Overstaying your visa in Argentina

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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

my visa for argentina runs out on the 21 of this month. but i want to stay in argentina for christmas and new years. i have heard its only a 50 peso fine for overstaying a visa. has anyone heard anything about this or have an experence in it. i would do a boarder run but it would be a bit expensive and time consuming. if anyone knows the law and could let me know it would be very helpful.

cheers tyler

2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Not a good idea. NEVER overstay your visa anywhere if you can easily avoid doing so; even when the chances of getting caught and expelled are really slim, they are there, and depending on the country, you'll have big trouble ever entering again.

Extending your visa in Argentina, esp. in BsAs, is easy enough. Just go to the national immigration office; it takes some waiting, but is doubtlessly cheaper than 50 pesos. For more info, check this website


[ Edit: Edited on Dec 18, 2006, at 12:47 AM by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by juanka (Inactive 48 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi James:

As a local who use to receive foreigners. I can help you.
To renew the Visa, you must lose a whole morning and the cost is about 100 pesos.

What I stronly reccomend to take a make a trip to Colonia, in Uruguay.

Normal cost of ferry (return ticket, is 120 pesos, but if you take a one day trip, cost is 98 pesos (or 122 with lunch and city tour included) so you will have a new stamp in you passport and using less money you spend a nice day in an historical place.

Ferrys depart at 9 or 10AM and in less than 3hs arrive to Colonia. Returns are at 8:30PM, so at 10 PM you're again in BA.
see www.buquebus.com

(BTW: Some foreign visitors who overpassed their time, when they when at the airport to depart ready to pay the 50 u$s (no pesos) in the migration office theyt don';t see the date ,and thjey leave the country without problem and whitout payment. Remember still we are 3rd world coutry...)

buenas fiestas
Juan Carlos
a trahelper in BA

4. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My visa for Argentina also runs out soon,on the 28th December.
Anyway i decided to get in contact with the British Embassy here in Buenos Aires and i received this email:

You have 3 options, to renew it at Direcció Nacional de Migraciones, Antártida Argentina 1350, address yourself to the building of "Prórrogas" which means extensions, the second one is to cross the border to Uruguay and the last is to pay the fine when you leave, which used to be until last year, $50 pesos.

You may appreciate this is not official information, however we are aware how the system works.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Juanka's solution (at least, that's what I've been told last august) is exceedingly unlikely to work; now that thousands of tourists daily enter Argentina, this not-quite-illegal-but-not-quite-official-either solution of making a one-day trip to Uruguay has led to occasional denial to re-enter. And what's more; if you're so keen at staying, why not just comply with the rules of the host country?

best, Niels

6. Posted by juanka (Inactive 48 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dear Niel:

I'm sorry to tell you that you're wrong: What you call "not-quite-illegal-but-not-quite-official-either solution'is totally legal, and can be made till a total of 3 periods. After 9 months in a year in Argentine territory you, as a foreigner, must ask for residence, or leave, or you will remain illegaly.

And there's NO possible "occasional denial" to re-enter. Argentina it was (it is) a country of inmigrants, and we always bring more help than difficulties to foreign people (not like in Europe)to enter.

Take the small job to click in my profile and you could see that I'm a local with 13 years experience (near half of your life) helping foreigners here in Buenos Aires, and I don't use to write posts tha can put someone in troubles.

I don't speak about the history of your Damm (made by an argentine hidraulic engineer) or how to buy your cheap cars in Utrecht' Veeemarkt, because Dutch people know more about this...
So when you make your dream to move to BA and spend many years here, you can bring same kind of sure info.

Meantime... keep cool.

7. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Interesting bit of information your post contains, Juanka; I didn't know that about our Dam (doubt it as well, unfortunately, but that's another matter) ;)

Well, there WAS a couple of denials on that route (I spoke to them!), but it is indeed well possible that they were rejected on other grounds. I only got my information second-hand, from an Argentine friend of mine who happens to be working for the Dogana; I'll tell her that she's wrong, so she won't cause any more of this well-meant but besides the point advice.

And... being from somewhere is not quite the same as being capable of giving reliable traveller's advice. More often than not, it's the opposite, esp. for situations that don't apply to locals, but only to foreigners. I for one wouldn't dare to give feedback on the kind of things in the Netherlands you mention in your post ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 19, 2006, at 12:59 AM by bentivogli ]