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As it turns out, while not needing a visa per se, an Australian visiting Argentina would need to pay a “reciprocity fee” prior to arrival into the country, or you will be refused boarding.

What is a reciprocity fee?

This was indeed my next question.

Citizens of Australia, Canada and the United States will need to ‘register’ their travel to Argentina prior to arrival and pay a fee online. This fee is charged to these citizens because our countries charge Agrentinians to enter our country – so according to them, this is only fair.

The fee will cost Australians $100; Canadians $93 and Americans $160.

As it turns out, I was able to board my first flight to Toronto and fill in the forms online during my one hour layover there. Whilst not ideal and slightly stressful, this was good news considering I was starting a Contiki tour on the day of my arrival in Buenos Aires.

But Wait, There’s More…

After Buenos Aires, my next stop would be Iguassu Falls, which are both accessible in Argentina and Brazil. Having no knowledge of a Brazil Visa requirement prior to my day of arrival into BA, I was in for a pretty bad surprise. I arrived in BA on a Saturday – embassy closed. Sunday – embassy closed. Monday just so happened to be a public holiday – embassy closed. On Tuesday I was due to arrive in Brazil.

So I remained optimistic, read a few blogs that stated you can get a visa at the border in Iguassu Falls, and hopped on my flight nonetheless.

The visa at the border takes a minimum of 24 hours, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. You will however need to be at the Embassy between the hours of 8-10am in order to recieve your visa early the following day (available for collection at 11.00am).

Please consider that this was a very painless visa encounter, and often this is not the case in Latin America – aka you could be waiting longer or have a more difficult time, depending on many variables.

But alas, access granted. Hola Brazil!

Lesson Learned!

While normally things are smooth sailing, in this case I was lucky to find a quick solution to both my Argentina and Brazil debacles. As a full time travel blogger I will be the first to admit that I should have been better prepared when visiting South America – however I’m a firm believer in ‘things will always work out’ so I was probably a little too relaxed but there was nothing to stress over in the end solution!

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