hey guys... so here is my story...
i´m here in Chile right now... and i want to start as soon as possible. BUT i´ve been met with several brick walls:
the 1st- i´m a Canadian wanting to travel to Brazil 1st, so when i went to book my plane ticket they told me that i will need a touring visa to enter Brazil as a Canadian and the only way to get one is if you have proof of a round trip flight, and it will take 5 buisness days to get it once you have that proof!
BUT- I want to land in Rio and then bus it back to Chile by land. I planned on travelling through Brazil and then going to Argentina and going to the south of Chile.
SO- Now i´m stuck. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO
ALTHOUGH- I am waiting for my Chilean ID (both my parents are from Chile) so i am getting my citizenship but not i have another problem... the government services office that ministers the ID and Passports ect. went on strike today HURRAY!
When i was met with the the other problems by travelling as a Canadian i planned on just travelling with my Chilean ID becuase no passport is needed. I delayed my trip til i got my ID which was suppose to be this Friday but it looks like that is NOT happening....
PLEASE HELP SOMEONE!!
MY QUESTIONS ARE THESE:
has anyone met this problem before?
now i was thinking of going to Argentina then bussing it through, will i still need a visa as a Canadian?
does anyone have any advise what so ever!!???
PLEASE ADVISE ME ASAP!!!
thank you so much guys
Sorry, pal...I am Canadian as well and faced this similar issue a couple of weeks ago....I bought a plane ticket to Brazil a week before, and no one asked me about this visa thing...I had never had an issue before a and thought I was golden...It happened that the evening before I was looking at the internet to see what kind of entry fee they have and I was hit with this issue. I changed my ticket to Santiago in the nick of time.
All entries into Brazil have the same requirement. This is a direct result of the things Canada pùts them through and is meant to be a hassle for the sake of being a hassle. Chile has a similar thing...a fee to get into for Canadians of 132 dollars...It is not couched in any kind of way to hide what it is...it is called the Reciprocity fee (¨You do it to us, we´re gonna do it to you.¨) and the cashier is set up to be a pain. They refused one of my American bills which was brand new and crisp because there was a sixteenth of an inch rip in one corner. What they really want is to process your credit card, I feel. And Argentina is about to implement the same thing...As of Jan 1st.
MY only suggestion is to do it backwards and start in Santiago...I was just there, and yes, they are on strike and marching in the streets. It blows, but there it is. The best option I can give is to enjoy Chile, hope the strike blows over, and if it doesnt, go to Argentina and try to get your Brazil visa there. The Chile thing would save you a ton of dough though.
I wish I could be more help, but from very VERY recent experience, I gather that there is no way around this. It is, as they say, what it is.