping issues regarding Visas or immigration. Have you? Let us know in the comments below. 

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Well, you really lucky if it only happens to you guys once. I had 3 times the problem this year, when I went to Bali, Taiwan and South Korea. The first time I just bought a ticket on Air Asia, it was really cheap. The two other times I used that website where you can buy real onward ticket for really cheap : https://onewayfly.com/en/

Happy travel :)

Saturday 23rd of June 2018

Hi Leila! I agree! I am definitely appreciating how lucky we were. We just had an issue recently with an onward ticket form the UK, and I'm sure it won't be the last time. Thanks for the tip on One Way Fly! We will have to check that out next time.

AA breakdown cover review

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The AA, or Automobile Association, was founded in 1905. It’s most famous for providing car breakdown cover to motorists across the UK and helps around 3.5 million people a year. We’ve looked at what level of service you can expect to receive with AA breakdown cover.

The AA provides roadside assistance if your car breaks down as standard. It has its own unique recovery fleet and it’ll provide you a hire car or hotel if needed.

You can choose to add optional extras, such as personal cover (in anyone’s car), home rescue and onward travel.

If you need assistance from the AA, you can call 0800 88 77 66 or use the AA app.

The AA fared well in our 2024 customer satisfaction survey of breakdown service customers – it came third, with 89% of its customers saying they’d recommend the service to a friend. Most customers praised the “reliable” service and “felt in safe hands”, although not all felt the service had arrived quickly when they’d needed it.

One said: “They helped me quickly knowing I had children in the car.”

Another commented: “Always there – albeit rather slowly – when needed. The people who come out to save you are always amazing!”

The AA has received over 75,000 reviews on Trustpilot and has a score of 4.4 out of 5, which is classed as “excellent” (last updated: February 2024).

  • According to recent data, the AA can repair 8 out of 10 cars at the roadside within 30 minutes
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The AA is probably the most well-known car breakdown service in the UK, but there are a few providers that offer a more comprehensive service as standard.

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Updated: September 8, 2023

Onward Ticket Review: Review of onwardticket.com

There are many websites out there offering onward ticket services for digital nomads and frequent travelers. One of them is onwardticket.com . If you are wondering whether to use them or not, then this onward ticket review can help.

In this article, I will review onwardticket.com. I will go over its legitimacy, explore the costs, and weigh the pros and cons of using it for your trips. I will also add my own experience of using them as an onward ticket service.

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What is onwardticket.com?

Onwardticket.com provides verifiable flight reservations that can be used as proof of onward travel when entering a country. All onward tickets booked on this website come with a verifiable PNR in your name. These onward tickets cost $16 each and are valid for 48 hours.

Onward tickets booked on this platform display your full name, arrival and destination airports, airline name, flight number, dates and times. These tickets, however, do not show the total price of the ticket.

They also offer the option of choosing a one-way or return flight, multi-stop or only direct flights, and receiving the flight reservation right away or at a later date.

Is onwardticket.com legit?

Yes. Onward Ticket is a legitimate service offering a hassle-free way to secure proof of onward travel. They offer temporary flight reservations that fulfill the requirement of presenting a booked exit flight ticket from the country.

Onward Ticket boasts a 4.6 rating on Trustpilot , making it a trustable service for obtaining proof of onward travel. I have used them on various occasions and I’m quite satisfied with their service.

How much does it cost for an onward flight ticket?

Onward Ticket Pricing Options

Flight reservations booked on onwardticket.com cost $16 USD per person. You can pay either in USD or EUR.

The pricing varies based on your specific travel needs. They offer different options to choose from, each has its own price point. Below is a summary of various options and their prices.

Should you use onwardticket.com for your proof of onward travel?

Onward Ticket is particularly useful to digital nomads, frequent travelers and those who prefer to keep their travel plans flexible. If you value convenience and prefer to avoid complications at the airport or immigration, using a service like onwardticket.com is a smart choice.

If you prefer traditional travel planning and travel with a fixed itinerary, you will not find their service necessary. You may have your return ticket booked already as part of your travel planning. So you will simply show your booked return ticket when asked for an onward ticket.

What are the pros and cons of using onwardticket.com for flight tickets?

As with any service, there are both pros and cons to using onwardticket.com . Let’s start with the benefits:

Pros of using onwardticket.com

1. instant booking.

Onward Ticket offers instant booking. You can download your flight reservation as soon as you complete the booking.

Most other services in the market do not offer instant booking, making you wait a few hours to receive your onward ticket.

2. Tickets are valid for 48 hours

The generated onward tickets are valid for 48 hours. This gives you plenty of time to fulfill the onward travel requirement.

Since the tickets are valid for 48 hours, they can also be used for obtaining visa on arrival at the border or as a flight reservation for visa application .

3. Offer direct flight option

They offer direct flight options for those avoiding transit in countries that require visas. If you have a layover in a country that requires a visa such as the USA, the flight staff are likely to ask for your transit or tourist visa for that country.

4. Support payment in USD and EUR

Onward Ticket supports payment in both USD and EUR. This makes it convenient for travelers from various parts of the world.

5. Accept cards and PayPal

They accept payments using credit/debit cards and PayPal. Having the PayPal option is super helpful for those looking for safety and fast checkout.

6. Offer discounts and coupons

They offer discounts and coupons from time to time. You can use the code VT5 to get a 5% discount . This coupon is valid till the end of September 2023.

7. High Trustpilot rating (4.6)

Onward Ticket boasts a remarkable 4.6 rating on Trustpilot. Such a high rating indicates a high level of customer satisfaction and reliability.

8. Prompt customer service

Their customer service is very responsive. They usually respond within an hour. You can always contact them if you encounter any issues or have questions.

Cons of using onwardticket.com

1. no e-ticket number.

Onward tickets booked on onwardticket.com are flight reservations only. They do not have an e-ticket number unlike the flight tickets booked on the airline website by paying full price.

Occasionally airline staff ask for an onward ticket with an e-ticket number. This happens very rarely but if asked for an e-ticket number, you may not be able to use the flight ticket bought from onwardticket.com. You may need an actual ticket with an e-ticket number.

You can try to convince the airline staff or buy an actual flight ticket right then to meet the onward travel requirement.

Buying a flight ticket on the spot can be expensive and also a waste of money if you are not likely to use the flight ticket. If you ever end up in that situation, you can look into booking a refundable ticket from Expedia .

2. No control over the airline or layovers

The Onward Ticket website does not allow you to pick the airline. You might end up receiving a flight reservation on an unfamiliar airline or on the same airline as the one you are traveling with. In such cases, the airline staff may likely verify your ticket or may ask to see an e-ticket number.

The website also does not allow you to pick the route or layovers. You can choose to get a direct flight by paying an additional $2 USD. But if the system cannot find any available direct flights, then you have no choice but to book an onward ticket with layovers.

The issue with no control over layovers is that you may receive a booking with layovers in countries that require visas. In such cases, the airline staff may demand to see your visas. This did not happen to me or anyone I know, but there is a possibility.

A summary of pros and cons

My personal experience with onwardticket.com.

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I have used Onward Ticket on several occasions. These tickets were accepted as proof of onward travel on all my trips except for one instance. I can’t go over all my experiences but you can read some of my experiences below.

Traveling from Georgia to Turkey

I bought an onward ticket when I was flying to Turkey from Georgia. Neither the airline staff nor the immigration in Turkey asked for proof of onward travel. Had they asked, I could have simply shown them my booking from onwardticket.com.

Traveling from India to the Philippines

When I was flying to the Philippines from India, the airline staff asked for my onward ticket. I simply showed them the flight reservation bought from onwardticket.com on my phone. They were fine with it. They checked me in and gave me the boarding pass.

Travel from Vietnam to Armenia

Unfortunately, this time it did not go well. I was asked to show the e-ticket number for the booking. As you know, the tickets booked on onwardticket.com do not have an e-ticket number. I tried to explain and the airline worker was not convinced. She asked to me talk to their manager. The manager accepted my explanation and allowed us to check-in.

Final thoughts

Onwardticket.com offers a convenient solution for proof of onward travel. Their service may not be necessary for every traveler. But they are definitely helpful for digital nomads, frequent travelers and especially for those who value flexibility and ease.

In this onward ticket review, I weighed the pros and cons of using onwardticket.com. In my opinion, their pros outweigh their cons making them the best onward ticket service in the market.

They have a high Trustpilot rating indicating that they value quality and customer satisfaction. I have used them for my trips and my experience has been great as well.

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How the cheapest interior and balcony cabins on Carnival's new cruise ship compare — and why the pricier one is worth it

Posted: June 22, 2024 | Last updated: June 22, 2024

<ul class="summary-list"><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-ultra-cheap-cruises-but-endless-up-charged-amenities-2024-6">Carnival's new Carnival Firenze</a> cruise ship set sail in late April.</li><li>Its interior cabins are $160 cheaper per person than the ones with balconies.</li><li>The cramped balcony stateroom is worth the additional cost.</li></ul><p>I finally realized that my parents are, in fact, always right. Unfortunately, learning my lesson took a stint in a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-firenze-cruise-ship-cheapest-interior-cabin-shockingly-spacious-2024-5">windowless cabin on a Carnival cruise</a>.</p><p>In mid-May, I found myself stuck on a four-night Carnival Firenze cruise with my family. I was there for work — they were there to enjoy the sun. And that they did, as they luxuriated in a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-cruise-cabin-review-photos-2024-2">cabin with a balcony</a> while I was stuck in a drab, windowless dungeon.</p><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-firenze-cheapest-interior-cabin-vs-balcony-newest-cruise-ship-2024-6">Business Insider</a></div>

  • Carnival's new Carnival Firenze  cruise ship set sail in late April.
  • Its interior cabins are $160 cheaper per person than the ones with balconies.
  • The cramped balcony stateroom is worth the additional cost.

I finally realized that my parents are, in fact, always right. Unfortunately, learning my lesson took a stint in a windowless cabin on a Carnival cruise .

In mid-May, I found myself stuck on a four-night Carnival Firenze cruise with my family. I was there for work — they were there to enjoy the sun. And that they did, as they luxuriated in a cabin with a balcony while I was stuck in a drab, windowless dungeon.

<p>My parents, occasional cruisers, have always preferred staterooms with balconies. <span>After my stint in the ship's interior accommodation, I now understand why balconies are the </span>most <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/era-of-cheap-cruises-is-over-2023-10">popular cabin category.</a></p><p><span>For Firenze's cheapest itinerary in 2024 — a four-night roundtrip voyage from Long Beach, California, to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico — a dual-occupancy interior cabin starts at $359 per person.</span></p><p><span>Ones with balconies command a minimum of $519 per person.</span></p><p><span>That's a $160 difference — and well worth the extra cash.</span></p>

Never again will I think of my parents as 'snobby' for wanting the more expensive accommodation (sorry, Mom and Dad).

My parents, occasional cruisers, have always preferred staterooms with balconies. After my stint in the ship's interior accommodation, I now understand why balconies are the most popular cabin category.

For Firenze's cheapest itinerary in 2024 — a four-night roundtrip voyage from Long Beach, California, to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico — a dual-occupancy interior cabin starts at $359 per person.

Ones with balconies command a minimum of $519 per person.

That's a $160 difference — and well worth the extra cash.

<p>I paid $735 for a solo interior cabin, including optional gratuities.</p><p>If that sounds relatively expensive, you'd be right. Carnival Firenze is the company's latest vessel, and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/royal-caribbean-icon-of-the-seas-trip-price-expensive-2023-11">newer cruise ships</a> generally command a pricing premium.</p><p>It's also worth noting that I had booked it less than 10 days before embarkation. Oops.</p>

Carnival Firenze, the company’s newest vessel, set sail in April.

But that doesn't mean it's a brand-new ship.

Firenze had initially joined the fleet of another Carnival Corp brand , Costa Cruises, in 2020 with plans to launch in China — that is, until the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carnival Cruise Line then acquired Firenze and its sister ship, Venezia, in 2022 to grow its US footprint amid "strong interest in people wanting to sail with us," a Carnival spokesperson told Business Insider.

<p>The spokesperson said Firenze underwent a two-month refresh to "install the Carnival Fun Italian Style Concept."</p><p>This Italianized vision came as a photo of Florence, Italy, behind my bed, half covered by pillows. It's for the best — the print looked misplaced, unnecessary, and tacky.</p><p>At least it matched the color palette of the equally ugly carpet.</p>

But my interior cabin looked more like an ancient motel than a four-year-old ship.

The spokesperson said Firenze underwent a two-month refresh to "install the Carnival Fun Italian Style Concept."

This Italianized vision came as a photo of Florence, Italy, behind my bed, half covered by pillows. It's for the best — the print looked misplaced, unnecessary, and tacky.

At least it matched the color palette of the equally ugly carpet.

<p>The ship is less than four years old. The cabin looked quadruple its age, no thanks to the dated furniture that all came pushed against the wall.</p><p>The chaise's greyish pattern clashed with the yellow and red eyesore of a rug. And the small wood and faux-marble side table looked cheap and misplaced.</p>

The furniture was functional, but that doesn’t mean it was pretty.

The gray chaise clashed with the bafflingly ugly yellow and red carpet, while the faux marble and wood side table looked as cheap as my fare.

Thankfully, I have no gripes about the desk and closet. Both were sizable and looked like ones I've seen on more expensive and modern cruise ships.

<p>It's all because of one major feature: Its size. I never felt claustrophobic despite <a href="https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9171/~/carnival-firenze-%28fn%29-stateroom-dimensions">being</a> stuck in a windowless 150-square-foot box.</p><p>The bathroom, one of the most spacious I've seen on a cruise ship, was so big that it could comfortably fit a family of four.</p>

'Expensive' and 'modern' could be the antithesis of my bathroom. It was a total eyesore.

The yellow and red tiles would've been better suited in a McDonald's. But no design crime was bigger than the lack of designated storage units.

The only shelving came preoccupied with tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls, an unnecessary amenity given that my cabin attendant cleaned and restocked my room daily. I would've rather had one less spare toilet paper roll if that meant I could keep my skincare products inside the bathroom instead of out on the desk.

<p>But before I get to the positives (spoiler alert: it's size), I have to address the negatives.</p><p>It might've been the ugliest cabin I've ever stayed in. And that's coming from someone who's sailed on a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-i-sailed-margairatvilles-new-cruise-ship-wont-again-2022-5">Margaritaville cruise</a>.</p>

On the bright side, the bathroom and bedroom felt surprisingly spacious for 150 square feet.

Unbeknownst to me, Carnival had put me in one of the ship's accessible, wheelchair-friendly accommodations. As a person without physical disabilities, this meant the shower — a curtain surrounding floor drains — was one of the largest I've had at sea.

Back in the living room, I could've starfished on the floor without hitting any furniture.

<p>On the bright side, the mattress was comfortable. And the large desk and closet could have provided enough storage for more than two travelers.</p><p>The room also had motion-sensing lights mounted by the floor, a necessary amenity for a space devoid of natural light.</p><p>Plus, the unappealing decor encouraged me to spend more time around the ship's common spaces.</p>

Complaints about its appearance aside, the room was large and almost perfectly functional — easily worth its $90-a-night price tag.

But without any natural light, the dated, dark, and mismatched furniture made my cabin look more like a drab hospital room.

Think I'm being dramatic? One look at my parent's balcony cabin will prove my point.

<p>But the light-filled room and less hideous carpet made the chaise and side table feel more at home.</p><p>Unfortunately, nothing could've saved the still misplaced-looking photo of Italy. </p>

Some of the furniture in my dungeon and their breezy hotel room at sea looked identical.

But the light-filled room and less hideous carpet made the chaise and side table feel more at home.

Unfortunately, nothing could've saved the still misplaced-looking photo of Italy.

<p><span>The cabin is </span><a href="https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9171/~/carnival-firenze-%28fn%29-stateroom-dimensions"><span>72 square feet</span></a><span> larger than my interior one. But don't expect to starfish here: The narrow layout and furniture didn't leave much room to spare.</span></p><p><span>Our four-person family could comfortably lounge in my interior room. Four people inside the balcony cabin required flexible maneuvering around each other and the furniture.</span></p>

However, no amount of natural light could've saved the stateroom from feeling cramped.

The cabin is 72 square feet larger than my interior one. But don't expect to starfish here: The narrow layout and furniture didn't leave much room to spare.

Our four-person family could comfortably lounge in my interior room. Four people inside the balcony cabin required flexible maneuvering around each other and the furniture.

<p>Yet, despite being much smaller, the extra shelving — noticeably deprived of excess paper products — made this bathroom more functional.</p>

The tiny bathroom made the one in my interior accommodation feel palatial.

Yet, despite being much smaller, the extra shelving — noticeably deprived of excess paper products — made this bathroom more functional.

<p><span>The ocean breeze and view provided the perfect backdrop for my parent's peaceful early mornings. </span></p><p><span>Meanwhile, my early mornings were spent in a dingy, liminal space-like bedroom, never fully sure of the exact time. I felt like a gremlin who lived in perpetual darkness, only reminded that the sun had, in fact, risen when I stopped by my family's bright cabin.</span></p><p>Seeing my mom lounge around with the balcony door cracked open, reading some documents without turning the lights on, was enviable.</p>

But the tight layout is worth it for the private outdoor space and light.

The ocean breeze and view provided the perfect backdrop for my parent's peaceful early mornings.

Meanwhile, my early mornings were spent in a dingy, liminal space-like bedroom, never fully sure of the exact time. I felt like a gremlin who lived in perpetual darkness, only reminded that the sun had, in fact, risen when I stopped by my family's bright cabin.

Seeing my mom lounge around with the balcony door cracked open, reading some documents without turning the lights on, was enviable.

<p><span>The vessel is loud and rowdy, as is expected of a </span><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-cruise-line-threatens-disruptive-unruly-passengers-fines-increase-2022-10"><span>Carnival</span></a><span> cruise. I struggled to find a quiet, relaxing lounge that wasn't overwhelmed by screaming children, screaming adults, or poorly mixed music.</span></p><p><span>Our cabins were the only truly quiet spaces on the ship. And I'd much rather read a book on a balcony with ocean views than in a dreary, dark interior stateroom.</span></p>

A quiet outdoor space is especially important on a ship like Carnival Firenze.

The vessel is loud and rowdy, as is expected of a Carnival cruise. I struggled to find a quiet, relaxing lounge that wasn't overwhelmed by screaming children, screaming adults, or poorly mixed music.

Our cabins were the only truly quiet spaces on the ship. And I'd much rather read a book on a balcony with ocean views than in a dreary, dark interior stateroom.

<p>The interior and balcony accommodations did share one terrible similarity: ultra-thin walls. </p><p>Rowdy passersby could be heard clearly from inside both rooms. The neighbors' TV and late-night conversations constantly woke my dad up. (Maybe my interior cabin wasn't so bad after all.) </p>

I should probably add an asterisk next to 'truly quiet spaces.'

The interior and balcony accommodations did share one terrible similarity: ultra-thin walls.

Rowdy passersby could be heard clearly from inside both rooms. The neighbors' TV and late-night conversations constantly woke my dad up. (Maybe my interior cabin wasn't so bad after all.)

But, like I said, I'd trade a gloomy stateroom for a balcony and the chance to eavesdrop on my neighbors.

As usual, my parent's decision to book a balcony instead of an interior cabin was the way to go.

Unless you're on an ultra-strict budget, it'll be worth the additional cost. A little sun and fresh air can go a long way for your sanity, especially on a ship where silence and peace are an upcharged luxury.

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Waiting at the airport for your flight can be an uninviting experience. Seats at the gate are often uncomfortable and crowded, while food options are typically overpriced. However, if you have access to an airport lounge, you'll enjoy comfortable seating, complimentary food and drinks, and free Wi-Fi.

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According to Zac Hood, founder of Travel Freely, a points and miles app for beginners, "International lounges typically stand out as more upscale with better food," than U.S. lounges.

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Savvy travelers love the Chase Sapphire Reserve for its benefits and flexible rewards. The card earns three points per dollar on dining and travel worldwide and up to 10 points per dollar on purchases through Chase Travel. Points are worth 50% more when booking travel through Chase, or you can transfer to 14 airline and hotel loyalty programs. The card also features an annual $300 travel credit that automatically applies to eligible purchases. You'll pay a $550 annual fee for this card.

For Hotel Elite Status: Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

Hotel elite status provides numerous complimentary benefits, including upgrades at check-in, late checkout and higher earning power on hotel spending. The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card includes automatic Hilton Honors Diamond elite status, which is the loyalty program's highest tier. Cardholders also receive a $400 Hilton resort credit and a $200 flight credit every year. Plus, the card includes an annual free night that can be used at almost any Hilton property worldwide. For big spenders, you can earn an additional free night by spending $30,000 and a second free night by spending $60,000. You'll pay a $550 annual fee for this card.

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Jenny on the plane.

Jennifer Lopez was spotted on a commercial flight traveling from Naples, Italy, to Paris on Saturday, photos obtained by TMZ show.

The “Let’s Get Loud” singer, 54, is worth an estimated $400 million, but she opted not to take a private jet to the City of Light.

Not only did she not fly private, Lopez traveled on an Air France flight and sat in a window seat in the economy section.

Jennifer Lopez on the plane

She appeared to have also reserved the seat next to her, where she placed her large handbag. Her bodyguard traveled with her and sat in the aisle seat, according to the Daily Mail .

Business class seats were not an option on the flight.

Jennifer Lopez in the airport in Naples, Italy

Lopez arrived in Paris on Monday and attended the Dior show debuting the fashion house’s haute couture fall 2024 collection.

Jennifer Lopez attends Paris Fashion Week

The “Hustlers” star left Italy after enjoying a relaxing vacation without her husband, Ben Affleck.

She took a boat ride with friends in Positano and couldn’t stop taking selfies while rocking a $99 white one-piece Gooseberry bathing suit.

Also during the trip, Lopez went out to dinner with two pals — one man and one woman — at an upscale restaurant.

Jennifer Lopez with a fan at Paris Fashion Week

“Jen loves vacationing in Europe during the summer,” a source told “Entertainment Tonight” on Monday. “It’s been nice for her to experience a change of pace and have some breathing room. She has been having a blast with her friends.”

The insider added, “That’s never really been Ben’s scene, even when him and Jen weren’t having any issues. Jen isn’t letting the fact that Ben’s not there bring her down.”

The trip comes weeks after Lopez canceled her summer tour.

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On Tuesday, a source told People that Lopez was “grateful” for time to herself, and that she and Affleck are “doing their own thing so far this summer.”

“Jennifer’s having a wonderful time in Europe. She loves Italy and visits every year. She’s grateful for a break,” the insider said. “The past few weeks have been emotional for her. Ben has been working in LA and is spending time with his kids. Everyone seems to be doing OK.”

Lopez and Affleck, 51, have been spending time apart as reports claim that they’re heading for a divorce two years after tying the knot.

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While Lopez was in Italy, her husband has been trying to lie low in Los Angeles, where he’s filming the sequel to his 2016 movie “The Accountant.”

The Massachusetts-raised actor made headlines, though, for confronting paparazzi who were using flash cameras as he was behind the wheel pulling out of his and Lopez’s Beverly Hills mansion that’s rumored to be up for sale . Affleck got out of his car and chastised the photographers, warning them that they’re putting his life in danger.

The breakup rumors about the couple started when Lopez attended the Met Gala by herself in May.

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Since then, the pair have been seen out together only a handful of times, including at Affleck’s 12-year-old son Samuel’s graduation earlier this month.  Lopez arrived separately and kept her distance at the event.

A source told People on June 11 that Lopez and Affleck “are still friendly and see each other every few days.”

The stars have not publicly addressed the speculation about their relationship.

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Affordable Island-Hopping in Croatia? What Could Go Wrong?

A 30-percent-off Black Friday sale on a cruise aboard a yacht meant off-season sailing and being prepared for the unexpected.

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As Croatians tell the story , the Greek hero Odysseus was shipwrecked and held captive on the Croatian island of Mljet. Visiting in May, I and six other sailors embraced the myth when the motor on our 54-foot yacht failed.

“Remember, Odysseus spent seven years on Mljet,” said Ivan Ljubovic, our captain. “We can do two nights.”

In the scheme of things, the clogged fuel filter that impeded our progress on a seven-night, island-hopping cruise from Split to Dubrovnik on a yacht — which the passengers helped sail — was minor. Though an engine, even on a sailboat, is vital for docking and sticking to schedules on becalmed days, most of my shipmates agreed that getting waylaid in a village with Roman ruins on a turquoise bay was an acceptable fate.

I had been resigned to what were, in my mind, worse inconveniences when I had signed up for the trip last November. Then, the tour operator G Adventures had put several trips on sale over the Black Friday weekend. Its best deals were in the off-season, which meant potentially chilly weather and closed restaurants and attractions. But leaving in late April for seven nights of island hopping at roughly $1,300 — after a 30 percent discount — was too tempting to pass up.

My cousin Kim agreed and we made plans to pack rain gear and meet in Split to test the budget waters.

‘Everything between is an adventure’

Little about the itinerary was published pre-departure and none of it was firm.

“Split and Dubrovnik are fixed,” said the captain, who would pilot the ship solo and double as our guide, on our first day. “Everything between is an adventure.”

It started with the Sauturnes, a handsome Kufner yacht with four snug guest cabins, four economical bathrooms where the retractable faucet doubled as a shower spigot, and a spacious galley. Our “crew,” a mix of Australians and Americans ranging from 18 to 75 — all of whom had also jumped on the promotional pricing — spent most of the time atop the boat, where foam mattresses invited sunbathing and a cockpit awning provided shade.

The weather, which turned out to be sunny and comfortably cool, was not our greatest concern. The G Adventures website had mentioned well-known islands, including beachy Brac and Vis , which played a convincing Greek idyll in the movie “Mamma Mia 2.” But since many places would be closed in the shoulder season, we would proceed, according to the captain, based on the dictates of the weather and conditions on shore.

Meals were not included, which meant finding open restaurants was critical. For shipboard breakfasts and lunches, we each chipped in 50 euros (about $54) for communal groceries, which we shopped for at local markets. At night, we would dine at restaurants; G Adventures advised budgeting $250 to $325 for the week, which was accurate, though we often splurged on Croatian wine (a carafe of house red averaged $15).

Small ports

After the frenzy of grocery shopping and moving into the bunk-bedded cabin Kim and I shared, we experienced the Zen of sailing as the ship set off on a sunny morning for 43-mile-long Hvar , the longest and purportedly sunniest island in Croatia.

Neighboring islands drifted past as the wind patterned the sea in shifting ripples and ruffles. A flock of shearwaters soared by at eye level.

Within a few hours, the ridgelines of steep Hvar appeared, revealing terraced lavender fields and olive orchards. Motoring down a long, narrow inlet, we arrived in Stari Grad , a village of stone homes with terra cotta roof tiles, as travelers had since 384 B.C., when Greek sailors from the island of Paros settled here.

Our mooring provided a front-row view of fishing boats and cafes animating the waterfront. Stari Grad’s attractions, including the Greek ruins of Faros and a 17th-century Venetian cathedral, had yet to open for the season, but we relished exploring the old quarter’s narrow lanes and deserted plazas.

From the waterfront, an aerobic 20-minute hike up a steep hill crowned by a giant white cross offered views over Stari Grad and the plains beyond, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of fourth-century agricultural fields, with stone walls circumscribing grapevines and olive orchards.

That evening, we visited them to reach Konoba Kokot , a farm restaurant that specializes in “peka,” a kind of barbecue in which meat cooks under an iron lid piled with hot coals. The family that runs it opened in the preseason, welcoming us with bracing shots of rakija, a local herbal liquor. At a long table under an arbor, we gorged on homemade goat cheese, wild boar pate and, from the hearth, roast lamb, veal and octopus with limitless jugs of red and white wine for 35 euros a person.

Starry nights

Small ships are unmatched at getting into small ports, but a yacht trip is also a little like camping, starting most mornings with D.I.Y. instant coffee. Marinas offered free bathhouses with showers.

Cool temperatures apparently deterred the celebrity-filled mega yachts, which are known to anchor in the town of Hvar on the south shore of Hvar island. Our captain declared it the “Mykonos of Croatia” as we motored by the port bustling with visitors carrying shopping bags and cones of gelato.

With clear weather in the forecast, we moored in an undeveloped cove east of town. The mooring belonged to the owners of Moli Onte restaurant, who ferried us to land on a motorized dingy, allowing us enough time before dinner to visit the fortress above Hvar and have an Ozujsko beer on St. Stephens Square, the largest in the region of Dalmatia.

Back on board, with no artificial light to wash out the night sky, we hit the upper deck for stargazing. As my shipmates peeled off to bed, I grabbed a blanket and beanie and bedded down under the stars for the evolving show, periodically waking to catch the drama of the moon rising, reflected in the still water.

Little Dubrovnik

Fingers of gray rock reached down to meet sloping vineyards along Hvar’s south coast as we departed for its neighbor, Korcula. On our longest day of sailing, five hours, I welcomed the chance to play first mate, manning the lines on the jib sail.

To break up the trip, Captain Ljubovic navigated to a quiet cove off the Peljesac Peninsula where the Caribbean-blue waters, cloudless sky and sandy bottom convinced us to jump in despite numbing sea temperatures.

Fifteenth-century walls ring the historic center of Korcula, earning it the nickname “Little Dubrovnik.” Past the stone gates carved with a winged lion representing the empire of Venice, which controlled much of the Adriatic after the 13th century, narrow alleys led to ornate churches and mansions. There was no better history trip than getting lost in the web of pedestrian lanes. Or so we told ourselves as we passed the purported home of Marco Polo, still closed preseason.

Along the seafront walls, restaurants served pizza and seafood under lights strung in the pines and we caught sunset from a former turret, now converted into Massimo Cocktail Bar , which requires patrons to climb a ladder to the rooftop, a caution against second rounds.

The most romantic port of the trip was also the rowdiest, at least in the marina, which was hosting a Polish sailing regatta. When I headed for the showers at 6 a.m. the next morning, I found a group still cheerfully dancing atop a yacht littered in empty booze bottles and crushed potato chips.

Marooned on Mljet

We left Korcula on strong 20-knot “jugo” or south winds and Captain Ljubovic unleashed the sails, saying “You paid for a sailing vacation, not a motorboat.”

As we tacked back and forth toward Mljet , the boat heeled at a queasy angle and we took face shots of ocean spray.

On Mljet, where the western end of the island is home to Mljet National Park , we rented bikes (10 euros) to ride a lung-busting route over the park’s mountain spine. On the other side, we cycled around a pair of inland lakes and took a boat trip to a 12th-century monastery built on an island in one of them (park admission, 15 euros).

Docked in the still sleepy town of Polace, we heard tales of high season, when up to 100 yachts anchor in the bay and members of the band U2 were once seen biking in the park. After a brief shower, the town glimmered at sunset and the restaurant Stella Maris welcomed us with grilled sea bass (25 euros) and prawns (20 euros).

“I’m so glad I chose this time, because I don’t do crowds,” said my shipmate Nova Hey, 46, of Sydney, who was traveling with her 18-year-old daughter.

In the morning, I had the trail to the peak of Montokuc to myself. The roughly three-mile round-trip hike reached one of the highest points on the island, a rocky knob with stunning panoramas shared by a family of feral goats.

Not long thereafter, the Sauternes’ engine refused to turn over, stranding us in a national park on a remote island with no mechanics.

Teeming Dubrovnik

The next morning, Captain Ljubovic jimmied a fix but it didn’t last long and the engine died again, this time just opposite a cave on Mljet that we joked had to be the refuge of Odysseus.

After a morning of light sailing, a mechanic from the mainland arrived by speedboat and within an hour we were motoring toward the Franjo Tudman Bridge that spans the inlet to the Dubrovnik marina where hot showers awaited.

“Dubrovnik is the most expensive city in Croatia,” said Captain Ljubovic as we spent the last of our pooled money, 70 euros, hiring a taxi van to get us to and from the walled heart of the ancient city about 15 minutes away.

With two large cruise ships in port, Dubrovnik was teeming with visitors and the price to climb the stone walls that encircle the city was a sticker-shocking 35 euros. (In the ensuing two days Kim and I would spend post-cruise in the city, we bought the more comprehensive Dubrovnik Pass for 35 euros that included admission to the walls as well as several museums and public bus transportation.)

On our final evening, we measured the lack of crowds versus closed museums; perfect hiking weather versus swim-inviting water; ample dock space versus more restaurant choices — and felt we’d come out ahead sailing in the bargain season.

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