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Old 1 Sep 2006
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Talking chile info!

hi, Im looking to fly into chile from the uk in the next couple of weeks ( probably santiago). I have a uk passport and would like clarification about entry to chile, I will have a one way ticket as I intend to buy a bike and tour south america, however in my footprint guide it seems to say that I need an onward ticket to show to be granted entry using a tourist card that I fill in at the airport. is this correct?
My rough route will take me north to bolivia then peru, ecuador, columbia, venezuela, brazil, paraguay, argentina and then back to chile to sell the bike. Im looking at 10 to 12 months to do this.
can anyone tell me if I can enter all these countries by getting visas at each boarder or do I have to get any in advance?

is this a good time scale and time of your to do such a trip?

anyone selling a bike in satiago?

would also like to hear from anyone who would like to join me along the way!

thanks in advance for any replies

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Hi,

My understanding of the rules and procedures, one country where you cant get a visa at the border overland is venezuela. If you can fly in there then you can get a visa when you land.

If this is incorrect then I will be glad to be corrected.

As for having onward flights I flew my first flight into New York onn 12th June and my next flight is from Chile mid January 06. Was told this was enough, guess only time will show

Hope this helps

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One Way Ticket.

My wife and I are flying into Chile on a One Way Ticket from Canada. The Chile Consulate in Canada advised that there should not be a problem arriving in Chile, but they can not put this in writing. The Airlines however said it is possible that I would not be allowed to board the aircraft, as the airline is responsible if I arrive in a foreign country without an onward ticket of some type. Fortunately there is a simply solution. I will also purchases a full fare, fully refundable ticket for a return flight from Chile to Canada. Once of I have cleared immigration, and after I have got my bike processed through customs, I will simply cancel our return tickets and get a refund.
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In my experience, cashing in the return half of an airline ticket can be very expensive if not impossible. If you are really worried about not being allowed to even get on the aircraft, why not also pre-purchase the cheapest possible single from Santiago airport which will probobly be to Argentina, for some time after you arrive ensuring that you can cancel with no financial penalty; or do as I am and travel on a single, albeit to Argentina, but carrying the waybill for my moto which is traveling on it's own and use that as my proof of ongoing intentions. Ride safe,
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cashing return ticket.

No concern with getting a full refund on my ticket. Probably because I am purchasing the ticket in the country where I live, from an airline I know, and where I understand the the rules and procedures. I would have that concern if I were making the purchase in a foreign land from a foreign airline which is why I did not consider a ticket from Chili to Argentina. Also the waybill for my motto makes sense, but the airline would not guarantee me that it would be accepted. I did not want to encounter problems 2 hours before the flight leaves. This is what works for me, but everyone has to find their own level of comfort.
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I think this is a standard airline/travel agency phrase, just to clear their back. I was never asked about a return ticket last year. And after all Chile is quite westernised and used to backpackers.
No need for visa, just show up on the borders.
10-12 months give you plenty of time!
have a nice trip!
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Hah! I thought you don't need visas any more..

I was in Chile last year - great place to travel in!
In Russia we always have problem to get visas (we need it almost for all countries), we came to amabasador and just talked to him, he was cool man and gave us multivisas without all those hotel bookings and exact plans for staing, I'm shure that if we would ask him to forget about date of back ticket he would let us to do it.
My advice is to talk with ambasador, maybe he is a cool guy!
Good luck with this trip, learn Spanish (nobody speak english there) and don't forget to take water in Atacama desert (we did!)
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Where were you?!

OK! I lied to you!
I've met 12 people speaking English
(I made a trip from Santiago to San Pedro and back, maybe to the south English is more popular)
They were: 2 americans, 2 Englishmen, 1 Italian, 1 girl from Israel, 3 owners of hotels, 1 chilean guy on a KTM we had a party with (woh! it was fun!), 1 hippy in Colama and a guy in the airplane on our way back!
So till the end of a trip i already hablar Espaniol un pokito (sorry if I wrote it wrong)
But please understand me correctly - all this language problems are so cool and funy, I loved them!
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A big thanks to all who contributed to this forum!
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