This return flight thing, really makes me mad!!!
I went on a visa run to HK, a few weeks ago, Don’t get me wrong, I work for a multi-national but I have attended so many meetings out of Taiwan, that I have no yet gotten around to getting my ARC.
So, office girl, gets me HK return and I toddle off to HK for a weekend with my Wife (who is from the Mainland and can’t even come here YET!!!).
Then I try and board my flight from HK to Taipei monday morning and they won’t let me on, because even though I can stay 14 days Visa free, I did not have an “Onward confirmed Ticket from Taiwan”.
So I had to buy a Taipei -> HK ticket in HK for 300 US, which I cashed in upon arrival.
The Immigration staff in the Airport never check (Well they never ask me)
I did the same type of trip to Okinawa this weekend, again I did not have a return ticket, when leaving Okinawa for Taipei. I used a different method.
When I arrived at the Taipei airport on Friday, I went to the China Airlines ticket counter and asked the girl to make a provisional booking for a Taipei to Okinawa trip in two weeks. I asked her to print out the flight details and asked to sign it and put her office telephone number on it.
I went to Okinawa on my exsisting ticket, and had a great time. On Sunday night coming back, the check in girl from China Airlines asked to see my on-ward ticket from Taipei, as I had no Visa. I showed the booking slip and told her that immigration accepted this method. (Ok, I lied)
I then arrived at Taipei and applied for a 30 day landing visa (Without an Airticket - Oh boy I love trouble).
I applied my thickest Beijing accent and apologised that I only had a onward confirmation slip (Just a peice of paper - no proof of purchase).
The Immigration girl said “Don’t worry, just try and remember next time O.K” , you could have knocked me over with a feather.
As for the London Visa office, when I appled for my first 2-month visa, they did not notice my ticket was a returned dated 6 months later. Maybe this was just luck.