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Border Crossing: Colombia to Ecuador

Border town: Impiales

The border crossing from Colombia to Ecuador is a piece of cake in comparison to the border crossings of Central America.  The process is straight-forward, clean, and organized, and the mountains surrounding Impiales are spectacular.

C O L O M B I A
STEP 1:

When you drive to the border crossing, park in the lot and walk to the DIAN (customs) office to the right.  Simply drop off your Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit (ours was from Seaboard Marine).

STEP 2:
Proceed to migracion (signs say DAS Migracion).  This office will stamp your passports.

E C U A D O R
STEP 1:
Park around the back of the building and walk around to the migracion office.  A man will give you a Tarjeta Andina de Migracion form to fill out at the door.  After you fill out this form, turn it in at the desk and get your passport stamped.

STEP 2:
Walk around the corner to the left in order to enter the aduanas building.  You will be asked to turn in a copy of your license, passport, and vehicle title.  After you fill out the necessary forms, the process is complete.

NOTE: It is required to purchase vehicle insurance in Ecuador. Ask the officials in the aduana office for information as to where to purchase SOAT (vehicle insurance).  We were told to purchase it across the street from the aduana office (look for a red sign that says PORTA).  However, this office was closed, and we had to drive to Tulcan, the next town, to purchase SOAT.

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