Paraguayan Bits #1 – Where do you think you’re going?

While boarding my flight from Bogota, Colombia to Asuncion, Paraguay the conversation went like this (factor in a bit of language barrier as well)

Gate Agent: You have proof of COVID vaccination?

Me: Yes. (I show her)

Gate Agent: You have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination?

Me: Yes. (I show her)

Gate Agent: This is a one way ticket, where is your ticket out of Paraguay?

Me: I don’t have one.

Gate Agent: Well, when are you leaving Paraguay?

Me: I have no idea.

Gate Agent: You need to show me proof on onward travel…

Me: But I don’t have any…

At this point she tells me to stand aside and they board the rest of the flight. Then a conference starts among airline staff. Lots of pointing at me and talking in Spanish.

Gate Agent: We can’t let you board without proof you will leave Paraguay.

Me: Are you certain? I have been planning this trip for a very long time and have never come across any mention anywhere of Paraguay having such a requirement.

Gate Agent: Yes, you absolutely need proof of forward travel.

Me: Does ANYTHING saying I’m leaving Paraguay count?

Gate Agent: Of course.

So now…. with a plane full of people literally waiting… I frantically use my phone to buy a random bus ticket online, for $10, taking me from Asuncion to the Argentine border… that I will never use.

Me: Will this work?

Gate Agent: Of course, now please hurry and board.

The levels of pointless here… I just cannot….

P.S. After landing in Asuncion I asked the border control agent if proof of forward travel is required, he said no, and seemed to have zero idea what I was talking about.

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