This is our experience/record of crossing the Chile-Argentina at Paso Jeinimeni border on Sunday, 22 November 2015. Our traveling party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We arrived at 1:38pm and were finished at 1:57pm. There were no lines at either border station.
Border Name: Paso Jeinimeni
Closest major cities: Chile Chico, Chile and Los Antiguos, 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
*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.
Drive to the border station and park in front of the stop sign and walk into the building on your left. When you walk in there is one long counter and immigration is on the left and aduana on the right.
Step 1 – Immigration: Provide your passport to the immigration officer and they will stamp you out of Chile.
Step 2 – Customs: Provide your passport and temporary vehicle import permit to the aduana officer. They will review and keep and tell you that you are finished.
Total time at this border was 8 minutes.
Drive about four miles to the Argentina border post.
Drive to the border station and park in front of the stop sign and walk into the building on your left. When you walk in there is one long counter with aduana in the middle and immigration officers on either side. There was no one in line when we arrived. Mike and I were processed concurrently rather than consecutively. Hours at this border were posted as 08:00-20:00.
Step 1 – Immigration: Provide your passport, proof of reciprocity payment, and tourist card to the immigration officer and they will stamp you into Argentina.
Step 2 – Customs: Provide your passport and vehicle title to the customs officer. They will provide you with a temporary vehicle import permit.
Step 3 – 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.
Total time at this border was 17 minutes.