Business and leisure travelers to Argentina carrying a United States, Canadian or Australia passport must pay Argentina’s reciprocity fee ($160 for US passport holders) online before arriving in the country.
For visitors traveling by air, the airlines will require proof the fee has been paid before allowing travelers on-board their flights.
The fee is valid for multiple entries into the country for ten years from the date of issue. Per the US State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, travelers who are transiting – changing planes but not staying in Argentina – are not required to pay the fee.
Pre-payment of the fee became effective on December 28, 2012. You can find more information and pay the fee with a credit card online at the Provincia Pagos website here. Be sure to print your receipt as you will have to show it to the airline personnel at check-in and to Argentine Immigration upon arrival in the country.
Previously, visitors to Argentina could pay the reciprocity fee upon arrival in the country.
Until June 30, 2013, passengers on a cruise ship that stops in Argentina are not required to pay the reciprocity fee.