Great news for USA passport holders traveling to Argentina. As of today, March 24, 2016, The $160 Reciprocity Fee payment has been temporarily suspended according to Embassy of Argentina. There is no longer a fee to enter the country via air or land for American Citizens. (Canadians and Australians are still responsible for paying the fee before entering the country.)
The official statement from the immigration office:
The Argentine National Immigration Agency (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) informed though Disposition 589/2016, that the “Reciprocity Fee has been suspended for American Citizens who travel to Argentina for 90 days or until the derogation of the regulation“ This measure starts on March 24th 2016.
The news released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday during President Obama’s visit to Buenos Aires and Bariloche is one step towards Argentina becoming a part of the US visa waiver program. In 2014 Chile also dropped the reciprocity fee for USA passport holders entering the country.
“PowderQuest is excited as we expect this to help drive more tourism to Argentina and will be a great savings for skiers and snowboarders chasing summer powder in South America. Since Chile dropped their fees we have seen a higher demand for ski trips to Chile v.s. Argentina. This should help boost trip bookings to Argentina.” -David Owen, PowderQuest Founder