Argentina’s Proposed Tourist Entry Fee Postponed Indefinitely

Argentina Tourist Entry Fee Postponed IndefinitelyUPDATE:  The fee has gone into effect. Please check out my newer post on Argentina’s new entrance fee.

Good news for expats and tourists alike!  Argentina’s proposed tourist entry fee which was scheduled to start January 1, 2009, and then re-scheduled for March 2009, has been postponed indefinitely.  This means that those trips to Uruguay will not cost anymore for us expats. ($131 US was the reciprocal rate for American citizens.)

Argentina had planned to use this money to help modernize many of their immigration computer systems, estimating that it would bring in $40 million per year. However, they never did any research as to how it would impact tourism before they enacted the legislation. Now, amid the global recession, tourism in Argentina has fallen for three straight months, and there’s no end in site.  With tourism bringing $4 billion annually to the Argentine economy, the thought of charging an additional fee without knowing how it may further impact the tourism decline may have been enough to put this proposal on hold indefinitely.

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  • Ow. I just wrote a piece on this for bootsnall, and the consulate assured me the fee was a go. Well, good news for travellers these days! Thanks for posting it.

  • This is great news! Glad to hear it.

  • maybe he didn’t get the memo? The article’s being fixed as we speak, thanks for the good info. Next time I’ll call the consulate in the states, or maybe I’ll just ask you!

  • Is there any more information on this fee? Me and my fiance (Australian nationality) are planning on travelling to Argentina in June, and it would be great to know if this idea has been completely shelved or is waiting to pop up again.

    • No updates on this. Tourism has continued to fall for 3 months in a row, so I would think that they are completely rethinking this fee.

  • Brad

    This is good news to others, but for us it is too late.

    My group already decided to go to Spain and forget about Argentina due to the fees. We were actually going to stay in the USA and go to Puerto Rico, but the Euro has fallen.

    I hope Argentina will not do this in the future, it just angers people and makes them not want to visit.

    • Sandy

      Too bad you changed your plans. Argentina is so beautiful to visit! In any instance,
      people complain about the possibility of having to pay the entry fee; but do not understand that the US and many other countries including Brazil require a VISA to enter their countries. To acquire a Visa to visit such countries mean you have to pay and the trouble of having to apply for such visa. Do people complain about that? NO ! But Argentina, a country that does NOT require a VISA for US citizens (and many other nations), considers charging an entry fee and people make a bid deal of it. I am Argentine-American, so if the fee were implemented and I enter my country of birth with my US passport, I would have to pay the fee. If on the other hand, I enter the country with my Argentina passport, I would not have to pay but I would have to make sure that my Argentine passport is current (not expired or else renew it before departing), for this is the same passport that would be required for me to leave the country. My point here is, fee or no fee, ARGENTINA is worth visiting; and if other countries require a VISA to enter and Argentina does not, I think that Argentina is more tourist oriented then, and fair.

  • Dazzle

    I just found out about the fee for Argentina and the Visa for Brazil. Thankfully it was before I bought 5 tickets! Now I have to re-think my vacation plans. We aren't gong to Brazil now. We are leaving in November. Hopefully Argentina doesn't throw the fee back in by then.

  • Max

    i don´t think it´s bad for Argentina to charge a visa it would be another income, and 100 dollars is not bad considering we´re talking about FIRST WORLD CITIZENS so if people from the third world have to pay to go to the States even when it´s already expensive with the echange rate it should be the same for americans, for instance, Europeans don´t charge any visas and you don´t see a lot of argentinians going there illegaly.

    • Josh

      First world, third world. Those terms are so horrible. Let's instead use DEVELOPED and IN DEVELOPMENT. Most people use the First/Third World lexicon without even knowing the real meaning behind the creation of those terms. Of course, to enlighten oneself, there is always WIKIPEDIA.

  • AAA
    The fee is now charged – should change your article title.

    • Thanks. I updated the article to point to my newer post on it.

  • josue arellano

    The arguments in favor of the reciprocity fee are idiotic. Are you telling me that the cost of Argentina to screen people that will not overstay and do not want to harm that country is $131.00 per person. That’s BS.

    My wife and I canceled our trip to Argentina. We are both from Central America originally but did not want to fork the money for our other passports that only last 5 years. We were stuck as Americans and decided to cancel everything before giving our money away to some populist measure.

    What are the $131 going to be use for????? At least with the USA, we know is covering the bureaucratic and administrative fees of screening visitors. Why should US residents subsidize that expense. It makes sense that visitor forks it.

    I bet you it’s just some corrupt populist measure meant to appease “el pueblo” and fatten up some politicians.

    What do they think that the few countries that are charged are going to change their policies????? Like they are not thousands of Brazilians and Argentinians that do not overstay in Canada and the US. I don’t blame them. I would too. What I am criticizing is the lack of logic.

    ONE CHARGE SERVES A PURPOSE. THE OTHER ONE IS JUST A TANTRUM. They do not charge citizens of countries that most do not overstay their visits….

    IDIOTIC and COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. We’ll stick to Peru and Colombia, warmer people, less arrogant, and with less “infulas de grandeza.”

    • max

      uh.. Argentina doesn´t charge europeans and they are the main tourists, it´s an extra income, which is not bad considering Argentina charges visa to the countries that ask for a visa to its citizens, i´m an italoargentine, hence i wouldnt need a visa to visit the US so i can be sort of neutral here, i find this a good thing if the money is used in the right way, a 100 dollars fee is not much for an american citizen, but an argentinian having to pay a 100 dollars to go to the states, IS too much, imagine traveling with his whole family.

  • cieloazul

    I am Argentina-American too but I just call Immigration and they told me that I cannot use my argentine passport to travel. So I'll need my american passport to leave.