Effective before the end of October is a new procedure
for paying entry fees to visit Argentina, a change that potentially could keep uninformed
travellers stuck at the airport and unable to enter.
Beginning 31 October at Buenos
Aires’ regional airport Aeroparque and 28 December at the international airport Ezeiza, visitors from the US,
Canada and Australia must pay the required reciprocity fee online by credit card before arriving
in Argentina. Previously, travellers from these countries could pay the fee using
cash or credit card at the airport when passing through immigration.
Reciprocity fees are costs charged at a country’s
points of entry (most often airports) for passport holders of certain
nationalities, created to counter the fees the passport holder’s country
charges citizens from that nation. For example, the US requires Argentine,
Chilean, Bolivian, Brazilian and Paraguayan nationals to pay a fee to visit the
US, and in turn, those countries levy a charge on US travellers to their
In addition to reciprocity fees, travellers to South
America – especially those stopping in more than one country – may also have to
obtain a tourist visa, which requires advance planning and adds costs. Many
South American countries have implemented or altered their fees and visa
requirements over the last few years as the region has become increasingly
popular with international tourists. And with tourism to the region set to boom
when Rio de Janeiro hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in
2016, we have gathered the need-to-know basics regarding fees and visas for
All of the fees listed below are in US dollars.
Travellers affected: US,
Canadian and Australian passport holders
passport holders face the heftiest fine at $160, but it is a one-time fee that
lasts for 10 years. Canadians on the other hand pay $75 for a single entry and
the Australian fee of $100 lasts for one year. Prior to arriving in Argentina,
visitors must register with the official government site Provincias Pagos, complete a form with
personal and credit card information and print the receipt to be presented at
Visa paperwork: None.
Travellers are automatically granted a visa stamp for a 90-day stay.
Argentine government’s official site for Migraciones (Immigration) details the fee
changes and the payment process.
Travellers affected: There
is no reciprocity fee, but visitors from a number of countries
including the US must present a tourist visa or the forms necessary to acquire
one at immigration control. Visitors from Australia, the UK and Canada enter
visa-free, unless they are staying for more than three months. All visitors
must present an International Vaccination Certification for yellow fever.
US citizens the visa cost totals about $135 and lasts for five years with a
maximum stay of 90 days per year.
Visa paperwork: The
visa application can be downloaded on the Bolivian Ministry
of Foreign Relations site, and additional information about
compulsory documents is available under the Consular Services tab.
details for US passport holders can be found on the site for the US Embassy in La Paz.
Travellers affected: The
fifth-largest country in the world is booming with tourism, though the visa
process renders a last-minute visit near impossible. The Brazilian government
requires passport holders from more than 100 countries to acquire a visa, and visa
appointments fill up weeks in advance at Brazilian embassies and consulates,
especially in cities like Buenos Aires from where international travellers often
attempt a quick jump over to Brazil.
vary among countries, and US citizens face the highest visa charge at $170. Costs
for other countries are spelled out on the official
site for the Brazilian Consulate in Washington DC.
Visa paperwork: To
apply for the visa, travellers should mail in their documents or schedule an
appointment at their nearest Brazilian consulate or embassy. Materials such as
the official visa application form, tickets
in and out of Brazil, and proof
of vaccination for yellow fever might be required.
official site for the Brazilian Consulate in Buenos Aires
lists countries whose residents require visas and details the necessary
Travellers affected: A
one-time reciprocity fee hits visitors from Australia ($95), Albania ($30),
Canada ($132), the US ($160) and Mexico ($23) and is valid for the life of the
fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport SCL, the
country’s main international airport in Chile, so those arriving in any other
airport or by any other mode of transport can skirt the charge.
Visa paperwork: None
Additional information is available on the Santiago Airport site.
Travellers affected: Most
visitors to Paraguay are required to obtain a visa, including those from the
US, Canada, Australia and India.
reciprocity fee and visa cost, which is lumped into one sum, is $65 for a
single entry or $100 for multiple entries, valid for 90 days from the date of
Visa paperwork: Basic
requirements include the application form, colour passport photographs, copies
of a document listing the tourist’s home address, travel tickets and itinerary
or hotel information, as well as proof of financial solvency, like recent bank
statements. Applicants from certain countries are required to submit additional
dociments in their application, so it is important for visitors to review the
information with their home country’s embassy or consulate resources.
the US State Government site warns visitors, no
direct flights run between the US and Paraguay, so those stopping in another
Latin American country with Paraguay as a final destination should keep in mind
the fees and visa requirements of the other countries where they stop.