Immigration and Customs Ecuador and Colombia | Customs and Immigration

Ecuador

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GPS: 0.228170, -76.872940
Altitude: 0.0 masl

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Traveling from Ecuador to Colombia.
Ecuador was straightforward, 10 min. Colombia immigration went smoothly, 5 min. Customs took 45 min. Apart from copies of passports, vehicle ownership documents etc. the office also wanted a copy of an old Zimbabwe visa, "as a souvenir". The VIN was recorded by putting carbon on the plate with the number and using tape to get an imprint.

Despite the signs no money can be changed in the building, but money changing is possible just across the bridge in Colombia. We got money from an ATM in La Dorada.

An insurance was not sold at the border. We had no problem entering Colombia without a valid SOAT. As recommended by the Colombian Customs officer we bought one in Hormiga (took 3.5 hours). COP 188,000 for 2 months.

We saw diesel being sold at the standard price in Ecuador up to the border, but we did not check if there were any limitations for foreigners. We filled up in Coca at the local price.

Colombian aduana works 8-12 and 13-17.
Ecuador aduana works 8-18 not sure on the lunch break.

No Insurance required and or sold for Ecuador.

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Coming from Central America....super easy! Total time on a rainy Saturday morning: 1 hour.

- no fees (except maybe photocopies)
- foreigners do not need to buy car insurance (SOAT)
- you will need photocopies of your documents: passport, license, exit stamp, car title. These cost 300COP or $0.10 each on site.

STEPS (all in same building):
1. cancel Colombian TIP at Aduana
2. get exit passport stamp from colombia at Immigracion
3. stamp passport into Ecuador at Immigracion (same desk for both countries)
4. get new Ecuador TIP at Aduana

PET OWNERS:
Aduana saw our dog sitting in the truck. He asked if we had done the pet paperwork. We said no. At the end of our interaction he said Buen Viaje and didn't bring up the dog paperwork again. We left. I hope everyone has it this easy!

Very quiet, 40 min immigration and aduana all done. Very friendly. No Venezuelan people here.
This on Thursday morning at 11.00 h.

35 minutes for both immigration and aduana. No body at the queue, neither at the restaurant on this Sunday at lunch time! Perfect...

Llegamos a las 18.05 y cerraba a las 18 hs! Así que dormimos en la entrada, sin problemas. A las 6 abría, así que fuimos los primeros. Muy rápido trámite.

many Venezuelan migrant, so expect some delay. It took us 3 hour for the stamp so you have to arrive early because the TIP desk for automobile import close 17h30....and in this case toi have to come back the next day......so we sleep in front off the migration office, quiet night, guards, toilet, shower, free wifi.

Rápido y ágil paso fronterizo. Tiene restaurante y baños. No hay cambistas! Casas de cambio en el centro de Lago Agrio (Ecuador). Del lado colombiano, la ruta es desolada pero tranquila. Sólo hay pequeños trechos en los que hay que transitar muy despacio. El resto está asfaltado.

super fast and easy crossing. everything on the Ecuadorian side in one building. copy's can be made for 10 cents in the restaurant. no scribe of the license plate needed.

Ecuador to Colombia:

Fast but painfull$$$ crossing.

No credit card machine to pay for my Canadian tourist visa. Current cost 201k COP 74USD

Dont forget that you need a scribe of your vin plate when applying for Colombian TIP

Traveling Ecuador to Colombia.
Super easy border crossing. Took us 45min in total, but have a Colombian car so no need for a TIP. Quite a few Venezuelans but lines didn't take too long . Cool to have everything in one building!
Super friendly military checkpoint on Colombian side of the bridge, guy just wanted to chat.
Recommended and a beautiful drive to and from.

Going from Colombia to Ecuador, the entire border crossing took about 1hr. Getting our Ecuador TIP was the longest process. A few busloads of Venezuelans still there, but the security guy at front door waved us through the line.

Also, lovely drive here from Mocoa, lots of military and police checkpoints, so felt very secure to us. Nice Super Akí supermarket in Lago Agrio (Ecuador side) so you can stock up. Overall excellent crossing.

About 30 refugees at the entrance, had to wait about 10 minutes, then everything went pretty fast, less than an hour in total. No vaccination required for our daughter 😊

Took us 3 hours due to the large groups of refugees. We asked the police/aduana in camo outfit (that gives instructions when you arrive) and he let us thru the main door. Security guard will not be willing to help. Waiting does not help.
Feels bad to "skip line" but with pasports we have a different process and were done within 30mins. People in the building are helpfull and the guys for the TIP for Ecuador are really friendly and funny.

Had a fairly good border crossing back into Ecuador. Quick process as we were at the door right at opening time. There were a lot of Venezuelian refugees here trying to pass the border. Luckily they set up tents, medical stands, comedors, showers and bathrooms for them. They all seemed fairly happy, looking at the situation they were in. They wanted to chat with us and know about our travels.
We asked at the guy at the door who led us to a separate row for "foreigners", not Venezuelians. It took about one hour in total, incl. Dian & Aduana. Only wait was at Colombian immigration.

We arrived after lunch break at around 2:15pm and were done by 5:15pm. All due to the Ecuadorian immigration. There was a huge line and only 1 attendant who was really slow.

Easy border!!
[passwords are not allowed unless explicitly permitted by the owner]

Coming from Colombia (Mocoa) to Ecuador on May 23, 2018. The drive is 4.5 hours from Mocoa. Average speed of 30 MPH. 90% of the road is paved and decent. No 4x4 needed. See iO posting for road conditions and more details regarding the drive.

Whole process took 30 minutes. No queue, no problems. Check out of Colombia = 30 seconds to get exit stamp. Entry stamp and immigration paper for Ecuador = 2 minutes.

Aduana process into Ecuador = 25 minutes. Officer entered all vehicle info into computer, asked for copies of passport w/entry stamp, title and drivers license. He printed TIP, I signed it, he said “Listo!” And we were gone!

Fastest border crossing yet!

Super easy at 9am today there was no one around, everyone was nice and helped us with all the copies of documents we needed (see posts below for list)

We were told that the border gets most busy around 12/1pm when a lot of the tourist buses arrive.

Easy process, no queues. The gates are open from 6 am to 6 pm. Colombian aduana works 8-12 and 13-17.

We arrived around 12.15 leaving Ecuador. First immigration Ecuador was at lunch for an hour. When they returned and we covered immigration, immigration Colombia went to lunch. When they finally returned, Aduana Colombia was closed until 14.00. In essence, do bring lots of patience when you cross here.

We came here on the bus today, this is where you need to get your exit stamp for Ecuador and entrance stamp for Colombia. The bus did not stop here, took us to the bridge and then we had to get a taxi back to immigration to get stamps.

DIAN has a sign up closed fir lunch between 12:00 and 14:00.
Got through migration at 12:30. Took the Ecuadorian side 40 min to proces the 8 in line before me. Colombia only 5 minutes.
DIAN indeed on lunch break, do I had mine. They were back before 13:00. They sent me back to migration to get the photo copies mentioned below. Now they were on lunchbreak, no sign saying so. After waiting for my turn, I was told that photocopies should be made in the restaurant. Which you will see walking from migration to DIAN.

Quick border but closed from 12.00 to 13.00 hours because lunchtime.

Just want to add that if you overstated your vehicule permit, just dont go to the Colombia DIAN. Ecuador aduana do not check with colombian authorities. This is a sure fact. If you overstayed in Colombia, CROSS AT THIS BORDER.

Easiest border ever.

Aduana opens at 8AM...got here ready to go at 7am haha. Well. Gotta wait now.

Very quiet border - yay!

Location:
Both colombia and ecuador in this one building. So if you see leaving colombia (like us) then feel free to drive out of the country and come here to do your papers.

Process:
We did migration first (next to each other at the same desk), and then went around to the aduana and DIAN to do our TIP stuff.

Steps:
Exiting colombia - Got an exit stamp. Handed in TIP (no paperwork required - just hand it over and go)

Entering ecuador - Got an entrance stamp. TIP: We had to get copies of our entry stamp, passport photo page, driver's license and vehicle title, which we were able to get from the little restaurant on site for 1,000COL pesos (could also pay in usd$). Then we had a chat and waited whilst they put us into the computer.

Time:
Migracion - 5 minutes for both
Aduana - 10 seconds to exit colombia, about 30 minutes for ecuador.

NOTE:
If you have been to Ecuador recently (we have, as we are doing a SA loop) many nationalities only get 90 day PER year. We used a lot of our time s few months back, so only got 37 days on entrance this time. They wouldn't give us more time here at the border, when we asked.

Easiest/quickest border in South America? We think so!

Easiest border crossing ever! Immigration side by side in the front of the building, Aduana side by side in the rear of the same building! Less than 40 mins passports & vehicle. Lots of roadworks, NO TOLLS from San Agustin

Traveling from Ecuador to Colombia.
Ecuador was straightforward, 10 min. Colombia immigration went smoothly, 5 min. Customs took 45 min. Apart from copies of passports, vehicle ownership documents etc. the office also wanted a copy of an old Zimbabwe visa, "as a souvenir". The VIN was recorded by putting carbon on the plate with the number and using tape to get an imprint.

Despite the signs no money can be changed in the building, but money changing is possible just across the bridge in Colombia. We got money from an ATM in La Dorada.

An insurance was not sold at the border. We had no problem entering Colombia without a valid SOAT. As recommended by the Colombian Customs officer we bought one in Hormiga (took 3.5 hours). COP 188,000 for 2 months.

We saw diesel being sold at the standard price in Ecuador up to the border, but we did not check if there were any limitations for foreigners. We filled up in Coca at the local price.