South America Border Crossings
Colombia – Ecuador
Rumichaca Border Crossing ( 18 December 2016-Sunday)
Total time 2 hours and 30 minutes (Colombia 30 min, Ecuador 2 hours)
Rumichaca border is 2 miles far away from Ipiales. Fill your tank at ipiales before heading to border because gas stations close to border on Ecuador side are not selling gas foreign vehicles.
We waited longer at Ecuador immigration due to huge line. Some riders crossed much faster.
- Park the motorcycle and walk to immigration.
- Stamp out from country.
- The next building with red door is the Aduana. Go back of the immigration building and enter the red door. drop your import documentation
There is no fee and copies going out from Colombia.
That’s it. Now, you can drive to Ecuador.
- Park motorcycle in front of immigration/ aduana
- Go to immigration and stamp your passport.
- The Aduana next to immigration unfortunately not doing the moto import. You need to turn the building and see a small extension with one door and all windows. There is one officer in that small extension that handles the moto import.
- She asked original driver license, passport and title. She took a picture with phone.
- She walked to the moto and took a picture of VIN and plate.
- Back to same building to enter the information. She prints out the documentation and you need to get printed copies from the Aduana window. Back to her office, she stamps and done.
There is no fee and copies on Ecuador immigration or Aduana.
No insurance necessary for Ecuador.
Ecuador – Peru
Macara Border Crossing ( 9 January 2017 – Monday)
Total time 1 hours (Ecuador 10 min, Peru 50 min)
It took 10 minutes to finish paper work in Ecuador immigration and Aduana. There are 2 containers on the left side before leaving the Ecuador. One container is for immigration and other one is for Aduana. (Note: Ecuadorian side is constructing a new building)
- Stamped out from Ecuador
- Aduana officer collects the import documentation.
You are now free to go Peruvian side. Cross the bridge, you see Peruvian immigration and Aduana about 100 meters on the right.
- Stamped your passport
- Walk 20 meters to a market on the right side to get SOAT insurance. It is $33 for a month when we crossed in January 2017.
- Back to Aduana and hand your SOAT, driver license, registration, passport. No fee required at Aduana. The office get the copies so you do not need to go and copy your documentation.
You are now good to ride in Peru.
Peru – Chile
Concordia (Santa Rosa) – Arica Border Crossing ( 23 January 2017 – Monday)
Total time 1 hours and 45 minutes (Peru 30 min, Chile 1 hour 15 minutes)
- Park the motorcycle
- Walk into the immigration office
- Ask for the form for motorcycle to fill
- Hand your passport and form for stamped
- Go back to moto and ride to the other side of building.
- Go to the Aduana (CIT office) and hand the import documentation
- No copies and fee required when you are leaving Peru.
Now you can ride to Chile
We moved and parked motorcycles in front of the Chile immigration.
- Go to the line for immigration, fill the form.
- Ride the park into Aduana area.
- Get your bags into the x-ray room, the form is collected before x-ray room.
- Go inside Aduana, fill form and get your import permit
- No fee and copies required in Chilean side.
Note: Chile and Peru have 2 hours time difference. Chile is 2 hours ahead so plan your crossing accordingly. Arica is 15 minutes far away if you want to stay.
Chile – Argentina
Rio Jeinimeni Border Crossing ( 28 February 2017 – Tuesday)
Total time 20 minutes (Chile 5 min, Argentina 15 minutes)
The Border is couple kilometers far away from Chile Chico. Once you reach the border park your vehicle on the right side of the road.
- Immigration and Aduana are in the same building. Go to immigration for exit stamp.
- Hand over your passport, import documentation and title to Aduana officer
Both took 5 minutes for us and continue to Argentina side. Argentina border building is couple kilometers far away and there is a welcome Argentina sign to take some pictures.
Once you reach Argentina border building, park the vehicle on the right side of the building.
- Go to border control building and hand out your passport for import stamp.
- Than hand over the passport, vehicle title to Aduana officer.
- Officer generate an import documentation
- Officers wave us to continue and did not check our panniers and bags.
Both took 15 minutes and no fee / photocopy needed.
No visa required for Turkish citizens as well.
Argentina – Chile
Cerro Dorotea Border Crossing ( 4 March 2017 – Saturday)
Total time 20 minutes (Argentina 5 min, Chile 15 minutes)
This is another easy border crossing in South America. This border connects Rio Turbio, Argentina to Puerto Natales, Chile. The road conditions are good, all paved.
Drive till the Argentina immigration building on the left side of the road. We passed the cars parked on the right and parked the motorcycle on the left side.
As you walk into the building the immigration is on the left and the aduana window is on the right.
Hand your passport and temporary vehicle import permit. The immigration officer will stamp your passport out of Argentina. Hand your vehicle import to Aduana officer. He took it and you are done in Argentina side.
No copies or fees required.
You can ride about 3 kms and reach Chile customs.
We passed the cars and parked on the right side. İmmigration and Aduana are on the same building on your right side.
- Fill immigration form
- Hand your passport, vehicle registration to immigration officer
- After immigration, hand your passport and registration to aduana officer. This is our second time to enter Chile in this trip. Officer asked which border we entered on the first time. Officer found our original information using the plate number.
- Agricultural officers did not inspect the bags this time 🙂
- Now, free to ride to Puerto Natales, Chile.
No copies or fees required.
Chile – Argentina
San Sebastian Border Crossing ( 9 March 2017 – Thursday)
Total time 15 minutes (Chile 5 min, Argentina 10 minutes)
This crossing is in Tierra del Fuego. The closest city is Cerro Sombrero in Chile and Rio Grande in Argentina. Do not forget to fill your tank in Cerro Sombrero. Road conditions are good till last 45 kms to the Argentina border. The gravel starts as soon as you turn left (coming from Cerro Sombrero) for San Sebastian direction. The road construction is under way hopefully will be completed soon.
Drive till border building. We rode in front of the building and parked the motorcycle.
Provide your passport to stamp out of Chile. Provide your passport and temporary vehicle import permit to the aduana officer. It took 5 minutes all to finish all. No fees and copies required.
Now, you can proceed to Argentina side. İts about 10 kms to the border building.
The border building is on the right side. İmmigration and aduana as usual faster. No fees and copies required.
We never asked for motorcycle insurance in Chile or Argentina.