Reciprocity (Entry) Fee for Americans entering Buenos Aires


On December 20, 2009, the Government of Argentina began charging American Citizens visiting Argentina for business or tourism a reciprocal visa fee of $140 U.S. dollars, which was increased to $160 in April 2012. Once paid, the fee permits multiple entries into Argentina for ten years in accordance with United States visa reciprocity.  See article (and Link to article) for changes in acceptable payment methods. If you have already paid the fee and your passport has expired since then, bring your old passport with your new one as your receipt.

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The National Immigration Agency has changed the method by which tourists and business visitors from the US, Canada, and Australia will be required to pay in order to gain visa entry to Argentina.

The reciprocity fee will no longer be payable at the airport upon arrival. Instead the payment must be carried out online, prior to arrival, using the credit card based Provincia Payment System.

The system will be effective as of 31st October 2012 for flights to Aeroparque and 28th December 2012 for Ezeiza International Airport. A press release clearly states that after these dates cash payments will not be accepted at the airport.

The change in payment method follows a decision to increase the fee for US citizens from US$140 to US$160, which came into effect in April of this year.

A press release from the US state department offers these instructions for how to pay the reciprocity fee online:

1) Enter the web site or of Provincia Pagos and register to start the process.

2) Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information.

3) Print the payment receipt.

4) On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the travellers entry to the country registered.

Please pass along to other friends who might be heading to Argentina BY AIR (if you travel by land or water -- as in fly to Uruguay and take the boat across the river, or fly to Bolivia and take the bus into Argentina) there have apparently never been immigration/visa fees charged.

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; web page 

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, <>  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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