Crossing the border from Brazil to Argentina

Crossing the border from Brazil to Argentina

How to cross the border to Argentina from Brazil

The first stop when crossing the border from Brazil to Argentina in Iguazu is the Brazilian immigration offices located on the outskirts of the city of Foz do Iguacu.  There is a highway turnoff to access the border about halfway between the downtown and the airport.  

 

Road between Brazil and ArgentinaIt is not necessary for Brazilian and Argentine nationals living in the area to stop at the Brazilian immigration, therefore for anyone else you will need to be careful not to drive past the office to do your documents.  On the Brazil side, you must exit your vehicle and enter one of the buildings to line up to get your travel document processed.  It should be mentioned that if you are crossing by bus you must request the stop or the driver will keep driving past the offices, and local buses don’t wait for you while you are doing immigration; instead, you must catch a different bus later.

 

After completing the procedures on the Brazilian side you then must drive a further 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) to the Argentina Immigration, crossing over a bridge spanning the Iguazu river along the way.  For people arriving by car, on arrival, you join one of the entry lanes which have drive-through immigration kiosks. Once it is your turn to drive up to the immigration window you hand your documents to the attendant and answer their questions without having to leave your car.  Once passed the window you may be stopped by customs who check the vehicles and luggage.

 

Argentina borderIf arriving by bus you will have to exit and form a queue inside one the buildings to process your entry into Argentina and then walk your bags through customs before rejoining your bus.

 

If crossing the border on one of our services, our vehicles use a special tourism lane which is often much faster than the general lanes, and your driver will present your documents on your behalf without you needing to exit the vehicle.

Transport from Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazu

Local Buses

There are local buses that operate taking people from downtown Foz do Iguacu to Puerto Iguazu, and there are many things you should consider if planning to take one of these buses when it comes to the border stops, especially how to time your crossing.  You can find more information about how to use public bus transport here.  

 

Private Transfers

Our transfers across the border will pick you up from any hotel or Airbnb in Foz do Iguacu, or our driver can meet you on your arrival to the IGU airport to take you across to Argentina. Transport vehicles Iguazu Falls

 

Because we specialise in border transfers for international visitors, our drivers know exactly where you must go and what to do at the border, and you can take advantage of the faster tourism lane at the Argentina border stop which our vehicles are permitted to use.

 

Below you may view the many options we have for taking you across the border to the following locations:

 

  • Argentine Side of the Iguazu Falls
  • Puerto Iguazu hotels or Airbnbs
  • Puerto Iguazu (IGR) airport

Foz do Iguacu to the Argentina side Iguazu Falls

Private transfer to the Argentina side of the Iguazu Falls  (Round-trip)

 

Transport from Foz do Iguacu to the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls

 

This is the quickest way to get to see the falls from the Argentina side if you are staying in Foz do Iguacu.  After picking up from your address, your driver will make sure to stop at the border because you will need to get exit and entry stamps on the way there and the way back.  

 

Shared shuttle to the Iguazu Falls on the Argentina side (Round-trip)

 

Shuttle between Brazil and Argentina

 

This is the transport for you if you want to join a group going to see the falls on the Argentine side. You will receive border help and an English speaking guide will take you to the falls.

 

Same day transfer combinations from Foz do Iguacu 

 

Save invaluable time with these options because they are transfers that combine transport to see the falls on the Argentine side, then transport straight after dropping you off at either a Puerto Iguazu hotel or one of the 2 airports in the area.

 

 

From Hotels

Argentina side Iguazu Falls + Puerto Iguazu City Hotel

To Argentine side and Puerto Iguazu

Argentina side Iguazu Falls + Airport in Puerto Iguazu

Foz do Iguacu to the Argentine side of Iguazu plus the Puerto Iguazu airport

Argentina side Iguazu Falls + Airport in Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu to Argentine side of falls and the Foz IGU airport

From the Foz do Iguacu airport

Argentina side Iguazu Falls + Puerto Iguazu City Hotel

Foz do Iguacu to the Argentine side of Iguazu falls then Puerto Iguazu

Argentina side Iguazu Falls + Foz do Iguacu City Hotel

Foz do Iguacu airport to Argentina side of the falls then Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu Airport to Puerto Iguazu

After meeting your driver upon your arrival, you will travel directly across the border only stopping to do immigration procedures.

To Puerto Iguazu city

Transfer from IGU airport to Puerto Iguazu

To Puerto Iguazu airport

transport from the IGU airport to the IGR airport

Foz do Iguacu hotels to Puerto Iguazu

Get collected from your address in Foz do Iguacu and then dropped off at either a hotel or Airbnb in the city of Puerto Iguazu or directly at the IGR airport in Argentina.

To Puerto Iguazu city

To Puerto Iguazu airport

Foz do Iguacu to the Puerto Iguazu IGR airport

Brazil side of the falls to Puerto Iguazu

Visit the Brazil side of the falls first, and then we will drive you to Puerto Iguazu city or airport.

From Foz do Iguacu Hotels

Brazil side Iguazu Falls + Puerto Iguazu city

Brazil side Iguazu Falls + Puerto Iguazu airport

Foz do Iguacu to Argentine side of falls and then the IGR airport

From the Foz do Iguacu airport

Brazil side Iguazu Falls + Puerto Iguazu city

IGU airport to the Brazil side of the falls and then Puerto Iguazu Transfer

Questions and Answers

CAN YOU DRIVE FROM BRAZIL TO ARGENTINA?

There is a highway connecting the 2 countries with the border located in the Iguazu area between the 2 cities of Foz do Iguacu and Puerto Iguazu. 

 

You must have a Carta Verde (Green Card) which allows you to cross into Argentina with your car, plus the other typical travel documents, passport, and visa if your nationality requires you to visit Argentina.

HOW DO YOU GET TO PUERTO IGUAZU FROM BRAZIL?

By Bus

You can use the services of a local bus which you catch from a bus stop in the city of Foz do Iguacu.  Take the bus to the Brazilian immigration where you need to exit to process your travel documents, then wait for another bus to take you to the Argentina immigration, before taking a bus again to Puerto Iguazu.

 

By Transfer

The driver comes to collect you from where you are staying and then drives you to both immigration points at the border before dropping you in Puerto Iguazu city at your accommodation, airport, or bus to continue into the interior of Argentina.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROSS THE BORDER FROM BRAZIL TO ARGENTINA AT IGUAZU?

On average it takes 1 hour to do the border procedure at the Iguazu border if the traffic is light.  This is taking into account that you must first pass the immigration on the Brazilian side and then drive almost 1 mile (1.5 kilometres) to the Argentina immigration.  It takes longer to make the journey by bus because the bus does not wait for you at the Brazilian immigration.

 

During long weekends, holidays and also the Brazilian tourist high season from December to the end of March, there can be higher levels of traffic at the border and can take 1.5 hours to 2 hours to cross the border from Brazil to Argentina.

WHAT IS THE FASTEST WAY TO CROSS THE BORDER FROM BRAZIL TO ARGENTINA?

Driving in a private car is definitely quicker than crossing by bus or with a tour group who take longer to process everyone at the border.  In a private vehicle, you do not even have to exit the car on the Argentine side to process your documents.  

 

Our private transfers offer an even faster way to cross the border because our vehicles are permitted to use a tourism lane at the Argentina immigration which often has less traffic than the general lanes for local traffic.

DO YOU NEED TO STAMP YOUR PASSPORT TO GO TO THE ARGENTINA IGUAZU FALLS?

Even though you may only be wanting to pass into Argentina territory for a couple of hours to visit the Iguazu Falls, it is still necessary to pass immigration to have your passport stamped out of Brazil and into Argentina.

DO YOU NEED A VISA TO SEE THE ARGENTINA IGUAZU FALLS?

If you are from a country that requires a visa to enter Argentina, then you will still need to have one to visit the falls on the Argentine side, even if it is for a quick day visit.

HOW TO GET TO THE ARGENTINA SIDE OF IGUAZU FALLS FROM BRAZIL?

To go directly to the falls on the Argentina side from Brazil you are required to stop at immigration to stamp out of Brazil and into Argentina, and if returning you again have to stop at the border to do the process in reverse.

 

By Bus

It is possible to get to the Argentine side of the falls by bus, but the journey requires taking 3 separate buses on the way there, and then again on the way back. First, you take the bus from Foz do Iguacu city to the Brazilian immigration.  Then a different bus for a further 1.5 kilometres to the Argentina immigration, but this time the bus will wait for you while you stamp your passport, and take you to the Puerto Iguazu bus terminal, where you find where the buses depart for the 25-minute journey to the entry of the Argentina side of the falls.  You do this route in reverse if coming back to Brazil.

 

By Car

It is obviously a lot easier and quicker if you are crossing the border by car, but you still have to stop twice at the border to do immigration, and a further 2 times at immigration if you are returning to Brazil. Once passing the Argentina border control the drive to the national park where you enter to see the falls is a further 25 minutes drive.