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Argentina Increases Rentista Visa Income Requirements

Once again, Argentina has made a major change to their policies with little advance notice. The rentista visa, which is a popular option for expats wishing to live legally in Argentina, now has an income requirement of AR $8000/month per person. This represents a 333% increase from the previous amount of AR $2400/month.  This law became effective on July 29, 2010, by Disposition Nbr. 1534/2010 of the DNM (Spanish).

Most expats who live in Argentina are on tourist visas, which are only valid for 90 days.  The tourist visa may be renewed at Migraciones for an additional 90 days, after which time you must leave the country.  This has lead many to do the “expat shuffle” – taking the morning Buquebus ferry ride to Colonia, Uruguay and returning to Buenos Aires that evening. This technically fulfills the requirement of leaving the country and gets you another  90 day visa stamp. This practice has been “tolerated” by Argentine immigration, even though several people reported being questioned about the number of tourist stamps in their passport. Once again, one never knows when they might change their policies and disallow this.

Other expats simply overstay their tourist visa and pay the relatively small AR $300 penalty when leaving the country. There have never been any problems with doing this and re-entering the country at a later point. I personally know several people who were here for many years on an expired tourist visa.

For those who are looking to be here on a more permanent basis and would like to have a long-term legal visa and DNI (the Argentine equivalent of a social security and national ID card), there are few options: marry an Argentine, have a baby here, or get a visa.  Unfortunately, the visa options are limited – you cannot simply get one because you “want to live in Argentina.” The main types of visas are student visas, work visas, rentista visas, and investment visas. (Other types also exist, but these are the most common. Consult an Argentina immigration attorney for other options.)

Student visas only apply to students, work visas require your company to provide one for you, and investment visas require a minimum investment of AR $1,500,000 plus approval of the Argentine Ministerio de Industria for your project. That pretty much left the rentista visa as one of the few viable alternatives and now it has become more limited.  The new requirement to prove and bring AR $8000 per month in passive income into the country will leave many people scrambling for alternatives as it applies to both new and renewal visa applications. (Rentista visas are granted for 1 year at a time and must be renewed for 3 years before one can apply for permanent residency.)

So, does this affect you?  Let us know in the comments.


Argentina Entrance Fee Increased

UPDATE 2: As of March 24, 2016, the reciprocity fee is no longer required for US passport holders. Canadians and Australians still must pay.

UPDATE : The Argentina entrance fee must be paid in advance as of December 28, 2012 for arrivals at Ezeiza and as of October 31, 2012 for arrivals at Aeroparque.

As of April 13, 2012, the United States has increased the price of the visa application fee from $140 to $160.

Since the Argentina entrance fee is a reciprocal fee to what the US charges Argentine citizens, it also increased by $20 to U$S 160 as of this date. This fee applies to any American citizens entering the country through Ezeiza airport. It is a one-time fee that is valid for 10 years.

No word yet on whether this new fee, which first went into effect on December 20, 2009, has affected tourism to the country or not.  Considering that a family of  four would pay an additional $640 for their vacation, I would have to imagine that it has caused some people to rethink their travel plans. I’ve also heard that some people are flying into Montevideo, Uruguay, and then taking a ferry to Buenos Aires, where the fee is not applied at the port.


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.

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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 Increases Fee for Overstaying Tourist Visa

Argentina Tourist Entry Fee Postponed IndefinitelyUPDATE (3/1/15): The fee for overstaying your tourist visa has been increased to $600 pesos as of March 1, 2015. This fee must be paid online in advance for any point of departure other than from Ezeiza, Aeroparque or Retiro.


Without much fanfare, it appears that the Argentine government has increased the fee for overstaying your tourist visa from $50 pesos to $300 pesos for non-Mercosur residents and to $100 pesos for Mercosur residents. This change went into effect on April 21, 2009.

Currently most expats are in Argentina on tourist visas that expire after 90 days. There have been three common ways of extending this visa:

  1. Go to the Migraciones office and pay $100 pesos for a 90 day extension. This may only be done once before actually having to leave the country.
  2. Take the Buquebus ferry to Colonia, Uruguay for the day. This is a nice day trip, but was more costly than the other options.
  3. Just overstay your visa and pay the $50 peso fine.  This involved no added penalties and only planning for some additional time at the airport.

The last method has now become considerably more costly in addition to being a bit risky.  One recent departee was warned that if he overstayed his visa three times, he would not be allowed back into the country.  As Argentine’s immigration and visa process has been traditionally lax, one cannot be sure whether this was rhetoric or part of an actual new policy to be enforced. We’ll continue to update this post as we get more information.

Anyone have any experience with this?

UPDATE (4/28/09): The new few to renew your tourist visa at the Migraciones office has also been raised from $100 pesos to $300 pesos.  It makes that trip to Uruguay look more and more like an appealing option.