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Border Crossing: Bolivia to Chile – Avaroa and Ollague

Leaving the poorest country in South America and entering the richest is quite a shocking border crossing experience.  The Chilean government, in contrast to Bolivian administration, is organized, modern and efficient.  As usual, leaving a country is fairly easy, but you will be glad to find that entering Chile is painless as well.




STEP 1: Find the migracion office to get your passports stamped with the salida (exit) stamp.  You will need to pay $21 B per person at this office.

STEP 2: Across the train tracks from the migracion office is the aduana office.  It is a yellow trailer.  Park at the front of the building.  Officials will ask to see your Bolivian Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit.

You will need to drive about 15 minutes to Ollague, Chile’s border entry town.



Chile is very strict concerning the introduction of foreign plant and animal products.  Make sure to throw away any fruits, vegetables or meat from your vehicle prior to customs inspection.  Inspection of vehicle contents is a fairly regular occurrence when entering Chile.

STEP 1: Go to the migracion office to get your passport stamps and to fill out a personal information form.  If there is a long line, request a form at the desk in order to fill it out while you wait.

STEP 2: Park in front of the aduana office for a customs official to inspect your car.  Fill out a form, and be prepared to present the following:

  • the passport of the vehicle owner
  • vehicle title
  • vehicle registration
  • an International Health Certificate for your pet (if you are traveling with one).  TIP: Should officials question your pet’s papers, show further documentation, such as vet records and rabies vaccination documents, and do not look doubtful about the certifications shown.  Repeat that the International Health Certificate is registered through the U.S. Government (or your country of origin).

Insurance is not required for Chilean drivers.


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One Comment

  1. This border crossing is one of a kind. I hope to find places like this one. nice photos.


    1. Ossie on February 5th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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