Aduana / DIAN | Customs and Immigration

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Border is open! No test is required but they did check for vaccine certificate and also CheckMig Ecuador wants you to fill out a health form that you acquire on the bridge in a small tent.

Copy of Passport pic and stamps, car title, int’l drivers license. Straight forward procedure after Colombian immigration. Copies for $0,15 on the other side of the road towards Ecuador (In the hotel or a little but further down).

Crossed with our two motorbikes, process took about an hour and a half. We arrived here at 9am. After getting your passport stamped for Colombia you’ll head to aduana. They wanted copies of the following: bike registration, drivers license, chassis number, picture of bike showing license plate number, and passport with Colombia entry stamp. We had all these docs ready which is why it didn’t take long, without of course the entry stamp. Went down the street and across for photo copies. Took about 10 mins then headed back to aduana to complete the process.

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We passed Colombia - Ecuador recently.
It’s as easy as a border gets. No covid tests is required but they checked for our vaccine certificates. We have all 3 so I’m not sure if the requirement is 2 or 3.

1. Immigrations of exiting country (checked the CheckMig)
2. Customs of exiting country
3. Drive over the border and get a health form (on the bridge)
4. Go to entering countries immigration (make sure the stamp is clear and that the 90 days are obvious)
5. Go to entering countries customs (aduan) and get the TIP
6. Get in your car and celebrate that you are done after 1-3h of paperwork

Ecuador is the first country I ever visit where a third party insurance isn’t mandatory. We have tried for weeks now to get one and seems to be impossible. Be careful when you drive here.

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We crossed boarder from Ecuador to Columbia. Since begin of 2022, the Aduana/DIAN from Columbia is asking for an electronic form for getting the TIP. In fact, you have to fill out in the form there work. Some PDF (only PDF) of passport and car have to be enclosed. Because of bad internet and/or missing SIM of one of the countries, it’s probably easier to fill out form before arriving boarder.

At the end, when officer at Aduana has issued the TIP, you will get the TIP permission by eMail. It didn’t work in my case and I had to insist insistently that they write my TIP “manually” by hand, like in old times -:)

The link to the form is: https://www.dian.gov.co/, choose the service “Importación Temporal de Medios de Transporte de Turista” and follow the instructions inclusive the upload if the enclosures.

Details see photo.

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Migracion is just past this marker towards the parking lot. Extremely efficient crossing and very helpful people everywhere! 1 hr to complete the whole process (Col ~> Ecu). No health documents were needed or checked.
We completed our exit Checkmig for Colombia before entering the immigration building. There is a QR to open the page at the entrance door & free wifi. No insurance needed for Ecuador, just the TIP!

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We crossed from Colombia to Ecuador February 12th. The officials wanted proof of Checkmig completion. Either a completed vaccine schedule or a negative PCR was required. Additionally, Ecuador requires a completed health questionnaire. We had some errors in our documents and we had overstayed our visas so the entire process on the Colombia side took longer than usual. Still, we were done in under 3 hours. It was the easiest border crossing to date!

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Just crossed the border today from Colombia to Ecuador. On the Colombian side they require you to do the “CheckMig” again to fit the country. Once you get your exit stamp you can drive across the bridge and park outside of Migración for Ecuador. First you have to walk back to the bridge so the medical professionals can verify your PCR test. They are very strict with checking the validity of your test and will check the QR code etc. Then they give you a blue sheet of paper or stamp your test and with that you can go on to Migración and get your Ecuadorian entry stamp. Then go next door to window to get your TIP. The window for the TIP is next to the Banco de Pacificó. Getting the TIP was straightforward, they just ask for your docs, take some pics of your vehicle and then give you your tip. I was told there is no SOAT for Ecuador. Good luck!

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Update Nov,25/2021. Border has been announced to be reopening by Dec, 1st 2021.

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Land borders are still very closed with Ecuador. We arrived at the border by bike (started in Medellin and attempted to cross into Ecuador) and were told that we could not cross. Exiting Colombia wouldn’t be possible since Ecuador would not let us in.
We were told to talk to the Consulado de Ecuador in Ipiales, did that and now they told us that only in Bogota you could get either a permit (permiso) or a visa to cross by land here in Rumichaca. The requirements for the permit remain the same as what EJs post (below) describes.

So the options are: taking a dirt road to Tulcan (Ecuador) or (this if you are biking) taking a bus from Ipiales to big city to then fly to Quito.

1. Dirt road (trocha): we were told there are many robberies along these back roads. Especially due to the very heartbreaking wave of migration, more robberies are happening targeting folks transiting by these roads. We were told this by local Colombians, ecuatorians in Tulcan whom we had been in touch, people at the bike shop we went in Ipiales, cyclist friends in Ipiales, and migrants who had recently taken the road in which unfortunately they got robbed.

2. Bus: so we decided to load our bikes on a bus and go to Cali to catch a flight to Quito. There are many companies but we needed a bus with enough storage space for our bikes. We were recommended Transipiales or Boliviariano. We came to the terminal and got tickets (bring cash; there is also Bancolombia ATM inside the station) for the next day. We recommend buying 12hrs in advance.

Boliviano bus charged 50k pp from Ipiales to Cali, 12hrs. We caught the 8am bus.

Bikes have an extra charge of 30k; you could negotiate this. We did not.

Hopefully the border situation would improve by next year or December of 2021. Keep us posted!

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Did not visit. Do not have an update, maybe soon

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Attempted crossing from Colombia to Ecuador - not yet successful but for info.

Plenty of vehicles crossing the bridge in both directions - so it’s not exactly closed

Ecuador authorities sent us back to the Consalado office in town, but said it could be ok to cross.

Consalado office were making up rules that differed from their official website. Apparently all nationalities now need a visa (USD$200pp), requiring the following documents;

Passport
Passport copy
Proof of funds
Covid test
Covid vaccine
Covid form
Hotel booking
Reason for travel
Passport photo
Visa form
And the big one; Criminal record from all countries lived in during the last 5 years, with apostille authentication, and notary recognised translation into Spanish. Bear this in mind, as Brits it’s going to take us over two weeks and over USD$200pp more for this….

Fingers crossed the rules will change soon with the US Secretary of State visit!

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You have to fill a form in internet. See https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/check-mig

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we did this boarder 3rd time. at 8 am it was the fastet and took us 60mins (as we had to wait until they open at 8). no problems. straight forward procedere. buen viaje!

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We passed the border on a Monday at 10AM. There was no delay at all. We crossed the border from Colombia into Ecuador. It took us only 30 minutes. No queues at all, we were always alone. Procedures as described below.

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We parked on the ecuador immigration side to do everything

1. Walk to colombian immigration and get exit stamp
2. Cancel colombian TIP at Dian next door. Just hand in the paper
3. Walk back to ecuador immigration and get your 90 days stamp
4. Hand in original passport, license, vehicle papers at aduana next door

Takes about an hour if no major queues

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Crossing from Colombia to Ecuador was super easy, one of the simplest crossings since USA into Mexico. A few notes though:

Coming down the hill towards the station, follow the road to the right (behind the DIAN) office and there is some parking.

This was the only crossing (that we can remember) when leaving a country that they stamped your passport out before handling the vehicle permit. Also, saying they handled the TIP isn't entirely accurate as we literally just handed the original to a guy at the window and were sent on our way.

Getting into Ecuador was also super easy. Customs for passport stamp first, then Aduana for the car stuff. Standard paperwork required: title, driver's license, passports, and photos of the vehicle VIN (which I took using the clerk's personal cell phone. Very trusting!).

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Be careful, some travellers told us that they parked in the end of the parking and when they came back a guy was trying to rob them.... Park in plain sight in front of everyone.
Other than that you can spend your last pesos or dollars by buying something for the refugees there👍

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The guard on the door doesn't let you get inside without all the copies below mentioned. It is not a legal procedure, just laziness of the official agent. It feels unsafe to get out of immigration office to take copies where they tell you to go. Probably there is business partnership on it... After all copies done, guard didn't let us get inside because officer was having lunch, +1,5h waiting (don't go around food time). Otherwise, fast and simple. Just those ridiculous copies asked.

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Colombia side was super smooth, as well as getting our passports stamped in Ecuador, but the lady at TIP window kept doing other things and just let other people cut in the queue. We found out that she didn't even type any of our information into computer after one and half hours. We got really upset and she finally took photo of our documents and everything was done in five minutes.

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The whole process to come out of Ecuador and entering Colombia went smoothly and quickly (even after the 8 days of bloqueo on the Ecuadorian side). However keep in mind all the copies you have to do to pass customs for the vehicle!
Copies of (for the owner of the vehicle only):
- passeport + page were they stamped the entry to Colombia
- drivers license
- ownership card for the vehicle
- a copy of the picture of the chassis number (!!?!?!?!?!!?! Impossible to send it by email)

Other than that the whole process took us about an hour

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The Ecuadorian border is closed as of 9/24/2019 indefinitely due to a strike on the Ecuadorian side. You can pass by foot, but no vehicles may pass. We went this morning and could not pass. The only answer is that the strike is indefinite.

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Crossed today from Colombia to Equador. Arrived at 6 am on a Saturday morning, were done within 1.5 hrs.
1. Migracion Colombia for exit stamp
2. DIAN Colombia return tip, receive nothing
3. Drive over bridge, fumigation
4. Migracion in Equador, make sure stamp says 90 days!
5. Aduana Equador for TIP. They asked only for originals of drivers license, passport, car title and registration. No copies needed. They wanted a picture of our camper parked in their lot. Check your paperwork before signing for mistakes ( ours hade the wrong car make).
All were very friendly and helpful.

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Crossed with our two motorbikes, process took about an hour and a half. We arrived here at 9am. After getting your passport stamped for Colombia you’ll head to aduana. They wanted copies of the following: bike registration, drivers license, chassis number, picture of bike showing license plate number, and passport with Colombia entry stamp. We had all these docs ready which is why it didn’t take long, without of course the entry stamp. Went down the street and across for photo copies. Took about 10 mins then headed back to aduana to complete the process.

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Copy of Passport pic and stamps, car title, int’l drivers license. Straight forward procedure after Colombian immigration. Copies for $0,15 on the other side of the road towards Ecuador.

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