Without exceptions, all visitors arriving to the Customs territory shall complete a Customs Declaration form, including Form OM-2087/G3 (if it is by air or sea) or Form OM-2087/G4 (if it is by waterway or land).
Articles considered as baggage and that travel in the same transportation means as the visitor.
Articles that are part of the visitor's baggage and that arrive to the country through a different transportation means than that of the visitor. To be considered unaccompanied baggage it should enter into the country within six months of the visitor's date of arrival or three months before said date.
Articles that CANNOT enter the country
Declaration of articles carried as baggageAny visitor that carries goods manufactured in third countries as part of his accompanied baggage should declare and show them to the Customs agents before his departure. The Customs agents will include them in Form OM 121 to avoid the payment of taxes and duties on imports for consumption at his return
This form is personal and non-transferable and shall be submitted to the Customs agents when the visitor returns to his country. At the visitor’s request, the Customs agents shall complete, at his departure, the Form OM 121 where all the articles shall be detailed. This form is personal and non-transferable and shall be submitted to the Customs agents when the visitor returns to his country.
IMPORTANT: The following goods are prohibited to export according to the Baggage Regime:
a) Articles OTHER than baggage,
b) Firearms without the authorization of the National Firearms Registry (RENAR),
c) Explosives, inflammable articles and narcotics,
d) Prohibited export articles due to public safety, national defense, public health, animal and vegetal health.
If you are planning to enter into the country with a firearm, check the National Firearms Registry (RENAR) web site for further information.
Exemptions and Franchises
Accompanied baggage belonging to the visitors is free of duty as long as they are clothing, personal effects, books, brochures and newspapers.
Types of franchises
There are two (2) types of franchises:
1.- Franchise for the entry of other items within the category of baggage(other than clothing, personal effects, books, brochures and newspapers); and and
2- Franchise for the purchases made in duty free shops.
1.- Franchise for the entry of other items within the category of baggage (other than clothing, personal effects, books, brochures and newspapers); it varies according to the arrival means of the visitor.
(*) if a minor under 16 years old, this franchise shall be reduced by 50%.
When the aforementioned amounts were exceeded, as long as the items belong to the category of baggage, the difference shall be subject to the payment of 50% tax over such excess.
2.-Franchise for the purchase in duty free shops.
Visitors shall enjoy an additional franchise regarding the goods purchased in duty-free shops at their arrival. Its value shall depend on the arrival means of the visitor.
TRANSPORTATION OF PETS
Procedures to transport pets
When a traveler requests to enter living animals, the intervention of the Agri-food Health and Quality National Service (SENASA) is compulsory.
When transporting living animals from the Jorge Newbery Airport to any of the Argentinean provinces and to avoid inconveniences at the airport of destination, you should contact the Agri-food Health and Quality National Service (SENASA)at: (0054 11) 4845 0017 or (0054 11) 4514 1515, extension 61227 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to verify the current requirements to the transport pets in international flights, please contact the Veterinary Inspection Section of the Agri-food Health and Quality National Service SENASA).For further information, please call the "LAZARETO” Office of the Quarantine Studies of SENASA, (0054 11) 4307-9720.
Negotiable Instruments you may bring into or take out of the country
(General Resolutions AFIP No. 2704/09 and 2705/09)
Visitors and crew members that enter into the Argentine territory shall declare (in Customs Form OM 2087 – Customs Declaration – Entry of Assets) when they bring in more than USD 10,000 (TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS), its equivalent in the legal currency of the Argentine Republic, or in any other foreign currency, in cash or in any monetary instrument (any payment method, checks, including travelers’ checks). General Resolution 1172/01, Appendix I. .
The exportation of foreign bills and coins and precious metals for amounts higher than USD 10,000 (TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS) or its equivalent in other currencies is prohibited, unless the exportation is made through duly authorized financing and foreign exchange entities. The aforementioned limit shall apply to travelers and crew members that are older than TWENTY ONE (21) years old or that are emancipated. Minors between TWENTY ONE (21) and SIXTEEN (16) years old can exit the Argentine territory with a maximum amount of USD 2,000 (TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS) or its equivalent in other currencies, in cash and/or travelers’ checks; minors under SIXTEEN (16) years of age can exit the Argentine territory with a maximum amount of USD 1,000 (ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS) or its equivalent in other currencies, in cash and/or travelers’ checks.
1099/98 and General Resolutions 380/99 and 381/99 .
Non-Argentinean residents can request the VAT refund for purchases made in the country of national goods, equal or higher to seventy Pesos (A$70)
Thus, when the purchase is made, the person shall request the storekeeper the original invoice type “B” or the receipt invoice type “B” and the refund check. Imported goods shall be invoiced separately as they are not subject to this benefit.
Before leaving the country, the person shall submit the goods, the invoice or receipt and the refund check so that the Customs agents can stamp it.
IMPORTANT: The amount to be refunded is the amount of Value Added Tax that appears in the invoice or receipt (21%) minus the amount corresponding to the administrative commission.
Steps to receive the Vat refund:
1.- Buy in shops that are part of the system
You can verify the list of shops at www.globalrefund.com.
Buy in shops that are part of the refund system that display the logotype “TAX FREE SHOPPING”;
Request your “Refund Check” together with the invoice.
Show the seller that you are a tourist by means of the card or voucher given to you by the National Migration Department and the passport or identity card. .
2.- Have the products purchased inspected.
When leaving the country, the Customs agents shall be verify the goods acquired together with the invoices and "Refund Checks". Your checks and invoices shall be stamped by the corresponding Customs agent.
IMPORTANT: If you do not request the Customs agents to verify the goods, you shall not be able to request the refund.
3.- Request the refund
With the “Refund Checks” stamped, you can request the refund at the Refund Point located at the airports and terminals or you can send the application by mail depositing your checks in the authorized mailboxes located in all exits of the country.
For the refund to become effective, you can choose the following refund methods:
2.- Accreditation in your credit card
3.- Bank check sent to the address of your choice
The foreign personnel, in official mission in the Argentine Republic, shall submit the following documentation:
To import their personal effects, cars and provisions:
A form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Religion (Office of Protocol – Arenales 819, 3rd floor – Autonomous City of Buenos Aires – Argentine Republic);
Original Bill of Lading;
Commercial invoice of the car;
Packing list (personal effects);
Invoice – packing list (provisions);
Authorization from the officer in favor of third parties or consignees signed and sealed by the Embassy.
The documentation shall be submitted before the Control Division, Procedures Division.
To export vehicles and/or personal effects:
A form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religion (Office of Protocol – Arenales 819, 3rd floor – Autonomous City of Buenos Aires – Argentine Republic). To re-export the vehicle, indicate the file number assigned to the entrance of the car
Packing list (personal effects).
VEHICLES REGIME - General Resolution No. 1419/03
Mr./ Mrs. Resident / Tourist,
If you plan to travel to countries belonging to the MERCOSUR, you must follow the current regulations (General Resolution No. 1419/03) to avoid delays or inconveniences. When vehicles duly registered in the MERCOSUR, whether cars, motorcycles, trailers, motor homes and boats circulate in a Country Party different from the one of the vehicle’s registration, the driver shall have the following documents:
a) Valid Identity Card to run in the MERCOSUR.
b) Driving license.
c) Document that certifies your tourist status by a migratory authority.
d) Authorization made through a public instrument to drive the vehicle, in case the owner is not driving it. In the case of vehicles for private use, the spouse or relatives of the owner can drive them in each Party Country without an authorization, as long as they are tourists and the bond (up to second degree of consanguinity) is evidenced with the corresponding documents.
e)Title or other document that proves the ownership of the vehicle.
f) Valid insurance voucher within the MERCOSUR; before making any trip you should contact the Insurance Company.
“If it is a rented vehicle, the documents mentioned in items d), e) and f) shall be replaced by an authorization to drive it in the MERCOSUR (ACM). Said authorization is granted by the leasing company."
The vehicles from the Argentine Republic that are registered at the National Registry of Motor Vehicles and Chattel Mortgages (D.N.R.P.A.) shall have the title numbers recorded in the front and rear windshield, and in those vehicles that have six (6) or more panes, in the biggest side panes. When the number of panes is less than six (6) the numbers shall be recorded in all of them.
When a traveler brings in mobile phones in the accompanied baggage, whether paying taxes or not, he must complete Form OM-2087/G3 (if it is by air or sea), or Form OM-2087/G4 (if it is by waterways or land). The Customs agents must control the forms when the person enters into the country.