ALL U.S. CITIZENS WILL ENTER ARGENTINA AS TOURISTS. You will obtain the tourist visa on site in Argentina. Students in programs that exceed 90 days will also be required to obtain their student visas on site in Argentina. However, please read the information below on documents you may need to bring with you from the U.S. to complete the visa process.
U.S. citizens traveling to Argentina may need to pay a Reciprocity Fee of USD $160, paid to Argentine Migrations. Previously, citizens of the USA, Canada and Australia visiting the country as tourists or on business were required to pay the reciprocity rates PRIOR to arriving in Argentina. Please be aware that due to recent agreements between the U.S. and Argentina, the reciprocity fee may no longer be required for your entry into the country. The payment receipt may need to be presented at the airport before boarding any plane to Argentina. This payment is good for multiple entries over the lifetime of your passport, and can be paid by credit or debit card. Proof of payment of the Reciprocity Fee must also be shown when entering Argentina over land from a neighboring country.
Students who are under 18 years old will not be able to obtain a student visa in Argentina.
For Programs UNDER 90 Days (Intensive Month and Summer programs):
All U.S. citizens will enter the country on a tourist visa, valid for 90 days, which you will obtain upon arrival to the airport in Buenos Aires. You do not need to bring any other documentation with you, however please note that a Reciprocity Fee of USD$160 may need to be paid online to Argentine Migrations prior to departing the U.S.
For Programs OVER 90 Days (Semester and Academic Year programs):
All students who will be in Argentina for over 90 days will enter Argentina as tourists, completing the process described above in order to obtain the tourist visa. Once in Argentina, students will be required to visit the Migraciones department to request a student visa during their first 30 days in Argentina. The ISA resident staff abroad will assist throughout this process and in obtaining all required documentation on site, however, it will ultimately be up to each student to obtain their student visa. Please note that your host university will not issue you a transcript upon completion of your ISA program unless you provide them with proof of your student visa; therefore it is extremely important that you work with ISA resident staff to complete this mandatory process.
ISA strongly recommends that students bring proof of clear criminal record with them to Buenos Aires. Argentina has unique student visa requirements that may cause confusion at the airport when checking in to your flight to Buenos Aires. To avoid these problems, please bring a Proof of Clear Criminal Record in your carry-on luggage with you to the airport. To request a criminal record check, contact your local or state police department or Department of Public Safety. This process may take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 weeks to complete, so please plan accordingly. Any background check that proves you have no criminal record in your place of current or permanent residence will suffice.
In addition, ISA strongly recommends that students purchase a roundtrip flight to Buenos Aires, instead of a one-way ticket. While ISA does not require this, please note that the airline may require proof of exit out of Argentina in order to board your flight. If you have not purchased a roundtrip flight you may be asked by the airline to purchase a return flight.
To obtain your student visa in Argentina you will need the following:
- A valid passport with the Argentine tourist visa stamp.
- A letter of proof of enrollment from the university. The university will provide this once you have arrived.
- A police certificate showing you have no criminal record in Argentina. You will get this once in the country with the help of ISA staff (approximate cost is AR 60, payable in local currency).
- Payment for the AR 900 student visa processing fee, payable in cash only.
For Back-to-Back Semester Programs:
You will complete the semester student visa process twice, at the appropriate time for each semester. Please note that in order to request your second student visa, you will need to leave Argentina while your first student visa is valid, and then return once it has expired. Please keep in close contact with ISA staff in Buenos Aires to ensure that you remain in the country legally and that you do not miss important deadlines related to your student visa. If you will be unable to leave the country between your two semesters, please contact ISA to discuss alternative options. It will be up to you to ensure that you complete this process legally.