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Argentina Chile Border Crossing

November 20th, 2009 Posted in culture

Written by Shanie

There are a few strange laws in Argentina. One that affects temporary residents is that of crossing the border with your own personal automobile.

Well, you see, it’s just not allowed. For those of us foreigners that are still waiting out the bureaucracy of becoming a Permanent Resident—which is a long and patience-needing journey—we are not allowed to drive our own cars to Chile. The rumor why there is a lack of permission to pass go and collect your $200, is that the Argentine government is fearful that us extrajeneros are going to sell our car abroad…ya know, cause I won’t need it to come back or anything.

There are few loopholes to the rule:

1. you can drive a rental and forgo the headache of trying to wheel and deal the border crossing officials.

2. you can hire an Argentine to drive the car across the border for you. Although, paperwork and notary signings are needed before the trip (i.e. you just can’t pick up some hitchhiker on the side of the road and ask him for a favor). Of course, you will need an Argentine to get back home when your travel to the neighboring land is over.

In recent news, Argentine and Chilean officials implemented a new gig for those that live near the border, knowing what a pain in the cola it is to go from one country to another. After many years in the making, the Committee of Integration Region of the Lagos would like to introduce the “Frontier Card”. This allows free roaming between the two nations for those possessing the laminated piece of assurance.

So, this is my question…does this mean then, that I, technically, could do a little detective research…find out who holds the golden cards…pay them a little tip…and…wohoo! Drive right on through the border crossing? No stopping to deal with security guards with attitude? No having to feel like I am a criminal because I want to check out another country? No having to pay for a rental car because I wanted to soak in the hot springs on the other side of the border? No? Sweet!

Nunca se sabe…

Chile Argentina BorderBorder between Chile and Argentina

  1. 7 Responses to “Argentina Chile Border Crossing”

  2. By Francoise on Dec 7, 2009

    And what about the 2 1/2 hours I lost at Miami intl´Airport for my notebook to be scanned?????????

  3. By Patagonia on Dec 7, 2009

    Sorry to hear about that Francoise.

    TSA=Thousands Standing Around

  4. By francoise on Dec 7, 2009

    I deeply believe it´s the same. It happens in New York, Baltimore, LA, San Francisco. Worst of all, Atlanta Airpt.!!! Not to talk about the Mexican Wall. That´s life!

    Thak you for being sorry!

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