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1. Posted by rogue (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

I wish to compile a list of current entrance/departure fees for U.S. citizens visiting South American countries. I believe Chile has a fairly expensive entrance fee (it was about $75US, 4 years ago) that (I think) will only expire with your passport. Corrections/Contributions appreciated...

Chile $75US Entrance fee, expires w/passport, no Departure fee
Falkland Islands
French Guiana

2. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y


Colombia exit tax is approximately $35.00 U.S.
Argentina exit tax is approximately 52 Argentinean pesos which is around $18.00 U.S. Also, add on an extra 18 Argentinean Pesos (around $7.00 U.S.) if you fly out of the country on Aerolineas Argentinas (this tax was only introduced a few weeks ago at the time I was there, I believe).

3. Posted by kurwah (Full Member 60 posts) 11y

Chile $100
Departure tax becomes a little more complicated. Depending on destination and departure airport. I will outline these later.
Visas are needed for Brazil, Paraguay and Suriname.

4. Posted by barrito (Full Member 44 posts) 11y

Hi, I didn't know that Aerolineas Argentina charged a "tax" on top of the $US 18.00. Thank god I always arrive in Bs As by Iberia!!
When you add this to the inflated airfares for foreigners in Argentina it seems they really don't want us visiting?!
Thanks for the tip numero 1.

5. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 11y


departure tax for international flights from the LaPaz Airport (Bolivia) is USD 25.--

Hope this helps to update your list


6. Posted by moonsail (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

I agree with barrito. It seems as if the Argentine government is not helping the tourism industry. But then again, they may have figured that this thing won't be an issue to travellers since most travellers are unaware of this "quiet ripoff fee" until the get are already there or when they're on the way home.

Perhaps a universal boycott of the country with high entrance/exit taxes would send a message a bit stronger.

7. Posted by moonsail (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

The "quiet ripoff fee" was meant for Chile.;)

8. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

Well, I didn't even know about this Aerolineas Argentinas tax until I turned up at the airport and they told me the government had introduced it 2 weeks ago

Worse was when I only had the required 52 pesos on me and needed an ATM to withdraw some more pesos to leave the country. Problem was it was Sunday night and no ATMs were open at the airport. The staff at the departure tax counters would not accept credit card payments so I had to change my 50 australian dollars that I had for a cab ride back from the airport in Sydney to Argentine pesos to pay the tax. This all took me a good 45 minutes, in which time my flight was held back 10 minutes just so I could get onto it.

When I told the staff at the airport about by lack of financial resources to pay this tax they told me it is not their problem and that if I missed the flight they could not be held responsible either.

9. Posted by kurwah (Full Member 60 posts) 11y

Quoting moonsail

The "quiet ripoff fee" was meant for Chile.;)

It is a reciprocal tax. Hence every nation that charges Chilean Nationals to enter are charged the same amount to enter Chile.

10. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

All Central and South American countries, in fact all countries in the world, charge an Airport Departure Tax, which is why Central America, a very small but diverse destination, is excellent for those travelling around on a tight budget, in fact travelling by land from Costa Rica, if you choose to fly in there, (great network of International Buses)There is no charge to exit Costa Rica by land (or enter) cost is $8US to enter Nicaragua, $2US to exit, $5US to enter and exit Honduras, nothing to enter El Salvador (if staying 30 days or less) nor to exit, and free to enter and exit Guatemala, by land.