This is our experience/record of crossing the Argentina-Uruguay border on Friday, 18 December 2015. Our traveling party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We arrived at 2:53 and were finished at 3:23.
Border Name: Paso International Concordia – Salto
Closest major cities: Concordia, Argentina and Salto, Uruguay
*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.
Exit Argentina and Enter Uruguay
The border officials share a large building and it is obvious as you drive down the road that you have come to the border station. There will be parking to your left. You walk into the building and if you are going the direction Argentina to Uruguay this will be your process:
Step 1 – Immigration: The immigration counter is through the door on your left. It is the immigration for Uruguay. You do not need to be stamped out of Argentina. Your stamp into Uruguay acts as your exit from Argentina. We were a bit confused and tried to go over to the Argentina side to get stamped out and they shooed us away. Provide the Uruguay officer your passport and your temporary vehicle import permit. They stamped our entry next to the last Argentina entry stamp. You will also be given a small piece of paper with a stamp on it. Keep this as you will need it later.
Step 2 – Argentina Customs: Walk through the building and exit on the other side. Go across the lane of traffic of cars leaving Uruguay and to the side that has people entering Argentina. You will see lots of aduana signs and just follow them to the office. Turn in your temporary vehicle import permit and leave. This step was a bit confusing so just ask any official you see for the Argentinian aduana office.
Step 3 – Uruguay Customs: Walk back through building and go to the counter that is just down the right of the immigration desk you stopped at in the beginning. Give the officer your passport and vehicle title. They will provide you with your Uruguay temporary vehicle import permit.
Step 4 – Leaving: return to your vehicle and as you drive to the barrier to leave you will need to turn in that scrap piece of paper you received from the immigration officer.
Step 5 – Insurance: It is our understanding that insurance is required though we did not see anywhere to purchase it at the border. We purchased insurance in La Paz at Seguros Illimani for Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay for a five-month period. The cost was $160 per motorcycle. We were not asked for proof of insurance.
Total time to exit and enter was 30 minutes.