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New rules for tourist visas in Argentina: Australia, Canada and U.S.A. to be affected


By | January 4, 2013 | 7 comments

Reciprocity fee to enter argentina

Sorry Canada. It’s just you guys who have to pay the tourist visa now.

Update January 1, 2018: As of January 1, 2018 Canadian citizens will no longer require a tourist visa for travel in Argentina. Announcement.

Update July 1, 2017: As of July 1, 2017 Australian citizens will no longer require a tourist visa for travel in Argentina. Australia Embassy announcement

Update March 24, 2016: As of March 24, 2016 U.S. citizens will no longer require a tourist visa for travel in Argentina. US Embassy announcement

As of December 28, 2012 all tourists visiting Argentina from the United States ($160 USD), Canada ($75 USD) and Australia ($100 USD) must pay the reciprocity fee online before arriving to Argentina and present the receipt at immigration in the airport or border crossing upon arrival.

Here is a poorly translated online instruction PDF that the department of immigration is providing to help people navigate through this new system: How to pay the reciprocity fee to visit Argentina

Here is the main page for the department of immigration in Argentina in English

This is all fairly new so please leave your comments as to what you experienced in the comments below. I am not sure if they are punishing people that did not get the memo on having to pay online before their arrival or not…

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  1. Alan Blizzard

    16/01/2013 - 2:09 am

    PLEASE make sure you get this sorted before you make your trip! A friend came to visit me on the first day of this change from the US and it can become a huge hassle. So if you do forget to pay the fee there are terminals in the airport where you can pay the fee BUT its Argentina so the systems don’t also recognize the cards properly.

    Example, my friend came and she had to wait for more than an hour trying her card that was a valid working card, but for some reason the system wasn’t working for some people. Keep in mind they WILL NOT accept cash, it has to go through this new system. Fortunately someone was nice enough to pay my friend’s fee on their card and she just gave them cash. Just be careful and get this sorted out before boarding that plane!

  2. James Throp

    22/01/2013 - 10:33 am

    A big thanks for this post. I was on my way to Argentina expecting to pay there in immigration. Gracias!

  3. Sara Hemming

    23/01/2013 - 1:32 pm

    I arrived at the national airport, AEP (Jorge Newberry) and had not paid this visa in advance. It wasn’t too bad- they just sent me over to a different line and I used their credit card machine there.

    There was one couple who were in the same boat as me and could not get their credit card working- not sure what happened to them.

  4. Johncito

    26/01/2013 - 1:06 pm

    I used my existing tourist visa issued two years ago yesterday with no problems. Just a heads up to anyone that already has the tourist visa- you’re all set.

  5. Travis

    31/01/2013 - 3:01 pm

    Canadian reporting in. We had some issues paying the fee online- ended up trying several times eventually realized that switching browsers worked. We were using Chrome, Internet Explorer worked.

  6. webmaster

    31/01/2013 - 3:23 pm

    Thank you everyone for your comments and keeping the travel world up to date.

    Apparently the web page has been reported as experiencing short periods of down time and minor temporary errors so keep at it!

    Also trying in different internet browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome have proven successful.

  7. Paul

    13/02/2013 - 12:51 pm

    We flew out of Atlanta on Delta and were not allowed to complete check in until we had this reciprocity fee receipt in hand. Delta had a computer and printer set up just for this so we were obviously not the first to make this mistake. Get this done in advance!!