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Antarctica Travelers Take Note: Argentina Reciprocity Tax Update

by Lis Korb

A change to the Argentina Reciprocity Tax has been announced and requires that US, Australian and Canadian passengers entering Argentina via the Aeroparque (AEP) or Ezeiza (EZE) airports will now be required to pay the reciprocity tax online prior to their trip instead of upon arrival as travelers were previously able to do. If you are to arrive in Argentina without showing proof that the fee was paid, be advised that you will not be able to enter Argentina. As most of our Antarctica small ship cruise travelers pass through Ezeiza and Aeroparque  en route to Ushuaia, this is an especially important announcement for AdventureSmith travelers heading to Antarctica.

For passengers arriving at EZE on/after December 29, 2012, the fee MUST BE PAID ON-LINE.

For passengers arriving at AEP on/after October 01, 2012, the fee MUST BE PAID ON-LINE.

Until payment of the fee online is mandatory, you can continue to either pay upon arrival or online before leaving.

To pay the Argentina Reciprocity Tax online, take the following steps:

1) Go to: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

2) Register as a user (“Sign Up”)

3) Pay online (USD $160)

4) Print proof of payment, and be ready to present to immigration upon arrival

UPDATE January 8, 2013

As of January 4, 2013 the reciprocity tax payment for American, Australian and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina for tourism or business purposes has been extended to all authorized crossing borders to the country, and it will be applied to passengers arriving by all means of transportation ( the only exception of reciprocity fee payment until June 30, 2013 will be passengers arriving to Argentina on cruises). You must pay the fee online, prior to arrival, at either the Migrations website http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesibleingles/ or www.provinciapagos.com.ar.

Information compiled from news releases from Exito Travel, Kallpa Tour Operator and Fodor’s. Photo by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³/Flickr. We will continue to update this post with any information on the Argentina Reciprocity Tax as it becomes available. If you are traveling to Antarctica with AdventureSmith, contact us for more information on this reciprocity tax.

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