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Mrs. Weekly Flyer and I visited Argentina in 2011. We used the old British Airways program miles to fly First Class on American Airlines. Then we used Hyatt Gold Passport points to stay at the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt. We avoided expensive costs related to visiting Argentina, until we arrived at Argentina’s Ezeiza International Airport. Upon arrival into Ezeiza International Airport on our American Airlines flight from Miami, we were required to pay $140 each to enter the country.
The $140 fee was a reciprocity fee charged to business and tourist travelers arriving into Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport or Ezeiza International Airport. We enjoyed our trip so felt the fee was worth it.
The bad news is upon arrival we experienced a long wait in order to pay the fee. We paid by a credit card with no foreign transaction fees so we at least earned points paying the fee.
The good news is we can now return for the next 10 years without having to pay the fee. The Argentina government has since put in place a measure to require the fee to be paid online before you arrive into the country.
Effective October 31, 2012 (Aeroparque) and December 28, 2012 (Ezeiza)
The National Immigration Agency (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) has added a new form of payment of the reciprocity rate (visitor visa – rate for Americans of USD$160), through the Provincia Payment System. Until now, this fee was paid upon arrival at the airport (either Aeroparque or Ezeiza). Effective October 31, 2012 for arrivals to Aeroparque and effective December 28, 2012 for arrivals to Ezeiza International airport, all U.S. tourist or business visitors must pay the reciprocity rates (USD$160 for Americans) with their credit card through the on-line system. After these dates, cash payments will NOT be accepted at the airports.
You can pay the newly increased $160 fee directly online at the official website by following a few simple steps.
- Register at provinciapagos and obtain an entry code.
- Complete the form including personal and credit card details . This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the DNM.
- After payment is processed, print the receipt.
- Upon arrival in Argentina, go to the DNM Office and present the printed receipt.
- The receipt will be scanned by DNM staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina.
There used to be more than one way to avoid the reciprocity fee by taking a certain type of flight. But it looks like the new requirements require the fee from all points of entry starting on January 7, 2013.
Were you aware of any of the different ways to avoid the reciprocity fee and does any option still exist?
Don’t cheat, post your comment first, then you can see this post here for a way (although impractical for tourists) to avoid the fee. Even still, there was another way to avoid the fee, but it appears to be gone now.