Crossing the border by bus from Bolivia to Chile. Starting in Uyuni at 5.30am, I have a reserved seat on the long distance bus to Calama, Chile. Despite mixed reviews about the booking, comfort and safety, my journey went almost without a glitch. The border crossing required some guessing and double checking. Leaving Bolivia required a stamp in your passport only. Then back on the bus to drive us to the proper Chilean border crossing. First you will have your passport checked and sometimes a few questions asked. Remember to ensure that you have – MOTIVO: VACATIONES printed on your immigration SLIP, not OTER! Otherwise you will end up paying extra tax for every hotel you booked in Chile, and more.
After that you get your luggage checked thoroughly by immigration officers with gloves. All in a separate room.