La Quiaca ATM Crossing Border @ Villazon UPDATE 12/6/2011
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Dec 8, 2011 6:26 AM Last Post By: lonelytiffani
Dec 6, 2011 11:21 AM
There are TWO cajeros (ATMs) in La Quiaca. I tried both. The one at the Nacional Banco didn´t work for me. Tried six or eight times. I have a Visa debit card. Luckily, there is another one with the MARCO/BANELCO brand. I was able to extract money =)
So if the Nacional Banco one doesn´t work for you, ask someone to direct you to the other cajero with the Marco/Banelco brand. I´m not sure where it is exactly, I had the remis driver take me there. He also told me that both cajeros do not work on Saturdays or Sundays.
There are no casa de cambios in La Quiaca.
I crossed the border (illegally) to go to the casa de cambios (place to exchange money) in Villazon. I only had one small handbag with me so I wasn´t stopped by the migration officers. Another person tried this but was wearing all theirs bags and was stopped by an officer.
Plus, I (tried to) look like I knew where I was going. There are plenty of casa de cambios the moment you cross the border. You can exchange pesos, USD, and bolivianos.
I got my visa on the Villazon side of the border instead of the Argentina side. The place has a small blue sign that says ¨Migraciones¨ on the right side of the border (as you´re going towards Villazon).
I had a small issue with my USD. One 20 bill looked crappy so I had to go buy two 10 dollar bills to pay my visa fee. Besides that, it took less than 20 minutes. Pretty much painless. They just ask you to fill out two small forms.
1.) If you are a US citizen, it´d go quicker if you have your 135USD (make sure they are nice bills - they do check) with you.
2.) I didn´t have a photocopy of my passport, but I had two small pictures of myself with a white background. They used the small pictures instead.
3.) I tried showing them my Yellow Fever Card and they said it wasn´t necessary. (I think this just depends on the guy behind the desk though.)
4.) I think it went pretty quick for me to get it on the Villazon side. They gave me my visa and stamped my passport in under 30 minutes. I didn´t wait for more than 15 minutes in line. I didn´t go to the Bolivian Consulate because I heard it was closed at 1 (from my remis driver). Some other people waited at the Argentine side for an hour...
Tomorrow, I´m heading over to Tupiza. I´ll update you guys on the times/prices. I´ll also try to get some bolivianos from the cajero there (if there is one).
Hope that helps any fellow travelers! =)
Dec 7, 2011 3:44 AM
Dec 8, 2011 6:26 AM
make sure you get your exit stamp before you get your bolivian visa, though. i made the mistake of not getting it. they still let me cross, but they said i might get harassed a bit as i'm leaving the country :/
In Villazon, there are also two cajeros or ATMs. Both of them near the plaza as you're walking towards the bus terminal from the border. One only works for a certain kind of card. The other actually works. Both my friends and I were able to take out a good amount of BOB. I took out $2000. The one that works is on the left side across from the road from the plaza (or small park). You have to cross a medium in the street. It's quite small and pretty hidden. I would just cross the street to the left as soon as I saw the plaza and keep walking towards it.
I hope that helps any fellow travelers =)
Msg me if you have any questions and I will try my best to clarify things.
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