Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --- Mark Twain

Monday, October 1, 2012

To Brazil without a visa, the first attempt

Day 591,
63 242 km since the beginning of the journey,
Argentina, Puerto Iguazú.

The next border crossing was planned from Argentina to Brazil. It had been reported in media in several places that from October 1, 2012 Brazil would be visa-free for Estonians. Actually it didn´t turn out exactly as expected. It was very simple and comfortable leaving Argentina. To get the exit temple there was even no need to step out of the car and 10 meters further there was another officer to whom I gave over the temporary car admission document. Everything was simple and convenient. In front there is a bridge and on the other side Brazil is waiting.

One half of the bridge has the colours of Argentina and the other half is in Brazilian colours.

To make the long visa-story short – The information about the visa-free situation for Estonians had not reached there yet. And to get the visa to Brazil I had to return to Argentina.

The officials of the Brazilian consulate in Argentina were very understanding, polite and courteous but probably because of the lack of necessary information I could not get into Brazil visa-free and had to come back the next day. I think that it is always better to be the second or the third one while visiting a new visa-free country. But someone has to be always the first and this time it was me.

For a change – a picture of kapibaara. From Argentina.

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