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Making Fake “Onward” Tickets

Making Fake “Onward” Tickets for Visas

[Update October 9: This entry has been getting a lot of traffic. I think like many others, the Ticket-O-Matic hasn’t been what they wanted. If you find this post useful, I’d really love it if you would “Like” WorldtTravelDude on Facebook. I’d love to hear what people are doing with this info. Thanks!]
Getting visas is such a pain.  Why can’t we all just get along?
Embassies make silly requirements just so they sound official and increase their bureaucratic workload.  It’s perpetual bureaucracy.  Requirements like:  onward ticket, sufficient funds, two passport photos, proof of belly-button lint, and of course the  “I’m not a terrorist, I promise,” pledge.
Yes, I know, us Americans have ridiculous requirements for foreigners too and often deny people entry.  I apologize, but at least our officials look at the junk.
Do you really think anyone looks at the airline ticket shit?  How many destitute Westerners are trying to get into Indonesia or Thailand?  Why make it so hard for those of us with money to get into a country?
The onward ticket is even more baloney.  With Air Asia and the like, we can buy tickets whenever we want, keeping our options open, perhaps staying longer!  I know, you immigration officials want an assurance we won’t just stay forever.  In that case, why not ask for proof of money instead?
It’s even worse because when I go to Thailand or Indonesia, I get the visa with the expectation of extending it.  Once I showed my actual return ticket at the Indonesian Embassy in Vietnam.  The official there said, “you know your ticket is after the end of your visa.”  Oops, I played my hand too loose.  I was lucky – he was OK with it.  Somewhere else, they are going to care.
So how do I get the visa easily when even my valid return ticket may raise questions I don’t want to raise?

Making Fake Boarding Passes for Onward Tickets

Disclaimer:  Using a fake boarding pass to enter a security zone will get you in big trouble.  Don’t do it.  I know you want to meet your girlfriend at the gate and surprise her, but it isn’t worth going to jail for.   Faking out a foreign embassy over a bogus requirement is just good creativity tho. :)

I’ll probably get beat up in a back alley by some Embassy labor rights group for giving out this advice, but I’m doing it anyway.  There’s another guy who made fake boarding passes and The Man went after him.  A good read, especially for the conspiracy theorists among you.  I don’t think this would work anymore because they scan all the boarding passes at security.  Or sometimes they do.  It’s “theatre security,” anyway, just there to make us feel safe.


Obtaining Visas that Need Onward Tickets

The solution is to make a fake ticket.  In these days of E-tickets, this is oh so easy.  If anyone has any stories of this not working, let me know in the comments!  I’ve only heard of it not working once, which I’ll detail at the end.

Procedure to make a fake ticket:

  1. Get a ticket you already have.  I use AirAsia tickets I’ve already used.
  2. Print out the AirAsia ticket as a PDF.  Easy on a Mac, it’s down in the bottom-right of the print window.  It’s also easy to do in Chrome from the print menu.
  3. If you don’t have OpenOffice, download it.  It’s not small, probably 300mb.  If you’re an Internet Cafe Warrior, find a PDF to Word conversion tool on the web instead.  I tried this one and it works.  YMMV.
  4. Download this plugin for Open Office:  “PDF Import Extension” and install in Open Office.
  5. Boom, now you can open the PDF in Open Office and change any details you like.
  6. Go to AirAsia and pull up the flight you are, ahem, pretending to take out of, say,  Bali.  The Bali-Phuket one is an easy one if you need one.
  7. Change your booking number.
  8. Find out the price, flight number, and times.  Put into your fake ticket.  Remember that AirAsia bills the currency using the departure country so change currency type accordingly.
Print it out and you’re set to rock and roll!

Some Notes (most warnings about Air Asia, why do we even fly them?):

  • This trick works with anything from the Web you want to doctor up.  Flights, trains, bank statements, proof of employment.  Enjoy forgery!
  • Watch out if using Air Asia tickets: I know a very blonde Russian gal that took a fake Air Asia ticket to Singapore as part of her visa run.  I guess Russians aren’t allowed to stay in Singapore and she used her ticket to show she was in transit.  The customs folks scanned it and found it was a fraud and made her buy a quite expensive ticket to actually get outta there that day.   She’s blonde and Russian and endowed, so if they’re gonna mess with her, they’re definitely gonna mess with you.  Watch out in Singapore!
  • I wouldn’t believe for a second that Embassy staff checks the tickets for validity.  On some airlines it looks like with your name and confirmation number you could look up the ticket.  On AirAsia it doesn’t look like you can do this without a password.  The exception to this might be if you’re going to the US.  I imagine they might check, or say, hey, lets log onto the website so you can show me the ticket. So check if the info on the ticket lets you log-in.
  • Yes, you can always buy a full-fare ticket and refund it.  If you do this, pick a reputable airline, that isn’t AirAsia.  I’ve heard only horror stories of people trying to get money back from AirAsia, they’re great at keeping profit in their pocket.  If you have frequent flyer miles, you can put an award ticket on hold and the confirmation looks a bit like a ticket, tho it doesn’t have a ticket number, etc.
  • I’ve had no issues with AirAsia tickets, but I’m sure the embassy gets most of their tickets from AirAsia.  In fact, if anyone could become good at spotting fraud, it might be them.  They’d notice if you have an older-style confirmation if the new ones are different, etc.  So I think I’m going to change my tickets to something a little less popular.  Jetstar, or perhaps just United or something, where the formats are always different. [Edit: I have now had issues with AirAsia. They canceled a ticket I bought for a friend, with no notification until they got to the airport. It was a disaster.]
Has this worked for you?  Have you ever had some faked paperwork not work?  Or got a cool success story?  Let us know in the comments!



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15 Responses

  1. […] Now I just make a fake ticket confirmation. If you want to do it, you can read the details here: http://worldtraveldude.com/making-fake-onward-tickets/ Happy travels Ryan […]

  2. […] figured out a system to make fake boarding passes for visas. You can use it for whatever you like. http://worldtraveldude.com/making-fake-onward-tickets/ Might be worth keeping a copy in your smartphone or […]

  3. I know a French Canadian who had to do this in Costa Rica. They can be real asses about the Onward tix and i hear that 1 in 99 people are asked about this and now and again that 1 person doesn’t have their ticket “yet” That’s where the airlines and the bus company make a killing.

  4. rb

    I’m planning a mostly overland trip next year from Saigon to Bali so this is a concern for me! I think I’ll be modifying a few itineraries along my way…

  5. can i have a copy of your pdf file. i need to make a fake flight tickets for some office statements and i dont have any copy of airasia tickets. it will be much appreciated if you can help me. -cheers from malaysia

  6. tony nguyen

    Hi my name is tony from america and my visa in Thailand had expired and I don’t have the money to pay, I old them 1500 balh is their anyway to make a fake visa so I can cross the border to Cambodia , if yes pls e mail me. Nguyen.tony25@yahoo.com
    Thank you

    • theWTD

      Hey Tony, there is no way to make a fake visa. You can only fake the documents you might need to get the visa, like an onward airline ticket or proof of money. I hope everything worked out for you, the fine for visa overstays in Thailand is a lot.

  7. Vage Dude

    How do you choose another booking number? I’m curious because there must be some kind of logic behind those codes..

    • theWTD

      You just make something up. This is a fake ticket – it won’t work with say AirAsia or United. The embassy that makes your visa has no way to check if its real however, unless they work with the airlines, and that is probably a violation of your privacy.

  8. the lost one

    Need some help changeing a date on my air ticket, is that something u can help me out whit ? :)

  9. […] as AirAsia and their ilk take forever for refunds. Handy with a computer? Make a fake one: http://worldtraveldude.com/making-fake-onward-tickets/ __________________ Travel tips & advice from @theWTD at worldtraveldude.com/toptoptens The […]

  10. […] a one-way ticket, which poses a slight issue. Often times customs officials will check for proof of onward travel, which on principle I do not have [2]. Instead, I had “purchased” a one-way flight […]

  11. xavier

    But the number of reservation i can invented or i need put some real number? And the personal infos like email, telephone, adress….real right? Just change the trip (date, time, place) from old ticket? I want travel from Kota Kinabalu in west Malaysia to Nepal…in the rules of immigration of Nepal in Malaysia they not say nothing about ownard tickets, so maybe at the check in also Air Asia not will ask?
    I really don’t want buy a fucking ownard ticket, also if its refundable…just lost time..i want travel by land after to India.
    But also make fake tickets make me not really confortable, im worried if i not make good fake ticket and have some trupble problems…uff i don’t know what to do..

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