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1. Posted by Jay29 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi.. I am planing a trip to Costa Rica and then working are way down to south america, finishing up in Argentina. But I need a little advice...

My friends mom works for a travel company and she said she could get me the plane tickets at her work. So I went to see her about getting a cheap one-way flight to costa rica and she tells me that in order for me to enter costa rica, you will need an exit ticket out of the country as well. Because they want to know how long I am staying for, what I am doing and all that stuff. So to get around this we decided to get another one way ticket out of costa rica 3 weeks later to honduras. Which ever is cheapest place to fly to. I don't have any plans to us this second cheap ticket, its just so they will let me in the country and so they will know when I am leaving. But what happens when I have not taken the flight to honduras and show up at the border to panama. You would figure that they are going to want to know how long I am going to be in panama for and when I am leaving it to. So do I do this again at each border I cross?

How do you guys do it? Do I need something to show them that I am just passing threw the country and not planing to stay there before they will let me in? Any advice or anything really would be great thanks. Jason

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2008, at 12:34 PM by Jay29 ]

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

Being able to show proof of onward journey is more of a technical requirement these days, unless you have the ill fortune to look 'suspicious' (i.e., muslim in Europe and US, black in the Americas), in which case it is advisable just to comply to the letter with all regulations in place. But even if you're white and wealthy-looking, but are unfortunate enough to run into an immigrations official in a bad mood, not having proof of onward journey can be a reason not to let you in.

Usually, having a return ticket to Europe/US, even if departure is from another country, will do the trick, esp. when complemented with being able to show a credit card in your name. But if you want to be absolutely sure, simply buy the cheapest flight CR-USA that is fully refundable, and turn it back in after having left the country. That way, it won´t cost you anything at all.

3. Posted by Jay29 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks bentivogli that helps. Now I can get all this stuff finished up before I go. Thanks

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jason,

I just remembered this thread where I explained about my experience at Central American borders. Unless you're willing to pay a little bit extra for a 'return' ticket to the bording country it would probably the best getting a return ticket to the U.S. that will be refunded.