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Easy Steps for Hassle-free Flight Reservation for Visa Application

Flight reservation for visa application is a necessity these days. After all, how many times have we heard that horror story? A friend or relative planning to travel abroad buys airplane tickets to include with their visa application, and then gets denied. Not only do their plans get chucked in the trash, but they also just wasted thousands of dollars. And while refunds and cancellations are a good recourse, it still comes with hundreds of dollars of cancellation fees. Not to mention delays in getting your money back and just a whole lot of headaches.

This is why we at Ellry want to provide an easy and hassle-free solution to acquiring valid flight reservation or a flight itinerary for visa application. You don’t need to cash out for plane tickets for visa application before getting your approved visa anymore. You can simply book a flight reservation online. This means you get a flight reservation with a verifiable confirmation number through the airline’s website by paying for the flight reservation fee than the whole fare on the spot. You have an option to purchase the flight with Ellry once you get your visa but this is not required when getting a flight reservation from us.

Curious? Let us take you through the simple process of getting a flight reservation online!

Why do I need to do this? 

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If you are in the midst of a visa application or planning to start one, this is for you. Though different countries have different requirements, it is recommended to show a flight itinerary for Schengen visa application and also for other countries. This is where making a flight reservation comes in handy. Instead of purchasing the ticket before getting your visa you can provide this requirement without risking your hard-earned money.

Here are what some countries have to say about flight reservation for visa application:

Flight reservation for US visa
“We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa.” – US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Flight reservation for Canadian visa
According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website, you need to “convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit.” Along with your tourist visa application, you are also required to provide “provisional travel arrangements (airline or hotel booking),” as seen in this document. Please note that this document is country specific, so it is best to check with the Visa Application Center in your country for your specific requirements.

Flight reservation for Schengen visa via Austria
To obtain a Schengen visa from Austria, part of the requirements is a travel itinerary or reservation. The website also specifically states that “It is not required to submit a prepaid ticket!” For more details on requirements, check Austria’s Federal Ministry website.

Flight reservation for Schengen visa via Belgium
According to this website specializing in Schengen visa applications, a flight reservation for visa application is required. It must show travel dates and flight numbers for both entry and exit from Belgium. For other specific requirements, check your country-specific Belgian embassy.

Flight reservation for Schengen visa via Finland
“In addition to the above, you may be asked to provide information concerning the itinerary, means of transport, return trip, financial means of support and assets and employment.” – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

Flight reservation Schengen visa via France
A round trip airline reservation for Schengen visa via France is included in their application checklist, as noted in the French visa application requirements.  Hotel accommodations and transfer tickets within Schengen countries (if applicable) are also required.

Flight reservation for Schengen visa via Italy
The Core Checklist mandated by the European Commission states the following:

“Copy of the round trip airline reservation with Passenger Registration Number (or reservation number) and travel itinerary.”

Flight reservation for Schengen visa via Lithuania
While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania does not explicitly state that a valid flight itinerary is required, it also states that “information enabling an assessment of the applicant’s intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for” is needed with the application.

These are supporting documents required to be submitted along with your application.

Meanwhile, countries like Germany and UK specifically state that they do not require flight reservation for visa application unless the applicant is asked for it. It is best to check with the local embassy of the specific country you are applying to what the requirements are.

How does it work?

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Instead of submitting prepaid plane tickets when you apply for a visa, now you can provide an email printout of your valid flight itinerary without paying the full price of the flight before getting your approved visa. You can do this in 3 easy steps:

  1. Select a flight reservation package
  2. Pay for the flight reservation through PayPal.
    *For those based in the Philippines, you may pay via BDO. Email us at info@ellry.com for more information.
  3. You will be redirected to a form with all the details needed to make the flight reservation. Click submit once completed.
  4. Wait for the valid flight itinerary to be emailed to you.

REGULAR

$23

36 HOURS

1 Flight reservation

Up to 4 flights

Delivery within 36 hours

RUSH

$39

24 HOURS

Flight reservation

Up to 7 flights

Delivery within 24 hours

1 flight correction

UNLIMITED & RUSH

$49

24 HOURS

Flight reservation

Unlimited flights

Delivery within 24 hours

Up to 3 flight corrections

You have to take great caution in booking flight reservations online though. Dummy flight reservations are offered by many “travel agents”, but they could be scams. How can you tell? Dummy flights provide reservation codes or reference numbers which cannot be cross-checked in the actual website of the airline. In short, their reservation codes are fake, your flight itinerary is invalid, and you just coughed up cash for nothing.

We have partnered with an IATA-licensed travel agent, which means you will get verifiable reservation codes that can be checked on the airline’s website. This is very important. This means that your reservation is in the airline’s official system and is legitimate. It’s just like getting your reference number when you book a flight yourself, except this one isn’t paid yet.

Once you get an email copy of your flight reservation, you can print these out for your visa application.

Where can I get this?

We at Ellry have partnered with an IATA-certified travel agency to sell plane tickets and hotel reservations online. IATA, or International Air Transport Association, is a trade association of some of the world’s largest airlines. They represent over 200 airlines from all over the world and account for 83% of the world’s total air traffic.

What does this mean for you? It means that you get to work with legitimate and licensed agents who met IATA’s extensive requirements. This ensures top-notch service and only the best quality product.

The best part is all of this is done online. No need to travel from agency to agency and waste energy just to find one who offers this service near you. Instead, you can book a flight reservation through us from anywhere in the world, without having to leave your bed.

Why use this service? 

While booking a flight reservation online can be done directly through some airlines’ websites, this service is very limited. Airlines have a short window for holding reservations, usually no more than 24 hours. So if your visa application won’t be processed until next week, chances are, your flight reservation will be gone by the time the visa officer verifies your information. This also means that if you are granted a visa, you’ll have to go through the whole process of searching and booking flights again. Not to mention the reservation fee you paid was completely useless.

On the other hand, by using our service, your flight itinerary is reserved 2-3 weeks upon purchasing your flight reservation. If your visa application date is close to your planned departure date, the flight itinerary will be valid until 1 week before the departure date. That’s less work and worry on your part. By going with a trustworthy company, you are also assured that everything is legitimate. For instance, we do all our transactions on PayPal, so you are automatically entitled to PayPal Buyer Protection. If we fail to deliver, you are entitled to get your money back.

Finally, we offer on-time service and customer support to assist with all your needs. And all that of done from your fingertips!

Got any other questions?

Check out these FAQs:

When should I purchase my flight reservation?
It would be best if you purchase 3 days before your visa interview date.

Which package should I get?
Regular
 – This is ideal for travelers who would need up to 4 flights, no corrections, and needs their flight itinerary within 36 hours.
Example, a roundtrip flight to Paris from Manila can be Manila- Istanbul> Istanbul-Paris> Paris-Istanbul> Istanbul-Manila.
Rush – This is ideal for travelers who would need up to 7 flights, with 1 correction, and needs their flight itinerary within 24 hours.
Example, Manila- Istanbul> Istanbul-Paris> Paris-Rome> Rome-Amsterdam> Amsterdam-Istanbul> Istanbul-Manila.
Unlimited & Rush – This is ideal for travelers who would plan to travel to multiple cities and would need more than 7 flight, up to 3 corrections, and needs their flight itinerary within 24 hours.

How can I check if my flight reservation is valid?
The flight reservation that we will provide you includes a booking code. You may verify the booking code directly through the airline’s website.

There is 2 or more of us with the same flight itinerary who would like to purchase a flight reservation. Can we purchase at the same time?
Yes. Once you select a package, you can update the quantity on the PayPal page.

How long until I get my flight reservation?
For ‘Regular,’ you will receive your flight reservation within 36 hours. For Rush and Unlimited & Rush, you will receive it within 24 hours.

How long is the reservation valid?
The reservation is valid approximately 2 weeks, depending on the airline. If your visa application date is 3 weeks before your planned departure date, the flight itinerary will be valid until 1 week before the departure date.

Do I need to pay the full ticket price of the flight through you?
No. You only pay for the flight reservation and not the full flight.

You are not obligated to purchase your flight through us once you get your visa. You may do it directly with your airline of choice once you get your visa. If you would like to book through us, send us an email at info@ellry.com, and we can book it for you. 

Can I make reservations for any airline in the world?
We can make reservations for any full-service carrier airline in the world.

Who is eligible for this service?
Anyone at all, any citizenship!

I am applying for a Schengen visa. Is this required?
The Core Checklist mandated by the European Commission requires the following: “Copy of the round trip airline reservation with Passenger Registration Number (or reservation number) and travel itinerary”.

Different Schengen countries have different visa application requirements. Please visit the local embassy website of the country you are visiting for a complete list.

I am applying for an Australian/Korean/Chinese/Middle East visa. Is this required?

Different countries have different visa application requirements. Countries like the United Kingdom and Germany specifically state that it is not needed. Meanwhile, countries like Australia, Korea, or Japan make no mention of it at all. Please visit the local embassy website of the country you are visiting for a complete list of requirements specific to your nationality.

Can I avail of your service for any visa application?
Yes!

Do I have to cancel the flight once I get my visa?
No. We will automatically cancel the reservation, so you don’t have to do anything.

Still have questions? Drop us a message at info@ellry.com and we’ll get back to you within the day!

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