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ricky12
7/5/2019 14:22 EST

Hello,
Was wondering: If I book my flight longer than the 90 day tourist visa requirement, (say for 120 days instead), would that be a problem of getting in Buenos Aires?

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Nelmi
7/5/2019 14:39 EST

Hello,

The answer is yes. You are technically overstaying the 3 month period.

Why not hop over to Uruguay with the Ferry and stay there for a couple of days? Come back and you can stay another 3 months in Argentina.

Nelieta

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todikaios
7/5/2019 15:27 EST

Hi Ricky12: It has been my experience in multiple entries into Buenos Aires that Immigration never looks for return flight information. They may ask you how long you are staying however. Everyone gets a 90 day stay. However, you can renew this 90 days to 180 days to prevent having to pay a fine for overstaying. If you plan on staying more than 180 days you need to make a trip to Uruguay or Brazil, etc. and then re-enter Argentina with another 90 day tourist visa. Some people don't extend their 90 days, they just routinely go to Uruguay every 85 days or so and thus stay "legal" as far as their tourist visa is concerned.

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Nelmi
7/5/2019 15:36 EST

Hi Todikaios,

My daugter was asked at EZE last year to present an onward ticket when she entered Argentina. Luckily we had a ticket for her to fly to Chile as she entered with a one-way ticket.

It all depends who you have at immigration and what time you arrive.

I would follow the Uruguay route, just to be safe or pay the renewal fee, which is quite steep nowadays.

Nelieta

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todikaios
7/5/2019 18:43 EST

I agree...the immigration officials have lots of discretion in the way they process arrivals and if they want they could ask for onward tickets....I just never have seen this at EZE. If someone wants to stay 120 days in Bs. As. they could get a 90 day extension which is free compared to spending upwards of $100 to go over to Uruguay for a day. It’s just the red tape to do so and spending the better part of a day to go to Immigrations and wait in lines. If you are not conversant in Spanish you will be at a disadvantage as well. I agree that a pleasant one day trip to see Colonia de Sacramento before your 90 days expire is my first choice, especially if you can afford it and want to see something a little bit different than Bs. As.

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todikaios
7/5/2019 18:43 EST

I agree...the immigration officials have lots of discretion in the way they process arrivals and if they want they could ask for onward tickets....I just never have seen this at EZE. If someone wants to stay 120 days in Bs. As. they could get a 90 day extension which is free compared to spending upwards of $100 to go over to Uruguay for a day. It’s just the red tape to do so and spending the better part of a day to go to Immigrations and wait in lines. If you are not conversant in Spanish you will be at a disadvantage as well. I agree that a pleasant one day trip to see Colonia de Sacramento before your 90 days expire is my first choice, especially if you can afford it and want to see something a little bit different than Bs. As.

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Nelmi
7/5/2019 19:00 EST

Hi

To renew your tourist visa via Immigration is not free anymore. The cost is now 2,700 pesos.

If you overstay your welcome in Argentina then the fine is 4.500 pesos.

https://www.argentina.gob.ar/interior/migraciones/habilitacion-de-salida

I think it is better to hop over for a quick visit :)

Nelieta

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todikaios
7/5/2019 20:32 EST

Yep, I agree...2700 pesos is about 65 dollars which is close to a r/t fare to Colonia. So, pick a pleasant sunny day and see another location instead of the hassle usually encountered by an extranjero in immigrations.

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ricky12
7/6/2019 08:54 EST

Nelmi and Todikaios - thanks so much for your quick reply. Yep, I'll play it safe then and book for a 90 day flight and do as suggested and either apply for an extension or visit another country. Looking forward to my trip!! thanks again...

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Nelmi
7/6/2019 11:00 EST

Hi ricky12,

You are most welcome. Just something to keep in mind. If you want to extend your Visa, remember to do this 10 days before it expires. I read that on the immigration page yesterday. Also, when going over to Uruguay, do this a couple of days before your Visa expires. Stay for 2 days and come back. I suggest booking through Colonia Express or Buquebus. I can also recommend Colonia del Sacramento. It is a beautiful place but if you are looking for more "life" then go to Montevideo.

Have a great time in Argentina :)

Nelieta

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ricky12
7/9/2019 07:02 EST

ok, thanks !

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