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Old 07-02-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
mfbx8ds6 OP
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refused entry into peru at arica/tacna border

I acquired my bike in Santiago off a fellow tourer who had brought the bike down from Colorado. The best solution we came up with for the transaction was with a legal authorization stating I have permission to travel in all the countries between Argentina and USA.

Arrived at the arica/tacna border last friday (heading for peru) and was refused entry as the bike is not in my name. Told there was a chance on monday so slept at the frontera for three nights (great fun - although was amusing when I asked an official for a cigarette and he can back a minute later with an entire pack of previously confiscated cigarrettes). This morning somebody made a call but unfortunately it was another no.

The border guard said mine was a common problem and I swear ive read elsewhere that other people have had a similar problem. Just wondering if anyone had any information that could help me or could put me in touch with someone who has been in the same situation.

Is it worth trying another border? Am I going to have to completely bypass Peru i.e. mission it through bolivia/brazil/venezuela - is this even possible?
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