Passports

Your passport should be valid for the duration of your trip and for 6 months following your entry, depending on your country of residency.

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Visas to enter Argentina and Chile

While no visa is required to actually visit Antarctica, almost all Antarctic trips depart from either Argentina or Chile for which you do need to check whether a visa is required.

Visa Requirements for Argentina

The following nationalities do not need a visa for stays for less than 3 months:

  • US 
  • UK 
  • Australian 
  • Canadian 
  • Chinese 

All other nationalities need to check with their local embassy whether they need a visa.

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Visa Requirements for Chile

The following nationalities do not need a visa for stays for less than 3 months:

  • US 
  • UK 
  • Australian 
  • Canadian 
  • Chinese 

All other nationalities need to check with their local embassy whether they need a visa.

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Reciprocity Fees

Certain nationalities, while they don’t need a visa, are required to pay a ‘Reciprocity Fee’. The amount payable depends on your nationality. The Chilean fee can be paid on arrival at the airport, whereas the Argentinian fee must be paid in advance.

  • What are the fees for US Citizens?

    Chile

    US citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

    Argentina

    US citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for Canadian Citizens?

    Chile

    Since 2014 Canadian citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

    Argentina

    Canadian citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for Australian Citizens?

    Chile

    $117 USD reciprocity fee is to be paid on arrival to Chile (at the airport) in either US dollars cash or by credit card. The payment is not required when entering the country by land or vehicle.

    Argentina

    Australian citizens are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for UK Citizens?

    Chile

    UK citizens are not required to pay a reciprocity fee.

    Argentina

    UK citizens are not required to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What are the fees for Mexican Citizens?

    Chile

    $23 USD reciprocity fee is to be paid on arrival to Chile (at the airport) in either US dollars cash or by credit card. The payment is not required when entering the country by land or vehicle.

    Argentina

    No reciprocity fee required.

  • Fees for citizens of all other countries?

    Chile

    You are not required to pay a reciprocity fee.

    Argentina

    You are not required to pay a reciprocity fee.