How Much Money Can You Bring to Argentina?

Legally Bringing Money To ArgentinaNow that most tourists and expats know about the dollar blue, the question that often arises is “How much money can I bring into Argentina legally?

It’s pretty simple actually:

  • For those age 16 and older, you can legally enter the country with up to $10,000 United States dollars
  • For those under 16, you can legally enter the country with up to $5,000 United States dollars

For amounts from $10,000 and up, you need to declare the money upon entry to the county, though I’ve never once heard of anyone doing that. You can read the rules and regulations on the AFIP website.

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Watch Mayweather vs Pacquiao for Free

The Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight this Saturday, May 2, in Las Vegas is being billed as the fight of the century.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao Watch FreeIt’s already set all kinds of records and it hasn’t even happened yet. Both Mayweather and Pacquiao will earn the largest payout in the history of sports. Mayweather was originally estimated to be making $120 million and Pacquiao $80 million, but those numbers have been revised upward to $180 million and $100 million.

To earn this kind of money, ticket prices were at a record high – seats started at $1,500 before prices were raised and the match sold out. Closed circuit TV sessions were priced at a record high of $150 a seat and also quickly sold out. Pay-per-view at home is also at a record high – $99.99, breaking the previous record of $74.99.

Well, get ready to laugh at our neighbors to the North for the insane amounts of money they’ll be spending. Jajaja! No $100 pay-per-view for us! In Argentina, we get to watch the boxing match absolutely free on Public TV (Canal 7) or on the Golden channel on DirecTV. (No word on what was actually paid for rights to the fight in Argentina, but it should help the Kirchneristas boost their appeal ahead of the elections.)

It’s not clear if the fight will air on the TV Pública website like the World Cup did, but if so, I hope they’re blocking access for anyone outside of Argentina. If not, that site is definitely going down. This might be the first time that people actually want a VPN to make it look like they’re inside the country.

So, thanks, Cristina… ¡Boxeo para todos!

Oh yeah… If you’re trying to figure out what to do with the $100 you just saved, you might want to consider donating to a domestic abuse shelter. Seems Mayweather is not a very nice guy with a long history of domestic abuse problems and very little repentance. Seems a shame that he’s making that much money.

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Google Maps Launches Subway Directions for Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Subway Directions in Google Maps

Ok, so we get things a bit slower here in Argentina…

Yesterday, Google Maps released a mass transit update for Argentina that now includes subway directions!

Yes, you can now use Google Maps to find out the best subway route to get to a specific destination. Unfortunately bus routes are not available, but give that another 5 years or so… (or use Omni Líneas on CualBondi)

Welcome to 2013!

 

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Spotify Discount – Just For Being in Argentina

Spotify Discount for ArgentinaI’ve been a loyal Spotify Premium member ever since they launched in the US back in June 2011. I love the fact that I have millions of songs at my fingertips, can set up offline sync on my mobile devices and have the same playlists everywhere. Plus, their product has just gotten better and better over time – even if I can no longer get my Taylor Swift fix from them.

Having Spotify has also meant that all my music has been 99.9% legal. I’ll admit… I was an early user of Napster, Limewire and all the others. Now? No more torrents or illegal downloads at all. In fact, I rarely even open iTunes anymore. (The last time I used it was just to check out that horrible U2 album Apple gave everyone.)

My loyalty has been costing me U$S 9.99/month, which, after a quick calculation, means I’ve paid Spotify about $460! While I think it’s worth it, that’s a number that certainly adds up.

So, clever me has now figured out that if I switch my billing from the US to Argentina my monthly fee goes from U$S 9.99/month to ARS $49/month (with the 35% AFIP fee). That’s just about U$S 3.90 at the blue rate and only U$S 5.46 at the official rate. This translates into more than U$S 70 in savings per year!

Of course, I could have done this back in September 2013 when Spotify first launched in Argentina, but I kept forgetting to turn off my annual billing. (Better late than never right?) I was also worried that I would lose my extensive playlists and have to start over, but that is not the case. Switching to the Argentine version of Spotify is incredibly simple.

First, you’ll need an Argentine credit card to make this work. Next, login to your Spotify Premium account. Go to Subscription and payments overview. Click UPDATE DETAILS, and then click on select another payment method. Once you do that, click Change Country and pick Argentina. Now, enter your Argentine credit card information.

Once you do that, your next bill will be charged to your Argentine credit card at the substantially lower rate.

To get even more savings, you might be able to get Spotify through your Internet provider. Arnet offers Spotify for $39,90 which is cheaper than paying the 35% AFIP charge. Yet, like many things in Argentina, their simple signup process does not seem to work. I tried to add it twice online and it never appeared in my account. I haven’t had the energy yet to call them, so I’ll probably just stick with paying on my credit card. Another day in Argentina…

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