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Any HELP would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Any HELP would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

1. Posted by Cody ROJO (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

I am planning a trip to South America starting January 31st from Toronto, Canada and landing in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 1st. I was not planning on purchasing a return ticket to Canada until I heard that some countries will require me to have a onward/return proof. I will be travelling with one other both of us with valid canadian passports and birth certificates. What do I require to travel from country to country without much of a hassel?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Warmest Regards,


2. Posted by Fast (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

You will need a tourist visa to enter Brazil and a return ticket. They will not issue a tourist visa at the border.
You MUST have one before you try and enter. I once got one while I was in Buenos Aires at the Brazilian Consulate.

3. Posted by Cody ROJO (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Thanks for the heads up. Really appreciate it.
Anything other information you would like to provide would be great.

Thanks again.

4. Posted by Fast (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

You could always do what I did a few years ago..
Just use your credit card and purchase a full fare ticket.
Then show the ticket (just the return portion of the ticket) to whoever you need to show one to, in order to enter the country and then, once they have seen it and let you in, contact the airlines and cancel it for a full refund. Works every time…..

5. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y

bring ur travel vaccination book esp yellow may need it

6. Posted by Cody ROJO (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y


And the airline has no problem cancelling the return flight and refunding the money??
And then would I just keep showing them (whoever asks for it) that "cancelled" return?

7. Posted by Fast (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

I would not cancel the ticket right away. I can cancelled mine after I did not need it any longer. If you are traveling around in South America for an extended time, I would keep it until you no longer need it.. Just be careful on your dates.. If you do this, make sure your dates will work for you so that your starting date is still after you are back home.. Example.. If you return to Canada on Mar.1st 2008, buy your refundable ticket to arrive in Brazil on Mar.5, 2008 and back to Canada on say Apl.5, 2008.. That way as soon as you arrive home in Canada you can cancel your ticket because you naver used any part of it..

What I did was something like this.........

I was in Brazil for a long time and I did not have a return ticket to the US.
I had a R/T ticket good for 90 days but extended my stay, so I never used the return portion of the ticket and lost the money I paid for it.

I bought my new R/T ticket while I was in Brazil.. Rio - Miami (June 12) and Miami back to Rio (June 24)… I was worried about my return trip on June 24 back to Rio because I did not have another return ticket showing when I would leave Brazil, to show anyone that asked to see it. So I bought a 2ND ticket that I planed never to use. (June 24) Miami - Rio and Rio - Miami (July 4)... a refundable ticket, "FULL FARE" and "Very expensive" but you can cancel it with no trouble..
I bought the ticket and they did actually ask to see it at the Miami airport. I showed them the return part of the ticket only (july 4) . THEY DID CHECK TO SEE THAT IT WAS VALID...
Once I was in Brazil, I canceled the ticket on line and in 3 days I had the full fare refunded.

8. Posted by Cody ROJO (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

that's crazy!
That's a ton of work eh!
Guess its worth it to travel without any problems!

Thanks again for the info, its really gonna help!

9. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Im not too sure you'll need a ticket (even if they say you are suposed to have one) I didnt have any return ticket purchased and never got asked for one in any of the countries... maybe is different with a candian passport ( i have got a spanish one) but i havent heard of any of my friends to be asked for one (and that includes people from all over...) i wouldnt worry too much about that if i was you.... and defo dont need a birth certificate! (bring the yellow vaccination if you are planning to enter brazil from peru though..)

x x x

10. Posted by Fast (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

You have got to be kidding me. What work? All I did was buy a ticket that I would never use, show it to whoever asked to see it and cancelled it when I no longer needed it, for a full refund...