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Argentina Entry Requirements

Buenos Aires Argentina at Night

Argentina's charm, natural beauty and diversity attracts hundreds of thousands of American citizen visitors every year. Buenos Aires and other large cities have well-developed tourist facilities and services, including many four- and five-star hotels. The quality of tourist facilities in smaller towns outside the capital varies.

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Argentina. Leisure and business travelers are allowed to stay a maximum of 90 days in Argentina without a visa. Diplomatic or official passport holders need to obtain visas prior to arrival. Those wishing to stay longer or to travel for other purposes need to apply at the Embassy of Argentina, a consulate or obtain an Argentine visa through a registered expediting service.

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U.S. citizens who arrive in Argentina with expired or damaged passports may be refused entry and returned to the United States at their own expense. The U.S. Embassy cannot provide guarantees in behalf of travelers in such situations, and therefore encourages U.S. citizens to ensure their travel documents are valid and in good condition prior to departure from the United States.

Should you wish to enter Brazil or Paraguay through Argentina, ensure that you have the required visas for entry to these countries. The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires cannot process visas to Brazil and Paraguay so it is strongly recommended that all these be obtained prior to traveling. Note that visas are required even for tourists on cross-border tours to the Iguazu Falls. Also, all entries and exits to and from Argentina must be recorded by immigration officials.

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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