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Old 21 Jan 2010
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How long, US registered bike in Argentina

Hello everyone,
Still looking to buy a US registered bike here in Argentina, and am wandering how long would I be able to keep it in the country. If for example I was to get a visa extension would that extend the stay of my bike? Is there a maximum time duaration?
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Hi Vlad, I think from memory a bike can have an extended 8 month visa, I think I read that on another thread.

I just replied to your bike wanted add

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We just finished Alaska-Ushuaia and are in Buenos Aires.

It used to be that you could get 8 months from the aduana, but at a recent crossing from Chili we were told that the max was 3 months. This was from the head aduana. Interestingly the guy we were dealing with gave us 6 months.

Migration has been computerized for about 2 years, but the aduana does not seem to be computerized. A good thing.

All you really need to do to extend your time is to leave the country and return the next day and it resets the clock for whatever time you get.

Most take the ferry from BA to Colonia, Uruguay.

Let me assure you that you don't want to mess with the aduana. The cost of that is confiscation of your moto and you will never get it back. Don't ask how I know this.

BTW, you do not want to try to drive up north and cross to Uruguay by land due to corrupt cops.

You can get a year of time, but that requires having an Argentine "take possession" of the bike and it cannot be ridden and I assume the same penalty applies. It also is a paperwork nightmare and takes at least 2 days.

Then specifically, if you buy a US bike here it will have an aduana document with the previous owner's name on it. YOU CANNOT LEAVE THE COUNTRY WITH THIS DOCUMENT OR YOU LOSE THE BIKE.

There may be a way to get out of the country, but I doubt that it is legal so I hesitate to mention it.

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I had a bike in Argentina till Oct. on an 8 month temp import. On the way north I crossed over to Chile and back and they gave me another 8 months. So unless things changed in the last few months 8 months should be doable. I think that Uruguay has a 12 month temp import, don't worry about the corrupt cops they were kind of fun. Just don't pay, may take an hour but they give up after awhile.

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Argentine Temporary Vehicle Import Permit (TVIP)

As of January 2010, Argentine customs is issuing an 8 month TVIP. I crossed into Colonia, Uruguay on the ferry (Bouquebus) from Buenos Aires and returned the same day with a bike titled in my name, in the USA. A particularly alert official, who was very pleasant, did check previous entries for this particular bike on a computer and asked a few questions such as - when did you last leave Argentina - easy truthful answer was, this morning! and he nodded OK, he also carefully checked US title and registration ( the license plate was not listed on this particular title and he wanted to verify license) fortunately I had the registration with the correct license plate described.

The bike was issued another 8 month permit on the same day it had exited Argentina.

As per my extended conversation, he was happy to practice his English, with the official an 8 month permit is still available at all Argentine borders for foreign registered bikes. But he did caution that border officials have the legal ability to limit the TVIP, he would not explain why a TVIP might be issued for less than 8 months, but he said he has seen permits ranging from 3 months to one year?

If anyone has had a different experience, and had legal papers for the bike when requesting a TVIP, please post here. thanks.

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