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jdarby
post Jun 14 2009, 09:51 PM
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Iīm currently travelling in Colombia Medellin. I had plane ticket going from Costa Rica to Cartagena Colombia on May 14th then flying out of Medellin today June 14th.

When I got to the airport the airline informed me that i needed a return ticket either by bus or plane showing that i will be leaving the country. I planned on buying bus tickets once in Peru to go to La Paz.

The issue is that i donīt know how to purchase a bus ticket without being in that country and the airline wouldnīt let me on the plane unless i bought an airline ticket to another country or could show them proof of a bus ticket leaving peru (which i canīt because i am in colombia). I even had a ticket showing that i am leaving costa rica going to the states in Aug that i provided as proof that i would be moving on but they said this wouldnīt suffice since it didnīt prove that i will be leaving peru.

Do you know a way to purchase bus tickets from peru to bolivar while i am in colombia. I think this would be the cheapest way to overcome this issue.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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post Jun 15 2009, 01:00 PM
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Wow...that isn't very nice of them, is it?

Maybe this bus company can help you?

http://www.cruzdelsur.com.pe/inicio_2.php

Edit: I just asked my Mexican friend if she knew, and she said that this company goes from Peru to La Paz: http://www.grupo-ormeno.com.pe/home.php


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post Jun 15 2009, 03:17 PM
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^ ^ ^ Both those bus companies are really good, good luck!


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post Jun 15 2009, 03:19 PM
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Well that's a good thing, thanks for verifying, Kathryn.


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post Jun 16 2009, 10:50 AM
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In the security world it is called "profiling"

It is highly unusual to be asked for an onward ticket when entering a country, unless you look so down and out that the immigration officer may feel that you could run out of money at any time while in the country.

The biggest red flag you can wave at airline check-in is a one-way ticket. Although rarely implemented, most countries do indeed require proof on onward travel, or at least that you show sufficient funds to be able to support yourself during your stay and be able to leave the country at the end of your stay. If you are stopped by immigration on arrival, and you don't have either of the requirements, the airline will be fined for allowing you aboard at your originating city.

This is also a red flag for security as incredibly most terrorists only purchase one-way tickets.

It comes down to one basic truth. Don't profile yourself as a down and out. Don't arrive in a country with a one-way ticket looking like a scarecrow, hippy or gypsy. If you arrive properly dressed and looking reasonably decent, you will rarely have a problem. After you have got through immigration, you can revert to your scungy travel clothes, until it is time to leave and enter another country.

One way of getting over this problem is to purchase full-fare refundable air tickets on your credit card to the nearest point in the next country, print out the internet copy, and then cancel the ticket for a full refund to your card. It would be extremely rare for anyone to go to the trouble of actually checking to see if your ticket is still valid, unless, of course, you are looking like something the cat just dragged in.



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post Jun 23 2009, 04:11 PM
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Just how many terrorists do you know?
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post Jun 23 2009, 05:36 PM
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Really...I seem to be giving away secrets, though we all hope that only travellers and not terrorists read these forums. I have yet to see a terrorist write a travel blog! It would probably have a sad ending anyway.


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post Jun 24 2009, 11:56 AM
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I heard that airlines get fined if someone uses a one-way ticket and then doesn't leave the country they are heading to for quite some time. Then, when they do finally leave, it logs in the system that they came with 'such and such' an airline, stayed over their alotted stay, and the airlines can be fined. Then again, maybe it's just codswallop. But I'd heard. Cruz del Sur are excellent, by the way. Had bad experiences with Ormeno.
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