How To Enter Argentina Without Reciprocity Fee

You can do a lot with $160.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
UNSPLASH Sadie Teper

The rules of entering different countries always vary, but if you’re entering Argentina, be aware of a reciprocity fee which is atypical compared to other countries.

Since 2008, U.S. citizens were obligated to pay USD $160 – a reciprocity fee – when entering Argentina. Valid for 10 years, this was Argentina’s answer to America since we also charged Argentinians the same fee as part of our visa program.

Argentina, however, finally suspended the reciprocity fee for US citizens during March 2016. According to Embassy of Argentina in the US website:

In order to strengthen the relationship between Argentina and the United States of America, the Argentine Government has resolved to suspend the collection of the reciprocity fee from US passport holders who visit our country for less than 90 days, for tourist or business purposes.

Unfortunately, reciprocity fee still applies to Australian and Canadian passport holders.

For the purpose of tourism, passport holders of countries below are also visa-free when entering Argentina:

Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Serbia,Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.

If you hold a passport from other countries (since the list above does not include many Asian nations,) then check the Argentina travel website for requirements.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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