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question about traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean question about traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires

1. Posted by jet.set (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y


Im an American that will be traveling by bus from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Will I have any trouble crossing the border leaving Chile or entering Argentina? Will I just need to show my passport to enter Argentina?

Ive traveled to different countries before but never by bus.

Any help would be appreciated,thanks.

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

You'll have no trouble at all. The expected Reciprocity Fee never materialized, so, in my recollection, it didn't cost anything to enter. The bus lines have the cross down to a fine art, so you won't be confused as to where to go. They'll lead you. They never asked me for an onward ticket anywhere at the border, and all I showed was my passport.....and it is, without any doubt in my mind, the most beautiful setting for border crossing in the world. I almost got off the bus ten minutes after the border to stay at the hotel up there.

Have a good trip, and.....



[ Edit: Edited on 21-Feb-2010, at 06:19 by Piecar ]

3. Posted by wololooo (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

just make sure you're not carrying any fruit with you.

4. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 6y

the switchback on the way up the side of the Andes is remarkable so travel during light hours if you can.

it took our bus 4 hours to get through the border control but it was effortless, just busy.

5. Posted by jet.set (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Thanks for the feedback. Are passengers required to get off the bus and go through a terminal like at an airport when crossing the border?

Or do the border agents just check your passport on the bus? Do they just look at your passport or do they actually take it and take your information?

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

You are ruining your own surprises here, for no decent reason,but yes...You have to get off the bus. The border is like an indoor terminal. You get out and go through, as I recall it now, two areas. One to check the passport, and maybe one to talk about what you are bringing... I think you have to carry your luggage with you...Fuzzy there, for some reason.

Why, do you not debussing? Are you hiding secret explosive Palta? (you'll know when you get to Santiago)

7. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 6y

as piecar said, out of bus, luggage in hand, hand over passport, smile, stamp, go.

Incidently, it's worth a stop in Mendoza if for nothing else than to drink wine in the vinyards and eat some wonderful food. The adventure sports aren't half bad either.