Making Fake “Onward” Tickets for Visas
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
Procedure to make a fake ticket:
- Get a ticket you already have. I use AirAsia tickets I’ve already used.
- 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.
- 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.
- Download this plugin for Open Office: “PDF Import Extension” and install in Open Office.
- Boom, now you can open the PDF in Open Office and change any details you like.
- 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.
- Change your booking number.
- 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.
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.]