I am getting a marriage visa when I arrive in Colombia from Canada. I'm not sure when I will return so I would like a one way ticket.

Will I be able to do this? I know that there can be restrictions.

Posted on April 6, 2009


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Not a good idea. I have the Colombian visa now, and once I had it for the first time I bought a one way ticket. The DAS person asked me about it, and I pointed out that I had a visa, at which point they said no problem... which would lead me to believe that yes there CAN be problems.

Get an open ended return ticket.

Posted on April 6, 2009


Yep, I've had problems with that myself. I was told that I had to buy two at the airport ticket counter.Best to go for 2.

Posted on April 6, 2009


drat, thanks

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I have traveled to Colombia with a one way ticket. I wasn't asked anything out of the normal upon entry. But, usually round trip tickets are close to the same price, if not cheaper, than one way tickets anyway. So no worries. Want peace of mind, just get a ticket that shows you are leaving to anywhere later. You won't be questioned other than the norm.

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I have had no problem, however it is always recommended to buy round trip. They ask less questions and arouses little suspicion.

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To renew the tourist stamp, you need an onward ticket, but you can just print up a fake one or go to a travel agency and give them 10 mil pesos or so to print you something. I've entered Colombia 3 times without onward tickets and never had a problem.

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Call your airline of choice and ask if they will allow boarding with a one-way ticket using a Canadian passport. In all probability you will not have a problem entering but draw the wrong DAS agent and you might.

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You may find you have a problem with the airline let alone DAS. They often won't let you fly if you don't have an on ward ticket, will make you buy one then and there, which with a lot of hassle can be later refunded. I agree with corporalgator, just make one, use your cut and paste skills. Just make sure its with a different carrier than the one you are flying with, that way the airline won't check it and make sure you use correct times and flight numbers. I have used this in many countries both with airlines and officials, has saved me a great deal of trouble.

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Ya, I'm getting a return ticket. I always ask for 90 days and they always give me 60. I have to take Air Canada or Avianca because my wife will likely come back with me and it is too much of a hassle to go through the states. The charter deals to Cuba and Dominican end just before I go too. I hope Air Canada gets a better jet for their Toronto - Bogota flight.

I noticed Avianca is flying Bogota - Montreal now but the prices seem pretty high. Do they ever have seat sales? It makes more sense because I'm sure there are more Colombians in Montreal than Toronto.

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UH - a fake ticket. Not a bad idea. All I have given them on my visa extensions is a piece of paper. I'll probably get a return but if I get a great deal, that is the way I will go.

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can you actually fake a ticket and fly for free? i never thought about that, Bogota here we go!!!!! and then Medallo await for me!!!!!

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but i think that is impossible, i mean to feak a ticket to travel for free

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no you can't actually fly with the fake ticket, i mean a fake ticket solely to show (airline or immigration) that you intend to leave the selected country you are flying into..... but worth a try!!

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I don't think there are very many Colombians in Montreal at all, not that there are many in Canada period, but the biggest concentration is going to be in Toronto I'd imagine. But if Avianca is now flying direct there I could be wrong. I'd certainly rather live in Montreal. :P

Bottom line, Colombians are very lax about immigration because they just don't have millions of people storming their borders, but it is still technically not legal to enter with a one way ticket, so why risk it?

Posted on April 6, 2009


Chris...I think that Avianca flight is the same plane as the Air Canada flight. Compare the departure times. I believe it hops to Montreal after landing in Toronto.

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Also - buy travel insurance. The Globe and Mail hasn't run anythng (not that I could find at least), but the NYTimes ran this last week: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/business/global/01air.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Air Canada&st=cse

I don't actually think it would happen.. but then again I doubt Harper's gov't would bail them out - so who knows.

The BBC seems to think we are in good shape... http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/2009/03/the_best_prepared_awar.html

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I'm going westjet Calgary to Vegas, Spirit Vegas to Fort Lauderdale to Bogota. I have to go to Bogota to get my visa. All of that was for $500can and my 2 stops are only 3.5 hours each. It's my best deal yet (if I make it) I'm not a big fan of the Air Canada flight. I might just roll the dice with DAS because I plan to take the AC flight back anyway so I can just buy that when I am at the airport if I have to. I'll watch to see if there are any deal in the mean time.

If the wife come back with me, I don't want to stop in the States and it would be really cool if we could go through San Andres, Dominican or Cuba so I would like to leave things open.

I won't fly American again. They really ripped me off.

Posted on April 6, 2009


Wow, you won't be beating that price anytime soon.

Posted on April 6, 2009