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How to obtain a VISA for Argentina

Visa equirements and procedures

URGENT: DEAR VISA APPLICANTS, DUE TO A HUGE AMOUNT OF VISA APPLICATIONS, WE ARE TAKING AT LEAST TEN (10) WORKING DAYS TO PROCESS THEM. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCES AND RECOMMEND YOU TO PLAN YOUR APPLICATION CAREFULLY IN ADVANCE. 

Please Download the following documents:

  • Visa Application Form and Visa Requirements
  • Authorisation Form for Minors (Under 18 years old)

Check if you need a transient (Tourism/ Business) VISA on this link:

http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/?visas

NB: Please be mindful that regulations require that a consular officer interviews all visa applicants.

Applicants may also be required to provide additional information and documents. Please submit your application and request a visa interview within our working schedule from 08:00 to 13:00 providing 3 alternative dates. Please check our working calendar, as we are closed on South African and Argentine holidays.

When making your submission attach the confirmed flight ticket (E. T. or actual Flight Ticket, a reservation record is not sufficient), sign your own application and include supporting documents as detailed further below on this page, or as outlined in the bottom of the second page of the visa application.

Failure to provide references or missing required documentation would delay processing and/ or cause its dismissal. We advise all applicants to lodge their applications at least 30 (thirty) days prior to the proposed date of departure.

Unless withdrawn, all refused visa applications will be notified in writing. The applicant may still appeal to the Consul General to argue against the reasons given to refuse the application. The Consul General will answer in writing within 5 working days since presentation of the appeal.

Subsequent appeal has to be done in Spanish and will be forwarded to the decision of overseeing authorities in Argentina.

In accordance with the relevant law of the Argentine Republic and the international practice, the Consul is entitled to refuse a visa.

Who needs a visa to visit Argentina?
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONALS travelling with a PERMANENT or MAXI South African passport DO NOT need either a tourist nor a business visa to enter Argentina. They may stay for up to 90 days with a valid passport and a return ticket, provided they have sufficient means to withstand travel and lodging expenses. However, South African nationals travelling with a Temporary (the 4 page booklet) South African passport DO need a visa to enter Argentina.

All passengers are advised that South African Health Authorities on re-entry to South Africa will request a Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate in a format endorsed by the World Health Organization. This is not a requirement set by Argentine Entry or Health authorities. It has been imposed by South Africa over all passengers irrespectively of nationality that arrive from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. We advise anyone interested in learning further about this to contact directly the South African Health Authority on the following web address: www.doh.gov.za

Nationals of the following countries DO need a visa to enter Argentina:

Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Kingdom of Swaziland, Republic of Zambia and Republic of Zimbabwe.

For other countries or more information please contact us.

Where to apply for a visa to visit Argentina?
This Consular Section has jurisdiction over the following countries:

Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Namibia, Kingdom of Swaziland, Republic of Zambia and Republic of Zimbabwe. Therefore, you may apply for a visa at our offices if you are a citizen or resident of the aforementioned countries.

Please check the following website to find out about other Argentinean Consulates or Consular Sections: www.mrecic.gov.ar or contact us directly at the Consulate General in Johannesburg. 

Processing time

Once all the documentation is submitted, the processing of the application generally takes 10 working days. Please note that a longer processing period (up to three or four weeks) may be required depending on the nationality of the applicant and the purpose of the trip.

Basic Visa Requirements (BVRs)

1. Original Passport or travel document: must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the intended date of entry and have at least three (3) empty pages.

2. Visa application form: fully filled in and signed by the applicant in original. Download the form above.

3. Invitation letter from host in Argentina. http://mrecic.gov.ar/asistencia-consular/tr%C3%A1mites-para-extranjeros#05

4. One (1) recent passport photos. Colour Photo, size 4cmx4cm with white background.

5. Certified copy of local ID Book.

6. Proof of domicile (original or certified copy of electricity/water invoice).

7. Evidence of your immigration status: if you reside in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and are not a citizen of the aforementioned countries, evidence of your immigration status will be required.

8. Flight Itinerary: certified copy of the roundtrip air ticket.

9. Evidence of funds: Bank statements of the last three months. Preferably cheque, savings account and credit card statements. In the case of minors travelling alone, parents or legal guardians’ evidence of funds should be submitted. Please provide original documents.

10. Proof of accommodation booked in Argentina: either paid in full or guaranteed by a credit card.

11. Proof of employment: letter from employer confirming that the company currently employs the visa applicant, and stating his/her yearly salary and position in the company. This letter must be original (no photocopies or faxes will be accepted), on company letterhead, and signed by the person in charge. Please note that the signature of the person signing the letter has to be subsequently certified by a notary public.

- If the applicant is self-employed, he/she must submit a copy of his/her business’ official registration documents, certified by a notary public, together with an affidavit signed in front of a Police Officer or Commissioner of Oaths.

12. Visa Fee: Before an appointment can be scheduled,  a consular officer will contact the applicant for him/her to make the corresponding payment for the processing of the visa application. Consular fees should be paid in Rand at a monthly average rate of exchange as set by the Consulate General. (SEE Consular Fees) The amount payable must be deposited or transferred directly into our account. The receipt of payment must be faxed, emailed or handed in at our offices.

Please note that we take no responsibility on the handling of travel documents. It is the responsibility of the applicants to deliver and collect their own passports.

Minors travelling alone (under the age of 18) will need authorization from their parents or legal guardians.The “Minors authorization form” must be signed by the legal guardians in front of a Commissioner of Oaths or Police Officer and then legalized with the Apostille stamp by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (before Foreign Affairs).

Special Considerations

Residents of the countries over which the Consulate General has consular jurisdiction and who are holding passports of any of the following countries may require an extra processing time (Please allow a period of 40  working days from date of interview):

Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Comoro Islands, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, East Timor, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

Additional Requirements (added to the Basic Visa Requirements):

Minors

Minors travelling alone (under the age of 18) will need authorization from their parents or legal guardians. The “Minors authorization form” must be signed by the legal guardians in front of a Commissioner of Oaths or Police Officer and then legalized with the Apostille stamp by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (before Foreign Affairs). Please be mindful that all minors below 16 years of age -when not travelling with at least one of their parents or legal guardian- need to state in the form the name, ID, passport and full address in Argentina of an appointed guardian/ companion pending the minor stay in Argentina.

Tourism visa

If the purpose of the trip is tourism, holiday or family visit the applicant must submit the Basic Visa Requirements.

Business visa
If the purpose of the trip is business, the applicant must submit the following documentation: Basic visa requirements + a letter from your employer confirming the purpose and duration of your trip. The letter must also state full names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the companies and persons you will be contacting in Argentina, as well as whether your employer assumes moral and financial responsibility during your stay in Argentina. The letter must be original (no photocopies or faxes will be accepted), on company letterhead and signed by the person in charge.

If you own the business, a copy of your business’ official registration documents and an affidavit signed by yourself.

Professionals’ visa
If you are a technician, artist, professional sportsman, a visiting professor or the purpose of your trip is to attend a conference, you must submit the following documentation: Basic visa requirements + a letter of invitation from the host organisation in Argentina inviting the applicant and confirming the purpose of the trip, duration of the visit, as well as full name, physical address, telephone and fax numbers of all the organisations and persons you will contact while in Argentina. The letter must also state whether the host assumes moral and financial responsibility during your stay in Argentina. The aforementioned letter must be written on company letterhead and duly signed by the person in charge.

If your employer is the one assuming financial responsibility during your stay in Argentina, an additional letter must be submitted explaining this clearly.

Media visa
Journalists, photographers and other representatives of the media must submit the following documentation: Basic visa requirements + a letter from either your employer in your place of residence or a letter of invitation from Argentina.

Transit visa
The applicant must submit the following documentation: Basic visa requirements (except 6, 7 & 8) + visa for the country of your final destination (if applicable).

Religious visa *
The applicant must submit the following documentation: Basic visa requirements + The original letter of invitation from the host church or religious organization in Argentina LEGALIZED by the R.N.C (Registro Nacional de Cultos- Argentine Secretariat of Worship) should be submitted to our Consular Section. This letter should clearly state the nature of activities to be developed (pastoral, community assistance, social/welfare work, teaching, training, etc.), the full name, address, telephone and fax numbers of the church or religious organization where such activities shall be performed and the name of the responsible legal authority. The Organization shall belong to an officially recognized religious order in Argentina and the authority signing the invitation letter must have his signature registered at the Argentine Secretariat of Worship (Secretaría de Culto). THIS LETTER SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION/SIGNATURE NUMBERS.

*Please take into account that this Consular Section needs to request AUTHORIZATION from Argentina in order to issue these kinds of visas. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks.

School tours
The applicant must submit the following documentation: Basic visa requirements (parents or legal guardians’ evidence of funds) + a letter from the school in your place of residence stating the purpose of the trip and a letter of invitation from the organisation in Argentina.

Crewmembers
Once our National Immigration Office / DNM grants the authorisation, the applicant must submit the basic visa requirements (except 6, 7 & 8) + the original telegram (authorization) + a letter from the company written in English and Spanish stating the applicant’s full job description.

Work visa
Working visas must be authorised by our National Immigration Office / DNM in Argentina. The authorisation can be requested by the sponsoring organisation/institution in Argentina directly to the National Immigration Office (DNM).

When the visa is authorised, the DNM issues an Entry Permit (Permiso de Ingreso).

Once the Entry Permit (Permiso de Ingreso) is issued, personal application is essential. An appointment must be arranged in advance.

Requirements and documents to be submitted at this Consular Section:
i)    Original passport valid for a period longer than one year. It must have at least 3 (three) empty pages.

ii)   Original Entry Permit (Permiso de Ingreso).

iii)  Original birth certificate legalised by the Apostille of The Hague. If the certificate is written in a language different than Spanish, a translation into Spanish will be needed.

iv)  Original marriage certificate legalised by the Apostille of The Hague (if applicable). If the certificate is written in a language different than Spanish, a translation into Spanish will be needed.

v)   Original police clearance certificate legalised by the Apostille of The Hague (for applicants 16 years old and over) stating criminal records for the past 5 (five) years. In case of residence in other country within that period, the certificate must be issued by the police of that country and legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Apostille. If the certificate is written in a language different than Spanish, a translation into Spanish will be needed.

vi)   Original work contract and related documentation, certified by a notary public and then legalized by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

vii)  Six (6) passport style photos. The photos must be taken against a white or light blue background.

viii) Payment of immigration and consular fee.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us.

Student visa – Temporary
Student visas must be authorised by our National Immigration Office / DNM in Argentina. The authorisation can be requested by the sponsoring organisation/institution in Argentina directly to the National Immigration Office (DNM).

When the visa is authorised, the DNM will forward the authorisation to this Consular Section and the applicant will have to submit the following documents:

i)    Original passport valid for a period longer than one year. It must have at least 3 (three) empty pages.

ii)   Original birth certificate legalised by the Apostille of The Hague. If the certificate is written in a language different than Spanish, a translation into Spanish will be needed.

iii)  Original police clearance certificate legalised by the Apostille of The Hague (for applicants 16 years old and over) stating criminal records for the past 5 (five) years. In case of residence in other country within that period, the certificate must be issued by the police of that country and legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Apostille. If the certificate is written in a language different than Spanish, a translation into Spanish will be needed.

iv)   Parental consent to travel to and to reside in Argentina, as well as the designation of a legal guardian in the country. The consent form will be provided by this Consular Section and must be signed by both parents in front of a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths.

v)    Documentation related to accommodation arrangements during the stay in Argentina.

vi)   A letter from the Educational Institution in Argentina, confirming admission and stating duration of the study and starting date. This letter must be original, on institution’s letterhead and duly signed by the person in charge. It should also be certified by a notary public and then legalized by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

vii)  Evidence of sufficient knowledge of the Spanish language to pursue intended studies in Argentina. If the applicant does not submit proof of any Spanish course certificate from a recognised institution, a conversational test in Spanish will be taken during the interview with the Consul.

viii) Medical report.

ix)   Copy of air ticket.

x)    Affidavits (provided and signed at this Consular Section).

xi)   Payment of immigration and consular fees.

xii)  Evidence of funds to cover all expenses while in Argentina (parents’ salary slips of the last 4 months, if self-employed, an income certificate, certified by a chartered accountant must be submitted).

xiii) Six (6) passport style photos. The photos must be taken against a white or light blue background.

xiv) After submission of documentation, the applicant without exception must come in person to this Consular Section for an interview with the Consul. An appointment is required.

For more information please contact us.

Student transitory visa
Student visas must be authorised by our National Immigration Office / DNM in Argentina. The authorisation can be requested by the sponsoring organisation/institution in Argentina directly to the National Immigration Office (DNM).

When the visa is authorised, the DNM will forward the authorisation to this Consular Section and the applicant will have to submit the following documents:

i)    Original passport valid for a period longer than one year. It must have at least 3 (three) empty pages.

ii)   Birth certificate (showing parents’ names). Certified copy.

iii)  Parental consent to travel to and to reside in Argentina, as well as the designation of a legal guardian in the country. The consent form will be provided by this Consular Section and must be signed by both parents in front of a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths.

iv)  Original police clearance certificate legalised by the Apostille of The Hague (for applicants 16 years old and over) stating criminal records for the past 5 (five) years. In case of residence in other country within that period, the certificate must be issued by the police of that country and legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Apostille. If the certificate is written in a language different than Spanish, a translation into Spanish will be needed.

v)   Evidence of funds to cover all expenses while in Argentina (parents’ salary slips of the last 4 months, if self-employed, an income certificate, certified by a chartered accountant must be submitted).

vi)  Documentation related to accommodation arrangements during the stay in Argentina.

vii) A letter from the Educational Institution in Argentina, confirming admission and stating duration of the study and starting date. This letter must be original, on institution’s letterhead and duly signed by the person in charge. The corresponding Study Programme is also required.

viii) Affidavits (provided and signed at this Consular Section).

ix)   Copy of air ticket.

x)    Three (3) passport style photos. The photos must be taken against a white or light blue background.

xi)   Payment of consular fee.

For more information please contact us

National Immigration Office / DNM
* Physical address:

Av. Antártida Argentina 1355 or Hipólito Irigoyen 952 – Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires – Argentina

Office hours: Monday to Friday from 07h30 to 13h30

* Postal Address:

Av. Antártida Argentina 1355 – C1104ACA – Buenos Aires – Argentina

* Telephone numbers:

+54 11 4317 0234 or 0235 or 0236 or 0237 or 0238

* E-mail address:

info@migraciones.gov.ar

* Website:

www.mininterior.gov.ar/migraciones

Should you need more information or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact us through the following e-mail address or telephone contact numbers showed below:

The Consulate General is located at:

9 Fredman Towers, 13 Fredman Drive, Sandton-Johannesburg, 2146, Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 11 783 3307 / +27 (0) 11 783 9032
Fax: +27 (0) 11 784 6408
E-mail:
arconsa@embassyofargentina.co.za

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