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Argentina to Chile Border Crossing: Paso Cardenal

Argentina to Chile Border Crossing: Paso Cardenal

This is our experience/record of crossing the Chile-Argentina Fronterizo Cardenal Samore border on Thursday, 5 November 2015. Our traveling party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We arrived at 1:50pm and were finished at 3:25pm. It is 39 kilomters between the two customs (aduana buildings). The border hours are 08:00-19:00 in summer (December-February) and 09:00-19:00. Some English was spoken by the officers at both borders.

Border Name: Paso Fronterizo Cardenal Samore
Closest major cities: Villa La Angostura, Argentina and Entre Lagos, Chile
Costs: US$0

Paperwork required:
*Passport
*Motorcycle title
*Argentina temporary vehicle import permit
*Insurance
Note: we keep all originals in individual plastic sleeves. We labeled these sleeves clearly to avoid confusion as to what was what, to keep original documents clean, and to differentiate what is original and what is a copy. All border-crossing officials have respected the sleeve.

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Exit Argentina

As you drive down the road you will come to a booth with a military soldier who will stop you. He will write you plate number on a ticket with boxes. The boxes are for migration and customs. Drive a short distance (300 meters) and park near the primary building. Enter the building on the left (south).

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Start at window one and move on down the line.

Step 1 – Immigration: Window 1 is for migration. Provide your passport and the immigration officer will stamp your passport out of Argentina. The officer will also stamp the immigration box on your ticket.

Walk down a short hallway (well-marked) to window 2.

Step 2 – Customs: Window 2 is customs and provide the officer with your temporary vehicle import permit which they will cancel and tell you that you are finished. The officer will stamp the aduana box on your ticket.

Leave the building and drive to the border gate to turn in your ticket with all boxes stamped.

Total time to exit was 10 minutes.

Start driving – in 17 kilometers you will be in Chile and there is a nice place to stop at the pass and look at the view. Drive another 22 kilometers for the Chile aduana (a total of 39 kilometers).

Enter Chile

As you drive down the road you will come to a booth with a military soldier who will stop you. He will write you plate number on a ticket with boxes. The boxes are for migration, customs, and searching. Drive a short distance and park where directed. Go into the building on your left (south).

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Start at window one and move on down the line.

Step 1 – Immigration: Window 1 is for migration. Provide your passport and the immigration officer will stamp your passport into Chile. They may ask you a few questions. The officer will also stamp the immigration box on your ticket.

Step 2 – Customs: Window 2 is customs and provide the officer with your passport and customs declaration (declare everything – say yes to agriculture which is defined as ANY food that you are carrying). The officer will provide you with your temporary vehicle import permit. The officer will stamp the aduana box on your ticket.

Step 3 – Search: Leave the building and provide your ticket to the customs officers waiting outside. Our motorcycles were searched quite extensively but nothing was confiscated and we had no issues. Luckily they didn’t go through every little thing, which is no fun to pack back up. They will confiscate any fresh food (fruits and vegetables). The officer will stamp the SAG box on your ticket.

When all your boxes are stamped then drive down the road to the guard gate. The guard will take your ticket with all boxes stamped and raise the gate and you are free to go.

Total time to enter was 35 minutes.

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