Tuesday, December 29th 2009 - 08:38 UTC

Argentina begun enforcing “reciprocity tax” in Ezeiza airport

All foreign visitors arriving in Argentina’s international airport of Ezeiza and who live in countries that charge the Argentines before they enter, will have to pay a reciprocity tax.

For US citizens the charge will be equivalent to a US visa: 131 US dollars.

The measure became effective Monday and applies to all those arriving as tourists, students or for business.

Interior Ministry Florencio Randazzo indicated that the “total tax will be equivalent to the one that Argentines pay to get their visa to travel to these countries. Argentina will not ask for a visa but will charge a tax as Brazil and Chile do with those foreign tourists who come from the countries that ask for visas.”

Randazzo said that what “the country collects from this tax will allow us to modernize the migration control.” He added that the “tax will be charged once the foreign tourist enters the country and it will be applied firstly in Ezeiza International Airport.”

The tax ordered by the decree 1654/2008, will have to be paid in US Dollars or Argentine Pesos, and the prices will be: US$100 for Australians, US$ 70 for Canadians and US$131 for US citizens.

Argentina’s Migration Office said that the embassies involved had been informed of the decision, as well as tourism operators and airlines.

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1 Nicholas (#) Dec 29th, 2009 - 01:55 pm Report abuse
Pfft, sure, tax everybody and everything huh..
2 jorge (#) Dec 30th, 2009 - 02:07 am Report abuse
It is a good thing. If I have to pay a tax for entering in x country, then we have charge the x's citizen when they come here. It is not a big deal.
3 Garrett (#) Dec 30th, 2009 - 03:50 am Report abuse
Is there still an airport tax on departure?
4 axel arg (#) Dec 30th, 2009 - 05:36 am Report abuse
GARRET those citizens from the named countrys in this report, will pay the tax when they arrive to the ezeiza airport, there is an special box for them to do it.
5 Patricio (#) Dec 30th, 2009 - 07:56 am Report abuse
The reciprocity fees in Chile and Argentina will ultimately end up hurting the tourism industries in these respective countries. There is a growing interest in travel to South America from Australia but that might be affected when people start finding out that on top of the US$65 Chilean reciprocity fee you will now have to pay US$100 to enter Argentina. Given that airfares to South America from Australia are quite expensive at the best of times, the reciprocity fees will make people think twice about visiting South America - with tourist dollars lost to cheaper South East Asian destinations (Chile and Argentina's loss!)...Conversely, I don't think that the US, Australian or Canadian tourist industries will suffer too much if a few chilenos or argentinos decide not to holiday in these countries because of the visa fees imposed by these countries.
6 Nicholas (#) Dec 30th, 2009 - 10:24 am Report abuse
Proves again, what kind of che idiots Argies are..Oh oh oh. Oh well, Happy new year everybody.
7 Garrett (#) Dec 31st, 2009 - 01:16 am Report abuse
EZE had a departure tax (not reciprocity fee) that all passengers had to pay on departing international and regional flights. After checking in, one had to go over to a booth, pay the tax, and continue on to security where they would check if one paid or not. I believe the tax was US$18 for international flights and US$8 for domestic flights and flights to Uruguay.
8 WBB (#) Dec 31st, 2009 - 06:45 am Report abuse
The “reciprocity fee” is not unfair, but it is foolishly counterproductive.
9 jorge (#) Jan 01st, 2010 - 01:30 am Report abuse
Happy new year Nicholas. By the way, I hope you celebrate this new year without paying for argentine female waitress conpanion ROFL!
10 Bubba (#) Jan 08th, 2010 - 03:23 pm Report abuse
Should have had this tax when all the Nazis were visiting...
11 Bubba (#) Jan 08th, 2010 - 03:24 pm Report abuse
Garret, the scareport tax is still there, now it is collected in the ticket prices and paid by the Scareline company..
12 Bubba (#) Jan 08th, 2010 - 03:25 pm Report abuse
The fee charged by the USA for Argentines, Brazillians, etc, is to investigate their visit visa application to insure they plan to go home on time...
13 Nicholas (#) Jan 10th, 2010 - 12:28 pm Report abuse
“The fee charged by the USA for Argentines, Brazillians, etc, is to investigate their visit visa application to insure they plan to go home on time”

Nonsense, they can't even find one illegal alien who overstayed it's visa.
The money they charge is pure to maintain the whole bureaucratic (government) system, that still doesn't work efficient. pfft.
14 Bubba (#) Jan 10th, 2010 - 12:33 pm Report abuse
Nicholas, it is not nonsense, it is what they do to people that apply for a visit visa to the United States, aimed at countries where the propensity to overstay is rife...

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