Argentina reciprocity fee
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On 30 December 2009 the Official Gazette published ordinance which approves a set of instructions for the implementation of the entry fee to enter Argentina for reason of tourism or business which was created by Decree No. 1654/2008 of the Executive Power.
The Instructions provide that individuals affected by the Entry Fee shall be: “foreign people that are exempted from the consular visa to enter in Argentina for tourism or business purposes and that are nationals of countries that request Argentine citizens the payment of a fee for the request and/or processing of the entry consular visa, on such purposes, to their respective territories“.
Argentina reciprocity fee
Therefore, according the Instructions, foreign nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States must pay the Entry Fee when:
(i) they hold ordinary passports, wishing to enter the national territory because of tourism or business purposes, or;
(ii) they had reached a regular residence (permanent, temporary or provisional) in any State party or partner of the Mercosur, and request to enter the national territory on the grounds of tourism or business.
The following will not be obliged to pay the Entry Fee:
(i) Argentine who also hold Australian, Canadian or American nationality and attend the migration control with passport issued by some of those countries.
(ii) Foreign nationals of Australia, Canada or the United States holders of ordinary passports “in transit” or “continuation of travel”.
(iii) Foreign nationals of Australia, Canada or the United States who have valid residence in Argentina.
(iv) Foreign nationals of Australia, Canada or the United States, holders of ordinary passports and enter the country with valid consular visa.
(v) Foreign nationals of Australia, Canada or the United States holding valid diplomatic or official passports.
On permanence deadlines, the Instructions provide that nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States who previously paid the relevant Entry Fee, will be granted a visa for a period of up to ninety (90) days in the national territory. This stay may be extended by an equal period only one time by processing the extension in the Argentine migration offices.
Additionally, payment of the Entry Fee shall remain in force as a requirement to be admitted in one or more occasions according the nationality of the foreign under the scope of this regulation, as defined below:
(i) For national Australians or Canadians: the payment of the Entry Fee is valid for one single income.
(ii) For national Americans: the payment of the Entry Fee is valid for multiple incomes during a period of ten (10) years from the date of first entry.
Finally, the amount of the Entry Fee shall be as follows:
(i) National Australians: one hundred US dollars (US $ 100).
(ii) National Canadians: 70 US dollars (US $ 70)
(iii) National Americans: one hundred thirty-one US dollars (US $ 131).
For more information on the decree, please check www.canosa.com.ar
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