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January 2010:

As of December 28th, 2009, a new reciprocity fee is being charged to Americans, Canadians, and Australians entering into Argentina

The Argentine government has recently implemented a reciprocity fee to the nationals of those countries who charge Argentine citizens to get a visa to enter into their countries. This procedures applies to 22 countries in total, including the United States, Australia, and Canada.

This reciprocity fee will be collected at the Buenos Aires International Airport prior to clearing immigrations. The fee can be paid with United States Dollars, Argentine Pesos, Credit Card, or traveller’s checks.

The Argentine Government has set each fee to an equal amount of what Argentines must pay when requesting a visa to travel to these countries.

United States    $131 USD

Australia            $100 USD

Canada               $70 USD

For Americans and Australians, the fee lasts for the life of the passport. For Canadians, the fee is valid for only one entry.

Opinions? Although this may seem like a steep fee to charge to foreigners coming in and out of Argentina, the government feels that it is only appropriate to charge other countries what they charge Argentine citizens when coming to their country. For most foreign currencies, this is a fairly reasonable fee and will not falter the decision to travel to Argentina or not.

Let us know what you think about this new fee!