Reciprocity Fee Eliminated by Argentina for United States Citizens
As of Thursday, March 24, 2016, “the Argentine Government has resolved to suspend the collection of the reciprocity fee from US passport holders who visit our country for less than 90 days, for tourist or business purposes” in order to strengthen the relationship between Argentina and the United States of America.
The wording of that official announcement earlier this year read like it could be interpreted that the Argentina visa reciprocity fee had been suspended indefinitely; but the confusion lies in that it can also be interpreted as that it has been suspended for only 90 days — meaning that it is once again effective as of Friday, June 24, 2016. Most reports state that the Argentina visa reciprocity fee has been suspended indefinitely until further notice; but confirmation that it has indeed been permanently revoked eliminated whatever confusion may have still existed.
Originally $131.00 when the visa reciprocity fee was first instituted back on Sunday, December 20, 2009 in response to a similar visa fee which the United States was charging visitors from Argentina, the fee eventually increased to $160.00 when the United States increased its fee for a non-petition-based non-immigrant visa to $160.00 on Friday, April 13, 2012.
That the Argentina visa reciprocity fee for American citizens was permanently eliminated is indeed welcome news — but the reciprocity fee is unfortunately still in effect for citizens of Canada and Australia.