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Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile | Customs and Immigration

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Last Visited: about 6 years ago
GPS: -22.482888, -67.892941
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ADMIN NOTE - reported that Bolivian Aduana are now colocated with Immigration at the border, but that may vary so check first.

Note: This crossing goes through the VERY remote southwest corner of Bolivia. Plan accordingly.

Go to the Aduana office on the Bolivian side. This is 80km north of the border at an elevation over 5000m. (S22 26.454 W67 48.357) (See note above for possible change) Turn in your vehicle permit..Drive to Bolivian immigration. S22 52.860 W67 47.901 No cost.

Chilean immigration and customs is just outside of San Pedro de Atacama. S22 54.659 W68 11.626
Immigration first, fill out a tourist card and hand it over with your passport. Proceed to the aduana office at the other end of the same building.
Aduana will need to see your vehicle title and the driver's passport. TIP for 90 days.
Food and agriculture inspector will take your customs declaration forms and may search your car.

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Border name: Hijo Canjon
Closest major cities: Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia and San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Cost for visas: $0
Cost for vehicle: $0
Total time: 10 minutes in Bolivia, 45 minutes in Chile
Date crossed: Monday, October 29th 2012

Note: This crossing goes through the VERY remote southwest corner of Bolivia. It is at least 300 miles from Uyuni to the border and there are likely no supplies (gas, food or water) for long stretches. Plan accordingly.
The StepsGo to the Aduana office on the Bolivian side. This is 80km north of the border at an elevation over 5000m. (S22 26.454 W67 48.357) Turn in your vehicle permit.Enjoy the rest of the national park.Drive to Bolivian immigration. S22 52.860 W67 47.901Have your passports stamped. Do NOT pay the Bs15 exit fee. It's a sham. Unless they find a way to produce a receipt.Drive 30 miles down the nice paved Chilean hill to the Chilean immigration and customs, it is just outside of San Pedro de Atacama. S22 54.659 W68 11.626Go to the immigration window and get a tourist card to fill out.Complete the tourist card and hand it over with your passport. The official may need to see your vehicle title as well. He or she will enter your info into a computer, stamp your passport and tourist card and return both.Proceed to the aduana office at the other end of the same building. Fill out a customs declaration form. Be sure to check "Yes" on the question if you have anything to declare. Failing to mark this box results in a US$200 fine if you are caught.Aduana will need to see your vehicle title and the driver's passport. He does not need any copies.The official will enter info in the computer and issue a temporary import permit good for 90 days.Find a food and agriculture inspector. He or she will take your customs declaration forms and may search your car. After the inspection you are free to go. Our car was thoroughly searched, and despite the ridiculous amount of food we had, they only took a few items.