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I need to book tickets Chennai Paris London Chennai, but am finding that the multi city return ticket way more expensive than two single legs onward Chennai Paris and return London Chennai. However, I was told at the airline office that not booking a round trip ticket might pose problems with immigration. We have a UK tourist visa and are applying for a Schengen tourist visa to France. Is that likely? I will have my return ticket with me - only it would be issued as originating from London rather than Chennai. Total travel time is about 40 days.

  • How are you planning to get between Paris and London? Will you have proof of how you'll be doing that leg? – Gagravarr Aug 3 '15 at 14:41
  • Yes, I will be booking the eurostar tickets or ferry and hopefully will have some kind of soft copy confirmation to submit for our schengen visa application to france – Radhika Aug 3 '15 at 14:44
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    It's likely the 'airline office' is not a totally dispassionate source. You can use the same itinerary you used to get your UK visa, and explain that you are exiting the zone via the the Eurostar. That's fine. – Gayot Fow Aug 3 '15 at 15:36
  • You mean I don't need to buy the Eurostar ticket? I can state in my covering letter that that is what I intend to do? – Radhika Aug 3 '15 at 15:37
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    @pnuts, despite all appearances, that's a commercial link. Unlikely to be dispassionate, I suggest using EU links instead. – Gayot Fow Aug 3 '15 at 15:40
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The main concern for immigration is "will you go back, as claimed?". Anything that causes them to doubt that is to be avoided. Here you do introduce a slight bit of doubt for the UK as you're missing an exit ticket for the UK. Once you do have an Eurostar ticket plus airline ticket from Paris, you have a convincing story how you'll leave the UK. The French won't care as much that you're still missing an entry ticket because as far as they're concerned, your return ticket is settled.

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