Please note that there have been recent changes to the Argentina reciprocity fee policy. U.S. passport holders no longer need to pay this fee, but Australian and Canadian passport holders do. For more information, click here.
If you have traveled to other foreign countries before, you may have been required to obtain a visa prior to entering the country. Depending on what country you’re from, and what country you’re visiting, visas are not always required to enter a country . While you might be able to enter some countries with only your passport, other countries may require you to pay a reciprocity fee in the place of a visa. Anytime you’re planning to visit a new country, it’s important to know this information before traveling in order to avoid problems when arriving to customs. So what about an Argentina visa?
While Argentina does not require anyone to have an actual visa to enter the country, it does require some visitors to pay a reciprocity fee prior to entering. If you are a resident of the United States, Canada or Australia, you must pay the Argentina Reciprocity Fee (based on the amount that Argentine citizens are required to pay to enter these countries) in order to gain entry into Argentina. The fee is currently set at $160 USD for residents of the United States, $92 USD for residents of Canada and $100 USD for residents of Australia and must be paid online prior to your arrival. This means that unlike some countries that allow you to pay the fee at the customs office upon arrival, in order to enter Argentina, you must secure your Argentina Reciprocity Fee receipt before boarding your flight or bus to Argentina.
To pay your Argentina Reciprocity Fee, you need to visit this site, where you will see toward the bottom of the page a header that says “ Log In.” Look below this to find “ Sign Up.” Click on this link to begin the registration process. (For detailed instructions on how to complete this process, see this link.) Be very careful when filling out your personal details as the information must precisely match the information on your passport. After filling out the required information, you will be presented with a receipt, which you will need to print and keep with you to show to the customs officials. It’s very important that you keep this receipt in a safe place (with your passport) as you will be required to show it before boarding your plane headed to Argentina and again when going through customs.
After securing your Argentina Reciprocity Fee receipt, you will be clear to enter the country. Now you can focus on your visit to this wonderful country full of beautiful destinations for you to explore. Happy travels!
Written by Will Collier