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Important Information for Visitors

Imports and Exports General Baggage Regime



Information you need to know if you travel with baggage to or from the Argentine Republic. - Former ANA Resolution (Customs National Bureau) G.R. 3751/94
Glossary
Incoming Baggage
Outgoing Baggage
Exemptions
Pets Transportation
Negotiable Instruments you may bring into or take out of the country (General Resolutions 2704/09 and 2705/09)
VAT Refund For Non- Argentinean residents  (Tax free shopping) Rule 1099/98; General Resolution 380/99 and General Resolution 381/99 and its amendments.
Estimation of the amount to be refunded according to the amount of the purchase invoice
Diplomatic exemptions
Vehicle Regime General Resolution No 1419/03
Mobile Phones
   




Glossary


Accompanied articles
: Goods that are considered as baggage and that travel in the same transportation means as the visitor. The declaration must be in writing through Form OM-2087/G3 (if it is by air or sea), or Form OM-2087/G4 (if it is by waterway or land)

Customs Declaration: Without exceptions, all visitors arriving to the Customs territory, including those arriving from Party Countries, 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).

Exemptions: amounts free of duty for non-restricted articles entry.

Exemptions and privileges: The Argentine legislation establishes some duty exemptions for certain articles and amounts of money that enter or exit the country as baggage .

Baggage:All new or used effects for the traveler’s personal use, consumption or gift compatible with the circumstances of the trip, as long as the Customs agent does not assume that these items are imported or exported for commercial or industrial use due to their amount, quality, variety and value

Party Country: It includes Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Venezuela. Venezuela shall gradually include tax regulations for its final enforcement in all the systems.

Personal effects: It includes clothing, toiletries, gifts and any other articles that the visitor could reasonably carry for his personal use.


Prohibited articles:
Goods others than baggage.
Any kind of goods for commercial or industrial use.
Firearms, unless authorized by the Registro Nacional de Armas (RENAR) (National Firearms Bureau).
Explosives, inflammable articles and narcotics.
Prohibited articles for non-economic reasons ( public health, safety, etc.).
   
If you are planning to enter into the country with a firearm, please check the National Firearms Registry (RENAR) web site for further information.


Purchase Price
: To determine the value of the goods that are not part of your personal effects, the Customs agents shall take into account the purchase price that appears in the invoices. If you do not have the invoices or if they are considered to be inaccurate, the value established by the Customs authority shall prevail. Therefore, do not forget to keep and submit the invoices of the purchased goods when entering into the country

Third countries
: All countries or territories that are not Party Countries.

Traveler Status:
Argentinean citizens or lawful permanent residents arriving to or leaving the country.
Visitors arriving to or leaving the country.
Visitors arriving to or leaving the Special Customs Area.


Unaccompanied articles
: Articles that are part of the baggage and that arrive to the country through a different transportation means than that of the visitor, or that arrive by the same means but as freight. Visitors must complete the OM-956/B Form “Clearance Request for Unaccompanied Baggage”. This form is provided by the transportation company. Unaccompanied baggage has no exemptions.

Single tax: It is the tax collected for the entry of articles. Its rate is of 50% above exemption.

How to pay the unique tax:
The unique tax should be paid with a bank deposit in a branch of the Argentine National Bank in the place of destination. If there is not a branch of said bank, it should be paid with a credit and/or debit card duly authorized by this Federal Administration

When it is not possible to pay as established, the tax amount shall be paid in cash to the Customs officer, and he shall give the person the receipt (issued by the Computer System used by the Customs Administration –SIM-), duly signed and stamped by the corresponding officer.





Incoming Baggage


Declaration:
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).


Accompanied articles:
Articles considered as baggage and that travel in the same transportation means as the visitor.

Unaccompanied articles:
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.

Regular Provisions:
Articles that CANNOT enter the country

Any kind of goods for commercial or industrial use.
Firearms, unless authorized by the National Firearms Registry (RENAR).
Explosives, inflammable articles and narcotics.
Prohibited articles for non-economic reasons (public health, safety, etc.).
Goods others than baggage.
   
IMPORTANT: Remember that, if inconveniencies arise you are accountable for the content of the baggage you carry. The Customs agents that control the baggage can decide to control passengers and/or baggage as they deem convenient



Outgoing Baggage

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.

Description:

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 the visitor enters by air or sea:The exemptions for other items, considered as baggageup to the limit of US$300 (*) or its equivalent in other currency.
If the visitor enters by land (including the entrance by river or bridges): The exemptions for other items, considered as baggage, up to the limit of US$150 (*) or its equivalent in other currency. 

(*) 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.

If the visitor enters by air or sea: the exemptions for other items, considered as baggage up to a limit of USD300 (*) or its equivalent in other currency.
If the visitor enters by river or land: the exemption shall be up to a limit of USD 150 (*) or its equivalent in other currency.


(*) If it is a minor under 16 years of age, this franchise shall be reduced by 50%.

When the person exceeds the aforementioned amounts and the items belong to the baggage category, the 50% of the tax shall be applied to the exceeding amount

IMPORTANT:

Franchises are applied individually and cannot be accumulated.
Example: If a visitor enters in his belongings or goods for an amount lower than the allowed franchise for baggage, he cannot accumulate the remaining amount with the franchise corresponding to the purchases made in duty free shops at his arrival.
Franchises can only be accumulated when visitors form part of a family group – spouses and children under SIXTEEN (16) years of age, not emancipated - even if it is a single good



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.

Domestic flights
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: senasaaeroparque@hotmail.com.

International flights
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.



Entry and exit of currency:

Entry of cash or monetary instruments to the Argentine territory (RG 2704)

The travelers, older than 16 years old and emancipated, that bring cash and/or monetary instrument in foreign or national currency for an amount equal or above ten thousand American Dollars ($10,000) to the Argentine territory shall declare said action before the Customs service when entering into the country through the Form OM.2249-A.

However, the amount shall be of five thousand American Dollars ($5,000) in the case of travelers under the age of 16 years old and not emancipated.

These limits shall be applicable to each traveler or crew. The currency exchange shall be made using the exchange rate of the day prior to the arrival informed by the Bank of the Argentine Nation

Exit of bills, coins and precious metals from the Argentine territory (RG 2705)


The travelers, older than 16 years old and emancipated, can exit the Argentine territory with a maximum amount of ten thousand American Dollars ($10,000) or its equivalent in precious metals, cash, traveler’s checks and/or other currency.


However, the amount shall be of five thousand American Dollars ($5,000) or its equivalent in precious metals, cash, traveler’s checks and/or other currency in the case of travelers under the age of 16 years old and not emancipated.

These limits shall be applicable to each traveler or crew. The currency exchange shall be made using the exchange rate of the day prior to the exit informed by the Bank of the Argentine Nation. The legal tender is excluded from this limitation, without prejudice of the Customs declaration (Form OM-2250-A), when the total amount that will exit the country is equal or above ten thousand American Dollars ($10,000).

The currency exchange shall be made using the sellers’ exchange rate of the day prior to the departure informed by the Bank of the Argentine Nation.



VAT refund for non- Argentinean residents (Tax free shopping)


Rule 1099/98 ; General Resolution No. 380/99 and General Resolution No.381/99

The VAT refund for non-Argentinean residents is established in Rule 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:
1.- Cash
2.- Accreditation in your credit card
3.- Bank check sent to the address of your choice




IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Assistance at Refund Points:
 
Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini” International Airport – International Terminal.
 
Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini” International Airport – International Terminal.
 
Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini” International Airport – Aerolíneas Argentinas Terminal.
 
“Jorge Newbery” Airport.
 
“Buquebus” Port Terminal.
 
Buenos Aires Port Terminal.
 
Airport of Bariloche.
 
Puerto Iguazú Internacional Bridge.
 
Airport of Córdoba.
 
Airport of Mendoza.
 
Airport of Mar del Plata.
In Argentina, VAT’s rate (consumption tax, VAT, value added tax) is 21%. VAT’s refund equals VAT minus an administrative commission.
Imported products must be invoiced separately since they are not subject to this benefit.
   
Estimation of the amount to be refunded according to the purchase invoice amount
Invoice amount ($ Argentine Pesos)
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Diplomatic exemptions

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 circulation

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.

WARNING:
“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.
For further information:
 
Call center: 0810-999-AFIP (2347)
 
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Customs counters located at the pre-boarding areas
 
Argentine diplomatic offices abroad.
 
www.afip.gov.ar
   



Mobile phones

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.