Tips, documents and requirements for a trip to Argentina

Monumental Tower, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The documents and requirements for a trip to Argentina depend on the nationality of each tourist, the length of stay and the purpose of the trip. If it is for tourist purposes, the maximum length of stay in the country is 90 days.

Below you will find an index with all the items we will cover in this article.

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Required documents

Among the documents required for a visit to the Argentine Republic is a valid passport This is an essential requirement whether you need a visa or not. We recommend you to consult the section 1.1. Do you need a visa for entry to Argentina? for detailed information.

The maximum stay in the country is 90 days (3 months). It is possible to extend this period again, which would allow a maximum stay of 180 days (6 months).

Those who wish to extend their stay for tourism must complete the necessary procedures before the expiration of the period originally granted. To proceed with the application, you must appear in person at one of the delegations of the National Directorate of Migration.

In cases of dual citizenshipFor example, if a citizen holds an Italian passport and an Argentine passport, he can enter and leave the country only by presenting his Italian passport with the National Identity Document (DNI) without also presenting the Argentine one.

Do you need a visa to enter Argentina?

Depending on the country of origin, a foreign citizen may need a tourist visa to enter Argentina. In any case, Spaniards or citizens of other Latin American countries do not need a visa for a tourist visit.

Nationals of any of the following countries or municipalities do not need a visa as long as their stay is 90 days or less:

  • 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
  • F: Panama, Paraguay, Peru
  • A: Dominican Republic
  • U: Uruguay
  • V: Venezuela (max. 60 days)

Since 2008, the Argentine Republic imposes a fee of a reciprocity rate of 100 US dollars for the entry of citizens of Australia and Canada. The United States has been exempt since March 2016.

Holders of ordinary passports issued by the following countries do not require a visa if the duration of travel is equal to or less than 30 days: Grenada, Hong Kong (only with British BNO passport), Malaysia and Jamaica.

The rest of the nationals must present a tourist visa to travel to this South American country. In addition, citizens of Kosovo, Nauru, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Tuvalu and Taiwan require a travel certificate.

What is needed to travel with children?

If a person under the age of 18 will be visiting Argentina, a number of specific requirements must be met to ensure 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:

  • Identification card or passport from your country of origin (original and photocopy)
  • Residence certificate (original and photocopies)
  • Birth certificate of the minor (original and photocopy)
  • Identification of accompanying adults, if any, both parents and third parties
  • If one of the parents is deceased, the death certificate (original and photocopy) must be presented

It should be taken into account that if the child is traveling with one of his/her parents, the procedure must be carried out by the authorizing parent, i.e. the one who is not traveling. However, if the child wishes to travel alone, permission from both parents must be obtained.

Requirements to arrive by car

Although most tourists choose to visit Argentina by planeand more today with the wide availability of flights For international tourism, the truth is that it can be very convenient from other South American countries to travel by land as well.

However, these are the requirements they have from the National Customs Service, in terms of personal and vehicle documentation:

  • Circulation permit and certificate of vehicle technical inspection (ITV)
  • Proof of compulsory insurance
  • Green Card: exclusively for the owner of the vehicle
  • Blue Card: Valid for the person or persons authorized to drive the vehicle, if any
  • All these documents must be accompanied by the identity card or a valid passport

Federal Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP) regulations consider personal baggage to be any new or used merchandise that can be reasonably used or consumed by a passenger during his or her stay, including items intended as gifts.

Items such as a photo camera, laptop or video camera must be declared and issued before the customs service and registered with form OM 121. In this way, passengers avoid paying duties levied on customs import upon your return home.

Travel with pets

You can be entered pets (dogs and / or cats), provided they have a special permit from Senasa (National Service of Food and Agriculture, Health and Quality). Through this process, 2 essential documents are obtained:

  • Animal Health Certificate
  • Proof of rabies vaccination (pets over 3 months)

Both must be signed by a qualified veterinarian and translated into Spanish if originally written in another language. In addition, the zoo sanitary certificate must ensure that the animal is in the 10 days before departure to Argentina.

If the animal or animals meet the above requirements, it will not be quarantined for import by customs personnel. Otherwise, they will be isolated or other necessary measures will be taken.

Vaccines and other health requirements

In general, medical care in Argentina is of good quality throughout the country. However, if you need to go to the emergency room or for any other non-routine reason, most private doctors require you to pay in advance.

For this reason, it is recommended to rent a travel insurance to cover medical expenses abroad (e.g. of medical transfer) as well as the total length of stay in the country.

Below we list the vaccines that are required for travel to Argentina:

  • Obligatory: Yellow fever; Only if you visit the forests in the north and northeast of Argentina, the border area to Brazil and Paraguay and the falls of Iguazú at altitudes below 2300 meters above sea level.
  • Highly recommended: seasonal influenza and measles (2 doses for babies 13 months and older). It should be noted that the winter season in the southern hemisphere is from April to October.
  • Advisable: hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chickenpox (if not previously suffered) and enteric fever.

At the beginning of 2016, the first case of infection by the Zika virus was detected in Argentina, in the province of Cordoba. 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 during the first five weeks of 2016.

Other sanitary recommendations include consuming boiled, bottled, or carbonated water, using mosquito repellent, and avoiding swimming in rivers or walking barefoot on water or wet floors.

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