Editor’s Note: If you are an American, Canadian, or Australian citizen, then the Argentine government has decided to treat you the same way your respective countries treat its citizens. By charging you money for the privilege of visiting. Thanks to Jimena Moses of 1stClassArgentina.com for the news. Read on for the details.
Suddenly, over the weekend, the Migrations Office of the Argentine Department of State posted on their website that the reciprocity tax will become effective on January 1, 2010. Up until this point there has been mixed information from both the government, travel organizations, airlines, and the like. We have tried to get as much detail as possible but government officials have been reluctant to share specifics. We do not know how or when the reciprocity tax will actually be implemented.
The official version states that:
- Start date January 1, 2010
- Collection will be at Ezeiza airport only
- Payable in pesos, US dollars, credit card and travelers checks
- Entry fee / Reciprocity tax is based upon the cost for an Argentine citizen to get a Visa:
- Australia: US$ 100.-
- Canada: US$ 70.-
- US: US$131.-
The US embassy has sent a message stating that collection is to start on December 20th and is valid for 10 years. We were not able to confirm this information.
We are waiting for further information regarding:
- Collection process: before, while or after passport control
- Collection to transit passengers to a third country
- Other entry airport / ports / land borders collection fee
- If it should be paid at exit if entry was through another border control (Iguazu/Foz de Iguassu, Torres del Paine/Calafate, Santiago de Chile/Mendoza, Lake Crossing in Bariloche, Atacama / Salta, Ushuaia port, Buenos Aires port, Buenos Aires domestic airport for flights from Uruguay, other minor international airports such as Bariloche, Mendoza, Salta, Cordoba and Ushuaia).
- If more countries are being added to the list
- Validity or multiple entries
- If it can be purchased in advance
Several high level meetings within the industry and with the Tourism Minister and government officials have been taking place urging to delay or cancel it altogether. The bill was passed by Congress in October 2009 but the President vetoed the bill to avoid the negative impact it would generate in the midst of an economic crisis topped by the swine flu spread.
Senior Travel Consultant