Iguazú Border Crossings
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. We know we are a transfer company, so of course we will say it is easier to book a ride with us across the borders than to navigate the local transport system; but we can honestly tell you that lost travellers desperate for information are often spotted at the border. Just like these guys who took a bus from Argentina to Brazil.
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 controls 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 river boat crossing between Argentina & Paraguay, but you can make the crossing between Argentina and Paraguay by land if you first travel through Brazil.
Crossing from Brazil to Argentina
How to cross the border from Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazú by transfer
Once you reach the 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-man’s land, and you can choose a pit stop there during your reservation.