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Colombia to Ecuador Border Crossing
Border name: Rumichaca
Closest major cities: Ipiales, Colombia and Tulcan, Ecuador
Cost for Visas: $0
Cost for vehicle: $0
Total time: 3 hours
- Drive past the customs (DIAN) office and the immigration office to the giant parking lot. Park here.
- Go to the DIAN office and turn in your temporary permit. No stamps, no copies, just give the paper to the nice official.
- Go to the immigration window. Have your passports stamped for exit.
- Drive to Ecuador.
- Go through a military checkpoint, aduana (customs) and immigration are on your left, but the parking is probably closed off. Drive around to the back of the building and park there.
- Go to immigration and get your passport imprinted with a dot matrix printer. Be prepared for a long wait. we were in line for two hours.
- Go to the aduana office on the corner of the building.
- Hand in your title, the drivers passport and a copy of each.
- They will give you a vehicle permit in return.
- Drive to the nearest gas station and fill up on $1.50/ gallon gas. Woohoo!
Note: SOAT (Vehicle liability insurance) is NOT required for foreign vehicles. We did not buy it at the border and were never asked for it at police checkpoints.