Disclosure : Please note that this post is for general information purposes only and each traveler is encouraged to obtain information directly from his/her closest Argentine consulate for up to the minute travel information and requirements as they frequently change!
Is a visa required to enter Argentina ? Currently Americans, Canadians, Australians do NOT require a visa to enter Argentina but Canadians and Australians DO need a to prepay online what is known as a “reciprocity fee” to enter the country. (USA Citizens are now exempt) E.U. Citizens, as well as citizens from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Japan do NOT require a visa while citizens of certain countries such as India and U.A.E DO require a visa prior to travel. For current entry requirements for other countries not listed, please refer to your closest consulate of Argentina for information. You may also click HERE for a list of countries with entry requirements per country for Argentina.
*** As of March 24th 2016, Americans no longer need to pay the Reciprocity Fee. This is a temporary 90 day waiver which is likely to be formally ratified after the 90 days. Please check with your consulate of Argentina or your travel rep if you are travelling for the latest information!
What is a “Reciprocity Fee” ? The Argentina Reciprocity Fee is a tax charged to Canadian and Australian citizens to enter Argentina. It is charged to these countries as Canada and Australia also charge Argentines an entry /visa tax to enter their respective countries as well.
When do I pay the Reciprocity Fee, upon arrival? All passengers must PREPAY the fee online and CANNOT pay the fee upon arrival as it was done up to recently.
How much is the Argentina Reciprocity Fee? The Argentine reciprocity fee is currently…..
* For Americans – WAIVED as of March 2016
* For Australians – $150USD – The payment is good for five years and multiple entries.
* For Canadians – Canadians planning to visit Argentina for tourism or business purposes must pay a US$78 reciprocity fee online prior to their arrival.
How do I pay the fee online? click HERE for a link to the website where you can pay the Argentine reciprocity fee online. A printed receipt must be shown to your airline/bus company upon check-in or boarding and submitted to immigration authorities upon arrival. Avoid last minute payments as you may miss your flight/bus if the website is experiencing technical difficulties at the time of the payment attempt. Failure to pay the reciprocity fee in advance has resulted in travellers being refused entry into Argentina, and, in some cases, a return to their port of origin. The fee is valid for multiple entries until one month prior to the expiry of your passport. Make sure you keep more than one copy of the receipt for your entries.
Below are the steps to follow in order to complete this procedure:
1) Enter the web site Provincia Pagos and register to start the process.
2) Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information.
3) Print the payment receipt.
4) On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the traveler’s entry to the country registered.
Canadians/Australians click HERE for a downloadable PDF document showing these steps and screenshots on how to do this.
If I am visiting Argentina but only for Iguazu Falls/Puerto Iguazu by Land, do I have to pay the fee? Before 2013 the reciprocity fee was only being charged at the EZE (Ezeiza Buenos Aires International) and AEP (Aeroparque domestic BA) airports. Since 2013 and as of 2017 it is now being charged for ANY CROSSING INTO ARGENTINA EVEN A SHORT TOUR OF THE FALLS! Since this fee has to be PREPAID ONLINE, please plan accordingly! If you do not wish to pay the fee and are going to be in the Falls area, we can also arrange for a tour of only the Brazilian side of the falls.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding entry into Argentina or the reciprocity fee, please contact your closest consulate of Argentina or ask your TGW rep for more information!