How to Pay Argentina’s Reciprocity Fee

Argentinean cowboy style
Argentinean cowboy style

You’re all set to fly to Argentina where you’ll trek Fitzroy, sip wine, and learn to tango . . . but what is up with that reciprocity fee? This very confusing fee is a somewhat new requirement for US, Canadian, and Australian citizen to enter the country. But no worries, we’ve got you covered with our quick guide to Argentina’s reciprocity fee and how to to pay it.

This information was taken from both the Argentina and US state department websites; it is of course subject to change, but is current as of December 2013.

ARGENTINA ENTRY PROCEDURES

VISAS

Citizens of the US, European Union, and the UK do not need a visa to enter Argentina for a maximum of 90 days. For other countries it is advisable to check with the local consulate or embassy.

BUT . . . CHECK YOUR PASSPORT EXPIRATION DATE

You must have at least six months remaining validity for your passport past your departure date in order to enter Argentina.

ONLINE RECIPROCITY FEE PROCEDURE

Argentina has recently changed the procedure for paying reciprocity fees for entry into Argentina.

Citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia coming into Argentina (from any entry point – land, sea or plane) must pay the reciprocity fee online BEFORE entering the country at

https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/Registro.aspx

You must print the payment receipt and present it at Immigration Control when you arrive in Argentina. The airports no longer have the capability to issue these fees, so you must pay the fee online before you arrive. You will not be allowed into the country without the printed payment receipt.

The fees are as follows:

United States: $160 (valid for 10 years) per person
Canada: $75 (valid for one single entry) per person
Australia: $100 (valid for a year — and multiple entries for that year) per person


HOW TO PAY THE RECIPROCITY FEE

1. Enter the website of Provincia Pagos and register to start the process:

https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/Registro.aspx

2. Complete the form with your personal passport details and credit card info. This will be received online by the National Immigration Agency (DNM) along with your entry code number.

3. Print the payment receipt.

4. Show the Officials your receipt.  On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control (DNM) — don’t drop it in the Atlanta airport while throwing out your cinnabon detritus.

The receipt will be scanned by the immigration officials, the information checked, and assuming everything’s cool, you can stroll into Argentina.

Again, you CANNOT arrive having not paid this fee — they won’t let you past the border.  Seriously, it’s easy, just do it and you’ll be enjoying the trip of a lifetime before you know it.

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