Passport & Visa Information
You will need a current passport to travel to Argentina. It is advised that you make copies of your passport and carry those in a separate location from your actual passport. Another handy way of doing this is to take pictures of the important pages on your smartphone. Visas are not required prior to your trip to Argentina, and you will only need to fill out a simple form on the airplane for customs and immigration.
As of the writing of this, there is no Reciprocity Fee to enter Argentina.
In the past, nationals of the USA, Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Argentina. However, US citizens have in the past paid a reciprocity, or entrance fee online prior to their arrival in Buenos Aires. This fee normally MUST be paid before you arrive, and the receipt would have had to accompany your passport, stapled in or folded.
Again, this is not needed, but should things change, the website to make this payment is available here.
Click here for more information on the US state department's website.
In theory, upon arrival all non-visa visitors must obtain a free tourist card, good for 90 days and renewable for 90 more. In practice, immigration officials issue these only at major border crossings, such as airports and on the ferries and hydrofoils between Buenos Aires and Uruguay. Although you should not toss your card away, losing it is no major catastrophe; at most exit points, immigration officials will provide immediate replacement for free.
Dependent children traveling without both parents theoretically need a notarized document certifying that both parents agree to the child's travel. Parents may also wish to bring a copy of the custody form; however, there's a good chance they won't be asked for either document.
Very short visits to neighboring countries usually do not require visas. Despite what a travel agency might say, you probably don't need a Brazilian visa to cross from the Argentine town of Puerto Iguazú to Foz do Iguaçu and/or Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, if you return the same day, although you should bring your passport. The same is true at the Bolivian border town of Villazón, near La Quiaca. Officials at the Paraguayan crossing at Encarnación, near Posadas, have been known to extract cash 'fees' from crossers who don't have a Paraguayan visa (British, Australian, Canadian and US nationals need them), assuming you stop or get stopped at the border.
For a 90-day extension on your tourist visa, visit the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (immigration office;011-4317-0200; Antártida Argentina 1355; 7:30am-1:30pm Mon-Fri) in Buenos Aires. You must do so during the week that your tourist visa is scheduled to expire. The fee is AR$100. Another option if you're staying more than three months is to cross into Colonia or Montevideo (both in Uruguay) or into Chile for a day or two before your visa expires, then return with a new 90-day visa. However, this only works if you don't need a visa to enter the other country (Australians need visas for Uruguay).
Allergies, Special Needs, Medical Conditions
Bring medication in its original, clearly labeled container. A signed, dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is also a good idea. If carrying syringes or needles, be sure to have a physician's letter documenting their medical necessity.
There are very few biting insects including mosquitoes. At some times during the season, there are non-aggressive yellow jackets and horseflies present. If you are allergic to bees, bring your anti-reaction medication. You might find similar allergies to wild grasses, trees and flowers that you do at home during some seasons. Bring your normal allergy medicine if you have hayfever. The water is drinkable throughout Argentina and will not make you sick like you can expect in other Latin American countries. If you have any existing medical conditions, mobility issues or special needs that we should be aware of, please let us know in advance so any special arrangements can be made.
Travel insurance is always wise to purchase when traveling extensively. El Encuentro Fly Fishing highly suggests that all visitors purchase travel insurance. Please note that although Argentina and Chile are safe countries and your hosts take every precaution necessary to ensure your well being, unexpected events do happen. Most people use travel insurance to cover travel upsets such as delayed or canceled flights, lost luggage and medical emergencies. All medications you might want or require should be brought by you. You can be further prepared by buying complete travel insurance that includes medical evacuations.
If your health insurance doesn't cover you for medical expenses abroad, consider getting extra insurance. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures. (In many countries doctors expect payment in cash.)
Travelers should always pack medication for such common ailments as diarrhea, upset stomach, motion sickness, headache and nausea, along with any necessary prescriptions. Most visitors to Argentina don't experience stomach problems associated, for instance, with Mexico, but it pays to have treatment available just in case. You'll find food to be outstanding and bottled water available everywhere in Argentina.
Insects are not a problem in our region, but be sure to bring and use sun block (40‐60 spf) even on cloudy days. Also plan to use lip balm, depending on your sensitivity. (The sun is very strong!)