one way tickets to europe and customs

Aug 26th, 2004, 04:01 AM
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Hi Sean,

>I've been looking at discount flights on iceland air which go for about $240US+ taxes from NY to London ...
Because I'm going for 6 months, I cannot get the return ticket (costs about 340US+taxes) because it has a one month limitation.<

I suggest that you buy 2 RT tickets, if you can get the return flight this far in advance, and call Iceland Air to tell them that you can't make the flight back on the first ticket.

The extra $200 is worth not being detained.

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Aug 26th, 2004, 04:47 AM
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Hi ....

I would be VERY VERY careful about coming to the UK with a one way ticket. The chances are they will send you straight back !!!

Are there no return flights out there that last six months ??

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Aug 26th, 2004, 05:08 AM
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Hey Sean.

If you go to

You can book New York/London RT leaving 9/16/2004 and returning April 16, 2005 for $500 US.
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Aug 26th, 2004, 09:40 AM
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Aug 26th, 2004, 09:52 AM
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One of my travel mantras is "don't mess with Immigration." They can totally mess up your vacation if you aren't following the rules.

And one-way tickets are generally just as expensive as round-trip.
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Aug 26th, 2004, 10:46 AM
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Some of you don't realize that you can often get great airfares, but when you stay more than 30, 60, or 90 days, the fare keeps going up dramatically. And rarely can you get super cheap fares with dates on them (even return only) six months away. Sean has explained the savings in this case with the one way tickets he's found.

But I'll amend ira's suggestion of going ahead and buying the round trip for peace of mind. He said it's worth it for $200, but actually you only need to buy one round trip to have the return ticket on you. After you get there you can still buy the cheaper one way to come home. And that way you only spend $100 extra for the peace of mind. Now, is my math better than ira's? LOL.
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Aug 26th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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Aug 26th, 2004, 01:17 PM
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PS: The assumption in all this is that you're travelling on a Canadian passport, with no special visa.

But if you're travelling on an Ancestry Visa or a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) for the UK, as many young Commonwealth citizens do, UK Immigration would expect you to have only a single ticket, as you have every right to live and work here, and return tickets wouldn't make sense.
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Aug 27th, 2004, 06:33 AM
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Aug 27th, 2004, 02:20 PM
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We are always asked at immigration how long we will be staying. Apparently they believed me and we never had to show our return tickets.

My impression was that a tourist visa is good for up to 90 days, and that if you intend to stay longer you must have some other type of visa. I think you can get an extension, but only for what they consider good cause.

I think it would be wise of the OP to figure out just where he will be going, and contact a consulate, probably that of the first EU nation he will be entering, to find out what he will have to do with respect to a visa.

It is my experience that one-way tickets are usually quite expensive, often more than a round trip ticket; and most round trip tickets are for a relatively short time, perhaps 30 days. But I believe there are sites, such as consolidators or agencies specializing in student travel, such as
that have ways around this limitation. I know my son got tickets at a reasonable price through one of those agencies, but I have lost my bookmark for the specific site.
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