Proposed Tourist Fee Postponed

Argentina has postponed implementation of a proposed tourist fee that was set to take effect this March, according to the American Citizen Services Newsletter published by the US Embassy in Argentina.

In late 2008, Argentina announced it would charge a reciprocal entry fee from citizens of all countries that charge Argentines visa or entry fees. That fee was scheduled to come into effect in March 2009.  For U.S. tourists, the fee would have been USD$131. 

The newsletter didn’t say whether a new implementation date has been set or whether the fee has been placed on hold indefinitely.

Tourism is down in Argentina in recent months. A new tourist fee implemented during the current economic crisis would likely further harm Argentina’s tourism industry.

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