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1. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Is it possible to enter Peru with just a one way ticket? When I go through customs will they need proof that I am leaving? I had a friend just go to Korea with a one way ticket, and they sent her home! I obviously don't want that to happen when I go to Peru, but I also don't want to buy a return, because I don't know when I am returning. Anyone have any information on this???? Thanks!!!


2. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ashy
All I know is that they will apparently ask you for proof that you are staying no more than 90 days in Peru - the only way to prove this is to show a flight (or train/bus ticket) out of the country within that time. I don't know if you can book a train or bus ticket online before you leave home, but I doubt it, therefore we're talking about a flight. If you're on a One World ticket, or even a RTW ticket, you should have been told this, and they could have thrown in a short flight out of Peru as part of your total fare, even if you don't use it...

3. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info. Maybe I'll look into a bus/train ticket... see what I can find online.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You're technically required to be able to show proof of onward journey, but I never heard someone was asked for it. Esp. if you're carrying a credit card, which counts as proof of sufficient funds, you won't have a problem I think. Still, they theoretically cóuld deny you entry...

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

We´ve been travelling around South America for the last six months and the only person who asked us about a return ticket was the staff in the airport in Dublin. Talking to a lot of people the only time any one has been asked is when leaving their own countries as the airlines don`t want the responsibility of flying you back. In Peru we weren`t asked for any proof of duration of stay or how we were leaving. If you do have to buy a ticket when you leave home the easiest way is to pick up a refundable ticket when you are leaving and cash it in as soon as you get to S.A.....

Hope you have a great trip...

6. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I spent 9 months in South America and 2 and a half in Central America in 2006/07 and was never asked once.Even when your 3 months in a country is up just do a border run and head back.
I spent 4 months in Argentina and when my 3 months was nearly up i just went to the immigration office instead and after 2 hours and 100 pesos i was stamped up for another 3 months.No problem.

7. Posted by Snow21 (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey, we did a RTW starting in Peru. We had a friend who was just doing south america and brought a one way ticket. However British Airways wouldnt let her fly without a return and made her buy a return ticket from South America back to the UK. She brought any cheap ticket she could from the desk and then when she was in Peru wrote to BA, cancelled the ticket and got a full refund. In Lima airport though no one asks for proof of onward journey.

8. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for the info!

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