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Crossing border at Iguasu Falls

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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Hi,
Will be staying several days at Foz do Iguasu in June. Apart from seeing the Brazilian site of the falls, I also want to visit the Argentinian site and probably do a daytrip into Paraguay (Ciudad del Este) as well.

I've read that for daytrips you don't need a stamp/visa in your pasport and you can just cross for the day.
But do they keep a copy of your pasport or otherwise see that you are crossing just for the day?

Also, they advice on taking the bus to Paraguay instead of walking across the border (safety, muggings). Do you have to clear customs as well by bus, or is that a straight bus?

Thanks for any help about crossing at these borders.
Cheers!
Michael

2. Posted by ericos (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Hi Michael,
In the past (a few years ago) you did not got the stamp in your pasport crossing the border of Argentine but the last year (2007) I got the stamps as well. There was a border problem (concerning some tourist taxes) between Brasil and Argentine in 2007 and this is the reason why they stamp now your pasport. Normally you don't have any delay.
For the border of Paraguay I can only say that a few years ago, they came in the linebus to control and eventualy stamp your pasport. It is better to take the bus in the center of Foz. Take care, on the return you must problably battle a little because of the amount of people that want take bus back. No problem at all four young people.
Have a nice trip.

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

in spring 2007 we crossed the borders to see the falls both sides and didn't get stamped, admittedly we;d taken a local bus across the border and when the bus goes left we got off and caught another bus up........we were told by the tourist office not to bother with the stamp unless you like collecting them otherwise you could end up in long queues for the sake of a day........on the way back from brazil into argentina the bus got stopped by the border guards and though they looked at all the passports they passed no comments and didnt copy our passports........saying that though its always handy to have copies of your passport in your wallet when you don;t want to show the real thing.....

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

Afaik, the quarrel between Brazil and Argentina still lasts, which means that you need to get stamped there. As to Bra-Par, the border area is not quite safe indeed, and I don't see any reason why you would want to go on foot anyway. So, best bus it and get stamped all over :)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Thanks.

So stamping means getting out of the bus, wait and take the next bus? Because locals obviously don't need to get in a long line to wait for a stamp and the busdriver sure is not going to wait as well, is he?

Cheers!
Michael.

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

When I was there in 2006 (using my British passport) when we reached the border in the bus we all had to get off and be stamped in to the country and then on leaving again stamped back out. You got dropped off on one side of the border and the bus then waited for you at the other side of the border to keep going.

The bus I got to Paraguay mustn't have been the one you are referring to because it went to Assunction, but the same procedure happened at the border as happened when crossing from Brazil to Argentina to visit the Argentinian side of the falls. You went in to the booth got stamped in to Paraguay and continued on the bus. On the return crossing from Paraguay to Argentina it certainly was very hectic at the entry point, but again it was fairly hassel freee entering but the stamps in the passport was a neccessity. I ended up getting 10 stamps in that part of my trip and all were for basically crossing the border for a day or 3 at the most.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

We stayed on the Argentinian side and took a day trip to the Brazilian side. We went by "private tour" which was simply a bloke with his old car. There were no passport issues. We had them on us but no one was interested in seeing them.

8. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 8y

I am not sure if my question has anything to do with the thread... although kind of... Is there something more than shopping to do in Ciudad de Este?