Paso San Sebastian, Porvenir, Chile to Paso San Sebastian, Rio Grande, Argentina | Customs and Immigration

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Last Visited: 14 days ago
GPS: -53.32263, -68.65386
Altitude: 30.0 masl

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Border name: San Sebastian.
Stop at the Chilean border building just on the other side of San Sebastian.Go to the immigration counter and hand in your passports and tourist cards. (Tourist card is actually a small piece of paper like a cash receipt with a Q R code on it). Go to Aduana and hand in your temporary vehicle permit.

Drive 15 kilometers to the Argentinian border building.Hand the immigration official your passport, completed tourist card (NB 11/11/16 tourist card now kept at Chilean side for us anyway, so just showed passports, vehicle documents and no fee as didn't apply to us, quick check inside van, under bed, in fridge and under seat cushion + in back) and reciprocity fee receipts (if required, see note below). He will also give you a scrap of paper with a stamp and the number of people in your car written on it. Save this, you need it to exit. Go to aduana and hand over the vehicle title and driver’s passport to get the TIP.
RECIPROCITY FEE NOTE: Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizen are required to prove on-line payment of a reciprocity fee at all Argentinian border entries, including land crossings.
NON PROHIBITED ITEMS: Chocolate, dulce de leche - hurrah! but raisins not allowed in addition to meat, fresh fruit & veg, cheese, yogurt

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Note that in Jan 2022, you are only cleared to go from San Sebastian to Monte Aymond (south of Rio Gallegos). You are not permitted to go to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales.

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Argentina to Chile: At desk no. 1 (Police) we had to fill in a form with questions because of Coronavirus.
Desk no. 2 (Aduana) very quick.
At Desk no. 3 (SAG) we had to fill in the form about goods, money and food. The officer asked what kind of food and then we only must gave him the things we told him (2 carrots, 1 egg, 1 small piece of garlic). He did not look in the other cabinets.
Duration: 35 min

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Busy place flooded with bus passengers.
I wish I'd gone through Bellavista instead.
People try to push in if you leave a small space.
200g of dried lentils were an issue. I got lead back to the office to check my declaration form. I'd ticked yes. I was let go with a frown and wagging finger. Lentil smuggling is a crime.
Go early or use Bellavista.

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The location is wrong. Its more into chile.

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Officers told us that now border is open until midnight. On Argentinian side amazing refuge - gas stove, hot shower and toilets, all for free! On both borders no problem with Chilean plated car. Prohibited items as on every border but no one even checked our car. Super easy.

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15 km of ripio from Chile to Argentina. .........

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Argentina - Chile
Really quick, just took our garlic. Nice staff. Open until 11pm.

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chile to argentina
Easy to go out. First park at the parking lot and then walk to the building where you do the exit. Easy.

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Chile —> Argentina
No problems at all as foreign owners of a Chilean car. 5/10 minutes.

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Chile to Argentina: Only two stamps on the paper slip when we exited Chile. NO stamp for SAG, which was stamped at Argentine border later.

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They refused us to enter in argentina as foreigner with a chilian car whereas we have all documents : pardon, Rut, declaracion jurada... They want a cédula de idendidad or home justification... The aduana chief was not open at all and hé don t want to discuss with us about the law... We try 2 Times but it was No... Have a plan B

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Chile „Sanitary“ inspection. Paperwork at migration and Adana is no big deal, takes no more than 10 minutes but they take this sanitary thing really seriously. Checked my car and trailer meticulously and took away my whole food. No fruit or vegetable allowed, no raw stuff (eggs, salami, Jamon crudo...) ; if, as I did , you don’t declare that stuff and they find it anyway there i a high fee - that’s what they told me, they were kind enough to let me fill in a new declaration form

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(Entering Chile) They were picky today... went through all our food drawers and other parts of van, luckily didn't find our stash of food hidden, but they did throw away all our dog food because it wasn't in the original bag! 😩

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Quickest border since Alaska. 30 seconds chilean side.

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They refused us to enter in Argentina as foreigners owner of Chilean car !!! We already crossed borders without any problem so may be sunday is not the best day, or the boss of this staff doesn't know the laws or just like to bother foreigners (some elements prove this last option). So take into account it can happen to you and have a reserve of petrol to find a plan B ...

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From Chile to Argentina. Quick service as always when exiting Chile. Stamp your passport out and then canceled the TIP. Just in the side from Aduana there is SAG table. Get a stamp on your paper slip from here as well. There’s should be 3 stamps on that small paper wat you get from immigration. Nobody checked the car. Argentinian side is 14km away. Don’t forget to take the paper slip with you when you walk in, as we did. Same thing here. First immigration, then Aduana for car. Drive to the gate and guy comes out to take this paper slip. Argentinian immigration and Aduana will both stamp it also. Had to open the back door but they didn’t went in.

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As in all Chilean border crossing they will ask if you are bringing into Chile and fruits, vegetables, eggs, uncooked meats and open dairy products. They will confiscate any of these items. Other than that it’s a usual border crossing.

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They didn't let us go to Argentina with our Chilean vehicle. We own the car. We have all the required documents except the declaration that we'll come back in 180 days. We go and get one it Porvenir. Because in the law it says that with that declaration they should let you leave the country.

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Exited as foreigner with a chilean car ! You don't need the "declaration jurada" (notary) for this border because it's an island ahah no escape there 😉

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Exited Chile as foreign owners of a Chilean plated vehicle. Super quick and easy - had to show the Padrón and sign a 'Salida y Admisión Temporal de Vehículos' form, provided by the Aduana which includes a 'Declaración Jurada' section, confirming that we will return the vehicle to Chile. Entered Argentina after a quick check of the vehicle, no drama at all

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Raw meat (bacon, salami) not cooked eggs, fruits and all kind of vegetables are not allowed. Declare to not be fined. Dog is used for search and they look everywhere.

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ACHTUNG HUND IM EINSATZ an der chilenischen Grenze. Zum Glück war seine Nase nicht zu gut.

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Crossing between Chile and Argentina

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Smooth sailing on the Chilean side. Very disorganised on the Argentinian side, long queues of trucks leading up to the customs post, nowhere to park your vehicle to do the paperwork before proceeding to the customs check.

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Easy crossing into Argentina. Barely looked inside the camper. Just opened the back looked at a few boxes and moved us on.

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Going towards Ushuaia at Argentine customs. The most in-depth check on the entire Pan American highway. Every box and every bag were looked through. Maybe the boss was there. Even spent 10 minutes in the office with my first aid kit medications. Otherwise, no problems.

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No fruit check when going into argentina. Winning! :)

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Simple, pretty busy border open 24h. Didn't have a food check coming into Argentina. Didn't ask for proof of vehicle insurance either.

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This post is from  Life Remotely. To read their full experience and see photos, see the detailed article at  http://liferemotely.com/trip-shenanigans/argentina/303-chile-to-argentina-at-san-sebastian-border-crossing

Border name: San Sebastian 
Closest major cities: San Sebastian, Chile and Rio Grande, Argentina
Cost for visas: $0
Cost for vehicle: $0
Total time: 20 minutes, plus 20 minutes driving
Date crossed: Saturday January 25, 2013

The StepsStop at the Chilean border building just on the other side of San Sebastian.Go to the immigration counter and hand in your passports and tourist cards. The official will stamp both and return your passports.Go to Aduana and hand in your temporary vehicle permit.Buy delicious empanadas from the kiosk (avoid the french fries like the plague).Drive 15 kilometers to the Argentinian border building.Hand the immigration official your passport, completed tourist card and reciprocity fee receipts (if required, see note below). The official will stamp and return everything. He will also give you a scrap of paper with a stamp and the number of people in your car written on it. Save this, you need it to exit.Go to aduana and hand over the vehicle title and driver’s passport.(For South Africans Only) Explain impatiently that South Africa is not a region, it is actually the name of a country, and that your car is not from there, just the driver, and yes he is white and sketchy looking.Get your vehicle permit, sign it, and get back to your car.Drive up to the guard and hand over your stamped scrap of paper.RECIPROCITY FEE NOTE: Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizen are required to pay a reciprocity fee at all Argentinian border entries, including land crossings. You must pay the fee online and bring the receipt to the border. Pay your fee online at  this website [LINK: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/Registro.aspx] .

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