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one way ticket and entry into CA/SA countries

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1. Posted by dorty (Inactive 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am purchasing a one way ticket into Guatemala and have checked with their embassy as to whether i can enter the country.This is fine. I will be travelling the rest, or most of my yearlong journey by land. My question is whether my lack of a return ticket to canada would affect my entry into other countries along the way? Anyone??Thanks, Andrea

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dorty,

I had no onward ticket entering Peru earlier this year. They were more bothered about it in JFK than they were at immigration in Lima. No questions whatsoever.

I think they are just used to lots of backpackers entering and leaving overland, so it doesnt raise too many eyebrows.

I know it can vary from country to country and sometimes you can just meet the wrong official on the wrong day...but I wouldnt worry too much. ;)

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Some places have a return ticket policy, but rarely check for rich North American types. They are concerned about people coming into the country, staying and having no way of supporting themselves. For Canadians, they are pretty sure that you aren't planning on staying and will be able to pay your way, so they shouldn't bother you.

If you do get hassled, usually you just have to show that you have the means to support yourself and exit the country when the time comes. I.e., show them your credit card. That proves that you can buy a plane ticket out of the country.