The documentation and requirements to travel to Argentina depend on the nationality of each tourist, the duration of the stay and the purpose of their trip. If it is for tourism purposes, the maximum period of stay in the country is 90 days.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
Among the papers needed to visit the Argentine Republic, present a valid passport It is an indispensable requirement, regardless of whether you need a visa or not. We recommend you check the section 1.1. Do I need a visa to go to Argentina? to get detailed information about it.
The maximum period of stay in the country is 90 days (3 months). There is the possibility of extending this period of time only once more, which would allow a maximum stay of 180 days (6 months).
Those who wish to extend their stay for tourism must complete the required procedures before the expiration of the period originally granted. To proceed with the request, you must appear in person at one of the delegations of the National Migration Office.
In the cases of dual citizenshipIf, for example, a citizen has an Italian and Argentine passport, he can enter and leave the country only by presenting his Italian passport accompanied by the National Identity Document (DNI), without the need to also present the Argentine.
Do I need a visa to go to Argentina?
Depending on your country of origin, a foreign citizen may or may not need a tourist visa to enter Argentina. In any case, a Spanish or national of other Latin American countries will not need a visa for a tourist visit.
Nationals of any of the following countries or communities they don't need a visa as long as your stay is equal to or less than 90 days:
- B: Brazil, Bolivia
- C: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica
- E: Member States of the European Union (EU), United States of America, El Salvador, Ecuador
- G: Guatemala
- H: Honduras
- M: Mexico
- N: Nicaragua
- P: Panama, Paraguay, Peru
- R: Dominican Republic
- U: Uruguay
- V: Venezuela (max. 60 days)
Since 2008, the Argentine Republic charges a Reciprocity rate which amounts to US $ 100 for the entry of citizens from Australia and Canada. The United States is exempt since March 2016.
Holders of ordinary passports issued by the following countries do not require a visa if the duration of the trip is equal to or less than 30 days: Grenada, Hong Kong (only with British passport B.N.O.), Malaysia and Jamaica.
The rest of the nationals must present a tourist visa to travel to this South American country. In addition, citizens from Kosovo, Nauru, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Tuvalu and Taiwan require a Travel Certificate.
What does it take to travel with children?
When a person under the age of 18 is visiting Argentina, a series of specific requirements that guarantee the child safety during your stay in the country.
If a minor travels alone, with one of his parents or with third parties, he must carry the following documents:
- Identity document or passport of your country of origin (original and photocopy)
- Certificate of domicile (original and photocopies)
- Child's birth certificate (original and photocopy)
- ID of the accompanying adults, if any, both parents and third parties
- If one of the parents died, the death certificate must be presented (original and photocopy)
It must be taken into account that, if the child travels with one of his parents, the procedure must be carried out by the authorizing parent, that is, the one who does not travel. However, if the child is traveling alone, the authorization of both parents must be provided.
Requirements to arrive by car
Although most tourists decide to visit Argentina by plane, and more today with the wide availability of cheap flights for international tourism, the truth is that from other South American countries it can be very comfortable to travel by land as well.
However, these are the requirements that they request from the National Customs Service, related to personal and vehicle documentation:
- Traffic permit and certificate of Technical Vehicle Inspection (ITV)
- Proof of mandatory insurance
- Green card: for the exclusive use of the vehicle holder
- Blue card: valid for the person or persons authorized to drive the vehicle, if any (s)
- All these documents must be accompanied by the current National Identity Card or passport
The Federal Public Revenue Administration (AFIP) regulations understand how personal luggage Any new or used good that can be used or reasonably consumed by a passenger during their stay, including objects intended to be presented.
Items such as the camera, the laptop or the video camera must be declared and displayed before the customs service, while being registered using the OM 121 form. In this way, passengers avoid paying tariffs on the Import upon return home.
Travel with pets
Can be entered domestic animals (dogs and / or cats) as long as there is a special authorization from Senasa (National Service of Agrifood Health and Quality). Through this process, two essential documents are obtained:
- Animal Health Certificate
- Proof of rabies vaccination (pets over 3 months of age)
Both must be signed by a qualified veterinarian and translated into Spanish if they are originally in another language. In addition, the animal health certificate must ensure that the animal was examined in the Previous 10 days to the departure to Argentina.
If the animal or animals meet the above requirements, customs personnel will not place it in import quarantine. Otherwise, it will proceed to its isolation or any other necessary measures will be taken.
Vaccines and other sanitary requirements
As a general rule, medical care in Argentina is of good quality throughout the country. However, if you need to go to the emergency department or for any other non-routine reason, most private doctors require you to pay in advance.
For this reason it is recommended to hire a travel insurance covering medical expenses abroad (eg medical transfer), as well as the entire duration of the stay in the country.
Below we list the vaccines that are needed to travel to Argentina:
- Mandatory: yellow fever; only in case of visiting the forests of the north and northeast of Argentina, the area of the border with Brazil and Paraguay, and the Iguazu Falls at altitudes below 2300 meters above sea level.
- Highly recommended: seasonal influenza and measles (2 doses in infants from 13 months). It should be taken into account that the winter season is in April-October in the southern hemisphere.
- Advisable: hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chicken pox (if not previously suffered) and enteric fever.
At the beginning of 2016 the first case of infection by the zika virus in Argentina, in the province of Córdoba. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the virus is expected to spread throughout Latin America.
In any case, the mosquito that transmits Zika (Aedes aegypti) It is the same that transmits diseases such as chikungunya or dengue. Of the latter, Argentina recorded the worst outbreak in the country's history in the first five weeks of 2016.
Other sanitary recommendations include the consumption of boiled, bottled or gasified water, the application of mosquito repellent and avoiding bathing in rivers or walking barefoot on water or wet soils.
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