News On Argentina’s “Reciprocity Tax”

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I have just been informed that the fees charged to Americans, Canadians and Australians as of January 2010 are going to be a one-time payment that is good for 10 years. So, for those that are visiting, or planning to visit Argentina frequently over the next 10 years, the fee will cover you for multiple entries and exits.

By Brit Weaver


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Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog,

  • This is probably not a wide-standing problem, but as of March 11th I'll be able to report back on whether holders of Mercosur (specifically Chilean) permanent residency are also charged this fee if they are US-passport holders. My fingers are crossed for no, though it's better writing fodder if yes. Though I'm not sure it's $131 worth of writing fodder. And yes, Hal is right, it's for the life of the passport, a very sad thing indeed for this gringa whose passport expires in 2012.

  • Brit Weaver

    To tell you the truth, I am unsure. The reciprocity tax has been up in the air since January 2009, yes? Though, you are probably right, I have been reading mixed news on the matter. I have been trying to find out mostly because I have to go to Uruguay in February… need to pay that tax when I come back, so I guess I can give a definite answer then. Jump right into the fire.

    You are probably right. However, that would for pobre canadienses. Canadian passports are only good for, on average, 5 years! Aye!

  • I could be wrong, but I think the fee lasts "for the life of your passport," which would be "up to" 10 years. If your passport expires next year, too bad. :( Or have you heard differently, Brit?

    Here's Matador's coverage:

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