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  1. #11
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    Jun 2004
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    Default Re: one way air tickets

    This happens quite often. We have come across this issue a few times (mainly in the US returning to Central America) and have heard of other cruisers having to buy a return ticket

    It is the airlines at the airport you are leaving who are the problem not the authorities as the airlines would have to pay for the return flight if there is a problem at the other end.

    Trying simple logic and/or trying to explain the situation to the airline clerk never seems to work.

    We carry our ship’s papers and other documentation that are given you when your boat enters the country that you are travelling to. When questioned we say “We live in XXXX and here are the papers to prove it, and then tell them to go and speak to their supervisor”

    They take a photo copy of the paperwork and say OK. This approach has even worked in Miami and Fort Lauderdale!!

    A letter from the captain of the vessel you are joining, as suggested above, should work along with copies of the ships documentation

    Or, as others have said, get a seaman’s card

    Good luck

  2. #12
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    Default Re: one way air tickets

    Quote Originally Posted by 25931 View Post
    Antes de 25 de abril ?
    No, it was in the 80s. I moved there in 75, but had visited before ( couple of weeks after 25 de abril). Think I was the victim of a junior inexperienced check in girl. Though quite why they had one way restrictions escapes me. I did flash my bank card and pointed out that I could only have one if I was resident. That got her to refere to higher authority, which worked.

  3. #13
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    May 2001
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    Daytona Beach, Florida
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    15,063

    Default Re: one way air tickets

    Lateral thinking. When we left the UK for the USA, we bought return tickets with return set at 6 months. The price was actually lower than one-way tickets.We didn't pay for upgraded premium economy seats on the return part and simply let the tickets( Virgin Atlantic) lapse. No comebacks.
    Sermons from my pulpit are with tongue firmly in cheek and without any warranty!

  4. #14
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    Default Re: one way air tickets

    Quote Originally Posted by DownWest View Post
    No, it was in the 80s. I moved there in 75, but had visited before ( couple of weeks after 25 de abril). Think I was the victim of a junior inexperienced check in girl. Though quite why they had one way restrictions escapes me. I did flash my bank card and pointed out that I could only have one if I was resident. That got her to refere to higher authority, which worked.
    I remember having problems in the early 80s with cheap flights because they were only available with accommodation, were two way and were not transferable. There were no visa requirements.
    Last edited by 25931; 04-01-18 at 11:47.
    Dum spiro spero. Cras ingens iterabimus aequor.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
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    Carribbean currently Grenada
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    6,131

    Default Re: one way air tickets

    This is a common problem. In most islands in the Eastern Caribbean. The airline and the immigration authorities are happy to accept a simple letter from the skipper saying they will be responsible for the onward passage of the person as they will be joining the boat. make it look as official as you can and include details of any current cruising permit.

    Trinidad is the one island that has a more complex procedure and it is worth contacting YSATT ysatt.com/ to check on the latest wrinkle in the procedures. Allow plenty of time for this as you may be faxing docs back and forwards and immigration have to give prior approval and they can take their time.
    Monkey patching programmer [retired ]

  6. #16
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    Jan 2011
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    Shropshire/Empuriabrava
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    Default Re: one way air tickets

    In the late 70s and 80s when I used to go to the States for the winter with no intention to return any time soon, it was always cheaper to get a return, two week, ticket and not use the return. When answering the question on the I94 about where we were staying, we would just put "touring". This was all pre 9/11 so may be trickier now. One way tickets always raise a red flag to immigration.

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