Argentina Entrance Fee To Go Into Effect

Argentina Entry Fee UPDATE: The Argentina entrance fee must now be paid in advance for all entries into Argentina – air, land, sea and cruise ship passengers. We have instructions on how to pay the Argentina reciprocity fee as the form is not that straightforward.

Remember to use Xoom to transfer money to Argentina for your trip and get up to 50% more than your credit cards or ATM.

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In October 2008, we reported that Argentina was planning to charge a reciprocal fee to tourists entering from countries that charge its citizens a visa or entrance fee.  Well, that plan was put on indefinite hold — until now that is.

According to the Argentina Immigration web site, the new fees are imminent.  The following file was posted there today:

Argentina to begin charging entrance fee

The new fees apply only to Americans (US $131 $160), Canadians (US $70 $75), and Australians (US $100).  The American entry fee is good for 10 years, the Australian one for 1 year and for Canadians, the fee is single entry and must be paid each time.

Of course, in true Argentine style, details are still sparse at this time.  When the new fee goes into effect has not yet been specified.  Also, if multiple entries are permitted, how long those entries are good for has not yet been specified either.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more. (UPDATE below.)

The original Argentine immigration article (english) on the reciprocal fee was published February 1, 2009, and mentioned that that the fee will only be charged at the Ezeiza airport, so that should mean that those ferry trips many expats make to Colonia will not cost more.  We especially love how they specifically call it the “eye for an eye” fee rate and express their wishes that Argentina will be added to the list of countries that are granted a visa waiver from the US.

So, does this change your travel plans?

UPDATE: The US Embassy just published an advisory noting this new fee goes into effect December 20, 2009 and once paid is valid for 10 years:

Airport Entry Fee
December 11, 2009

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that on December 20, 2009, the Government of Argentina will begin charging American Citizens visiting Argentina for business or tourism an entry fee of $131 U.S. dollars.  The fee will be collected only at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport.  Once paid, the fee permits multiple entries into Argentina for ten years in accordance with United States visa reciprocity.  Americans may pay in dollars, by credit card, or with travelers checks.

U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. for the latest travel information.  The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, M-F, at 1-888-407-4747, or if calling from outside the U.S., at (202)-501-4444.  For any emergencies involving American citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at 4300 Avenida Colombia, 1425 Buenos Aires;
telephone+54-11-5777-4354; after hours emergency telephone +54-11-5777-4873; ACS unit fax +54-11-5777-4293; e-mail [email protected]; web page http://argentina.usembassy.gov.

Americans living or traveling in Argentina are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Argentina.  Americans without internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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Thankfully this update was unclassified and we could all get the news. :)

UPDATE 2: As of April 16, 2012, the Argentina entrance fee has increased from U$S 140 to U$S 160 in reciprocity for the US increasing their visa fee,

UPDATEAs of June 4, 2010, the Argentina entrance fee has increased from U$S 131 to U$S 140 in reciprocity for the US increasing their visa fee.

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  • http://www.buenosaireshabitat.com/ Buenos Aires rent

    I knew they were looking forward to applying this fee before, seems that the times have come. It's important to say again that this is not a visa, just a fee.

  • Bill from CT

    While $131 dollars is not a huge amount of money in terms of the total cost of a trip to Argentina it can be costly for large families and those people visiting Argentina on a budget. While it won't be killing the goose that laid the golden egg I do think it will reduce US tourism and cost the Argentine economy more than the money it is intended to raise. Not a smart idea in this economy. Airfares to Argentina remain high. The increases in hotel, dining and related costs which skyrocketed a few years ago have not significantly come down. Buenos Aires is not the bargain destination it once was and this fee is another straw on the camels back.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dmccombny DaVe

    why are comments not showing up?

  • Bill

    While $131 dollars is not a huge amount of money in terms of the total cost of a trip to Argentina it can be costly for large families and those people visiting Argentina on a budget. While it won't be killing the goose that laid the golden egg I do think it will reduce US tourism and cost the Argentine economy more than the money it is intended to raise. Not a smart idea in this economy. Airfares to Argentina remain high. The increases in hotel, dining and related costs which skyrocketed a few years ago have not significantly come down. Buenos Aires is not the bargain destination it once was and this fee is another straw on the camels back.

  • Matt

    Argentina can suck it. I'm going to give them monopoly money.

  • NotEZE

    Yep, just cancelled a trip to BA based entirely on this fee… I understand it, but am not willing to pay it.

  • Bo619

    I was planing on going to BA in November……..not going now…..that is my "eye for an eye"……..lets see……hmmmm….prolly would have spent about $1500 over there…..

  • gaucho

    entering now via Montevideo, sucka pucks

  • Kenzie

    Sooo if the US rescinded its fee then Argentina (and Brazil while we're at it) would do the same? COME ON USA!! Just take away the damn fee! Is it really that necessary for entry fees to exist in the first place?

    p.s. Not to be too critical…but I find it hilarious that some people are responding as if their ONE trip is going to hurt the Argentine economy and somehow convince their government to change their mind. Plenty of other tourists will take your place (because they aren't paying fees or are willing to pay it based on the fact that it is, for all intents and purposes, "fair"). You can stay home or go to some other place alright, but you still are the ones who will be missing out ;)

    • Jorge

      Not really, do the math, if 1000 tourists a year do not go to Argentina, it's a loss of about 1.000.000 for the tourism industry (very conservative estimate). Of course the Argentinian government doesn't care about that, as long as their Tourism Bureau makes out with this entry fee. A visa involves work, security checks, different level of employees working on it. This fee is just for a a stamp

  • http://www.berlin-hostel.de Svenja Berlin

    Interesting blogpost. For me as an traveler from overseas germany, berlin it is importend to watch out what´s going on in US. regards

  • David

    Yeah, I'd be more inclined to suggest that if you want to protest by cancelling your trip, it might also be productive to write to the appropriate US officials and remind them that it works both ways.

    • Jorge

      Wrong, the US charges for a visa. A lot more work involved than just a guy behind a glass stamping your passport. Different costs.

  • Amanda, Utah photogr

    No change! Still going in Feb!

  • Frank

    What is not fair is those who embark on a ship and sail off the same day as they arrive. Arrive at the airport, pay the fee, get on the bus to the ship and get on the ship. If you sail into Argentina and fly out of BA do you pay the fee?

    • DaVe

      This fee is only charged for people at the two major airports – Ezeiza and Aeroparque. It is an entrance only fee, not a departure fee.

      • OutWest01503

        If you are on a ship that stops in Argentina, but you don’t get off, do you have to pay?

        • http://www.discoverbuenosaires.com/ DaVe

          I do not believe so as you would never need to clear immigration..

  • gmburns

    what if you've gone into argentina before (Bariloche) and didn't have to pay the fee then? Do you have to now?

    • DaVe

      Yep, anyone without the visa who flies into EZE or Aeroparque must pay the new fee.

      • mdsbarry

        No go, no fee. Simple. Take my tourist $$$ elsewhere. Plenty of welcoming nations around the world.

  • George

    It makes little sense to me. The fee that Argentinians pay is to the US gov't, so it's like a tax that individuals pay to the gov't, like our income taxes. So the aggressor is the US gov't, and the payer is the Argentine citizen. Now the Argentine gov't wants to be the aggressor and make the US citizen be the payer. The US citizen was not the aggressor in the first place, so why punish them? The US citizen already pays tons of tax to the US gov't and will not see a dime of the fees that Argentine citizens (not the Argentine gov't) pays. So it's just an excuse for the Argentine gov't to gather more fees. Also, the fees for visas are for the vetting of Argentine citizens traveling to the US who might try to stay illegally. Argentina does not require US citizens to get visas, since the risk of an US citizen illegally immigrating to Argentina is virtually nil. Bottom line: for my family of four, Argentina is now an unattractive option. We'll try Easter Europe instead.

  • andres

    Ridiculous !!! To b eye for an eye we should stop the Americans after they pay the 140$ and send them back after all that is what they do , they charge 140$ for an appointment that in 80% of cases last 35 sec. And they use that money to harass the immigrants in their country . Who need this people ??? With Bs As at 90% hotel occupancy how much will change with this 5 assholes they say will cancel the trip ? To 89.99%? Fuck them !! Stay away gringos !!! O shut the fuck up and pay

    • OutWest01503

      OK. I’ll stay away. Thanks for the advice.

    • mdsbarry

      No! The U.S. uses that money t locate and deport Brazilians that overstay their visas.

  • Avelino

    Charge the fee, and if people want to come, they will. Personally, instead of going to Brazil, I discovered Peru when Brazil first instituted the fee…and this time, instead of Argentina, I'll discover Uruguay and then back over to Peru. I'll stay about 3-4 weeks, which means that Argentina and Brazil can both suck it.

  • ex-tourist

    Andres, not a problem, I'll just spend my money elsewhere and leave Argentina to find other ways to pay its enormous debt in foreign currency.

    Remember the best cure against a headache is to cut your throat and the best cure against getting more tourist to Argentina is to make it more expensive.

  • Juan Pablo

    Andres's coment is obviously from a person who is not educated. The fee is in response to the United States's fee. Is it a good response or poor response? Idk. Probably not the way to do it. this government likes to bump heads a lot. If you want to come you are welcome. If not, its not that big of a deal. Andres is right in that our hotels are at a 90% capacity. I would like things to be different, but why does the US charge so much? supply and demand. the same applies here. stupid response by our govt. as the rule says, unto others…..
    everyone is welcome here, paying 100 dollars extra isnt going to change things, its still an amazing experience…

  • Calvin_J

    Border controll sucks at the best of times, making people pay for entrance fees or visa's is just wrong. I am going anyway and will pay the dumb ass fee. I am sure its a beautiful place with great people and worth every cent. so I will pay it and consider it as an investement of great memories.

  • tdn

    I just found out about this and am leaving tomorrow, so I will be paying it. Had I known, i would have been more clever about my entry.

    • DaVe

      Yeah, it's a nice welcome!

  • EndlessSummerSeeker

    Liking Secretary Hillary Clinton as much as I do, I still fault the US State Department for imposing taxes indirectly on US citizens by charging outrageous fees to those eligible to visit our country. They charge them and then we get charged, so they are bypassing the Congress for funding, and making us pay in this round about way. I went to Brazil for the winter/spring for over 25 years and then went to Argentina when Brazil's visa fee got so outrageous and they were playing with 30 day single entry rather than the 5 year multiple entry, etc. When Argentina imposed the entry fee, I had spent two months there and returned to the US for a month and planned to go back, but the fee was imposed and I decided to find somewhere to spend the winter and spring. If a country wants tourists an "eye for an eye" attitude should not be in the equation, but rather they should make it as easy as possible for tourists to come and spend money while there.

    • mdsbarry

      U.S. citizens typically don’t overstay their visas. They return home when they should. Can’t say the same for Brazilians. South Florida is flooded with undocumented Brazilians that work in some of the most famous restaurants.

  • EndlessSummerSeeker

    BTW for the past two years I have vacationed in Mexico and it is refreshing to be in a place that welcomes tourists with smiles, is much closer, thus cheaper airfare, and costs a full 50% less for better accomodations, entertainment/tours, food etc. Thanks Brazil and Argentina for sending me to Mexico!

    • mdsbarry

      Totally agree. If we don’t have to be there, we don’t travel to any country that welcomes visitors with a reciprocal fee.

  • Lily

    I just travelled to BA and paid the fee. Can you tell me, on what I hope will be more trips in the next 10 years!, how do I prove when I re-enter that I have paid the fee?

    • DaVe

      Lily, you need to show the stamp in your passport that you paid the fee. If the passport expires, you'll need to bring the expired copy with you too.

  • Mike Kelley

    We were forced to pay the fee at the LAN office in Miami even though we were entering through Mendoza which does not require the fee, When we were operating the LAN computer terminal at their office, the computer had a glitch and I was billed twice for myself and once for my wife. Is there any way to recover this extra change? Thanks in advance for your comment.

    Mike Kelley

    • http://www.discoverbuenosaires.com/ DaVe

      I’d fight that second charge through my credit card company as a duplicate billing. They should take it off.

  • Foxxido

    I’m an American living in Brazil near Argentina. I was surprised today when I couldn’t enter b/c of this new entrance fee they are charging. I’ve crossed the border quite often to buy wine and other things not found in Brazil. However, I won’t be paying $160.00 do go shopping in Argentina anymore. The Argentinians are suffering from huge inflation, this killing of some of the tourism dollars will only make things worse for the average folks in Argentina.

  • Kim

    Do you have to pay this fee if we are flying into Santiago, Chili, then proceeding to Mendoza?

    • http://www.discoverbuenosaires.com/ DaVe

      Yep. As of January 7, 2013 this fee is required at all points of entry in Argentina. You must pre-pay it online in advance.

  • giselher

    If one pays this fee over the internet, then suffers a serious medical problem making the trip to Argentina impossible, is the fee refundable?

    • http://www.discoverbuenosaires.com/ DaVe

      The fee is non-refundable but good for 10 years. Travel insurance may cover it.

  • Ali

    I paid the fee last year and was told then that it was good for three years. Do you know if this is still the case, or will I have to pay again this year? Thanks!

    • http://www.discoverbuenosaires.com/ DaVe

      It all depends what country you are from. For the US it’s good for 10 years. For Canada, you have to pay every time. For Australia, 1 year.

  • Annette Schley

    I have a 10 year VISA from the airport dated 1/10, is is still good

    • http://www.discoverbuenosaires.com/ DaVe

      Yes it is still valid. You just need to show that when boarding.

  • Rowland

    I have paid the entry fee for my wife and me. I have printed the reciprocity fee form with the bar code her but I can’t print mine. Can I go back and what link I have to use to print mine

  • pat

    I have paid a single entry reciprosity fee as a canadian that is valid for entry till Jan 19/2014, I now need another enry prior to this and it will not let me pay for a 2nd one. Tells me I already have a paid entry. How do I purchase the 2nd needed entry.

  • Chai

    Help! I made a mistake when paying my reciprocity fee, my name is incorrect. Is there anyway to fix this or cancel it and reapply? I am desperate as my trip is in a few months.

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  • mdsbarry

    Just don’t go there.

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