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1. Posted by leedslad82 (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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,

Many Thanks ;)

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Leedslad,

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. ;)


3. Posted by leedslad82 (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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.

4. Posted by leedslad82 (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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 ;)

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6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 980 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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 Mohawk Goth 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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7. Posted by Martian900 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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.

Have fun.


[ Edit: Edited on 07-Feb-2009, at 15:59 by Martian900 ]

8. Posted by bsaslover (Inactive 14 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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 or -snip-
Hope this helps!


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