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Uruguay to Buenos Aires via ferry.

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1. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 7y

I was thinking flying into Uruguay; then taking the ferrying over to Buenos Aires. Do you think I will have problems with immigration/ customs, when I fly out?


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

I don't see why, since crossing the Uruguayan-Argentine border by water involves the same formalities as would crossing overland or by plane.

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

YOur message is brief...but I take it you plan to spend time in Uruguay and then use BsAs as your plane out because it-s cheaper to get a flight from there. I just did that, and it was fine with no problem at all. I came into Argentina one day, and flew out the next and no one said anything

Keep in mind that Argentina was SUPPOSED to start collecting a Recoprocation Fee starting Jan 1st of this year. I think it-s 135 bucks from Americans and Canadians. It's not a visa, just a middle finger in the direction of the countries who demand this fee from Argentines(?)


4. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 7y


I heard about the fee. Sounds fair, after all we and another countries do the same.

I once had issue leaving Brasil. Since then, I usually dot my i's, and cross my t's.

Thanks for the posts.


5. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Be warned the ferry is very expensive, check with buquebus at their website.

What is your nationality? Most europeans, australia etc don't require visas for either country so there should be no problem. We went to Colonia (Uruguay) on the ferry for a couple of days in Jan 09, the border people at the ferry treminal both ends were highly efficient.

6. Posted by bsaslover (Inactive 14 posts) 7y

Hey, There won't be a problem with immigration/customs in Uruguay. Ferrying on the buquebus will cost about US$150 for a round trip and an airflight on Pluna Air is about US$180. I just checked because I'm thinking of heading over to Punta del Este this weekend. There's word of this reciprocity fee for US citizens, but it hasn't been put in effect yet. I'm also waiting to see about this as well. So let us know how it goes when you return to BA (if you do, that is). Have a great trip!


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

7. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 7y

if you take the ferry, dont pay for it with Uruguay pesos or credit cards. They only accept US Dollars and Arg pesos. Trust me, I got screwed with this last year and missed my ferry.

8. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Way2goeh? Did you take it from Montevideo? I just took the ferry in December and specifically used the last of my Uruguay money to buy the ticket....but this was from Colonia Just curious.


9. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 7y

I went from Colonia as there were no ferries from Montevideo ( one ferry destroyed the dock there). I was parked in the front of the line, then they told me I had to go to a bank to change money. Oh, yr right. They dont accept credit cards. As for expensive, I didnt think 25 dollars was expensive, but certain times is cheaper than others. Its only a one hour ferry ride.

10. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 7y

I don't remember the ferry being expensive. Did the roundtrip from BA-Colonia less than a year ago. The fast boat cost about $40 and the slow boat must have cost about $28 or so.