Chilean Immigration and Customs for Hito Cajón | Customs and Immigration

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March 2018: this office seems to be only for trucks as the new office at Hito Cajón is now open to travelers. Confirm at office this is the case.

February 2018: This place is open at the moment, but this can change. All travelers that want to travel from Chile to Bolivia over Hito Cajón, have to do the Chilean immigration and customs at this point. The other place near the border was closed by February 2018. The Bolivian immigration is located at Hito Cajón, while customs are uncertain – check the other points for more information.

NOTE September 2017 the status of this place is UNCERTAIN because the new post closer to the Bolivian Border appears to be not always open so check here on the way past
(And BTW the uncertainty reportedly applies to the Bolivian posts too).

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They told us the customs office is operating normally at the border of Hito cajon. No need to go here.

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Exiting Chile - took a few minutes to find a PDI official (who acted like we were ruining his day) and once we did it was only a couple minutes to complete exiting procedures.

While this post is normally only for trucks, this is where you’ll have to go to enter / exit Chile if you’re coming from or going to Hito Cajón as Chile’s post there is inoperable. The Bolivian post is operating normally.

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If you want to cross the border at Paso Sico from Chile to Argentina you need to cancel your TIP here! At the border of Paso Sico there is nobody around. There are just employees from Argentina.

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Unfriendly and ridiculously careful. I wonder why we didn't have to give away parts of our body because they could be a danger for the environment of Chile. The other guys were quite friendly but be careful.

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Things change almost every months but there are 5 places from chile to Bolivia:
-Custom in San Pedro
-Chilean immigration (and sometimes custom too) at the border
-5 more km to the Bolivian Immigration
-5 more km to the boliviam customs
-200 m to the parc entrance (150 bols/p)
From Chile to bolivian or from bolivia tous​ Chile, stop at every places.

Mars2018: Custom in San Pedro is only for truck. Custom for us is at the border. You may have to insist to have the paper.

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This appears now to be designated to only trucks, as the office at the border is now open to travelers.

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slow but easy crossing
migration took about 10mins
customs half an hour because their computer system was down.
make sure you ask for a declaration form while you are waiting at customs
could have saved us 10mins

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February 2018: This place is open. All travelers that want to travel from Chile to Bolivia over Hito Cajón or vice versa, have to do the Chilean immigration and customs at this point. The other place near the border was closed by February 2018. The Bolivian immigration is located at Hito Cajón, while customs are uncertain – check the other points for more information.

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we got water from the toilets next to immigration. There is a tap next to the toilets. the first time we used our hose but us parking there caused problems for the tourist buses the second time we parked at the opposite site of the street and used a jerrycan.

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Quick and easy process for immigration and customs. Quick vehicle inspection, did not have any fresh products except hard boiled eggs, which weren't a problem. Friendly-ish folks.

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when you exit chile, go to the left hand building, other side of the road. the counter on the right is PDI, the counter far left is aduana. took us 4 minutes for 2 people and our car. didn't check the car because leaving chile anyway...

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I did my papers for going to Bolivia here. Very friendly and helpful staff. They took time to explain me everything about the paperworks.

But they struggled a bit as i was driving a chilean car without citizenship neither residency. Fortunately i did a "declaracion jurada" before at a notary saying that i would come back in Chile with the car in the next 6 months. They accepted it and let me go.

Some people say this paper is useless and has no value. Which is true as the peruvian border said so to me. But it helped me for Bolivia. Just do one in case of need. It will just cost you few pesos.

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Immigration window (Policia) on right side of building. Aduana on the left. If nobody is present at immigration ask for someone in the building across the street. Easy process - 5 minutes for immigration and 30 for aduaua. Searched our truck and camper and took all fruit, veggies, cheese. Also took our dried lentils and beans. Luckily we were able to keep our spices even though it's on the list of prohibited items. Friends reported having to empty their vehicle and put everything through the scanner.

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The new immigration sight near the entrance from Bolivia was closed. We spoke to some people from the border control (green and white vehicles) and they told us to come here instead.

Overall was a simple process.

Documents needed: car ownership papers, passports, and two immigration forms (found at first window).

Process:
- head to first window on right hand side of road as you enter (says police on it). No one was here so the guide from the private tour group in front of us crossed the road to the other building to request him.
- fill out both your customs declaration and migration form at this first window. He will take your migration form and passport and stamp it.
- head to second window on right hand side building to do aduana and import vehicle. Hand over ownership papers. Aduana officer will then hand print TIP form and put info into computer. A little slow but otherwise fine. Will give you carbon copy of the hand printed form with stamp. Did it ask about insurance (but we had pre purchased online if they had of).
- next SAG customs agent will show up. Show your declaration form. We declared food and spices. He helped us get rid of food. Didn't seem to care much about spices but we had already emptied jars. Asked specifically about honey (we had given ours away in Bolivia the night before). And then briefly took a look at the car asking what certain compartments were for. Overall a friendly and easy process. But definitely helps to speak some Spanish to know what is going on and to explain what you have.
- from here we were free to drive intoSan Pedro (only minutes away).

Note: we were told by a tour guide that we met in the SW of Bolivia to make sure we had no coca tea or leaves on us as we entered Chile as it is an illegal substance here as in western countries. It made us remember we had some in our tea collection which was a blessing.

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Very fast. Came at 6pm and the search was done in 10 minutes. Immigration 5 minutes.

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Straightforward. The agriculture inspector did a very thorough search and tossed out a few questions able items. All in all an hour long border for 3 vehicles.

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Friendly migracion and friendly aduana guys. We declared we had some fruit, veg, butter and cheese and he was happy we helped him take it out of the fridge. Didn't check the fridge or any cupboards himself, so thankfully we got to keep all our herbs and some other stuff. All very quick and easy and quite different than most Latin American border crossings.

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the friendly aduana officer looks in every box and searches thoroughly for food, honey, veggies and unhandled wood - inside and outside. We had to eat our cheese and left some garlic cloves...

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Very easy and friendly immigration and customs. They checked the vehicle, especially for food. We handed in our left-over onion. ;)

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Exiting Chili was really fast and easy. Done in 3 min. There are toilets on the left side of the building.

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Entering Chile - Very rude man at the Aduana. Our TIPs had wrong or incomplete info but he refused to charge it, saying it is correct in the computer and occasionally writing some things by hand. Fruit, veggies, eggs, honey etc taken but they were generally easy going, didn't come into it vehicles and trusted us to hand over what we had.

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Get you exit stamp and TIM cancellation here when leaving for Bolivia. Quick and efficient. Customs took a bit more time because our TIP had been stolen.

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Friendly staff. He only took away our apples but left us dairy products. He just had a quick look in the inside of the car. The whole Immigration process only took about 20 minutes. Had expected it much longer and worse.

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Immigration and aduana to get into Chile were simple, but involved taking out a lot of bags and getting them checked. They confiscate fruits, vegetables, meats and seeds (this included popcorn, peppercorns), and plants (dry chiles, laurel leaves). We heard they only allow 30l of extra gasoline, but they didn't check. The dog papers from Bolivia are also ok for Argentina as long as you travel within 10days and have both countries written on it. Surprisingly they didn't confiscate the dog food (dog chow). And rice was ok. Beans not. Strange rules overall.

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Two step process to exit into bolivia.
First office on the right Immigration/PDI for exit stamps in passport.
Step two office on the left - aduana for vehicle paperwork.
She wanted passports and padron.

We had trouble as UK people but with a chilean vehicle, she couldn't enter us into the computer with our foreign passports. Initially said no! But persuaded her to use my tourist RUT number. More a case of technical difficulties than not wanting to help us. All fine after.

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If you cross the Border to or from Bolivia thru the Laguna Route, you have to do the Paperwork here.

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