I lived in Chile for about a year…on a tourist visa. I wasn’t the only one. Nowadays many travellers have settled into different locations and often find themselves taking a quick trip to another country to renew their visa. This was a common practice for expats living in Chile who would sneek a quick trip over to Mendoza, Argentina. Up until 2013, Argentina reciprocity fees were flexible and only enforced when travellers landed in the EZE international airport in Buenos Aires.
The government eventually figured out that these travellers entering via bus were a missed opportunity. As a result they implemented strict rules that nobody can by-pass. How strict? I asked a friend of mine that passed through a remote crossing in Patagonia about the reciprocity fee. Her response: they checked (and double-checked) everyone’s documents. So read carefully Everything must be done BEFORE you leave for your trip. Travelers need to go through the immigration office website and make an online payment. Individuals need to “sign up” where the provide basic info: first/last name, email, nationality, passport number etc. The site will direct to a page which will ask you to pay the reciprocity fee:
U.S. Citizens: $160 USD
Canadians: $75 USD (single entry) OR $150 USD (multiple entry)
Australians: $100 USD
UK Citizens: none
After payment you will receive an email and a prompt to sign into the site and print on the official visa receipt. Now here is the tricky part. There have been mixed reports about the possibility of saving the form as a PDF and/or logging onto the website at a later date to print out the form. Individuals PAYING for the visa should also have immediate access to a printer. For a detailed description about the reciprocity payment steps click here
Please note: you will NOT be able to enter into the country without the printed out receipt. You MUST have a copy with you at any border (airport / bus).
My advice would be to print out and save several copies of the payment proof at the time of buying. Do not count on entering into the site at a later time to do this. One traveller I met said that they could not sign into the site and had to pay the fee a second time! It is also advisable that individuals use Internet Explorer as some other engines have experience more problems (especially Foxfire). Lastly taken several copes of the proof of payment print-out with you as sometimes Migracion takes the print-out on entry (something that they are not supposed to do.). Once the paper was given back to me, I stapled it into my passport so that I wouldn’t loose it.
It’s is IMMENSELY important that your print out the receipt and BRING IT WITH YOU when you travel. Without it, you may be denied entry into the country.
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