Not too long ago, I booked a great roundtrip fare between NY and Buenos Aires, Argentina, which included a full day in Rio De Janeiro on the return for only $386.22 (related post). Argentina requires US citizens to pay an entry fee of $160 (valid for 10 years); this fee used to be payable upon landing in the country, but there have been recent changes, meaning visitors must now prepay their entry fee prior to entering the country. In simple terms: If you do not prepay, you will be denied entry. Don’t be that fool.
I’m glad I came across this news on The Flight Deal (kudos to them for alerting us of the awesome TAM sale to begin with) earlier today because I will be visiting Argentina for the first time in April, and it will make my life a bit easier knowing that I can take care of my entry fee right from home.
Here are the new steps for pre-paying your Argentina entry fee:
- Complete the registration form and remit payment at https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/
- Print out the receipt and keep it in a safe place prior to your travel to Argentina (I always keep my important travel documents in my passport cover sleeve).
- Present your receipt to the immigrations officer upon entering Argentina. Your barcode will be scanned and you’ll be good to go!