Flying Jetstar to Singapore (and a warning) Auckland Reviews
Evidence of onward travel when flying Jetstar to Singapore May 23, 2011
On board, Jetstar met our expectations of a budget airline. Meals were edible enough (bordering on nice), crew were courteous, seats were comfy and temperature nicely maintained through the flight. If it hadn't been for the delay, they would have earned themselves a fan!
***Warning on Onward Travel Evidence***
But a word of warning ... experienced travellers will know that when flying into a foreign country on a one-way ticket, it is normally expected that you must have proof of onward travel by way of tickets. In our case, we had to show our ticket for the next day to Vietnam (or alternatively our ticket departing Singapore in a couple of weeks).
This is where the trouble could start for some people ...
(1) I posed a theoretical enquiry to the check-in staff as to someone who was flying into Singapore (holding a one-way ticket) but crossing the border by land to Malaysia (eg. Malaysian returning permanently to Malaysia, or a European backpacker going into Malaysia with concrete plans to fly home out of Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok).
Her response was that such passengers will be denied boarding unless they can produce a bus ticket from Singapore to Malaysia. Such bus tickets would be nearly impossible to produce ... many people would cross the border on suburban-type hop-on buses that cost about $1.
(2) Here's another problematic scenario ... a Malaysian living near the Singapore buys a ticket SIN-AKL-SIN. He (or she) would enter Singapore by bus and board the flight SIN-AKL. On the return leg, AKL-SIN, Jetstar could refuse to carry him.
My experience with other airlines in this respect have been more positive. They accept outward/onward tickets from a neighbouring country provided you have valid visas (if required) for that country.
Perhaps I should write into Jetstar for some clarification ... but one should be wary that whatever practice prescribed by management may not translate into reality on the actual day at the airport!
I have checked TIMATIC (the IATA-administered database for Visas) there could be some latitude for flexibility.
Part of the 2011 SE Asia, Korea, Albania and Mexico travel blog
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