UPDATE: 07/06/2016. The reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens failed to be reinstated on the mentioned date. U.S. citizens are still not required to pay the fee.
The 90 day suspension on the reciprocity fee for American tourists is coming to an end quickly. Argentina temporarily halted the entry fee back in March due to U.S. President Barrack Obama and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri’s effort to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Argentina. The fee is still mandatory for Australian and Canadian citizens during the exemption period for Americans. Unless executive order is issued by the president, starting June 21, 2016, the reciprocity fee will become mandatory for all U.S. citizens that enter Argentina as tourists or on short-term business once again.
It is important to know that the reciprocity fee must be paid prior to arriving at the airport. Airline agents will ask to see proof of payment at the gate and Argentine Immigration will ask again once you land in Argentina. Unfortunately, the reciprocity fee is required at all points of entry. By land, air or water; its required. As of January 2013, Argentina stopped taking payments at the airport and made it mandatory for the fee to be paid online.
Thankfully, theres always an exception to certain rules. This one is no different. The following conditions exempt travelers from paying the reciprocity fee:
- If you were born in Argentina and your passport states it.
- If you have a layover in Argentina thats 12 hours or less.
- If you already paid the fee and its still valid. (Remember, the fee is valid for 10 years for US citizens)
- If you are on a cruise and your ship docks in Argentina for 12 hours or less, and you don’t leave the ship.
- If you hold a dual citizenship. (Use the passport of the country that doesn’t require the fee to be paid)
- All other citizens that aren’t from U.S., Canada or Australia.