Our first post from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
It was surreal for us too when we purchased our one-way tickets to Chiang Mai, Thailand departing from LAX. Even more surreal when we got to the China Air check-in counter at LAX for our departure at 2am that morning.
A very pleasant lady at the counter looked strangely at us and stated “you have one-way tickets?” Naturally, our answer was “yes, we do for all three of us (with an exclamation point)” Then it got very interesting…
“Are you going to live there?”
“Do you have visas, a letter from your daughter’s school?”
“Do you have a Thai passport?”
“Are you traveling on-ward and how will you do that- what mode of transportation if you don’t have return air tickets?”
“Hmmmm…” she pondered “No return tickets? That might be a problem once you arrive in Thailand~”
“Well you may have to buy air tickets for Laos once you arrive in Thailand” (we told her we are going to Laos by land which is our plan and was one of two recommendations by the school!)
She quietly left the counter and went to the back office for what appears to be a consultation for an unusual situation or apparently, a situation not encountered often. Hmmmm! She got us a little worried. We looked at each other with a “Did we do something wrong?” look. Hmmm.
So we waited for her to return. She came back to the counter and said, “we need you to sign a waiver”
“A WAIVER?” we repeated! “What are we waiving we asked each other?” We had no idea it was going to get THIS complicated.
So in the end, the waiver is really to release the airline of any responsibilities in the event we arrive and the Thai immigration does not allow us entry to the country.
What I knew for sure was that there is a 30-day transit visa for each entry upon arrival by air. So we went ahead and signed the waiver and continued with the check-in.
Stay tuned for our update post about our on-ward trip to Laos by land in August.
Has anyone had this experience in Thailand or in another country? We want to hear from you so we can compare notes and just because we find this very intriguing and interesting!
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