This is our experience/record of crossing the Chile-Argentina at Paso de Integracion Austral border on Tuesday, 8 December 2015. Our traveling party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We arrived at 11:56am and were finished at 12:33pm. There were lines of people due to the holiday weekend.
Border Name: Paso de Integraion Austral
Closest major cities: Cerro Sombrero, Chile and Rio Gallegos, Argentina
Costs: US$160 for Argentina reciprocity fee (good for ten years)
*Argentina reciprocity payment receipt (for US citizens). This fee, for US citizens only, cannot be arranged at the border and must be done prior to arrival. You pay the fee online and print your receipt. This receipt is your proof of payment that will be required each time you cross into Argentina. You will be denied entry into Argentina if you go without.
*Chile 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 Chile and Enter Argentina
This is a combined border station with everything in one building. Drive up to the building and the guards will wave you to park in the front, ahead of all the cars. Inside the building each station is clearly marked with a number 1-4.
Step 1 – Immigration Chile: Chile immigration is the first counter as you enter the building a bit to your left. Provide your passport to the immigration officer and they will stamp you out of Chile. They will also provide you with a slip of paper with four boxes and you need to get a stamp from each station.
Step 2 – Immigration Argentina: Argentina immigration is to your right after finishing with Chile immigration. Provide your passport and your proof of reciprocity payment to the immigration officer and they will stamp you into Argentina. The officer stamped the same piece of paper that was given to us by the Chile immigration officer.
Step 3 – Customs Chile: The Chile aduana desk was to the right of the door when you entered the building though there does appear to be more than one aduana desk. Provide your passport and temporary vehicle import permit to the aduana officer. They will review and keep and tell you that you are finished. The officer stamped the same piece of paper that was given to us by the immigration officer.
Step 4 – Customs Argentina: There are three windows for the aduana and it was a bit confusing which one to use (we were told different things by various people) but we were processed by the aduana officer that is just to the left of the Chile aduana officer. It actually said something about buses and trucks by his sign. Provide your passport and vehicle title to the customs officer. They will provide you with a temporary vehicle import permit. The officer stamped the same piece of paper that was given to us by the immigration officer.
Step 5 – Insurance: it is possible that you will be asked for proof of insurance when entering Argentina. We purchased our insurance in La Paz, Bolivia for Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. We were not requested for proof of insurance at the border.
As you drive out you will be stopped by a military guard and must provide the paper with stamps. We were not searched.
Total time at this border was 37 minutes.