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Just to muddy the water some:

We crossed back into Argentina at Paso Roballos on Jan 18 and did not have to show proof of paying the reciprocity fee.

In fact, they didn't even have a computer, so scanning a document was out of the question. At some point this will all change, but for now, if you needed a way into Argentina, Paso Roballos is worth a shot. And if it were me, I would bring a nice looking version of the document that DRRambler was kind enough to post in case they do start asking for proof...
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....and you can't pay the fee in cash at the border as a couple of aussie backpackers discovered at Villazon a few days ago.

They had cash on them but had max'd out their credit cards
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Very Helpful!

This is very helpful as I plan to lead a group chasing the Dakar 2014 and this are the details that we need to know.

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VisaHQ.com

www.visahq.com is a great source for visa information and requirements. The information is updated on a timely bases. The site provides for fee services and includes links to self service websites, like the Argentina tourist fee website. The information is provided without cost or subscription.

See this argentina.visahq.com for details.

I recommend this site for anyone traveling abroad.
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...www.visahq.com is a great source for visa information and requirements....
It looks like VisaHQ.com quotes the fee schedule when a visa is acquired at an embassy. You might want to know that price if you need to get a visa before leaving your home country and do not want to wait to get one at the border. From the fees noted on this thread and other places on the Internet, it appears that the price charged at an embassy is higher than at the border.
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Extremely helpful info in this thread, thanks to everyone who contributed.
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Extremely helpful info in this thread, thanks to everyone who contributed.
When I entered the coutry at EZE they dinged me for $160usd, for an entry permit valid for 10 years.(usa passport). I subsequently exited with my moto to uruguay to renew the temp tourist vehicle permit.
Re-entering AR they busted my chops over the 10 year permit in my passport becuase they did not the equpment to read the bar code on the sticker they placed in my passport at eze.
Bit of a hassle plus they only gave me 3 months for the bike insteadnof the usual 8 months. Now I gotta figure out what to do with Cinderella the KLR.

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A minor change for AUSTRALIANS only

Not really a change, just a correction to inaccurate info on the Australian Government web site.

For a long time they have stated that the reciprocity payment is valid for 12 months from the date of first entry to Argentina. This did not agree with the Argentinian info both on their web site and on the reciprocity receipt.

I made some enquiries and got the Australian site to correct their info to now read "valid for 12 months from date of payment of reciprocity fee"
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In early January I (American; Brazilian permanent residency card did not help) was forced to pay $160 reciprocity fee online at the Chile Chico crossing with a credit card. I plan to dispute with my credit card company. Should be interesting...
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What exactly are you planning to protest? Do you carry a USA passport? If so, the payment is required for initial entry. I'd be interested in hearing whether there's a workaround.

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Lucky you could pay the fee at the border. I didn't think that was possible
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Jessica,

I will be doing that same crossing later this year so any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

BTW I love your blog. Very useful.
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Bill, best to pay that reciprocity fee somewhere more convenient that at an isolated border crossing. It is required for Australians and Americans and a couple of other nationalities of countries that levy similar fees on Argentinians. Few other countries do the same so nothing unfair about it.
You also need to make prior arrangements for Paraguay and Brazil as well if you cross at land borders.

PS But don't pay it months before you cross, because for Australians, it is only good for 12 months from the day you paid it.
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...(American; Brazilian permanent residency card did not help) was forced to pay $160 reciprocity fee online at the Chile Chico crossing...

It is my understanding that countries charge (or waive) the reciprocal fee based on citizenship. If you produced a Brazilian passport, it would document that you are a citizen of Brazil and exempt from the paying the reciprocal fee. Residence and citizenship are treated differently.

I was born in the US and my grandmother was born in Ireland. The steps to getting a US passport are obvious. After producing a chain of documents that prove I am descended from my grandmother, completing a few forms, writing a couple of checks, the Republic of Ireland issues a certificate that I am a citizen of Ireland. My name is entered into the "registry of foreign births". With the supplied certificate I was able to apply for a passport. I carry two passports when I travel. Guess which one I use when entering Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina...and every other country that I ride into.

I flew into La Paz, Bolivia where US citizens pay a reciprocal fee. At immigration I slid the declaration form across the counter. On the form I listed my US address, where I reside. The official started to charge me the reciprocal fee until I produced my Irish passport. The disappointment on his face was delightful to me.

A funny duel citizen story. I had been traveling in Latin America for 5 months when I needed to return to the US for a few weeks. In preparations for immigration in Miami travelers need to fill out the declaration form, notably the section that lists the countries your have visited on your trip. I used up all of the space provided with two letter abbreviations,
MX, GU, ES, HN, NI, PA, CO, VZ, BR, GY, SR, GF, UR, AR, BO
As I slid the form across the counter I said I might have forgotten a country. The official looked at the form, then at me, and asked, "What's going on?" I said, "I've been traveling overland across Latin America." He quickly leafed through my passport and said, "Welcome back." He never commented that I had no stamps in my US passport for any of the countries I had visited. I guess this happens all the time...
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Does this only apply to USA, Canada and Australians? What about the British, Irish, German, Spanish etc? Thanks
Hi, yes, only with the mentioned passports.
EU passport holders don't pay.
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