A blog to record our motorbike adventure through the Americas

Colombia > Ecuador

Ipiales/Tulcán Border

December 2012

As you approach the border area, the first building you arrive at is the aduana ‘DIAN’ building. We parked directly behind this office. You need to take the original temporary import permit inside the office and hand it over – nothing else required.

We left the bike parked up and walked around to the immigration area in the building directly behind. Quick stamp in the passport – job done. This part was super quick and fast and didn’t take anymore than 10 minutes.

1-Leaving Colombia

Once you have completed the above, drive forward to Ecuador. You will see a large blue and white building on the right hand side. This is Ecuador Immigration an Aduana. We parked in front of the immigration office.

2-Entering Ecuador

Fill in the necessary entry paperwork form in the immigration office and you will have an entry stamp printed in your passport. No fees for this – just watch out for the queues. We didn’t have to wait long, but by the time we had finished with aduana, the immigration queues looked really long.

Next up, make sure you have a copy of your registration document and drivers passport (copy shop to the left hand side). Head to the aduana office and hand over the above. Unfortunately, whilst we were there their computer system was down and they refused to process manually. We had to wait a few hours until they were back online. Once back up and running they did produce our temporary import permit really quickly – we had heard from others that they are sometimes quite slow and usually want to inspect the bike and VIN etc. Due to the delay, they didn’t bother to do any of this with us. No fees for import permit.

All in all, this would of been our quickest, easiest and cheapest crossing yet – but due to the issue with the computers we were there for over 4 hours.


One response

  1. Juan

    Awesome articles! How did you enter Colombia from Panama?

    September 5, 2015 at 8:46 pm

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