Passports – At least two months before the trip, you will need to apply for your passport if you do not already have one. Contact your local post office or http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_832.html for requirements.
ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business, but U.S. citizens coming to Argentina for tourism and business travel must pay a reciprocal entry fee of $160.00 US dollars. It must be paid online before leaving the United States. They will ask to see a printed receipt of payment with the bar code at the airport. (See instructions here. They charge a fee. OR go to this site. Under log in, click sign up. Register with your personal and credit card information. Print the payment receipt.) It is valid for ten years and multiple entries. It applies only to bearers of regular, tourist passports.
Vaccinations are not required. In addition to the standard shots you may have had in the States, Hepatitus A is recommended, but not required.
Flight time from Miami to Buenos Aires is 9 ½ hours. During day light savings time, we are one hour ahead of EST. September through March, we are two hours ahead.
Customs – If you are bringing ANY new articles into the country – whether gifts, items the missionary requested or ministry supplies – please remove ALL tags and packaging possible and wrap items in plastic grocery bags. Otherwise, you may be required to pay hefty fees.
___________ Airline tickets* (You will be flying to EZE.)
___________ Food – meals, bottled water, and one meal out.
___________ Transportation – to and from the airport and sight-seeing
___________ Spending – shopping
___________ Lodging (If it is necessary for you to stay at a hotel.)
___________ Emergency Funds
___________ Immigrations – paid before departure
*The price of tickets varies greatly on the time of year. Ex. – July is the winter break here and an expensive time to fly. April-May and October-November are often less expensive times to fly.
There are two ways to exchange money: