Me and my girlfriend are flying into Lima from Dublin via Madrid in November, and have been told that we need proof of onward travel out of Peru ( ie.Train,plain or bus ticket. ) or we may be refused entry. I have also been told that you do not need it !! Can anyone shed some light on this matter please!
In September 2005 when we left the UK for South America, the staff in Madrid refused to allow us on the plane with a one-way ticket to Lima. We had to buy an onward ticket (fully refundable) then cancel it once we got to Peru. The whole process took 6 months during which the exchange rate went massively against us and we lost about £100 of our ticket refund!
When we made a trip back to the UK from Argentina (therefore still without an onward ticket) we bought Buquebus (http://www.buquebus.com/cache/HomeARG.html) tickets online, from Buenos Aires to Uruguay, and had them refunded when we got back to BA. That doesn't help you for Lima though. You could always have a hotel reservation in Bolivia for a few weeks after you leave. That should be proof enough that you are leaving Peru. We had a TEFL course booked in Buenos Aires but that was more than 3 months after our arrival in Lima, so they wouldn't accept that!!
Other people have not had this problem. It seems to be at the whim of the staff in Madrid if you stage through there. If you are through-ticketed from Dublin (ie, not stopping over) then it will be at the discretion of staff in Dublin.
When you get to Lima, no checks are made, which was more than a little annoying!!!!
Hope that helps.
Thanks that's great.
Thats sort of what ive been hearing!
Hi Neil. I flew to Buenos Aires a few days ago from Heathrow, via Sao Paulo. I was worried about this too (they said that Argentina demand proof of onward travel). However, at no point were we asked i we had onward travel and when we arrived in BA, it took about 2 minutes to get through Customs and they gave us a 90 day visa.
You might want to call your Airline for the best info, but I wouldn´t worry too much (especially leaving from Dublin, as Russ mentioned).
Have a great trip!
Actually Ruth, I believe it is different for BA. There is nothing in law saying you need onward travel from Argentina, but I think there is for Peru. The thing is whether or not it is actually asked for. On entry it never is, but in Madrid the airport covers itself by insisting. As I said, I don't know what happens when you leave from the UK or Ireland.
Hi, this is something Trailfinders warned us about too, but we´ve never met anyone who has actually been asked to show their proof of exit from Peru, and we weren´t either, travelling via LA. We went to Peru in the first month of our 12 month trip, so we hoped that a book full of flight tickets around the world would be enough to satisfy them if necessary.
Do you know yet when you´ll be leaving Peru and where you´ll be going? I think Cruz Del Sur, one of the major bus companies, has online booking, so you might be able to book a bus out of the country if you wanted to be on the safe side, but I would´t worry about it too much.
I am wondering then if it's only the b******s in Madrid!!
Yeah It does sound like a load of bull. I think we are going to chance it without getting onward travel.Hopefully as everyone says its not needed and its only the airline that asks for it and everything will be grand.
Arriving in Peru they did ask me to show my onward travel itinerary. Luckily this was not a problem for as I showed them I had a plane ticket out of Bolivia six weeks later. This was also the case with Bolivia. I have had trouble with this in other countries as well and the easiest solution is to buy the cheapest bus ticket that will satisfy their needs, should not be more than US$40. Good Luck.