What are dummy flight tickets? Can you use them for Schengen Visa?
Most of time people get confused when they read about the use of Dummy Flight tickets especially while applying for Schengen visa. Some of the questions which originate in everyone mind is:
- Are Dummy tickets real or fake?
- Are they legally allowed to use in Schengen visa application?
- How and where to book these tickets?
- Can you book them without paying money?
- Are they similar to what is provided by airlines as hold tickets for 1-3 days?
There are many fears and doubts for people concerning the authenticity of these dummy tickets and how and where to actually validate this? as mostly everyone they come across have different answers. Also, there are people who simply get lucky using wrong dummy tickets and they then advise others to simply follow the process what they did. But, what is the correct process then to buy or arrange such tickets?
In order to understand this, we need to first understand the concept of dummy flight tickets.
A dummy flight tickets is simply a flight ticket showing actual details of flight journey which is confirmed but not yet issued to the customer. Unlike a fake ticket, a dummy flight ticket holds a valid PNR & Reservation code which are verifiable directly on Airline websites & Embassies for which you have hold the booking.
A dummy flight ticket is basically a temporary hold ticket with a valid PNR & Reservation code (which can be verified by embassy) while a fake flight ticket does not have either nor an e-ticket number.
Yes, Dummy flight tickets are officially accepted for Schengen visa application, however, some countries within Schengen zone where you are applying your visa, may require you to furnish actual flight confirmed reservation, so it is very important to select the right itinerary and right embassy at the same time.
- Finland: officially ask for Travel plan/Itinerary, so a dummy ticket would suffice that.
- France: officially ask for Reservation of a return ticket or travel itinerary, dummy tickets works here.
- Estonia: officially mentions that tickets should be bought only after visa has been issued.
- Luxembourg: officially mentions either reservation or tickets. (so, hold ticket reservation works)
- Netherlands: specifically mentions they don’t need a ticket (dummy flight ticket works)
These are just few examples of embassies which already accepts dummy flight ticket options, however, depending on your itinerary, you may have to find if the respective embassy you are putting your application, ask for only reservation or an actual flight booking! (as it may differ from country to country within Schengen states).
Now, we know that dummy flight tickets are widely accepted for visa applications, lets find out how to find and look for while buying these dummy tickets.
Before I explain you soon from where you get these dummy tickets, you have to first know how these tickets hold period works. These dummy tickets are basically reserved and hold by the authorized travel agents. The official processing time for a Schengen visa is usually 14-15 business days, so ideally the hold time for these tickets should minimum of 2 weeks from the date they are processed in the system.
However, there could be many agents who can hold it for a small period only such as 1 -2 days or sometimes 3 and they automatically get cancel within the system. (You must have seen this while booking air tickets online either by airlines or sometimes by third-party portals). Most of such customer buying these tickets have little or no idea about the impact it may cause on their visa application and by the time a visa officer checks their applications and wishes to check the validity of the reservation, the PNR or the Reservation Code may not work by that time and can cause suspicion especially for first time travelers.
Most people do such mistakes that in order to spend less money on visa assistance services provide by travel agents providing supercheap mouth-watering prices, they go for buying such tickets and end up getting visa rejections. What they don’t understand is they end up wasting more money on the embassy and VFS fees all total.
You may by this time also probably think, that you may have come across other people who too have bought and used such cheap services and even got breakthrough for visa approvals. Well in simple terms some people get lucky, because mostly visa officer is already convinced by either their strong travel history, or strong financials or simply official strong reasons to return to home country. In such cases, they sometimes don’t care to check the authenticity of such tickets. But, first time travelers can’t simply afford to take such risk!
We finally arrive to the point to know how and where can we buy such dummy tickets. Some of you may even ask, can we can get them actually free without paying single penny? Well you can but then as I mentioned little earlier, they can simply be exhausted in a day or two only. But the right answer is, it is something which cannot be done free of charge. But for small extra fees, you can get the right booking which can work best for your application.
There are two main ways of buying dummy tickets:
- Buy from a reliable travel agent.
- Buy directly online.
While searching online for right companies or right travel agents can be really time consuming. So, in this place, I suggest you go for directly with our company at @DreamsVoyager. Its easy and hassle free to book and pay online.
Besides, the team also offers to provide free visa consultation and can suggest you the best way to prepare your travel plans and bookings. However, if you wish to opt for hassle free detailed Schengen visa assistance, you can also purchase our Schengen visa assistance packages here @Schengen Visa
Dummy flight tickets are one of the best ways to use against flight reservations especially when applying Schengen visa as it cost effective and save you a lot of money and tension. But at the same time, knowing the right approach and process is utmost essential thing and helps you get right visa approvals!
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Thanks for detailed information.
Thanks Sasika! Glad it was helpful.
Thanks for such great information; this information may help many of the people in their visa processing.
Is there any timelines to confirm the dummy ticket before actual departure of flight?
Hi Amit, The dummy tickets self cancel after their hold period time of 2 weeks. These are mainly use for Visa applications. The actual flight bookings for your original travel has to be done separately once you get your visa.
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