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Days allowed in Sth American countries

As a UK passport holder I am allowed up to 90 days in most if not all the countries in South America without a visa.

Does that apply for your motorbike? After looking on the relevant pages I see mention of 30 days
If it is only 30 days, is that only for bikes on say a UK reg?

If I bought a motorbike in Peru for instance would that give me the full 90 days?

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just guessing , if the bike is registered in Peru it can "live" there forever, you , must move every 3 months, across the border and back, or beyond...
In some countries you may not have to leave, just go to immigrations BEFORE your visa runs out and get an extension, if it is after it has run out you may be fined (I think its peanuts..) In Argentina it used to be close to the port in Buenos Aires, behind the Sheraton hotel (you could ask the immigration guy as you enter the country)
(it would be good if someone could back me up on this one as my info is oooold)

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90/90 most times

Most times customs will give you 90 days for you and 90 for your bike. I have read of riders getting shorted and only receiving 30 days. Sometimes the official is just being a ***** and won't give the rider more than 30 days on their bike. The first step is immigration, so ask for 90 days on your visa. Customs won't give you more than the number of days immigrations gave you (that happened to me one time. I can't remember where and it didn't matter in the end.)

I believe you will usually get 90 on the bike if you ask and if you get any push back, then ask extra nice. You will probably get what you ask for. As with most request, if you follow up with a reason, it helps. Say how you are planing to visit blah and blah-blah...and then see blah-blah-blah... If you are entering Argentina from Brazil and get 90 days on your visa, and when you ask for 90 days for you bike and they say 30...tell them about all the places you want to visit from the tango shows in BA to the sea lions in Terra del Fuego... Share with the official how much you are looking forward to spending quality time in their country. Ask if they know good hotels in the touristic places. The inference being you plan to spend money. I don't know if all of this is really necessary, but it might work.

I was restricted in length by visa and importation in Suriname. They are pretty tight in general and length of importation was no exception. I didn't really care as I was moving through pretty quickly and didn't plan to spend more than a week there. Ended up there only three nights. Same for Cuba, but the boat arrived and left 28 days later, so we were given papers for 30 days.
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