Visa advice - proof of leaving country
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2013 5:20 AM Last Post By: RayitoG
Feb 22, 2013 8:43 AM
Visa advice - proof of leaving countryI'm heading to Guatemala for 6-8 weeks in March. For visa entry I reckoned that I'd just need to fill in a form at the airport for limited period of stay and it would be sorted. But I will need proof of departure. And I have no evidence of that. The only other booking I have is a flight out of Peru back to Europe in June.
In between I plan to travel through CA and then down to South America.
How do I get a visa for Guatemala and will I have the same problem through any other countries I travel through. What have others done for proof of departure?
Feb 22, 2013 1:01 PM
1As discussed a million times in the beautiful archives which have been completely taken offline because somebody say the something-word, this is an absolute non-problem. There is approximately 0% you will be asked about this by Guatemalan authorities, no matter how bad you smell. There is no actual "visa" for Guatemala, just a welcome and a goodbye.
The potential issue is going to be with your flight. Spirit? They're probably going to hassle you. Bring a simulated/refundable reservation to be sure. Just about anyone else? No problem. Someone will probably tell you to "call the airline." Don't. They'll just read the script.
Feb 23, 2013 12:39 PM
2All US airlines participate in the onward ticket scam, best to bus out of the US & fly from Mexico.
Feb 23, 2013 1:51 PM
3All US airlines participate in the onward ticket scam
#2 did a typo because the "All" key is very close to the "Hardly any" key – we've all been there. Bus out of the US and fly from Mexico? What is this, horrible advice day!?
I've flown to Guate on American and United several times and never got even a mention of the 1-way ticket. It is very rare that they'll hassle you (especially if you don't mention it), and if you do, a printed "Reservation" is generally all you need. Worst case scenario you buy a refundable ticket on the spot but there have been very few reports of major probs with any other airlines besides Spirit.
Feb 23, 2013 4:27 PM
Feb 23, 2013 6:13 PM
Feb 24, 2013 5:20 AM
6Hey I've also flown to Guate & San Sal on AA through Miami many times on one way tickets, but not last Sept, Wouldn't even know AA was the same same airline, operating late, in some cases by hours, unfriendly staff & nitpicking charges.
AA used to be my favorite airline, treated me great on my RTW but no longer, can't see the merger with US Air improving things either.
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