Flying to Argentina with a return in 6 months: problem for immigration?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 23, 2011 5:29 AM Last Post By: mm78
Nov 21, 2011 1:08 PM
Flying to Argentina with a return in 6 months: problem for immigration?Hello,
I am Italian citizen so I don't need a Visa for Argentina if I stay less than three months.
I am planning to fly to Argentina with a return ticket, with return date 6 months later than the arrival. Is this going to be a problem entering Argentina (Buenos Aires)?
At STA Travel in the UK they warned me that being the return flight later than three months, they might stop me in entering the country if I don't show them an outbound flight within three months...
Any info about that?
Nov 21, 2011 1:33 PM
1There will be NO problem with Immigration. Never has.
The problem MAY be the airline . Many airlines, especially some US airlines, use this tactic to extort money from unsuspecting passengers by forcing them to buy on checkin (saying thast they may be forced to fly back such passengers by immigration, technically possible, but nonexixtent problem in reality). Most Eurpoean airlines do not do this.
There are many suggestions on this forum as to meeting this potential problem, do some searching.
Nov 21, 2011 1:41 PM
2The airline will probably be IBERIA, flying from Europe.
Can the airline stop a passenger at departure if they want to?
Nov 21, 2011 1:42 PM
3I forgot to ask: same applies for Brazil, so no problem in having a ticket with a 6 months+ return date?
Nov 21, 2011 2:34 PM
4mm78 said on #2: Can the airline stop a passenger at departure if they want to?
They should have a good legal reason to make it but they don't have it always. It's not the first time a Spanish court issues a ruling against an airline because the airline denied boarding to a passenger when they shouldn't have denied him/her boarding. This is a news item (Spanish only; use an online translator) about a ruling against Ryanair early this year.
Nov 21, 2011 3:24 PM
5well the fundamental question is: is there a written rule stating that to fly into brazil or argentina without a visa you need a flight ticket with a return date within three months?
Nov 21, 2011 4:03 PM
6As mention you will not have problems with immigration. In case they would like to make your life miserable make yourself fake ticket. If you want I can e-mail you my tickets from GOL, then you just have to edit it to say that you're flying to eg. Brazil in a month or so, and then they leave you in peace.
Nov 21, 2011 4:06 PM
Nov 21, 2011 7:01 PM
8I was told that I would need an onward ticket when flying into Colombia to show I was going to leave the country before the entry visa expired. The problem wouldn't be at the Colombian entry, but the airline may require to see it before they let you on the plane (and force you to buy a flight if you haven't got one). Before leaving I booked a cheap flight Cali-Quito which I could cancel later and printed it out. My outbound flight went London-Paris-Bogota and at no stage of the trip did anybody ask to see it. Theoretically you may need some proof of leaving the country at most border crossings but at the land border nobody cares, and if queried showing you have a flight to leave the continent in another country several months later should be enough.
Hope that helps.
Nov 23, 2011 4:16 AM
9So I just spoke with the Argentinian consulate, and they confirmed that a flight return date is required within 3 months from the arrival in Argentina, or problem might be encountered at immigration. Alternatively, any proof of leaving the country before the three months is a valid way to get in without problems, so as suggested by ban_janty, printing the copy of a ticket Argentina-->Brazil/anywhere else with date within three months from arrival is ok!
Anyway not planning to stay in Argentina more than three months, so this is really just admin issues..
so we can close off this post! :-)
Nov 23, 2011 5:18 AM
10#9 Rule number one: never believe what consulate of any South America country tell you! They have simply no idea in 99%, and immigration officers will do what they want anyway. I've crossed many land borders in this continent, and also took a few international flights, and I was NEVER asked for anything else than a passport.
(besides visa for Suriname, but it's SA by geography only)
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