Tourist Visa Requirements for Argentina:
Tourists from the USA, Canada, the UE, Australia, Canada, Japan and most Latin American countries do not need visas for stays of up to 90 days. This applies to both business and tourist permits. For longer periods of time, a work permit must be applied for (see Requirements for work visa applicants below).
Nationals of Hong Kong (British Nationals Overseas), Jamaica and Malaysia for stays of up to 30 days do not require visas, while passengers in transit do not require visas provided they hold confirmed onward or return tickets for travel and they will be continuing their journey within 6 hours and do not leave the airport.
Nationals from the following countries do not need visas for stays of up to 30 days: Andorra, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).
Visas are necessary for nationals of all other countries.
Tourists or businesspersons wishing to travel to Argentina must contact the nearest Argentine Consulate. They must provide:
• A valid passport
• Application form provided by the consulate
• One 1.5 by 1.5 inch passport photo
• Return ticket
• Proof of means
Minors: Minors traveling to or from Argentina, if unaccompanied by their parents, must carry their parents’ or other legal guardian’s authorization to travel, which must be certified by an Argentine Consul if issued abroad. Fines will be levied if passengers do not comply with immigration requirements and passengers will be deported.
Requirements for work visa applicants:
1. Passport: must be valid for 1 year from the intended date of entry and have at least one completely free page left for the visa.
2. A completed visa application form: all questions must be answered.
3. 6 recent passport style photographs
4. Evidence of your immigration status in the U.S.: (if not a U.S. national) i.e. Alien Registration Card, Employment Authorization Card, valid visa. Please provide original documents plus copies.
5. Entry Permit (Permiso de ingreso): issued by the Argentine Immigration Authority (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, Dirección de Admisión de Extranjeros, Ave. Antártida Argentina 1355, Edificio 4, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (1104), Argentina, tel.: (54-11)4312-8661/9. Requests can be submitted by a representative of the company in Argentina to the issuing authority. Processing time: 1 month approximately (or up to 4 months if submitted by the employee in the U.S. through the Consulate).
6. Contract of employment: stating the terms and conditions of employment that will apply in Argentina and including a written statement by the employer setting out that the contract is governed by and is in compliance with Argentine labor laws. Both the employer and the employee must agree that the contract will not enter into force until the employee is fully authorized to work by the Argentine immigration authority. The employer’s signature must be certified by a notary public in Argentina and authenticated by the “Colegio de Escribanos”.
The employee must sign the contract in the presence of the Consul. Intra-company transfers: must present a letter from your employer in the U.S. or other country confirming that you are currently employed at the company and you are going to work in Argentina for a parent, affiliate, subsidiary or branch office of your U.S., or other country, employer. The letter must be written on company letter-head paper, duly signed by the person in charge and notarized.
7. Birth certificate: must include your parents’ names (ask for “long form” when applying for the birth certificate). Only certificates issued by a government authority are acceptable.
8. Marriage certificate: (if applicable) only certificates issued by a government authority are acceptable.
9. Police records: issued by the local police department certifying that you have no arrests or convictions. If you lived in more than one town or city during the last five years, you must present a police record for each place of residence. Police records must be written on official letterhead paper and duly signed by the police officer in charge. Unless otherwise stated, police records expire after 60 days of issuance. Police records that have already expired at the date you submit your application, will not be accepted. Should an arrest or conviction appear on your police records certificate, the approval by the Argentine immigration authority will be necessary to issue the visa. An additional detailed report may be also required. We will contact you within 5 business days to inform you of the final decision.
10. No-national/international criminal records affidavit: (if you are 18 years of age or older only) may be completed in advance; however, it must be signed by you in person at the Consulate before a visa agent.
11. Fees: US$ 100 processing fee. If presenting a contract of employment, add US$ 80 for consular certification of the employee’s signature. Processing and certification fees shall be paid with separate money orders (make them payable to the “Embajada Argentina”). Cash or checks are not accepted.
Passport/Visa Note: Visas are valid for several entries within the period of validity stated in the visa. It is recommended that all visitors have sufficient funds (at least US$50 per day), as well as onward or return tickets and documents required for next destination.
Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Therefore, it is important to check with the nearest Argentine Consulate or Embassy.
Requirements for hunters bringing weapons and ammunition into the country:
The permits are issued only on a temporary entry basis and the weapons must be taken out of the country when the tourist leaves. The following documents must be shown:
a) Certificate of Origin issued by the Argentine Consulate detailing personal information and the purpose of the weapons to be introduced together with a detailed description including caliber, brand, weapon ID number etc). The applicant must pay a fee for the permit at the consulate.
b) Upon arrival, the weapon(s) must be declared and registered with the pertinent authorities: Coast Guard (Prefectura Nacional), Air Force Police (Policía Aeronáutica Argentina) or Border Police (Gendamería Nacional). There is a fee of approximately 30 US dollars. A form (Law 23.979 type 04) must be filed for each weapon. The permits are valid for 90 days. If the weapons remain in the country alter the 90-day expiration date, they will be confiscated and the owner possibly fined.
c) The amount of weapons and ammunition to be introduced must correlate to the purpose for introducing them.
d) Form 23.979 – 05 must be filed for each weapon when taking them out of the country.
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