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1. Posted by AmyUK (Budding Member 18 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I am planning a trip to SA, spring time next year. Basically I would like to book a one way ticket from London to BA, as I dont want to tie myself down to a time limit and would like to then either fly up to Central America or back home (UK), all depending on funds!! Just wondering, would this be possible to enter BA with a one way ticket? Which countries in SA need to see that you have an outbound ticket? Im a British citizen so not sure if that would matter. I have spent hours looking on the internet but have failed to find an exact answer. So any help would be great!

Thanks Amy

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1031 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

No one cares. Buy the ticket and have at 'er. One way is fine....I say this drawing from ample experience flying into literally DOZENS of countries, one way. Fret not. Don't listen to the travel agent. However.....If you're a rastafarian, punkrocker, heavy metal headbanger, goth, or clown pant wearing, tattoo faced waster, then disregard and buy a return ticket. If you have visible tattoos and lip and nose rings, hide the tattoos and take out the jewelry. Look clean, stand up straight, meet immigration worker's eyes with a level beatific gaze, and you are on your way. Seriously.


[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2011, at 20:29 by Piecar ]

3. Posted by AmyUK (Budding Member 18 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice!

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5644 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

More often than not (unless you book with budget airlines), a one-way tickets is more expensive than a return ticket (yes, you read it right).

So what I suggest is to buy a return flight from another city on the other side of South America or maybe Central America and see what happens. It's highly likely going to be cheaper anyway, and if you don't use it, so be it.


5. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Amy,

You can try to find an airline that doesn't charge more for one way ticket than return (Aerolinas Argentina or maybe Iberia). You can try eg for reference.

From Central America, cheapest way might be to fly with SpiritAir to the US (Florida or NYC) and try to find another carrier that has reasonable prices for one way (eg AirBerlin).

Hope you will find a good deal.

6. Posted by Tashimay (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Amy
How long are you going for?
Im buying a one way ticket to Santiago May next year and travelling across land in my own time (First to BA).
Im wondering if you have to have a plane flight as evidence that you are leaving the country?
or can you have other evidence (a tour planned in another country?)
Looking for travel buddies if anyone is keen or knows of anyone there at the same time?


7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1031 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

You don't need either, Tash. I've flown into Santiago three times now with nothing to say that I'm leaving. The subject has not even come up standing at the kiosk. In the day of the E-ticket, I'm not even sure what you would present to prove you were flying out.

If you are fretting about it...and I had a British friend in Chile who was FRANTIC about this, I would go online, punch up a prospective itinerary, print that out, and show that to the immigration dude, should he ask (and he won't) You'll be all right. Alternatively, you can just explain why you don't have one, should he ask. It's not like you're putting one over on 'em. And this route is well WELL travelled to BsAs.

Ease back, Ripley. You're just grinding metal.


8. Posted by AmyUK (Budding Member 18 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the info guys I will look into it. I have done the mistake before of getting a return ticket from my Asia travels and then not getting on the flight as I decided to stay out there. So thought this time around I would just do the one way thing, but Michael I'll look into the return flights! Its just nice to know that your not tied down to any dates etc. Thanks again!

Tash - So far Im planning to go for as long as possible all depends on funds! Im thinking of flying into BA and then making my way up through all the countries and just taking my time. Most likely spending more time in the cheaper countries such as Bolivia and Peru. But cant resist seeing the delights of BA, Rio, Santiago etc! Im going to be leaving my job here in the UK so will be in no rush to go home! Im aiming to leave april/may time next year, so same as you. Where abouts do you plan to go? The thought of me travelling through South America alone scares me, but as all my friends seem to be having babies and buying houses I have no choice but to just go for it! I have travelled through SE Asia for 6 months but with my mate from home, so I have never been a one man band! Would be great to hear your plans, are you planning on going on your own?

Amy x

9. Posted by Tashimay (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Amy!

Haha yep! - my mates are getting married etc too

your plans sound amazing!! yep! i'm planning on doing my own thing!
at the moment i am not sure whether to fly into Santiago (from Australia) to make my way to BA or straight to BA? If i fly to Santiago i will get to see a bit of Chile too :) however the long night bus across from Chile to Argentina seems long and im not sure if it is worth it? I have heard if you land in BA you have to pay $100 at the airport (not sure if its the same in Santiago)

haha anyways my plans are the same as you... just taking my time, with the the funds i have.
I was looking at doing a tour as an icebreaker- to get use to the culture before doing my own thing. However they are pretty expensive and i dont like being locked into a path with strict timelines etc.

I did a tour with Trek America in 2008 and that was AMAZING!! - expensive but worth it! - especially as i was not so independent then.

If i find some people who want to take their time seeing the countries of SA then i think i will just do it that way.

But still a little undecided about what to do? haha

I am sure about one thing though, there is a little place in Cuzo, Peru where i would love to spend some time volunteering

hmmm what where your plans when you land?

look forward to hearing from you


10. Posted by freehat (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


Sorry to go slightly off-topic but it is sort of relevant: is it true that Brazilian immigration is much stricter than the surrounding countries? I ask because I plan on taking my return flight home from Rio, so obviously don't want to be stranded in a neighbouring country with no flight because I wasn't allowed in. I have a UK passport and would only be there as a tourist.