No exit stamp for Argentina - problem?

Sep 26th, 2016, 03:33 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 172
No exit stamp for Argentina - problem?

Hi all,

I just arrived in Montevideo and am worried about something. I took the Buquebus from Buenos Aires this morning. Immigration control was an absolute shambles. I have no idea what was going on but the line I joined moved incredibly slowly - I entered the Migraciones area at around 7.45am and I was still standing in line at 8.45am, with the boat leaving at 9! The booth I was queuing for suddenly closed and we were directed to stand in line for another window, at which point there was basically a revolt and passengers started yelling and screaming that this was a disgrace and we were all going to miss the boat - the booth which had just closed suddenly reopened and I was pushed towards the window, I handed over my passport and confirmed with an officer behind me that I was on the next boat. I turned around to see my passport being stamped and it was then closed and handed back to me and I was instructed to run to catch the boat.

Well, once on board, I opened my passport and discovered that I had no exit stamp for Argentina. Any other time I would have checked immediately, but all I was worried about was catching the boat and I didn't think the Uruguayan officer would stamp my passport in without the Argentinian officer stamping me out but that's what happened. I asked staff on board the boat and they told me not to worry and that the Uruguay entry stamp acts as an exit stamp, but I absolutely hate feeling like something is wrong with my documents. Is this true? Do I need to worry or not?
ClementineLdn is offline  
Sep 26th, 2016, 11:54 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 7,511
I wouldn't worry. This tends to happen at a lot of South American borders. The one between Bolivia and Argentina at La Quiaca this month was an absolute shambles. Brazil to Argentina, I am still not sure whether we have got stamps or not but it wasn't a problem. I am sure they will understand when you return.
crellston is offline  
Oct 5th, 2016, 10:18 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 172
Well, I got back into Argentina! They did question the lack of exit stamp and I just told them that I hadn't been given one, to which the guy looked at his Uruguayan counterpart and shrugged and stamped me back in. I've learned my lesson now about actually requesting stamps. Where I come from, you NEVER question immigration officials. I will politely request any stamp I think I might need in future, to save myself the stress.
ClementineLdn is offline  
Oct 5th, 2016, 10:50 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 7,511
Glad it worked out OK you got back into Argentina Clementine. Always a good idea to check your stamps.

It seems to be a bigger problem in Asia where there are many scams, especially in Cambodia and Laos. I remember getting two stamps entering Laos overland and thought that was more than enough. When I tried to fly out, I was told I was missing a third. They asked for $200 "fine" aka bribe, before they would let me on the plane. I managed to bargain it down to $50.
crellston is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
letsdance2gether
South America
5
Nov 26th, 2017 01:02 AM
itrvlr
South America
7
Mar 12th, 2013 03:10 AM
randy1944
South America
5
Mar 7th, 2013 10:01 AM
Graziella5b
South America
13
Apr 2nd, 2010 03:56 PM
hitman23
South America
5
Jul 23rd, 2009 08:54 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:58 AM.