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About Crossing the Iguazu Borders

Iguazu Border Crossing Opening Hours

Crossing the border from Argentina to Brazil

Crossing the border from Brazil to Argentina

Crossing the border from Brazil to Paraguay

Crossing the border from Paraguay to Brazil


Iguazú Border Crossings

Iguazu Border Bridge

When crossing between Brazil and Argentina you are required to do immigration procedures and get your passport stamped, even if you are only crossing to visit the falls on the other side for a couple of hours. The immigration offices of these two countries are not located next to each other, rather they are separated by a long bridge spanning across the Iguazu River, which marks the border.


Making the border crossings in Iguazú is not really that straightforward for English speakers, because there are no tourist information desks or English speaking officials there to guide you through the process. It is not uncommon to spot lost travellers with no Spanish or Portuguese, desperate for information at the border. 


If you are going to take a local bus, you also need to be aware that when you travel between the border towns, the buses do not automatically stop at the Brazilian or Paraguayan immigration unless you prompt the driver to stop as you drive past. This is because the far majority of people riding the bus are locals and they are not required to pass immigration if they are only visiting the border towns on the other side. You can read more about how you can take the local bus between Foz do Iguacu & Puerto Iguazú


Not all our drivers are fluent in English, but they do know you need to stop at all passport and covid protocol check-points and they also have loads of experience ferrying foreign travellers between the countries. As long as your documents are in order, then be rest assured that you will find the formalities at immigration rather painless, with our drivers guiding you through the borders. Below we talk about each of the border crossings in Iguazú and what transfers we offer between them.


Iguazu Border Crossing Opening Hours

There are three borders in the Iguazú area which separate Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. The good news is that you can cross all the borders between them at any time of day or night because the immigration border opening hours are 24hrs a day. The exception is the riverboat crossing between Argentina & Paraguay, but you can make the crossing between Argentina and Paraguay by land if you first travel through Brazil.


Brazil Argentina Border







Crossing from Brazil to Argentina

How to cross the border from Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazú by transfer

Once you reach Brazilian immigration the driver will show you where to go to fill in your forms and line up for passport control, but on the Argentine side, your driver will ask for your passports and do the procedure for you without you needing to leave the car.


The immigration offices of Brazil and Argentina are separated by a bit of no man’s land where a few slums on the Brazilian side have sprung up before you cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, also known as the Fraternity Bridge, which spans the Iguazú river. 


Our drivers can pick you up from your accommodation or the airport in Foz do Iguaçu and take you to both the Brazil & Argentine immigration before delivering you safely to your hotel or airport in Puerto Iguazú, or even the Argentine side of the falls.  There is a huge Duty-Free shop in no-mans land, and you can choose a pit stop there during your reservation.


IGU airport to Puerto Iguazu
Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazu
Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazu IGR
Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazu Transfers


Foz do Iguacu to Argentine Side of the Falls Transfers
Cross border Argentina side

Crossing from Argentina to Brazil

How to cross the border from Puerto Iguazú to Foz do Iguacu by transfer

If you cross with our transfer you do not even need to leave the car at the Argentine Immigration, because your driver will collect your passports and have the immigration staff stamp you out of the country.


Just after the Argentine border, in no man’s land, there is a large duty-free complex and you can add a stop there while making your reservation if you wish to take an hour to look around. After crossing the bridge over the Iguazú river, your driver will need to park the car and show you where you will personally have to go to fill out the immigration forms and get your passport stamped.




Puerto Iguazu airport across the border to Foz do Iguacu
Puerto Iguazu city to Foz do Iguacu city
Puerto Iguazu across the border to IGU airport transfer
Puerto Iguazu to Foz do Iguacu Transfers


Puerto Iguazu to Brazil Side of the Falls Transfers
Cross border from Puerto Iguazu to Brazil side of the falls

Crossing the border from Brazil to Paraguay


How to cross the border from Foz do Iguacu to Ciudad del Este by transfer

To cross from the city of Foz do Iguaçu to Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, you first need to stop at Brazilian Immigration, before traversing the Parana River, via the long ‘Friendship Bridge’. Once on the other side, you must make another stop to stamp into Paraguay. These borders are open, meaning local buses and traffic are not obliged to stop at the immigration officers on either side, because the locals do not need to show documents just to visit the border towns. But it is different for locals, and if you are travelling further than the cities, you will come across controls, and there will be trouble if you have not stopped at immigration to show your passport. When you book with us, the driver of your transfer will ensure you make both the required stops on your way between the two countries.

Foz do Iguacu to Ciudad del este AGT airport
Foz do Iguacu IGU airport to Ciudad del este Paraguay

Crossing the border from Paraguay to Brazil


How to cross the border from Ciudad del Este to Foz do Iguacu by transfer

There is a large bridge over the Parana River, which you must cross to get from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay to the Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. On each side of that bridge are the passport controls, which foreign travellers need to stop at to register to leave Paraguay and to enter Brazil. Because the borders are open, vehicles do not need to stop at the immigration controls, which is why it is a good idea to go with our transfers so your driver will help you do your documents before you continue into Brazil.

Transport from the Ciudad del Este AGT airport to Foz do Iguacu