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Passport control between Brazil & Argentina? Where?

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Passport control between Brazil & Argentina? Where?

As first timers at Iguacu, we'd like to know where is the passport control when walking/driving between the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls. Is it easy to spot or you can't miss it?

Also, it is time consuming to get the day visa? Queues? We'll have a whole day in August. I know it should be off season, but it will be on a w/e.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Passport control between Brazil & Argentina? Where?

OK, so from your message, it sounds like you are going to be in Brazil and want to go over to the Argentine side of the falls for the day.

You will NOT be walking. There is a local bus that runs from the bus depot in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil), through the town and over the border to the bus station in the town of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina (from where a bus runs to the park entrance on that side). Don't know if you've ever crossed the border from the U.S. to Canada, but the setup is similar (as I recall). Vehicles get in a line and pull past the officers in booths or outside them. For buses, the border officer came onto the bus. Going back into Brazil, there were few passengers and he just looked at us and waved the bus through. You can also do this crossing by taxi, and have the driver bring you directly to the park entrance.

"it is time consuming to get the day visa?" If you are coming into Argentina from Brazil, there is a fee for U.S. passport holders *only* at airports and not at ground border crossings, to the best of my current knowledge, so this is not an issue. If I have read your post incorrectly and you will be coming from Argentina and wanting to spend the day on the Brazil side of the park, you do need a visa for Brazil if you have a U.S. passport. (There is a lot of info on the net about thisprocess so do some research.)

Happy travels.

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2. Re: Passport control between Brazil & Argentina? Where?

Hi New York!

You cannot travel between Brazil and Argentina at Iguasu Falls itself.

The falls are located in national parks on the respective sides of the river. You'll be able to see people on the far bank, there's a catwalk reaching halfway across from the Argentine side, and tour boats sail up and down the river. No border crossing is permitted in the parks, however.

The only way to cross between the two countries is at Fraternity Bridge, more than 10 miles downstream from the falls, near the cities. (The falls is actually 15 miles from Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, and about 10 miles from Puerto Iguazu, Argentina.)

If you're already in Brazil, US passport holders do not need a visa to visit Argentina. You don't even have to pay fees as you would if you flew on an international flight into Buenos Aires.

From Argentina, US passport holders officially need visas to enter Brazil. These visas are costly and time consuming to get.

If you intend on entering Brazil only for a few hours to visit the falls, check locally with your Argentine hotel about finding a reputable professional guide. Many have reported that according to local custom, day visitors can visit the falls without visas in the care of a professional guide who is responsible to see that you return to Argentina when you are supposed to.

Responsible local advice is essential. If you'll be overnighting in Argentina, ask your Argentine hotel,

David

Edited: 2:06 pm, May 11, 2011
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3. Re: Passport control between Brazil & Argentina? Where?

Here's a map of the park itself, showing both sides:

mappery.com/map-of/Iguazu-National-Park-Map

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And here's a map of the area, showing both towns (as well as the town in Paraguay), both airports, both sides of the park, and the Tancredo Neves Bridge between Brazil and Argentina.

brazil-travel-guide.com/images/Iguassu-Falls…

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Also YouTube videos are a good resource to see what the place actually looks like from people's posted vacation films.

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4. Re: Passport control between Brazil & Argentina? Where?

Many thanks!

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Many thanks! Very informative!

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