Border Crossing – Bolivia – Part II

Before writing this blog post, we debated on writing one at all as we had already been to Bolivia and been through the process. In the end, we decided it might be informational as we had never returned to a country after leaving so this was another first for us. Here is how it is done:

We drove up to the border and were initially bummed seeing the long lines on each side of the border. Luckily, those lines were for locals and we were able to skip them entirely. We parked in one of the lanes right in front of the Argentinian Aduana building.

The first step was getting stamped out of Argentina. The process was simple and straightforward. The one thing worth noting is that we had to cancel our vehicle import permit even thought we would be returning to Argentina a month or so later. We received our passports with exit stamps and ventured onto Aduana.

In the Aduana, we just had to return our import permit. We waited in line, but should have just walked in and handed off the paper. Oh well!

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Next, we had to begin the process of entering Bolivia. The Bolivian Aduana is just one window down from the Argentinian migration office. We thought that our information would still be in the computer from our earlier visit, but there was no such luck. The aduana official filled out our paperwork and we were ready for the migration process.

The migration process for entering Bolivia from Argentina at this border is a little different than we had experienced anywhere else. When we received our exit stamps for Argentina, we received a little piece of paper from Argentina indicating we were entering Bolivia. The official indicated that the paper was very important, so we will take his word for it and keep it safe!

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In less than an hour, we were into Bolivia and were greeted with narrow streets, blasting music and periodic spells of fireworks blasting from every direction! Also, we were reminded by this sign that we have a long drive ahead of us to get to Ushuaia!

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2 comments

  1. Hi Ryan. A guide whose been down there 15 times over 25 years suggested that I skip Bolivia, because of poor road quality or the lack of roads generally. He knew I was driving a little class c, rather than a pickup truck or overlander style 4 x 4, so maybe that motivated his recommendation. What do you think? Have you been through Bolivia enough to form an opinion on the roads?

    I purchased detailed county maps and travel logs from this guide, but excluded Venezuela, Bolivia and Paraguay, each for different reasons.

  2. Hi John. Bolivia is a quirky little country but it was definitely one of our favorites. I think it would be a mistake to skip it all together. There are some roads that are pretty rough but there are plenty of others that are brand new. I think if you plan your route wisely, you won’t have any problems with an RV. When you get to the point where you have specific route questions, let us know and we will give you information to help you plan it out.

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