leaving august 1st from US w/ a 1-way ticket.. what's the worst that could happen?

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    Red face leaving august 1st from US w/ a 1-way ticket.. what's the worst that could happen?

    No seriously... will they let me in w/ a one way ticket? I've read on a few of these message boards and my boyfriends immigration officer said i should have no problems. but on the immigration website it states that unless you're traveling through to Macua or Mainland you have to have an ongoing or return ticket.
    I'm prone to bad luck. and if anybody is going to get stopped questioned, searched,harrassed or otherwise it'll be little midwestern me. so give it to me straight should i cancel this flight and book a round trip? or have my boyfriend send a ticket to macau as proof that i'll leave HK, or take my chances?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kk.carter:
    No seriously... will they let me in w/ a one way ticket? I've read on a few of these message boards and my boyfriends immigration officer said i should have no problems. but on the immigration website it states that unless you're traveling through to Macua or Mainland you have to have an ongoing or return ticket.
    I'm prone to bad luck. and if anybody is going to get stopped questioned, searched,harrassed or otherwise it'll be little midwestern me. so give it to me straight should i cancel this flight and book a round trip? or have my boyfriend send a ticket to macau as proof that i'll leave HK, or take my chances?

    U will be asked to fill up a small white immigration form upon arrival.. just imput singapore, malaysia or anywhere else as ur "destination" & that should do. China might be a little tricky for u might need a visa to travel there.

    My bf just came in on a one-way ticket last thurs from denmark & he wrote Bangkok in the box labelled destination (which aint a lie since we are travelling there end of the mth)..no questions after from the immigration officers.

    gd luck!

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    your biggest concern will not be being allowed to come in, but rather leaving the US. When you check in at the US airport they will see that you are allowed to stay in HK 90 days without visa. They will then check to see that your return ticket is within 90 days. In your case you do not have a return ticket, so they will ask to see your visa. If you have no visa you may be in trouble. Happened to my wife, but she had visa.


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    What tx75070 says is correct. Your problem will be getting on the flight in the US. You either need a return / onward ticket or a Hong Kong ID card / visa.


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    I came in with a one-way ticket last Tuesday without a problem. I just filled in as if I was travelling. They didn't ask me anything. I had a credit card and enough funds to purchase a ticket if I needed anyways.


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    I just moved from the U.S. to HK 10 days ago. I came in with a one-way ticket and when I tried to check in online, it wouldn't let me because I didn't have a return ticket. I went to the counter to check in and showed them my US passport and they never asked a thing. With that said, I am a HK PR as well so I didn't have any issues coming into HK. However, no one at the UA counter said anything about me having just a one-way ticket. I'm not saying they won't but in my experience, they didn't ask.


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    The airline in the U.S. won't care whether or not you have a return ticket. They're only responsible for getting you home if they let you on a plane without a visa (when heading to a country where a visa is required), not for getting you home if you overstay. You may not be able to check in online, as others have mentioned, but you'll get on the plane.


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    thank you for your response. what is an HK PR?


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    Its....

    ....a Hong Kong Permanent Resident.


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    >> The airline in the U.S. won't care whether or not you have a return ticket.

    Not if you have an Indian passport like me and end up getting a redneck check in agent who cannot do a little bit of lateral thinking.


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