Allowed in without a return flight?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 13, 2012 8:35 PM Last Post By: lotusland2
Nov 12, 2012 4:39 AM
Allowed in without a return flight?My girlfriend and I are heading to Mexico at the end of December (flying from London to Mexico City via Madrid) and we don't have return flights booked. A friend has suggested that we might encounter problems with the airline and/or Mexican immigration if we don't have proof of our departure/onward travel and that we should buy a fully refundable return flight that we can then cancel. We're heading to Guatemala after a few weeks in Mexico, probably by bus.
Anyone got any thoughts/experience on this?
Nov 12, 2012 5:39 AM
Nov 12, 2012 5:40 AM
2You won´t have problems with Mexican Immigration, but you might have some with the airline. Airlines know that you will return sometime, so they want to fly you back. Selling you a return ticket will insure that. Also, some countries might not permit entrance to some people and if they don´t have a return ticket, the airline has to fly them back with or without a ticket.
Nov 12, 2012 7:06 AM
3I make a fake return ticket for this reason:
but others don't think it is ethical
Nov 12, 2012 12:04 PM
4i flew British/Iberia a month ago on basically a 1 way ticket and wasnt questioned at all at LHR. They were even less interested at Mexico City immigration. I guess it´s not a cast iron thing, but chances are you`ll be fine. Worst case scenario is you have to book a refundable return ticket on your credit card and get it refunded a few days later.
Nov 12, 2012 1:17 PM
5I flew in last year on WestJet, with a return booked on Alaska. WestJet didn't hassle me about not having a return ticket, and since it was on a different airline, they had no way of knowing if I had a return or not. Mexican immigration didn't care either.
I'm going again this year -- and this time I'll go with just a one way as I don't have any idea when I'm coming back. Last time I paid $100 to change my date. Don't want to have to do that again....
Edited by: siemprepatty
Nov 12, 2012 8:45 PM
6I too have booked one way flights (with miles with Alaska Air) the last 2 trips to Mexico. I was not sure of my exact return and when I figured it out, I booked my one way return with Delta from Mexico. No problems. Not sure how that will change in Guatemala, but kind of doubt it will be an issue.
Nov 13, 2012 5:53 PM
7I'm in Mexico City right now. I flew in Sunday on a one-way United ticket I purchased online. I had no issues or questions with either the airline or immigration. Enjoy your trip.
Nov 13, 2012 6:22 PM
Nov 13, 2012 8:35 PM
9Only airline I have had problems with is Copa Airlines flying out of Ecuador. No problems with Air Canada, Aeromexico, US Air.
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