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Little Secrets Buenos Aires

Awhile back we were contacted by iFly Magazine from KLM looking for a local porteño perspective on Buenos Aires. We were happy to put them in touch with our friend Martin Lamelas and the video below is the result of that collaboration. It’s a great quick overview of Buenos Aires and some of it’s little secrets…


Buenos Aires Bicycle Rental Now Available to Tourists

Buenos Aires Tourist Bicycle RentalThe “Mejor en bici” service is now available to tourists in Buenos Aires as well as locals. Renting a bike is a great way to see Buenos Aires, but up until now the service was only available with local identification.

Tourists can now rent bicycles by presenting their original passport, a copy of their passport, the name and address of where they’re staying, a local phone number and signing the affidavit agreeing to the terms and conditions. They’ll take your picture and let you pick a PIN and then off you go.

The bicycle rental service is completely free and available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturday. You can find a list of bicycle stations and the routes here.


Argentina Entrance Fee To Go Into Effect

UPDATE 2: As of March 24, 2016, the reciprocity fee is no longer required for US passport holders.

Argentina Entry Fee UPDATE: The Argentina entrance fee must now be paid in advance for all entries into Argentina – air, land, sea and cruise ship passengers. We have instructions on how to pay the Argentina reciprocity fee as the form is not that straightforward.

Remember to use Xoom to transfer money to Argentina for your trip.


In October 2008, we reported that Argentina was planning to charge a reciprocal fee to tourists entering from countries that charge its citizens a visa or entrance fee.  Well, that plan was put on indefinite hold — until now that is.

According to the Argentina Immigration web site, the new fees are imminent.  The following file was posted there today:

Argentina to begin charging entrance fee

The new fees apply only to Americans (US $131 $160), Canadians (US $70 $75), and Australians (US $100).  The American entry fee is good for 10 years, the Australian one for 1 year and for Canadians, the fee is single entry and must be paid each time.

Of course, in true Argentine style, details are still sparse at this time.  When the new fee goes into effect has not yet been specified.  Also, if multiple entries are permitted, how long those entries are good for has not yet been specified either.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more. (UPDATE below.)

The original Argentine immigration article (english) on the reciprocal fee was published February 1, 2009, and mentioned that that the fee will only be charged at the Ezeiza airport, so that should mean that those ferry trips many expats make to Colonia will not cost more.  We especially love how they specifically call it the “eye for an eye” fee rate and express their wishes that Argentina will be added to the list of countries that are granted a visa waiver from the US.

So, does this change your travel plans?

UPDATE: The US Embassy just published an advisory noting this new fee goes into effect December 20, 2009 and once paid is valid for 10 years:

Airport Entry Fee
December 11, 2009

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that on December 20, 2009, the Government of Argentina will begin charging American Citizens visiting Argentina for business or tourism an entry fee of $131 U.S. dollars.  The fee will be collected only at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport.  Once paid, the fee permits multiple entries into Argentina for ten years in accordance with United States visa reciprocity.  Americans may pay in dollars, by credit card, or with travelers checks.

U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. for the latest travel information.  The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, M-F, at 1-888-407-4747, or if calling from outside the U.S., at (202)-501-4444.  For any emergencies involving American citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at 4300 Avenida Colombia, 1425 Buenos Aires;
telephone+54-11-5777-4354; after hours emergency telephone +54-11-5777-4873; ACS unit fax +54-11-5777-4293; e-mail [email protected]; web page http://argentina.usembassy.gov.

Americans living or traveling in Argentina are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Argentina.  Americans without internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

Thankfully this update was unclassified and we could all get the news. 🙂

UPDATE 2: As of April 16, 2012, the Argentina entrance fee has increased from U$S 140 to U$S 160 in reciprocity for the US increasing their visa fee,

UPDATEAs of June 4, 2010, the Argentina entrance fee has increased from U$S 131 to U$S 140 in reciprocity for the US increasing their visa fee.


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.