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Last year I was flying to Brazil with Condor. I don't need a visa, if I stay in Brazil below 90 days (regardless if tourism or business).

The check-in clerk asked me about visa or return ticket. I didn't have return ticket, because at that time I didn't plan my whole trip and have not decided where to go next. I was told, that without a visa or a valid ticket out of Brazil I will not be allowed to check in.
(There was enough time, so I just went and bought cheapest ticket to Montevideo, but that's not important here.)

My question is: did the person have right to deny checking me in? Is this anywhere in regulations or law?

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I have the same problem. I will fly with Condor and I only have a one way flight from Frankfurt to Recife in 2 weeks. What can I do now? –  user3727 Dec 10 '12 at 17:11
    
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First of all, an airline is not required to check anybody in. By purchasing a ticket, you have entered into an agreement with a private company, and assented to all the terms of their Contract of Carriage. Written into every airline's CoC will be a clause allowing them to deny you passage under various conditions. You may be entitled to be rebooked for a later flight, to be endorsed to another carrier, or to be issued a refund, depending on the circumstances. But any airline can deny you a check-in or boarding for just about any reason.

Second, many countries, presumably Brazil among them, require that you have arrangements for onward or return travel before you are admitted. They can hold airlines responsible for enforcing this and other entry restrictions; if you arrived in Brazil and were denied entry for any reason, the airline would not only be obligated to you return you to your point of origin on the next flight out— possibly displacing a paid passenger— but they would suffer fines or other penalties.

Perhaps another airline or another agent would not have raised a fuss, but they are not in the wrong in this case. A workaround is to purchase refundable tickets for onward transportation which you can then change at your convenience.

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I have contacted Brazilian consulate with this question. I was informed, that one of requirements to enter Brazil is to have a valid ticket to and from Brazil.

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The question is not about whether such a requirement exists, but whether the airline has the power to enforce it. –  choster Jul 2 '12 at 14:24
    
Can you expand this answer a bit? Or perhaps answer this question with the relevant info? How adamant were they about the to ticket requirement? –  Flimzy May 31 '13 at 20:14

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