How to get a visa for Argentina? 

Argentina is the southernmost country in South America. It is one of the largest countries in the world, enclose over one million square miles. You must have to apply for a visa to visit Argentina – unless you are from a visa-exempt country. This article tells you about Argentina’s visas types, requirements, and how to apply. 

How to get a visa for Argentina? 

When applying for a visa, you need to collect supporting documents. The documents you submit depends on the purpose of travel. But, the standard set of documents for all Argentina visa applications includes:

  • Argentina Visa application form must be completed and signed. 
  • You can also download the application form from the embassy website. 
  • Your passport must be valid for at least another six months. It starts from the date you intend to go to Argentina. Also, It must have at least two blank pages.
  • Photocopies of passport (and if required, previous passports also). Showing the personal details and any previous visas.
  • Two pictures of yourself, with the following specifications: Dimensions:
  •  4cm x 4cm, White background, Coloured, must be recent, Neutral facial expression.
  •  Return flight tickets 
  • Proof you have any accommodation/house to stay in Argentina
  • Proof of enough financial means to cover the duration of your stay. To check yours through bank statements. 

Tourist Visa Requirements for Argentina

Suppose you apply for a Tourist Visa for Argentina. You must have the following required documents in addition to the documents above:

  • Proof of reservation for a hotel. Include a letter of invitation from your host if you are staying with a member of your family or friends. The letter must be certified and legalized by a notary and accompanied by the host’s ID.
  • Documents relating to your status in employment:

A letter from your employer confirming your employment in the company. How long are you going to be absent, and your salary if you are employed.

  • If you are a student:

A letter from your school, confirming your registration, course details.

  • If you are self-employed:

 Official registration of your business or proof of tax returns.

Business Visa Requirements for Argentina

In addition to the documents above, when traveling to Argentina for business. You need the following documents as well:

  • Letter of invitation, in original and a copy, from the company in Argentina
  • Letter from your employer stating that you are on a business trip and details of your company job.

Work Visa Requirements for Argentina

The documents you need to submit if you are traveling to Argentina. If you have found long-term employment are:

  • The employment contract, which is signed by the Argentine employer. It contains the registration number of the hiring company. It is necessary to have the agreement legalized and notarized.
  • Certificate of criminal record, issued in your country by the police authorities. Your Diploma/certificate copies.

Student Visa Requirements for Argentina

The extra documents you need if you’re traveling to Argentina to pursue studies are:

  • Proof of enrollment at your institution of education.
  • Evidence of sufficient funding to cover the stay and studies.
  • Certificate of criminal record, issued in your country by the police authorities.

Family Visa Requirements for Argentina

The more documents you need if you are traveling to Argentina. To join a family member who already lives there are:

  • Certificate of criminal record, issued in your country by the police authorities.
  • Proof of family relationships as applicable, such as a marriage or birth certificate.
  • A certified copy of your family member’s national identity document (DNI) in Argentina

Do you need a visa to go to Argentina? 

It is permissible for citizens of 87 countries to enter Argentina without a visa or visa-free. The United States, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, and Turkey are visa-free countries. Visa-free nations are generally in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. You will most likely need a visa if you are in Africa or Central Asia.

 Argentina allows many nations to get an ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization. For Argentina, the ETA / AVE requires you to have a valid US B2 or Schengen visa. The US B2 or Schengen visa should be valid for more than three months. For tourism purposes only, the ETA / AVE is good. To apply for an Argentine ETA ‘visa’ online, you will need to upload your documents.

This process is much simpler because it can save you tonnes of time online.

The countries whose nationals are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authorization from Argentina are:

AlbaniaAngolaAntigua and BarbudaBahamasBahrainBelize
BeninBhutanBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBurkina FasoBurundi
CambodiaCameroonCape VerdeThe Central African RepublicCubaDemocratic Republic Of Congo
DjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEquatorial GuineaEritreaEswatini
EthiopiaGabonThe GambiaGhanaGuineaGuinea-Bissau
IndiaIndonesiaIvory CoastKenyaKiribatiLaos
LesothoMadagascarMalawiMaldivesMarshall IslandsMauricio
NigerOmanPalauPapua New GuineaPhilippinesRepublic of China
Republic Of CongoRwandaSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSenegalSeychelles
Sierra LeoneSolomon IslandsTanzaniaTogoTongaTuvalu

Nationals that are valid for their ID to enter Argentina

You can reach Argentina with only your ID for up to 90 days if you are from one of the following countries:

  • In Brazil
  • Chile — Chile
  • In Colombia
  •  Ecuador
  • Paraguayan
  • Peru — Peru
  • Uruguay City
  • Venezuela

Nationals that need a Travel Authorization

Before they may enter Argentina, nationals of the following countries. Must apply for a Travel Authorization from the appropriate diplomatic missions in Argentina:

  • Kosovo 
  • Nauru
  • Arab Democratic Republic of Sahrawi
  • Taiwan City
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu  

Types of Argentina Visas

The visas for Argentina are of two types: 

  • Short-Term visas: Also known as an Argentina Tourist Visa). This type of visa can be obtained after arrival in Argentina. At the Argentine consulate in the assignee’s country of residence. Or at the Argentine Immigration office. 
  • Long-term visas: It is also known as residency visas. A Contracted Personnel — Temporary Residence Visa is needed for longer-term work. It’s for foreigners who are employees in Argentina. Or are working in any company or those who are doing work internships.

Argentina Residency Visas (long-term visas)

The long-term visas, issued to foreigners who want to set up house in Argentina. The common types of residence visas for Argentina are:

  • Work Visa: Issued to foreigners who have found work in Argentina. Your employer can arrange your work permit on your behalf. 

Note: Upon arrival in Argentina. Employees need to apply for a DNI / National Identity Document. And a CUIL / Unique Work Identification Code, too.

  • Student Visa: Who want to pursue their studies in an Argentinian institution. If you have any queries, please contact your IES Abroad Advisor.
  • Argentina Family Visa: This is for those who want to join a close family member. Or who is a citizen or permanent resident in Argentina? Applications for a family visa can be sent to the Argentinean Consular Office. At the foreign national’s place of residence.

What are the requirements for a VISA to visit Argentina?

For Argentina, the requirements for an ETA / AVE include the following documents:

  • Valid Passport:

Your valid passport must still be valid for a period of up to 6 months from the date of your arrival in Argentina.

  • US B2 / Schengen Visa:

You will need to have either a US B2 visa or a Schengen visa to get an ETA / AVE. Upload scans with your application for this.

  • Travel Itinerary: 

Have your travel plans ready to be shown to the immigration officers. It also includes when you leave Argentina.

  • Accommodation Information:

Argentina’s travel authorities want to know that you have a place to stay. And that you can support yourself while you are in the country.

  • Payment Method-To checks out, you will need either a credit/debit card or a PayPal account.

What are the processing times for an ETA / AVE ARGENTINA “VISA”?

To help you obtain your ETA visa replacement quickly, we have three processing speeds:

  • It will take up to 16 days for Standard Processing to process.
  • It will take up to 13 days for Rush Processing to process.
  • It will take up to 10 days to process Super Rush Processing.

What is the cost of an ETA / AVE from Argentina?

Based on your processing speed request, the total cost of your Argentina ETA varies.

  • The option for Standard Processing will bring the total cost to USD 85.00.
  • The choice of Rush Processing will bring the total cost to 115.00 USD.
  • The option of Super Rush Processing will bring the overall cost to USD 150.00.

Apply for Visa

You have to apply for a visa at Argentina’s diplomatic mission in your country, such as an embassy. The process of application :

  • Set up an appointment with the Argentinian embassy.
  • Collect all the needed documents and pay the visa fee
  • Submit the documents and also attend the visa interview

The application process changes depending on the country in which you live. That is why the first step is to contact the relevant diplomatic mission of Argentina. Also, visit their website to learn about the specific application submission rules. Some diplomatic offices may allow you to submit all the documents through the post.

How long does it take to process a visa for Argentina? 

The processing time for a visa depends on the specific embassy in which you apply. Some embassy promise to process the visa in as little as one week, while others will take. You should apply for your Argentina visa at least 45 days before you intend to travel. Please write to the Consular Section of the Embassy to

What is the duration of a visa from Argentina?

The visa for Argentina is valid for three months. It allows for multiple entries into the country. For up to 90 days, you can stay in the country.

Suppose you want a visa for long-term purposes like study and visa. If you’re going to stay longer than 90 days, you must get a residence permit upon arrival.

Can you extend your visa to Argentina?

Yeah. Yes, you can. You must apply to the immigration office in Buenos Aires. You a get an extension of your Argentina Tourist Visa for another 90 days. And pay the appropriate extension fee.

Where do you apply for a visa from Argentina to the US?

If you reside in the United States, but you are not a resident of the United States. You can apply for a visa to Argentina on Argentina’s diplomatic missions to the United States. They are:

  • The Argentinian Embassy in Washington
  • The Argentinian Consulate in Atlanta
  • The Argentinian Consulate in Chicago
  • The Argentinian Consulate in Houston
  • In Los Angeles, the General Consulate and Promotion Hub of Argentina
  • In Miami, the General Consulate and Promotion Hub of Argentina
  • In New York, the General Consulate and Promotion Hub of Argentina
  • The New York Permanent Mission of Argentina
  • In Washington, the Permanent Mission of Argentina

To request an appointment via an email. You must first contact Argentina’s diplomatic mission. On their websites, you can find contact details for each diplomatic mission.

Visa to Argentina for Indian People

Before they fly to Argentina, Indian people have to apply for a visa. As an Indian citizen, you must apply for a Visa for a diplomatic mission to India from Argentina, such as:

  • The Consular Section of Argentina’s Embassy in New Delhi
  • The Argentinian Consulate General in Mumbai