Getting through visa applications can be a bit tricky, especially when your passport isn’t exactly a world traveler’s dream — in fact, if you own a weak third world passport like me, I’m sure you know the struggle! (Flight Reservation for Visa Applications)
But don’t stress! Getting a flight reservation or a dummy ticket is actually pretty simple. In this guide, I’m breaking down five (5) easy methods – some would cost you a bit, but others are totally FREE – to help you breeze through any visa process with this type of requirement.
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What is a Flight Reservation?
A flight reservation is essentially a document outlining the details of your planned travel or flight itinerary to a specific country.
Now it helps to note that consolates or embassies might use various titles or phrases to refer to a ‘flight reservation’, thus potentially causing confusion to just about anyone. Some of those phrases are as follows:
- Confirmed roundtrip flight rickets
- Flight itinerary plan
- Travel itinerary
- Proof of onward travel
- Proof of return tickets
These can be quite puzzling because terms like ‘confirmed‘ and ‘reserved‘ don’t usually mean the exact same thing, right? But to clear it once and for all, these all essentially mean one thing: a flight reservation.
Moreover, embassies do NOT advise you to fully pay or confirm a flight ticket for your visa because if they deny your application or if their approved travel period for you does not align with your confirmed flight, then they are definitely NOT going to cover your costs.
“Do proof of onward travel and flight reservation mean the same thing?”
Yes, “proof of onward travel” and “flight reservation” essentially refer to the same concept. Both involve demonstrating that you have a planned and confirmed departure from the destination country.
If any distinction exists, it’s that the former is commonly requested during immigration processes, while the latter is typically a requirement for visa applications.
READ MORE HERE: How to Get Proof of Onward Travel
“Why do embassies or consulates require a flight reservation for visa applications?”
Embassies and consulates typically request a flight itinerary or reservation for a visa application process to verify your intentions.
They aim to determine the validity of your visa, comprehend your travel plans, and assess whether you might also require visas for other countries en route….