Entry / Exit Requirements – Argentina

Canadians traveling on regular passports do not require a visa to enter Argentina if the purpose of their trip is tourism and their stay does not exceed three months.

Reciprocity Fee

Canadian tourists must pay a reciprocity fee if they intend to enter Argentina via the Ezeiza (EZE) or Jorge Newbery International Airports in Buenos Aires. After January 7, 2013, this fee will be applicable at all ports of entry. Passengers arriving on cruise ships are exempt.

There are two possible options:

  • a one-entry fee of US$75 (which also allows exit and re-entry from bordering countries Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia at no additional charge within the three month period usually granted by Argentine Immigration)
  • a multiple-entry fee of US$150 which allows unlimited re-entries from all countries (bordering and non-bordering) until one month before the expiry date on the passport.

The reciprocity fee is payable on the website of the Ministerio del Interior y Transporte. Those who pay online will have to print the receipt and submit it to immigration authorities at the airport. Payment on arrival will also be accepted until December 28, 2012, at the Ezeiza International Airport. Those entering Argentina on a Canadian passport with a valid visa do not have to pay the reciprocity fee. Dual nationals are exempt, even when entering on a Canadian passport.

For information on business, student, immigrant or other visas, please contact one the following:

Argentine Consulate in Toronto
Argentine Consulate in Montreal
Dirección Nacional de Migraciones en Argentine

Dual Nationals

Canadian-Argentine dual nationals may enter and leave Argentina on their Canadian passport only if their stay does not exceed 180 days. Once this period has elapsed, Argentine citizens must leave on a valid Argentine passport. The Argentine passport application process is lengthy, and the Embassy of Canada is not able to assist Canadian citizens in obtaining Argentine passports or other identity documents.

Airlines may not allow Canadian-Argentine dual nationals travelling on an Argentine passport plus a Canadian citizenship card to board flights bound for Canada. Please note that a Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally acceptable document that proves your right to return to Canada.

In many cases, this means that dual nationals will need to show both their Argentine passport (where the Argentine exit stamp will be placed) and their Canadian passport (proof of their right to enter Canada) when exiting Argentina. Canadian visas are not meant to be issued to Canadian citizens on a foreign passport for entry into Canada.

Exit requirements for minors (under 18)

Argentine-Canadian minors and Canadian minors having resident status in Argentina are subject to local regulations when leaving Argentina.

Immigration to Argentina

As stated above, the Embassy does not provide information on immigration to Argentina. However, as a general rule, documents which are usually required are the following:

Canadian birth certificate (long form)
RCMP Certificate of no Police Record
Valid Canadian Passport

Please contact the Embassy for information on how to apply for the above documents. Please note that all documents issued in Canada must bear the legalization of the Argentine Consulates in Toronto or Montreal and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Buenos Aires.