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Brian & Deya met in Vancouver Canada. After a few years together we were married and made choices. One was not to have children the other was not to take life for granted. The rest is yet to come.

January 19, 2012

Border details compliments of Deya III

Names of border crossings.
Peru (exit)-Santa Rosa
Chile (entry)-Chacalluta
Chile (exit)-Paso Los Libertadores
Argentina (entry)-Paso Los Libertadores
Argentina (exit)-La Quiaca
Bolivia (entry)-Villazon
Bolivia (exit)-Kasani
Peru (entry)-Kasani Puno
Peru (exit)- Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez (Brian+Deya) & Puerto Maritimo El Callao (Chuleta+Hope).
Colombia (entry)-Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado (Bogota Colombia), Aeropuerto Internacional Jose Maria Cordova de Medellin Colombia (Brian+Deya) & Puerto Maritimo de Buenaventura (Chuleta+Hope).
Colombia (exit)-Cartagena


Exiting Peru.
Simpler than you may think, just don’t come to this border in a Saturday as I was told; a lot of people from Chile come to Peru to the Free Zone and it is chaos.


It looks like Peru and Chile work together to keep this border to the minimum chaos. Here is why.

First you need to get a form called “Relacion de Pasajeros”, which can be obtained in any library at the nearest town Tacna or at the border for free, next to the Immigration office where I had to fill out a list once I received the form with some basic information about myself and about the vehicle. Some people are trying to sell this form but you should not have to buy it.

***Immigration:
-Original passport.
-Andean Migration Card.
-Relacion de Pasajeros form.
-Zero fees are charged.

You fill out the Relacion de Pasajeros form and along with your passport you take it to the Immigration desk. A stamp is obtained in both and they also ask for the Andean Migration Card we got at the entrance, they keep it.

***Customs:
This happens at the second booth, the one exiting the parking lot. An official comes and requires the following:
-Passport: original.
-Permit of entry to Peru for the vehicle: original.
-Relacion de Pasajeros form.

With these requirements the permit is cancelled and they keep the cancelled permit giving you back a stamped piece that detaches from the permit to prove you have exited the vehicle. A second stamp is provided in the Relacion de Pasajeros to be checked at the last booth where you finally exit Peru and continue on with Chile where you will deal again with this form Relacion de Pasajeros.

Worth mentioning that this border in Peru has an ATM machine and it looks organized and clean…


Entering Chile.
This is the first border where you do not find anything but business. I was hoping to find a street vendor with “habas” (a snack I like), but nothing… However, it is awesome.

***Immigration:
Workers from PDI (Policia de Investigaciones de Chile) take care of this area.
-Original passport. A stamp of entry is provided.
-Tarjeta Internacional Entrada Salida. It needs to be filled out and just to make sure it will be safe staple it to your passport. You will need to return it at the exit point.
-Relacion de pasajeros where you will get another stamp.
-Zero fees are charged.

A tourist gets a total of 90 days with possible extensions.

***Customs:
Before you can actually do Customs here it is what you have to do.
Fill out a Declaracion Jurada/Affidavit: this needs to be filled out to report what you are bringing in. It is strictly prohibited to bring in vegetables, fruits, honey, non treated animal skin, archaeological pieces or drugs (for those who like to travel with coca leaves, “altitude related”…) among others. In the back of this document you can read what you can and cannot bring in. They took away all my veggies, we ate the fruits and I had to leave behind my honey… of course I reported all these items; whether you report anything or not they will check and the dogs find what the officials are looking for, I can tell you that. They also check your luggage through an X-Ray machine.

After all this you go to a booth where Customs will give you a document to bring the vehicle in with the following documents:
-Title or Registration of the vehicle: original.
-Relacion de pasajeros where you will get another stamp.
-Zero fees are charged.
-No insurance for the vehicle is available, no photocopies are involved… unbelievable, I was starting to think that this is a MUST.

As well as Immigration we were given 90 days permit. A document is produced called “Titulo de Importacion Temporal de Vehiculos”.

You can now start travelling through the boring North part of Chile. One thing that did not happen is any physical inspection but I guess their system is based on trust and I like that.

What happened to the Relacion de Pasajeros?, well… with the two stamps from Peru and the two stamps from Chile you are set but this document is delivered in the final booth before you enter Chile. I was told that this document is managed by both countries to try to avoid illegal importation of vehicles, which seems to be common in this border.


Exiting Chile. Entering Argentina.
After the 29 curves going from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza you will find a building that looks like Immigration and Customs but it is not, it is only used for traffic coming from Argentina to Chile. So, continue on. Immediately after you pass a little booth in the right side and later on, kilometres later, you will find another booth in your left where you need to get a piece of scrap paper with your plate number written on and a stamp. Let me tell you by now you are in Argentina without having exited Chile, but do not worry…
About 15 kilometres later there is a building called “Control Integrado” which means that Chile and Argentina work together and share resources to control the traffic in that border “Paso Los Libertadores”.
We had to throw all our veggies and fruits again, insanity is called since we keep doing the same thing: coming to borders fully loaded with food; this time I had 5 bananas at once. However no body checks anything.

***Immigration:
In the same booth you will process your exit from Chile and your entry to Argentina.
-Original passport.
-Tarjeta Internacional Entrada Salida (the one we got in the entry to Chile is delivered back to Immigration and a new form is filled for Argentina but stays with them).
-Zero fees are charged.

Easy and quick despite the line up we were in for about one hour. Stamps are provided to proof exit from Chile and to proof entry to Argentina (90 days with possible extensions).
Also a stamp is provided in the scrap piece of paper we got earlier, from both countries; you get to keep this scrap paper for the next step.

***Customs:
This happens at another booth. The officials require the following:
-Passport: original.
-Permit of entry to Chile for the vehicle: original.
-Title or Registration of the vehicle: original.
-Zero fees are charged.
-No insurance for the vehicle is available, no photocopies are involved… however we will continue to look into the insurance matter because apparently it is mandatory and even if it is not, it comes down to logic…

The Chilean officer takes the Permit of entry to Chile for the vehicle, cancels it and keeps it. Then the Argentinean officer takes the necessary documents and verifies the information.

Different than Immigration we were given 8 months permit. A document is produced called “Declaracion Jurada/Admision Temporaria Vehiculos de Turistas”.

The scrap piece of paper gets two more stamps from Customs, both countries. You keep that paper again.

You can now start travelling through the rest of Argentina but be careful with the Chilean drivers in Argentina, those are the worse.

The final step is to deliver the scrap piece of paper to a police officer in “Gendarmeria” about 17 kilometres from this building.

Enjoy Argentina!!!


Exiting Argentina. Entering Bolivia.
This border is different than the rest, Customs is done in the same area “Control Integrado” but Immigration for Bolivia is done at the end, once we entered Bolivia.

***Immigration:
In the Argentinean side you have to present:
-Original passport.
-Title or Registration of the vehicle: original
-Zero fees are charged.

Easy and quick, a stamp of exit is placed in the passport and a ticket with a number to line up is given to you to go to Customs.

***Customs:
This happens at another booth. The officials require the following:
-Permit of entry to Argentina for the vehicle: original. In other words: “Declaracion Jurada/Admision Temporaria Vehiculos de Turistas”, this document stays with the officer and the appropriate information is entered in the system to indicate the vehicle has left the country.

Now Bolivian’ Customs:
-International Insurance for the vehicle with coverage for Bolivia.
-Passport: original.
-Title or Registration of the vehicle: original.
-Zero fees are charged.

We were given three months permit. A document is produced called “Declaracion Jurada/Ingreso y Salida de Vehiculos Turisticos”.

The problem was that we did not have such International Insurance that we supposed to buy in Chile or Argentina, but these two countries only sell this type of insurance to “Nationals”. We tried to buy it in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia but it is not available to us. The man who works in Customs for Bolivia: Guillermo Chacon, tried to extort us by asking for money or we would not be allowed to enter Bolivia. The previous client paid $50 USD to go through without insurance, a fellow from Argentina who chose not to buy this insurance that is available to him as Argentinean to travel through the rest of South America.
We paid no extortion and this guy found out what an angry Mexican-Canadian looks like, besides Brian got everything on tape and the guy was so stupid that he even posed for the camera.

***Immigration:
In the Bolivian side you have to present:
-Original passport.
-Form called: Formulario/Tarjeta Migratoria.
-Zero fees are charged.
A stamp of entry is placed for the length requested, I requested 30 days.

The final step is to show the document “Declaracion Jurada/Ingreso y Salida de Vehiculos Turisticos” to a police officer few steps after Bolivian’ Immigration.

Now Bolivia!!!


Exiting Bolivia.
In this border the Immigration officer liked my whistle and he wanted it but I need it so as soon as I can I will try to send some for him.

***Immigration:
-Original passport.
-Form called: Formulario/Tarjeta Migratoria is returned.
-Zero fees are charged.
A stamp of exit is placed.

***Customs:
-Passport: original.
-Permit of entry to Bolivia for the vehicle: original. In other words: “Declaracion Jurada/Ingreso y Salida de Vehiculos Turisticos”, this document stays with the officer and the appropriate information is entered in the system to indicate the vehicle has left the country.
-Zero fees are charged.

I recommend you to take a picture of the document in their hands because they do not enter the information in the system until the end of the day perhaps when they are too drunk to do so. In our case I asked the officer to finish at least Brian’s process so I can learn what happens but I just wanted to have evidence of the case, we do not want to end up paying fines in the future due to the incompetence of people.


Entering Peru.
***Immigration:
-Original passport. A stamp of entry is provided.
-Tarjeta Andina de Migracion (Andean Migration Card). It needs to be filled and just to make sure it will be safe staple it to your passport. You will need to return at the exit point.
-Zero fees are charged.
A tourist gets a total of 90 days with possible extensions.

***Customs:
-Passport: original.
-Title or Registration of the vehicle: original.
-International Driver’s Licence: original.
-Insurance for the vehicle (SOAT) is mandatory and you will avoid a lot of hassles with the police if you just get it. It is $35 USD per month per motorcycle; in this border you cannot get the insurance right there so Puno is the closest choice.
-Zero fees are charged.

Photocopies of all documents are taken by Peruvian Customs.

As well as with Immigration we were given 90 days permit. A document is produced called “Certificado de Internacion Temporal”.
The officer let us go without SOAT with the promise to send him an email proving we have purchased it.

***Policía:
This was the most difficult part. As expected by the police in Peru, always fishing. Unfortunately this fish is hard and does not move with the rhythm of the Peruvian sharks. Police in this border has to “ENSURE” that all documents approved by Immigration and Customs are “PROPERLY DONE”. Without SOAT we cannot go into Peru according to the Police but nobody sells the insurance right there and besides we had made an agreement with Customs. Anyway, they tried to ask for money but we simply did not “UNDERSTAND” the request and continued on.
We purchased the SOAT as soon as we got to Puno. In Puno the agency tried to sell the insurance at double of the price we paid before but like I said, hard fish!!!


Exiting Peru.
Our exit from Peru was not as we expected.
We had to travel by plane and the bikes by boat to Colombia due to the accident Brian suffered in Huaraz Peru.

Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez (Brian+Deya) y Puerto Marítimo El Callao (Chuleta+Hope).

***Immigration:
-Original passport. A stamp of exit is provided.
-Tarjeta Andina de Migracion (Andean Migration Card) is returned.
-Zero fees are charged.

***Aduanas:
This part of the process will be specified in Diaries of an injured motorcyclist and Diaries of an injured motorcyclist II (www.encontrandoalanina.blogspot.com).


Entering Colombia.
Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado in Bogotá Colombia to connect later with Aeropuerto Internacional José María Córdova in Medellín Colombia (Brian+Deya) and Puerto Marítimo de Buenaventura (Chuleta+Hope).

***Immigration:
-Original passport. A stamp of entry is provided. We were given 30 days.
-Zero fees are charged.

***Aduanas:
This part of the process will be specified in Diaries of an injured motorcyclist and Diaries of an injured motorcyclist II (www.encontrandoalanina.blogspot.com).

What I can tell you is that travelling by plane is not fun!!!


Exiting Colombia.
***Immigration:
-Original passport and a stamp of exit is placed.
This part of the process was done by a Customs Agent of the Captain of the boat we took to Cuba.

***Customs:
We went to the Area of: Grupo Exportación where they asked for some documents.
-Form called: Solicitud de autorización de reexportacion o salida de vehículo de turista.
-Title or Registration of the vehicle: original & copy.
-Passport: original & copy.
-Permit of entry to Colombia for the vehicle: original & copy.

With these requirements the permit is cancelled and a document is created called “Exportaciones Auto y Acta de Inspección”. Finally a Customs Agent does a vehicle inspection to ensure the information in the documents match with the vehicle. This inspection did not really occurred, the Customs Agent took us to the dock and told us that everything was fine so went on board along with the motorcycles.

Deyanira Mendoza Dominguez – Adventure Researcher

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