Argentina’s Entry Fees

For U.S. travelers planning a trip to Argentina, one topic seems to cause more confusion than any other: entry fees and visas.

There’s a lot of confusing information to be found online, so it’s best to get answers straight from the official source, the U.S. Department of State.While you don’t need to get a visa to visit Argentina, you most likely will need to pay an entry fee. Citizens of the United States who wish to visit Argentina for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days must pay $160 USD; only those few travelers with diplomatic or official government passports are exempt from paying the fee.

You’ll often see this referred to as a “reciprocity tax” because it’s the same amount of money the U.S. government charges citizens of Argentina to visit the U.S.

According to the official U.S. Department of State site, you will only need to pay this fee if you’re entering the country through either one of the major airports in Buenos Aires: Ezeiza or Jorge Newbery. If you’re flying into Argentina via LAN Airlines, you will most likely be flying into Ezeiza.

As a result of a recent change in Argentine law, you will need to pay this fee prior to arrival in Argentina by credit card online at the Provincia Pagos website. Once paid, you will have to print out the receipt and present it to the Argentine immigration officer at the time of entry.

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