Hi, Hopefully some experienced traveller out there will be able to help
I'm travelling to Argentina from Auckland on a 1 way ticket with the plan being then to make my way overland using buses.
I've been told that I will need to have some kind of onward ticket, but I've heard differing tales, the airline says I need to have a ticket out of Argentina & the embassy says I just need to have 1 out of South America.
Can anyone shed some light on this?
Also If I MUST have a ticket out of SA could anyone point my in the right direction for the cheapest place to find how to go about this either a flight to the US or Europe,
I arrived into Peru in 2006 with no onward ticket of any description and I had no problems at all. IF I had run into difficulties, my plan was to arrange to buy a ticket there at the airport, but no-one batted an eyelid or asked any question at all.
I met countless other backpackers who had done the same thing and equally had no difficulties. I eventually bought my onward ticket out of the continent a couple of weeks before leaving. This meant that I was able to spend as long as I wanted in South America without having to keep changing pre-booked flight dates etc.
I think you should be fine unless they have become stricter since the time I was there.
I think you should be able to get relatively good fares from Buenos Aires to Madrid as it's a well serviced route. Unfortunately, can't help with giving you advice on who to fly with, as I haven't done that leg myself.
Hope that helps a bit.
Thanks for replying,
That's what I'd thought that most people opting to travel overland and wouldn't have pre booked coaches/flights etc. I was told my problem would be upon leaving Auckland but the woman at the Aerolineas office said that it's at their discretion which really doesn't help me. I travel on Tuesday & am still unsure of what to do, haha I guess it all depends on which side of the bed the Immigration people wake up as to whether they allow me to fly or not.
Yay I got in!
The guy asked me a few questions about my travel plans, I flashed him a copy of the Itinerary I´d knocked up a day earlier and that seemed to do the trick and I even recieved an upgrade to business class.....couldn´t have gone better
And so...say Goodbye, Sarce.
Anyone else reading this. I have never, having flown into five or six Latin American cities and crossed the land border of a dozen others, ever been asked about a return ticket....EVER
I HAVE seen it happen...to Mohawk Punks...to Goth Chicks....to a White Rastafarian. Exactly three times have I seen a turnback...every time with an ALT type.
But they didn't try to spiff up to get past the checkpoint....Word to the wise. Dress like you mean to be a boon, not a drag on the local economy. Even if you are planning to sit on a street corner and sell cheesy wristbands to fund your meal of ramen noodles and beans while you rub a crystal under your arms and call it "deodorant" When you hit the Immigration desk, wear something that says "Hey, I can't wait to spend money here for a couple of weeks and then get outta your way!"
Moderator comment: Sarce posted spam which was flagged for review - hence Derek's fist comment above. The Spam has been deleted.
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Excellent comments from Piecar.
I don't think you'll have any problems in Argentina - they're really lax with Visa requirements for most western countries - but if you did run into trouble and you're not prepared to buy a ticket at the airport then perhaps take the time to print a fake onward ticket itinerary off the Internet. It's no big deal and will satisfy most Immigration officers. But like I said, Argentina isn't very strict.
[ Edit: Edited on 07-Feb-2009, at 15:59 by Martian900 ]
Hey, I flew to Argentina on a one-way ticket from the U.S. The check-in counter in the U.S. and migrations in Argentina asked me a few questions, but I just explained that I would be traveling throughout South America, and so I only bought a one-way. No problem. Argentina is pretty lax about their borders. However, there's word of a reciprocity fee for US citizens (US$135) entering Argentina. It was supposed to pass in January, but I don't think it's been put into effect yet. And if you need to fly out of Buenos Aires to another country, I heartily recommend the discount travel site www.despegar.com or www.asatej.com. -snip-
Hope this helps!
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