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Argentine Reciprocity Fees to be Paid Online Prior to Entry 26 September 12

Posted by Jonathan V. Phillips in Visa News.
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Argentina Reciprocity Entrance Fee

Since 2009, Argentina has been charging certain travelers a reciprocity fee to enter the country based on their citizenship. Previously, travelers had been able to pay the reciprocity fee at the airport  upon arrival into Argentina but this will no longer be the case. As of October 31, this fee must be paid in advance, prior to entry into Argentina.

Although the fee has been in place for some time and there are official announcements on the policy, may travelers are on aware of the fee are surprised upon arrival in Argentina. With the new declaration that the fee must be paid prior to departure for US passport holders we feel there will be even more surprised travelers entering there who are unaware of the policy changes. G3 Visas & Passports has developed this FAQ on the Argentine Reciprocity Fee to clarify some of the issues associated with the policy.

Argentina Reciprocity Fee FAQ

Do I need to pay a reciprocity fee?

Reciprocity fees are required of travelers with Australian, Canadian and US passports. Travelers with valid Argentine visas in their passports do not need to pay the fee.

Can I pay the reciprocity fee upon arrival into Argentina?

Payment will have to be made prior to entry into Argentina. Effective  31October 2012 for flights to Aeroparque and 28th December 2012 for Ezeiza International Airport, cash payments will no longer be accepted and travelers will have to demonstrate a receipt of the online payment.

How much is the reciprocity fee?

The fee and the term are different for each of the three nationalities that are required to pay the fee.

Passport Nationality Fee in US $
Australia $100
Canada $70 or $150
USA $160

Where do I pay the reciprocity fee?

The fee is paid online at one of two Argentine government websites.

Be aware that this is a foreign transaction and your credit card will most likely be charged an additional surcharge fee as a result of the international nature of the payment.

I already have a reciprocity fee in my passport, do I need another one?

This is dependent upon your nationality and term of your reciprocity payment.

  • US passports: The payment is good for ten years and multiple entries.
  • Australian passports: The payment is good for five years and multiple entries.
  • Canadian passports: There are two levels of payments available. The $70 payment is a single entry valid for one year. Interestingly, Argentina will not count as entry any additional border crossings to other MERCOSUR countries and back to Argentina. The $150 payment is good for multiple entries over a five year period.

I have a valid reciprocity payment stamp but my passport has expired, is it transferable?

Yes, the reciprocity payment can be transferred from an expired passport to the valid one. The traveler should keep a copy of the receipt from the online payment service as well as their expired passport with the valid reciprocity payment stamp in it.

I am an Argentine dual national, do I need to pay the reciprocity fee?

No, travelers  with Argentine dual nationality do not have to pay this fee even if they are traveling on a Australian, Canadian,or US passport.

I am crossing the Argentine border by boat, bus or entering into another airport other than Aeroparque or Ezieza International, do I need to make a reciprocity payment?

No. It appears from official statements that this payment is only required of travelers entering by air into  AEP or EZE. This could be subject to change.

Why do I have to pay a reciprocity fee?

This fee and validity is based on the fees and terms the respective countries (Australia, Canada, and the USA) charge Argentine applicants for entry visas.

I have an Australian, Canadian or US passport but I am resident in a MERCOSUR country, do I have to pay the reciprocity fee?

No, Australian, Canadian and US passport holders with a valid MERCOSUR residency card are not subject to the reciprocity fee.

What does the reciprocity fee stamp look like?

Upon arrival in Argentina, the border officials will place the reciprocity stamp into your passport. It will take a page so make sure you have a blank page to accommodate it.Here is an example of what the stamp looks like in your passport.

Is the reciprocity fee a visa?

No, the reciprocity fee is not a visa. It does not require a visit to an Argentine consulate or interview. It is entrance fee based on the fees charged to Argentines for entry into Australia, Canada or the US.

My passport is going to expire with in six months can I travel on it?

No, your passport must have more than six months validity from the date of your intended return back to the US. The airlines will not allow you to board the plane in such a case. If you have an expiring passport, G3’s professional passport service can renew your US passport in as quickly as 24 hours if needed. The passport page details the process.

Do I need a visa to Argentina?

Argentina does not require visas for tourism from travelers  from Australia, Canada or the USA. Australian and US passport holders traveling to Argentina on business do not need visas but Canadian business travelers do.

We have a list available below from the Argentine Embassy in London that details what passports need visas and how long they can stay in country.

Official Announcements

Here is a compiled list from official sources on the reciprocity fee as it effects Australians, Canadian and US passport holders.

Do I need a visa to Argentina?

A list of countries required to have visas prior to entry to Argentina. The list distinguishes between business and touristic travel. Travel requirements are constantly changing we recommend contacting G3 Visas for the latest information on Argentine entry requirements and visas. If you are requiring a visa to Argentina G3 and you legally reside in the US, G3 can assist with the hand delivery of your documents to the consulate and acquisition of your visa.


The passport holders of the following countries, require visa to travel to Argentina for any purpose

A

AFGHANISTAN
ALBANIA
ANGOLA
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ALGERIA
ARMENIA
AZERBAIJAN

B

BAHAMAS, THE
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BELIZE
BENIN
BHUTAN
BELARUS
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
BOTSWANA
BRUNEI
BURKINA FASO
BURUNDI

C

CAPE VERDE
CAMBODIA
CAMEROON
CENTRAL AFRICAN, Republic
CHAD
CHINA, People’s Republic of                                                                     COMOROS ISLANDS                                                                                     CONGO, Democratic Republic of the                                                             CONGO, Republic of                                                                                         CUBA

D

DJIBOUTI
DOMINICA

E

EGYPT
ECUATORIAL GUINEA, Republic of
ERITREA
EAST TIMOR
ETHIOPIA

F

FIJI

G

GABON
GAMBIA
GEORGIA
GHANA
GUINEA
GUINEA-BISSAU

I

INDIA
INDONESIA
IRAQ
IRAN
IVORY COAST

J

JORDAN

K

KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KYRGYZSTAN
KIRIBATI
KOREA, Democratic People’s Republic of
KUWAIT

L

LAOS
LESOTHO
LEBANON
LIBERIA
LIBYMMADAGASCAR
MALAWI
MALDIVES
MALI
MARSHALL ISLANDS
MOROCCO
MAURITIUS
MAURITANIA
MICRONESIA
MOLDOVA
MONGOLIA
MOZAMBIQUE
MYANMAR (Ex BURMA)

N

NAMIBIA
NAURU
NEPAL
NIGER
NIGERIA

O

OMAN

P

PAKISTAN
PALAU
PALESTINE
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
PHILIPPINES

Q

QATAR

R

RWANDA

S

SAHRAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
SAMOA
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
SAUDI ARABIA
SENEGAL
SEYCHELLES
SIERRA LEONE
SYRIA
SOLOMON ISLANDS
SOMALIA
SRI LANKA
SUDAN
SURINAME
SWAZILAND

T

TAJIKISTAN
TAIWAN
TANZANIA
TOGO
TONGA
TUNISIA
TURKMENISTAN
TUVALU

U

UKRAINE
UGANDA
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UZBEKISTAN

V

VANUATU
VIETNAM

Y

YEMEN

Z

ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE

The passport holders of the following countries do NOT require visa to enter Argentina, when the purpose of the visit is “Tourism”

Maximum stay of 90 days
A

ANDORRA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIAB

BARBADOS
BELGIUM
BOLIVIA
BRAZIL
BULGARIA

C

CANADA
CZECH, República
CHILE
CYPRUS
COLOMBIA
COSTA RICA
CROATIA

D

DENMARK
DOMINICAN, República

E

ECUADOR
EL SALVADOR
ESTONIA

F

FINLAND
FRANCE

G

GERMANY
GREECE
GUATEMALA
GUYANA

H

HAITI
HONDURAS
HONG KONG (*)
HUNGARY

I

IRELAND
ICELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY

J

JAPAN

K

KOREA, Republic of

(*) PASSPORTS OF HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

L

LATVIA
LIECHTENSTEIN
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG

M

MACEDONIA
MALTA
MEXICO
MONACO
MONTENEGRO

N

NICARAGUA
NORWAY
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND

P

PANAMA
PARAGUAY
PERU
POLAND
PORTUGAL

R

ROMANIA
RUSSIA

S

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
SAN MARINO
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
SAINT LUCIA
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA, Republic
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND

T

THAILAND
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TURKEY

U

UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY

V

VATICAN CITY, Estate of the
VENEZUELA

Maximum stay of 30 days
GRENADA, HONG KONG (BRITISH B.N.O PASSPORT), JAMAICA AND MALAYSIA

The passport holders of the following countries do NOT need a visa to enter Argentina, when the purpose of the visit is “Business”

Maximum stay of 90 days
A

AUSTRALIA

B

BARBADOS
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
BULGARIA

C

CROATIA                                     CZECH, República

D

DENMARK

E

ESTONIA

F

FINLAND
FRANCE

G

GUYANA

H

HONG KONG (*)
HUNGARY

I

IRELAND
ICELAND

J

JAPAN

(*) PASSPORTS OF HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

K

KOREA, Repúblic of

L

LATVIA
LITHUANIA

M

MALAYSIA

N

NETHERLANDS
NORWAY
NEW ZEALAND

P

POLAND

R

ROMANIA

S

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
SAINT LUCIA
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
SLOVENIA
SINGAPORE
SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN

T

THAILAND
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TURKEY

U

UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Maximum stay of 30 days
GRENADA AND HONG KONG (BRITISH B.N.O PASSPORT)

Comments»

1. maggioant - 19 December 12

The payment website is really difficult to navigate. I found this site that provides step-by-step payment instructions in English: http://www.argentinafees.com


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