Visa application procedure requires quite many vitals to end up as a smooth and hassle-free process. Along with a valid passport, duly filled visa application form, clear picture, proof of travel document, all these are quintessential for submission.

Proof of onward travel is a document that verifies that you will be leaving the destination country. This also validates that you will be abiding by the rules of the visa. You either come back to your home country or travel to another destination, it doesn’t matter as long as you are out of the borders of the destination country.  Many embassies require a confirmed air ticket while others might just settle with your ticket bookings. Your submission of the airline ticket makes your travel more authentic. For eg., if you have applied for a 30 days Dubai visa online, then your ticket will have the dates of your stay of not more than 30 days.

Visitors usually raise this question of booking an airline ticket while applying for a visa. The plight of the traveller is evident as nobody wants to lose money. First-timers get confused about whether to submit a booking or a confirmed air ticket. First, understand the difference. A booking is an interim reservation that indicates you have a seat in an airline that is heading towards your destination. Your travel service provider can block your seat but for a short period under this header. While a confirmed air ticket is your seat which will not be cancelled (except in emergencies or as specified by the airline). It is a purchased space reserved for you in the airlines.

Most of the countries require the proof of onward travel along with visa applications. But the actual impact that a confirmed airline ticket has is as follows:

  1. It decides the span of your stay in the destination country. The visa officers narrow down your time of stay and will issue a visa which exactly caters to your need.
  2. It proves your intention to stay in the destination country. Your overstay is ruled out as you will exit on the date which is mentioned in your confirmed ticket. Your confirmed air ticket also shows your arrival date. The embassy gets sure about your intention not to overstay in the country after the expiry of the visa.
  3. It proves that you have funds to leave the country. Your return air ticket confirms that you can afford a return to your home country which will satisfy the visa officers. 

Some countries where confirmed airline ticket is mandatory for visa processing:

  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Schengen
  • South Africa
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Turkey

Countries where only travel dates are required:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Sri Lanka
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Will a dummy ticket work?

Dummy Ticket

A BIG NO. Dummy ticket is a false or fake ticket. It is just a copy of the airline ticket. The difference between a dummy ticket and a real ticket is that for the former you have not paid the cost of the ticket. This will affect other aspects as well. You might find this method low cost, but it can cost you a rejection of the visa.

For first-timers, the visa application procedure can be a daunting task. But don’t worry. Insta Dubai Visa comes with expert service in the visa application. The IDV team has decades of experience in handling visa procedures and queries of customers. You can book your travel plans with us and enjoy your stay with ease.