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Flying into Colombia - Do I need a return ticket?

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1. Posted by clbe (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello all,

I am trying to book flights to Colombia from Nicaragua. I read that I can only get in if I have a ticket out of Colombia. I will not have this as I will be travelling down to Peru. Will I still be able to enter the country?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I flew into Cartagena from Panama City with a very small budget airline ( and had no questions asked upon entry.

Many S.American countries require a departure ticket, it all comes down to luck i guess, Tho having your departure ticket from Peru handy would help your cause if questions were asked!

Have a blast!

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

hi there.

I think most countries everywhere tend to officially need onward tickets.

I have stopped buying onward tickets.

No one asks me for onward tickets. (with the exception of one border in Costa Rica...but that's a scam.)

I flew into Colombia four times. I have entered countries in planes, trains, automobiles, boats and on foot. Never once had an onward ticket. No one asked me anything.(except for one border in Costa Rica....but that's a scam.) I was neat and clean. I looked like I had money, and I was polite. I have seen people refused. two punker girls, a white guy with dreads, and a Goth guy. They didn't clean up, looked like they were immediately going to find a place to sleep on the streets. No one wants someone who is going to be a drain on their economy, they want someone who is going to be a boon. Be a boon.

And I don't even know how you can possibly present on onward ticket in the days of the ETicket. To make yourse; feel better, go set up an itinerary for an onward trip. Print that out and carry it. That itinerary is all you'll need.