This is our experience/record of crossing the Chile-Argentina Paso Dorotea border on Thursday, 26 November 2015. Our traveling party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We arrived at 2:15pm and were finished at 2:53pm. Some English was spoken by the officers at both borders.
Border Name: Paso Dorotea
Closest major cities: Rio Turbio, Argentina and Puerto Natales, Chile
*Argentina temporary vehicle import permit
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.
Drive down the road until you see a stop sign and park in front of the sign. The building will be on your left (south) side of the street. As you walk into the building the immigration is on the left and the aduana window is on the right.
Step 1 – Immigration: Provide your passport and temporary vehicle import permit and the immigration officer will stamp your passport out of Argentina.
Step 2 – Customs: Provide the officer with your temporary vehicle import permit which they will cancel and tell you that you are finished.
Total time to exit was 7 minutes.
Drive just over a mile to the Chile government building.
As you drive down the road there will be an obvious government building and another stop sign. We drove and parked just in front of the stop sign. Go into the building that is on your right (west) side.
Step 1 – Immigration: The immigration window is down the hall and signed as “policia”. Provide your passport and the immigration officer will stamp your passport into Chile. They may ask you a few questions. The officer will provide you with a piece of paper with three boxes (immigration, aduana, and SAG) and they will stamp the immigration box.
Step 2 – Customs: Across the room from the immigration window is the aduana window. Provide your passport, vehicle title, and the paper with boxes. The officer will provide you with a temporary vehicle import permit and stamp your paper.
Step 3 – SAG (agricultural inspection): Walk back down the hallway you came in and fill out a customs declaration form and then provide that form, the paper with boxes, temporary vehicle import permit to the officer. The officer walked us out to the motorcycles, asked if we had any fruit or vegetables (we said no) and then he said we could leave. He kept the paper with boxes. They will confiscate any fresh food (fruits and vegetables).
You are free to leave.
Total time to enter was 18 minutes.