Visa Glossary/Return Ticket

Return Ticket

Why do you need a return ticket?

A return ticket shows immigration authorities that you intend to spend a specific amount of time in the destination and then return home.

Many countries require a return ticket as a compulsory entry requirement. Check the entry requirements of your destination country related to return tickets before travelling.

Benefits of having a return ticket 

  • It helps strengthen your visa application, showing your intention to return home.

  • Provides proof of financial responsibility and your ability to cover expenses during the trip.

  • Makes check-in easy for your return flight.

  • Allows for better planning of transit considerations, especially for connecting flights.

  • Gives you a chance to select your preferred seat in advance for your return flight. 

Factors to consider when booking a return ticket

  • Validity: Check when your return ticket expires. It depends on the airline and ticket type, ensuring a smooth travel experience. 

  • Flexibility: While initial travel dates may be fixed, some airlines offer flexibility to change travel dates.

  • Cancellation Fees: Be aware of any penalties or fees for changing or cancelling your return ticket.

Can I use a dummy ticket instead of a return ticket?

While a dummy ticket is a quick option for visa documentation, some country embassies may not accept it. Additionally, its short validity could lead to visa rejection. It's not advisable to rely solely on a dummy ticket for visa applications.

Is it okay to travel without my return ticket?

Having a return ticket is a requirement for foreign immigration. It serves as a means for immigration officers to understand that you are spending a fixed duration in that destination and that afterwards, you will return home.

What happens in case you don’t have a return ticket at the time of immigration?

In such a situation, you may be asked for alternate documentation such as your bookings or financials, and in some cases, you may not even be allowed entry.