A blog to record our motorbike adventure through the Americas

Bolivia > Argentina

Bermejo – Aguas Blancas Border

February 2013

If you have the option, use this border to enter between Bolivia and Argentina.  It’s very small, quiet and stress free.

We used the Villazon border entering Bolivia which was a nightmare and we’ve heard some stories of the Yacuiba border being even worse!

There are beautifully windy roads on the way from Tarija to Bermejo on the Bolivia side of the border.  In fact Highway 1 from Potosi to Bermejo is almost completely paved when we rode it in early February (just a small section 60km after Camargo of ripio).  The new tunnel before Tarija is now open which cuts the journey time.

When approaching the Bermejo border, you can park up in front of the building on the right.  There is only immigration here so just line up to get your passport stamped out of Bolivia.

Bermejo - Aguas Blancas Border

To the left of the building, there is a barrier which does not lead to Argentina as we thought.  On the plus side, there is a YPFB gas station 1 or 2km down that road and we were able to brim the tank at the local rate before leaving Bolivia.

If you go down this road and use the gas station you will then need to turn around and head back to the barrier and then ride around the back of the row of buildings which takes you over a bridge towards Argentina.

Just across the other side of the bridge, a customs guy checked over our luggage before waving us on.  Immigration and Aduana is approximately another 1km down the road.

Park up on the right hand side.  Argentina’s Immigration is the left hand side of the road and you will need to enter the left side of the building if traveling with a vehicle.

Bermejo - Aguas Blancas Border 2

They will stamp you into the country and give you a slip of paper which you then take across the road to Aduana.

Aduana for both both countries is in the same office.  Bolivia is the right side of the building.  We simply had to hand over our Bolivian temporary import permit and then shuffle along the counter to Argentina’s Aduana officials.

They processed a new temporary import permit (valid for 8 months) after handing over the usual documents including proof of motor insurance.

No vehicle inspection was required here.  The border crossing took just over an hour and that included the detour for fuel.  Easy Peasy!

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