New Requirements for Argentina-bound Travelers

written by | Posted on January 22nd, 2013

Requirements for entry to Argentina as a tourist or commercial traveler have changed for U.S. citizens.

Effective immediately, prior to arrival in Argentina U.S. citizens must pay a $160 reciprocity fee by credit card through the Provincia Pagos website (provinciapagos.com.ar). Once paid, the applicant must print out the receipt and present it to the Argentine immigration officer at the time of entry at international airports, border crossings and ferry terminals. Cruise line passengers entering the country are exempt from this payment until June 30.

Airlines in the U.S. will not board U.S. passengers without a reciprocity fee receipt.

The fee is valid for 10 years from the date of payment and is good for multiple entries. Further, while U.S. citizen tourists do not require visas, passports must be valid for three months from the date of departure from Argentina.

Reciprocity fees now required by several South American countries match those fees charged to citizens of those countries entering the United States as tourists; however, each country has a different method of processing their reciprocity fees and a different period of validity.