Traveling to Argentina During Holy Week: What You Need to Know

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By parm maan

The long Easter weekend is approaching, and many will take advantage of it to leave home and go somewhere other than where they live. Although the beach is the main resort, traveling to Argentina by car is another favorite option for Chileans.

From Santiago to Mendoza is only 5 or 6 hours. Thus, during Holy Week in 2023, more than 20 thousand compatriots will go to the border town of Argentina. To do this, you just need to know what requirements, papers and requirements there are for crossing the mountain range. We break it down for you below.

Pictured this Monday, the Los Libertadores border crossing has seen less flow of people. Photo: AgenciaUno

The first is international liability insurance, also known as RCI or Mercosur insurance. Basically, it is the mandatory insurance that every private vehicle that wants to cross the border to enter Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay must have.

RCI will cover the costs of a car accident that causes damage to third parties, including personal injuries, as well as the property of people traveling in your car.

When the RCI is ready, we need to consider the following documents for the vehicle: First of all, and in case you didn't know, the vehicle you drive to Mendoza must carry the owner of the vehicle as a driver or passenger. Otherwise, the driver must have a notarization signed by the owner before the vehicle can cross the border.

Now, as for the documents, they cannot be absent.

the registerOfficially known as a 'National Vehicle Registration Certificate', it is the document that confirms the ownership of the vehicle it is driven by. It can be processed online web: Civil registry if you have a unique key and it costs $1090.

– You should have Two examples of vehicle control system form. This form is valid for 180 days. During that time, the vehicle must return to Chile. If your stay will be longer, you must request an extension from the relevant customs authority.

Driving license.

Circulation permit.

Technical review certificate.

International civil liability insurance oRCI.

Identification card or passport. No renewal bills or proof of processing are allowed. Due to the free transit agreement between Chile and Argentina, the license is sufficient.

– Minor companions traveling with only one parent must carry a notarized authorization signed by the non-traveling parent; It is important to check the validity of notary permits, as they are generally valid for 90 days.

The Border Crossing Unit of Chile's Ministry of the Interior and Public Security advises on its website web: that in order to travel to Argentina by car, we need

Check the correct operation of the machine accessories (brakes in good condition, complete lighting system, tire condition and air level, as well as spare wheel).

– Mandatory wearing and/or use Wheel chains, tensioners in sufficient quantity, shovel, rope or towing spear.

First aid kit, warm and spare clothes sufficient to avoid the risk of frostbite to the body of a person exposed to the wind without suitable clothing.

High calorie food.

Dark glasses for solar radiation which is stronger in the mountain range.

These tools are directly related to the context that gives us the high mountain range where we will reach Mendoza with our car. This geographic area represents drastic climate changes, especially in winter (between April and October).

You can meet on those dates icy roads, snowfall, storms, white wind, gusts, sub-zero temperatures, avalanches, landslides, rock debris and heights which can affect people with blood pressure problems.

Los Libertadores International Pass is the one that connects the city of Los Andes (Chile) with Mendoza (Argentina). Its landscapes are admired by those who pass through it, highlighted by the view of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 meters above sea level. Here we will find the following controls:

Customs control. It is the control of goods and vehicles during entry and exit from the country. Website:

Phytozoan health control. It is the surveillance of plant and animal species and their health control to avoid the introduction of pests and diseases through the detection of risky products. Website:

Immigration control. It controls the entry and exit of people into Chile. Website:

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