The question of “open-jawed” ONE-WAY tickets for coming into Mexico, or traveling through USA airports … keeps cropping up on internet & travel forums.
Any airline clerk MIGHT & sometimes-do challenge your right to fly (or to continue flying) into Mexico, when you only have a 1 way ticket. … This is an especially BIG problem for foreigners traveling to Mexico on itineraries that include layovers or stops & plane changes in the USA. It’s no fun when an airline clerk (or TSA scanner or Immigration agent) sends you back ‘home’, just because you don’t have a paid ticket for a return flight.
The USA, including USCIS immigration authorities & CBP also do sometimes seriously hassle, delay, and even detain some foreigners flying on just one-way tickets. Sadly, the TSA screeners, CBP agents, ICE cops & Immigration agents even deny some onward-travel, and forcibly put people on flights back to their origination-airport. …
There is a GOOD SOLUTION:
Use a company that simply creates a temporary return ticket, that gives you valid proof of onward travel. …Example: consider Onwardticket.com. They’re a travel agency that books you a 100% real flight ticket that is valid for 48 hours.
Instead of paying the full price for the ticket, you only pay a $12 service fee. 😉
If you get hung up at an airport, or at a TSA screening post … or with USCIS-CBP … It takes less than 5 minutes to create a fully legal, legitimate “return ticket”. 😉
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I have heard people mention this on several forums. I have no idea of others’ experiences, but I regularly fly in and out of Mexico to and from a mixture of countries. I never fly with a round-trip ticket — not even an open one. I wonder why my experience is different than the people you have talked with?
I do as well – I’ve never had any issue leaving the US or going into Mexico, but this just happened to me when I checked into my Delta flight last week heading for Cabo. I always fly on one way too because I’m continuously traveling to various places. Luckily I had an outgoing flight with a different airline already booked at that point and was able to find the info.
Glad that it all worked out fine!
You have to have an exit plan in Costa Rica but I have never
had a problem in Mexico and I travel there A LOT. I never go to the ticket counter. Always travel carry-on and check-in online but I travel out of Tijuana so it may be different from LAX or other US airports.
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Hi Steve, Would you please give me the name and contact information for the lawyer you always recommend. Thank you MaryAnn in Campeche
I really like Mauricio Rojano here in Merida.
For general information about Mexico & Mexican law, Spencer McMullen in Chapala. Chapalalaw.com.