After 18 months in South America it was time we headed over the border from Argentina and in to Chile for a look.
From Bariloche, Argentina, there are regular buses across the border and into Chile. Using this form of transportation is also helpful in skipping long queues as the bus receives preferential treatment. Straight to the front of line.
Leaving Argentina was very simple. Our bags were allowed to remain on the bus while we received our exit stamps. Entering Chile was also very simple however, all our bags were removed from the bus and were subject to inspection. Mostly, the authorities are looking for fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, and of course, drugs.
There was no visa cost or reciprocity fee crossing by land. However, if you enter Chile by air, you will have to pay a fee of USD $117.00. Yes, it's crazy. No, we don't know why. It's just better to cross overland and we're not complaining seeing as we got in for free!
Remember to always check the countries visa requirements before travelling for up to date prices and changes in information (http://chile.gob.cl/australia/en/).
Travel safe x
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.