Argentina in South America is known to have a very large territory with different climates and microclimates. It is safe to say that there is so much to see and experience in this beautiful country. In here you can find picturesque mountains, wide grasslands and glacial lakes. This is the perfect destination not just for those who would like to embrace Argentinian culture, but especially for nature – lovers.
Yet again, Filipinos will need to have a visa before entering Argentina. Most of us think that it is too tedious to apply for visas and that we have a huge chance of getting denied. However, if your intentions are good and you have completed the required documents, there is no need to worry that much. Anyway, I applied for my Argentina Visa while in UK and obviously, got approved. I am holding a Philippines passport and as usual, I’m more than willing to share my experience on how I got my Argentina tourist visa.
Step by Step Guide on How to Get an Argentina Tourist Visa for Filipinos in the Philippines
1. Get the application form from the nearest Argentinian embassy
2. File the application from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM only. Only complete requirements will be accepted. Wait for a call on your interview schedule.
3. Pay the visa fee at BPI Tordesillas and bring back the deposit slp
4. Claim stub will be provided to pick up your visa after 2 days (Releasing is from 2 :00 PM – 4:00 PM)
General Requirements for obtaining a visa
1. Valid passport- validity of at least 6 months
2. Filled up application form from the embassy
3. 1 passport sized photo
4. Confirmed hotel bookings and air tickets
5. Proof of income or financial capabilities
6. Letter of request from the applicant
7. Bank Statement (at least 3 months)
8. Certificate of Employment or SEC or Mayor’s Permit for Business Owners
Argentina Embassy – Where to Apply
Philippines – Address: 8th Floor Liberty Center, 104 H.V. De La Costa Street, Salcedo Village
P.O. Box 2231 MCPO 1262 Makati, Metro Manila 1262, Philippines
Phone: (+63) 2 845-3218 / 19 / 38
Fax: (+63) 2 845-3220
Thailand – Address: Glas Haus Bldg., Sukhumvit Road, Suite 1601, No. 1 Soi 25 , 10110 Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: (+66) 2 259 0401 (+66) 2 259 9198
Fax: (+66) 2 259 0402
Vietnam – Address: 4th Floor, Sentinel Place, 41A Ly Thai To St, Hoan Kiem Lake Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: (+84) 4 3831 5262 (+84) 4 3831 5263
Fax: (+84) 4 3831 5577 (+84) 4 3831 5288
Indonesia –Address: Menara Thamrin, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav.3. 17th floor, Suite 1705
10250 Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone: (+62) 21 230 3061(+62) 21 230 3761
Fax: (+62) 21 230 3962
Singapore – Address: 9 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038989
Phone: +65 6341 9360
Malaysia – Address: Menara Keck Seng, Suite 16-03, 16th floor, 203 Jalan Bukit Bintang , 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: (+60) 3 2144 1451
Fax: (+60) 3 2144 1428
London – Address: 65 Brook Street, London W1K 4AH
Phone: (44) 207 318 1300
Fax: (44) 207 318 1301
My Personal Experience
When I applied for my Argentina Tourist Visa, I paid around USD 190 to expedite the process for 24 hours. And yes, I find it quite expensive. You can even laugh at me for asking the consul why I needed to pay a more expensive fee than other nationalities living in a first world country. Until now it’s a question that I’m yet to find an answer. Anyway, they gave me 1 month single visa! I asked for longer but they have a very strict policy!
It wasn’t hard given that I was able to obtain 3 visas using the same requirements. I applied for Chile and Venezuela Tourist visa as well and made separate guides for each.
Frequently Asked Questions about Argentina and Argentina Tourist Visa
1. Is Argentina safe for visitors?
Good news because Argentina is one of the safest places in Latin America. But of course, you still have to be cautious as there are petty crimes in some parts of the country.
2. When is the best time to visit Argentina?
Most people would recommend that you visit Argentina from December to March. However, you can still visit the country the whole year round. You can follow the guide below.
- January to February - Argentina’s summer
- March – Best month to visit the country as summer is ending
- April – Argentina’s autumn
- June – Argentina’s ski season
- July to August – Cooler evenings are to be expected
- September - Perfect time to visit if you are a fan of wildlife
- October – Witness the flowers blooming but expect rainfall
- November – This is the end of spring and the start of summer
- December - Warm weather
3. How much is the visa fees for Argentina Tourist Visa
I paid USD 190 to acquire my Argentina visa. However, I believe that in a normal scenario, the fee is at USD 50.
4. How long is the validity of Argentina tourist visa?
Visas are issued for a period of 1 year allowing multiple entries for a period of 90 days.
5. How long is the processing time for the visa?
The processing time usually takes 5 – 7 days, but can be longer.
6. Do you need a medical certificate upon application of Argentina visa?
I suggest that you prepare a medical certificate prior your application.
7. Do you need a travel insurance when you go to Argentina?
As always, I would encourage all travellers to get travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads – that’s what we are currently using. It’s very comprehensive and you wouldn’t have to worry if you encounter mishaps along the way.
8. Can you work in Argentina on a tourist visa?
As always, it is a NO!
9. Can you extend your stay in Argentina?
Extension can be requested from the National Immigration office.
10. Why would Argentinian Embassy deny my visa application?
While there are different reasons why you would get denied, here are some of the most common reasons which you need to be cautious about.
- Criminal records
- Insufficient proof that you can finance your entire trip
- Expired or missing documents
- Your passport is about to expire
A lot of people asked me what’s my tip when getting a visa. Well, I would always answer the same thing and that is to be honest with your application. Prepare the necessary documents and be positive during interviews. If you have ill intentions visiting a certain country, drop that plan. Chances are, the consul has already made their background check and you’d get denied if ever they found out that you might overstay or do something illegal in their country.
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