Those in the travel industry may have heard this question many times – do I really need a confirmed airline ticket to get my visa? If you find yourself asking the same question – don’t worry! In this article, we will answer it for you.
Most of the time, you will be asked to show ‘proof of onward travel’ – to show that you will exit the country after your estimated stay. This can be shown in the form of flight tickets or flight reservations. Some countries – such as China and Singapore – require you to have confirmed flight tickets. In this case the visa authorities will need your name, travel dates and exact flight information to process your visa. In some other cases, you can just use flight reservations instead of actual tickets. These are basically temporary arrangements that save a seat in the flight that you plan to travel in. Oftentimes you can reserve them for a short period, so that you can book your visa – the time frame is typically around a week. This seat will be blocked in your name, by yourself or a travel agent (such as us @ Visa2Fly!) and proof of this can be used to apply for the visa. However, some countries do not accept this – such as those (that require confirmed air tickets) mentioned above.
What is ‘Proof of Onward Travel’?
Some people also get confused as to what they have to submit as ‘proof of onward travel’. “Should I submit booking confirmation or air tickets?” Well, if you have air tickets at hand, then these are the safest bet. Of course, it does come at a risk to book flight tickets beforehand. The biggest problem is that if you have a denied visa, you might have to change flying dates (and will probably lose out on money from cancelled flights). To avoid this, try to choose refundable flights so that you can get as much of your money back as possible. Also apply for your visa as much in advance as possible, so that you don’t have to rush to buy tickets or process things in a hurry. Start your visa processing 2-3 weeks before the recommended starting time for the country you are going to – each country has different processing times for visa applications. This will mean that even if your visa is denied, you will still have enough time to cancel your flight tickets without losing too much money (compared to cancelling it two days before the travel date)
Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?
Please note that using dummy tickets might seem like a good idea, since the costs are low, but please refrain from purchasing these. Many websites tend to scam you using these words.
Of course, no travel comes without worries – but with Visa2Fly, you’ve got your major qualms covered. You won’t need to bother fretting about a confirmed airline ticket, visa problem, SIM card emergency or travel insurance: because Visa2Fly processes these, hassle-free. Get started on your next journey today!