• Thursday , 14 December 2017
Chile to Argentina Border Crossing: Paso San Sebastian

Chile to Argentina Border Crossing: Paso San Sebastian

This is our experience/record of crossing the Chile-Argentina at Paso San Sebastian border on Saturday, 28 November 2015. Our traveling party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We arrived at 2:31pm and were finished at 3:19pm. There were lines of people from buses at each border but they had already all been through immigration so it didn’t affect us.

Border Name: Paso San Sebastian
Closest major cities: Porvenir, Chile and San Sebastian, Argentina
Costs: US$160 for Argentina reciprocity fee (good for ten years)

Paperwork required:
*Passport
*Motorcycle title
*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
*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.

Exit Chile

Drive to the border station and park in front of the stop sign and walk into the building on your right. Immigration and aduana are clearly numbered and signed.

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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 the temporary vehicle import, and tell you that you are finished.

Total time at this border was 9 minutes.

Drive about ten miles to the Argentina border post.

Enter Argentina

Drive to the border station and park in front of the stop sign and walk into the building on your right. The building was full of people getting their luggage x-rayed.

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Step 1 – Immigration: Provide your passport and proof of reciprocity payment to the immigration officer and they will stamp you into Argentina. We were asked a couple of questions about where we were going and staying. The officer also gave us a piece of paper that she stamped.

Step 2 – Customs: There are three windows for the aduana. 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 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.

As you drive out you will be stopped by a military guard and need to provide the paper with stamps. We were not searched.

Total time at this border was 19 minutes.

Rinse and Repeat; the other direction
Argentina to Chile at Paso San Sebastian Border Crossing

This is our experience/record of crossing the Argentina-Chile at Paso San Sebastian border on Monday, 7 December 2015. Our traveling party consisted of two people and two motorcycles. We arrived at 3:42pm and were finished at 4:40pm.

Exit Argentina

Drive to the border station and park in front of the stop sign and walk into the building on your right. The building was full of people getting their luggage x-rayed.

Step 1 – Immigration: Provide your passport and the immigration officer will stamp you out of Argentina The officer also gave us a piece of paper that she stamped.

Step 2 – Customs: There are three windows for the aduana to choose from. Provide your passport temporary vehicle import permit to the officer and they review, keep paper, and tell you that you are finished.

As you drive out you will be stopped by a military guard and need to provide the slip of paper with stamps.

Total time to exit was 10 minutes.

Drive about ten miles to the Argentina border post.

Enter Chile

Drive to the border station and park in front of the stop sign and walk into the building on your left. Immigration and aduana are clearly numbered and signed.

Step 1 – Immigration: Provide your passport and vehicle title to the immigration officer and they will stamp you into Chile.

Step 2 – Customs: Provide your passport and vehicle title to the aduana officer. They will provide you with your temporary vehicle import permit.

Step 3 – SAG (agricultural): Fill out your customs declaration (always declare yes if you have any type of food as there is a stiff penalty if you say no and they find something). We were thoroughly searched by the SAG officer though she didn’t confiscate anything.

Step 4 – 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 to enter was 28 minutes.

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