Consulado General de la República Argentina en Sidney Australia

Visa requirements & Reciprocity fee for Australians (tourism & business)

 

Australian citizens holding Australian Ordinary Passports (not emergency, diplomatic, official or any other type of passports), who are going to Argentina for up to 90 days, do not require a visa when they travel for tourism and business purposes. However from January 1st, 2010 australian citizens must pay a Reciprocity Fee.

Business purposes include employees and businessmen traveling for investment purposes, marketing research, taking part in commercial negotiations, exploratory business, customer visits or participating in business fairs or exhibitions.

Tourism or tourist visa: include leisure travel or visiting friends or family.

 

RECIPROCITY FEE

To enter Argentine Territory, the nationals of Australia must pay a “reciprocity fee” of USD 100.- (when entering for tourism or business).

PLEASE NOTE THE RECIPROCITY FEE IS RESPONSIBILITY OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF ARGENTINA. THE CONSULATE GENERAL HAS NO COMPETENCE WHATSOEVER IN ITS REGARD.

The Argentine Government set this entry Fee on equal amounts to those Argentine citizens must pay when requesting a Visa to travel to Australia. This “reciprocity fee” IS NOT A VISA since Argentina does not require visa to Australian nationals when arriving into the country for tourism or business purposes.

The Reciprocity Fee for Australian citizens is a multiple entry fee, valid for 1 year, year beginning in the date the payment is made. If, for instance, the payment is made on the 25th. of August, the Fee will remain valid for multiple entrances until the 24th of August of the next year.

Passengers are not required to have a visa, or to pay the Reciprocity Fee, if they are continuing their trip into another country within twelve (12) hours of arrival, provided they hold an outgoing boarding pass and have been declared as such by the airline.

PLEASE NOTE: that the Immigration Department of Argentina (only competent Agency concerning the Reciprocity Fee) considers that -in order for the exmption to proceed- "transit" means: not leaving the international area at the airport (therefore not passing immigration controls) and boarding another flight within 12 hours of the arrival. Otherwise, the Reciprocity Fee will be required.

Australian citizens holders of a valid entry visa, or having been granted a still valid temporary or permanent residence in Argentina, are exempted from the Reciprocity Fee.

Argentine citizens travelling with Australian passports will be exempted from the Reciprocity Fee provided they show immigration authorities the corrresponding documents proving their argentine citizenship.

Payment of the Reciprocity Fee

The Reciprocity Fee can only be paid through the Argentine Immigration Department web-site: (www.migraciones.gov.ar), and it must be done before arriving into the country. Payments must only by made by credit card. Credit cards accepted are VISA; AMERICAN EXPRESS and MASTERCARD.

Once at the web-site (www.migraciones.gov.ar), please go to the US flag for English, or click in "Pague su tasa de reciprocidad/Pay your Reciprocity Fee". A page with explanations in Spanish and English will appear. Please read the explanations and click in "continue". You will be linked to the page of  "Provincia Pagos" (Banco Provincia is the Bank collecting this payment). Go to "How to pay the Reciprocity Fee". A request for a user name and a password will appear. Complete them and you will go to a page requesting your personal data.

Please remember that -when introducing your data- it is important to put the initial letter of your Australian Passport's Number in the separate initial box, and then go to the box beside it in order to put its numbers. You must also take care of introducing your name as exactly is in the passport, and to follow the proper format (Month, Day, Year) of your date of birth. Failing to do all the above correctly, may make the system fail.

The system will then allow to introduce other persons on whose behalf you will be paying the Reciprocity Fee. Completed or discarded this last option, you will then have to introduce your credit card data, and pay. After payment, receipts will appear, one for every person.

Please print all the bar-coded receipts, since the receipts will be requested to be shown by the interested person at the Immigration Desk, in order to be admitted into the country.

Cash payment at the airports are no longer possible. 

Beginning January 7th, 2013, all border immigration offices (not only Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports) are requesting to show Reciprocity Fee payment Receipts, as a condition for the admission.

Please visit the following link toaccess the guide "How to Pay the Reciprocity Fee" In English:

http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_ins...

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A valid ordinary passport (we recommend at least 6 months validity from the day of arrival) and a return ticket are required. You may also be asked to show that you have enough funds for your stay in Argentina, as well as to provide an address in the country. Payment of the reciprocity fee is also a condition for the admission for those visitors subject to that obligation (please refer to section "Reciprocity Fee" above):

 

ENTRY CONDITIONS

On arrival, australian nationals are normally allowed to stay 90 days on a multiple entry basis. You cannot work in Argentina whether paid or unpaid if you entered the country for tourism or business purposes. You are allowed to undertake courses or studies for a maximum of 90 days.

Visitors may request an extension to stay up to another 90 days at the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones in Argentina (Argentine Immigration Service) before the original term is due at:

 Dirección Nacional de Migraciones

Av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Edificio 1, Piso 1 (C1104ACA) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tel.: (5411) 4311-7695 or 4313-2777 or 4317-0234/5/6/7/8.

http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/

 If the person travels outside of Argentina at any time, when re-entering the country he/she will be usually given another 90 days. The number of times the traveller can re-enter the country in this way can not be determined beforehand and it is subject to Dirección Nacional de Migraciones being satisfied that the person is not covering an immigration purpose. In case of doubt, please contact the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones.

 IMPORTANT: Be aware that australian citizens require a visa if they are not entering Argentina for tourism or business. Australians holding emergency, diplomatic, official or any other type of passport require a visa to enter Argentina, even if they are traveling for tourism or business purposes.

Please send us an email to info@argentina.sydney.org.au or check visa sections in our webpage. Requirements shown on this website apply ONLY to visas issued at the Argentine Consulate General in Sydney.

Please be aware that we only give information about visas by email. The Consulate does not answer questions by phone. We strongly recommend to contact us at least 2 MONTHS ahead of your proposed date of travel.

The Consulate in Sydney is the only Consulate of Argentina in Australia. We do not have representatives in other cities. Our Embassy in Canberra does not issue visas.

 

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN

Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that the Argentine Law requires documentary evidence that both parents have given permission for the journey before allowing lone parents to enter and/or leave the country. Please visit our Parents Consent section.

 

PASSPORT VALIDITY

The minimum validity required for passports to enter Argentina is equivalent to the time granted by immigration authorities on arrival (according to visa, purpose of the trip, etc.). E.g. if you are staying for only two weeks, the passport should be valid for at least two weeks.

Provided your passport has enough validity, if you are travelling as a tourist and are exempt from a visa, you will be normally granted a 90-day stay, which is also the maximum length of stay that can be given. An extension can be applied for at Dirección Nacional de Migraciones when in Argentina, only once and for the same time.Therefore, if you are not sure for how long you are going to stay, we recommend that your passport be valid for six months when you enter the country.

Argentinean citizens traveling with Australian passports, can stay only up to 180 days without a visa, given that the passport expires after 6 month of day entry. Afterwards, the person will only be allowed to leave the country with an Argentinian Passport. For further information regarding this issue you can check the following link, http://www.infoleg.gov.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/160000-164999/162152/norma.htm

 

LENGTH OF STAY FOR TRAVELERS EXEMPTED FROM VISA

On arrival, nationals from countries exempt from visas are normally allowed to stay 90 days on a multiple entry basis. Before the expiry date they may apply for an extension at Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, only once and for no longer than the same length of stay. Thus, the new expiry date will be normally 90 days. If the person travels outside of Argentina at any time (under the original period granted on arrival or under the extension), when re-entering the country he/she will be usually given another 90 days, which can be subsequently extended. The number of times the traveller can re-enter the country in this way can not be determined beforehand and it is subject to Dirección Nacional de Migraciones being satisfied that the person is not covering an immigration purpose.

 

In case of doubt, please contact the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones:

Av. Antártida Argentina 1355, Edificio 1, Piso 1 (C1104ACA) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tel.: (5411) 4311-7695 or 4313-2777 or 4317-0234/5/6/7/8.

http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/

 

VACCINATIONS

No vaccination certificate is required for entry, except for passengers arriving from countries where cholera and yellow fever are endemic. Nevertheless, yellow fever vaccination is recommended if traveling to north or northeast part of the country (E.G. Cataratas del Iguazú)

Although emergency services of the Argentine public hospitals are good and usually free, it is highly recommended that you carry international medical insurance.

Tax free allowances

Visitors coming from countries not bordering Argentina are exempt from all taxes on travelling articles and new articles with a value of not more than US$300 and US$300 additional if they are purchased in the duty free shops within the National territory.

In case of doubt, please contact our customs service (Dirección Nacional de Aduanas – Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos), web page: http://www.afip.gob.ar/aduanaDefault.asp

 

 


 
 
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