HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ARGENTINA E-VISA
January 31, 2020
Argentina is a country that is close to my heart. I used to manage some Argentinean accounts when I was still working as an A/R collector back in the Philippines, and since I am traveling in Latin America now, I am excited to finally have the chance to visit this country. Unfortunately, I need a visa to visit it, but good news! Last February 2019, the Argentinean government introduced the AVE (ETA or E-VISA) for eligible countries (the Philippines is included! Yay!). This will remove the need to apply for a paper visa, which is costly and also requires you to visit the nearest consulate or embassy to apply for one. In this blog post, I will recount my experience when applying for the Argentinean AVE/E-visa.
ARGENTINA E-VISA FAQ
What is the official website?
You can find it at the Ministerio del Interior, Obras Publicas, y Vivienda website (Here is the link.) Funny thing is, if you search online, the top website that will appear is the IVISA website. I am not sure if they are legit, but better apply on the official site.
Which countries are included in the list?
Almost all countries that require a visa to Argentina is included in the list (Check it out here.)
Who are eligible?
Unfortunately, only applicants who possess a valid B1/B2 US visa and Multiple-entry Schengen visa are eligible in the AVE program. For those who want to visit Argentina without these visas, then you need to go to the nearest Argentinean embassy or consulate to apply for a visa.
As of November 2019, countries that don’t need a Schengen or US Visa but need a visa to Argentina may apply without the said visa, as long as they had traveled to the Schengen area or the United States in the past 2 years.
STEPS IN APPLYING FOR AN ARGENTINA E-VISA
Here are the steps you need to follow when applying for an Argentina AVE:
1: Visit the official website of the MIGRACIONES ( link here) and click on the highlighted section.
2: Create an account and fill out the required information.
3: Pay the AVE fee of $50.
4: Wait until you receive your Tazas de Autorizacion de Viaje/Travel Authorization Fee, which will arrive via email. You will need the sticker number indicated in it to proceed.
STEP 5: Once you receive it, click on this link. Log-in by typing your passport number and sticker number from the Travel Authorization Fee.
STEP 6: Fill out the necessary information. It is divided into five pages:
- 1st page – passport and US/Schengen visa details.
- 2nd page – personal information
- 3rd page – uploading of documents – I uploaded mine in a single PDF file, which consists of my new passport bio page, old passport with US visa bio page, US visa, and back pages of both passports. It should not exceed 5MB.
- 4th page – itinerary in Argentina
- 5th page – your job information
STEP 7: Once everything is done, click submit.
ARGENTINA E-VISA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- I received my approved AVE after a month of waiting. Try to lodge your application at least 60 days before you travel as I’ve heard that some applications took at least 50-60 days before they received the approval/denial.
- I did not submit any confirmed plane ticket nor hotel booking, but they will ask for this information. Just check Skyscanner for flights and booking.com for hotel names.
- Other types of US/Schengen visas such as student visa, work visa, resident visa will not be accepted.
- I find the pages buggy. Sometimes whenever I click save, it will erase all the information that I typed. So what I did was send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they assisted me with my query. You can also follow up with them, as the result can take as long as 1 month.
So there you have it! I am glad that more countries are going the e-visa route. It really makes a traveler’s life easier!