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Argentina Doubles Fee for Overstaying Tourist Visa

Argentina Overstay Visa Fee DoublesAs of March 1, 2015, Argentina has doubled the fee for overstaying your tourist visa for non-Mercosur residents from $300 pesos to $600 pesos. This also applies to extending your tourist visa by 90-days.

Considering that it was last changed almost 6 years ago, this was long overdue, and with the rate of inflation here, it’s still quite a bargain. In 2009, the fee was sextupled from $50 to $300, so doubling is almost nothing. Looking at this in dollar prices, the $300 fee in 2009 equated to U$S 81 while $600 pesos in 2015 equates to U$S 47 on the blue market.

You can pay this overstay fee at Ezeiza, Aeroparque and the Retiro bus terminal, but for other ports of exit you must pay the fee online in advance.


Lost Argentina Reciprocity Fee Receipt

Argentina Reciprocity FeeI recently had some blog readers who paid their Argentina entrance fee but then lost the copy of their receipt! They asked what they could do about it and luckily we were able to track down some suggestions.

First, you should be able to login to the Provincial Pagos website and get a copy to print from there.

If this does not work, you can email [email protected] with the following information:

  • Full name (as it appears on your passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Passport Number

Anyone with knowledge of Argentine bureaucracy may assume this would have little chance of succeeding, but guess what? It worked perfectly. The embassy sent them a copy of their reciprocity fee payment and they were all set to go.

Hope this helps someone else!


Fee For Overstaying Argentina Tourist Visa Must Be Paid In Advance

UPDATE (1/15/15): Added new information on payment locations and hours as well as revised links to payment site.

Argentina grants visitors a 90-day tourist visa. If you want to “legally” stay beyond that time, you may go to the immigration office and pay $300 pesos for a one-time 90 day extension. If you overstay the 90-day period, you have to pay a $300 peso fine upon departure.

Argentina Overstay Visa Fee Must Be Paid In AdvanceAs you can guess, most people just overstay their visa and pay the fine when they depart rather than dealing with the hassle of getting an extension. In fact, since Argentina’s enforcement of the 90-day rule is so lax, there are a lot of people I know who have overstayed that 90-day extension by years. Yes, years. And yes, they just have to pay the same $300 pesos fine.

You used to be able to just pay the fine wherever you left the country – airport, ferry terminal, bus, etc. However, this has now changed, and you may only pay the overstay fee at the following locations (within 10 days of departure):

  • Ezeiza Airport (open 24 hours)
  • Aeroparque Airport (open 24 hours)
  • The Retiro Bus Terminal, located at Bridge No. 5 (open from 8am to 8pm)

Anyone else needing to pay the fine must do so in advance online. You can read more about paying the overstay fee on the Argentine Immigration site.

One of our readers wrote to tell us that they were denied boarding on a Saturday bus in Mendoza and had to wait until Tuesday (Monday was a holiday) to pay in person at the bank.

Keep this in mind when planning your traveling in Argentina and hopefully you don’t get stuck as well.


Argentina Increases Rentista Visa Income Requirements

Once again, Argentina has made a major change to their policies with little advance notice. The rentista visa, which is a popular option for expats wishing to live legally in Argentina, now has an income requirement of AR $8000/month per person. This represents a 333% increase from the previous amount of AR $2400/month.  This law became effective on July 29, 2010, by Disposition Nbr. 1534/2010 of the DNM (Spanish).

Most expats who live in Argentina are on tourist visas, which are only valid for 90 days.  The tourist visa may be renewed at Migraciones for an additional 90 days, after which time you must leave the country.  This has lead many to do the “expat shuffle” – taking the morning Buquebus ferry ride to Colonia, Uruguay and returning to Buenos Aires that evening. This technically fulfills the requirement of leaving the country and gets you another  90 day visa stamp. This practice has been “tolerated” by Argentine immigration, even though several people reported being questioned about the number of tourist stamps in their passport. Once again, one never knows when they might change their policies and disallow this.

Other expats simply overstay their tourist visa and pay the relatively small AR $300 penalty when leaving the country. There have never been any problems with doing this and re-entering the country at a later point. I personally know several people who were here for many years on an expired tourist visa.

For those who are looking to be here on a more permanent basis and would like to have a long-term legal visa and DNI (the Argentine equivalent of a social security and national ID card), there are few options: marry an Argentine, have a baby here, or get a visa.  Unfortunately, the visa options are limited – you cannot simply get one because you “want to live in Argentina.” The main types of visas are student visas, work visas, rentista visas, and investment visas. (Other types also exist, but these are the most common. Consult an Argentina immigration attorney for other options.)

Student visas only apply to students, work visas require your company to provide one for you, and investment visas require a minimum investment of AR $1,500,000 plus approval of the Argentine Ministerio de Industria for your project. That pretty much left the rentista visa as one of the few viable alternatives and now it has become more limited.  The new requirement to prove and bring AR $8000 per month in passive income into the country will leave many people scrambling for alternatives as it applies to both new and renewal visa applications. (Rentista visas are granted for 1 year at a time and must be renewed for 3 years before one can apply for permanent residency.)

So, does this affect you?  Let us know in the comments.


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