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Border Crossings Into Uruguay

Argentina has many border crossings into Uruguay. However, some, like the one at Monte Caseros in Corrientes Province, are only for use by Argentine and Uruguayan citizens. Crossings listed below have immigration services for foreign passport holders. Uruguay is one hour ahead of Argentina time from the beginning of October until mid-March. The rest of the year, their is no time difference.

Gualeguaychú, Argentina – Fray Bentos, Uruguay

Puente Internacional General San Martín is 40 kilometers (24 mi) from Gualeguaychú and nine kilometers (5.4 mi) from the Uruguayan town, Fray Bentos. Busses go direct between the two cities. This is the nearest land border crossing to Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Immigration is open 24-hours.

NOTE: Recently, this border crossing reopened after having been closed for over three years, due to Argentines’ objections to a Uruguayan paper plant on the Río Uruguay. On June 17, 2010, Gualeguaychú’s Asamble Ambiental (Environmental Council) voted to lift the blockade for 60 days, to allow the two country’s government to work on an agreement about environmental monitoring of the plant. There is a possibility is will be closed once more if a settlement is not reached.

Colón, Argentina – Paysandú, Uruguay

Puente Internacional General José G. Artigas is seven kilometers (4.2 mi) southeast of Colón and just across the river from Paysandú, Uruguay. A $4 toll is charged for cars. Immigration and customs offices for both countries are on the Uruguay side of the bridge. Buses go direct between the two cities (Bus Copay, in afternoon only, $3). The driver’s assistant collects passports and takes them in for processing. A remiss from Colón costs $5.50 to the Argentine Gendarmería Nacional post and $7 to the beginning of the bridge. No one wants to wait in line at the bridge. If a company agrees to go as far as Paysandú, the cost is $17, plus the bridge toll. Immigration is open 24-hours.

Concordia, Argentina – Salto, Uruguay

Concordia and Salto are connected by the Puente Carretero atop the Salto Grande hydroelectric dam spanning the Río Uruguay. Regular buses go direct between the two cities. Immigration is open 24-hours.

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