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Reciprocity Fees in South America

Out of the twelve independent countries in South America, five charge a fee to enter their country: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. The amount you will be charged depends on your nationality. For example, U.S. citizens are charged $135 USD to enter Bolivia – Canadians and citizens of the UK pay nothing.

Well Worn Passport With Many Visa Stamps

The fee imposed is also in direct relation to what your home country charges residents of the country you are visiting. Paying $135 USD to visit Bolivia is steep, but it is what Bolivianos have to pay when they want to obtain a Tourist Visa to the U.S.

As well, if your home country raises it visa fee for nationals of a country, most likely that country is going to raise the fee for you. Australia decides to start charging Brazilians $50 USD instead of the current $35 USD? Well, then Brazil will most likely start charging $50 USD also. It’s a good idea to check for current fees by contacting your embassy or consulate:   Embassies of the USA, Canada, Australia and UK in South America

Reciprocity Fees (charge for your Tourist Visa) for U.S., Canadian, Australian and British passport holders are: (current as of March, 2012)

Country U.S.Citizens Canadians Australians UK Citizens More Info on Visas & Fees
Argentina $140 USD $70 USD $100 USD none Visas & Fees in Argentina
Bolivia $135 USD none none none Visas & Fees in Bolivia
Brazil $140 USD $65 USD $35 USD none Visas & Fees in Brazil
Chile $131 USD $132 USD $61 USD none Visas & Fees in Chile
Paraguay $65 USD $65 USD $65 USD none  

Charge To Extend Your Visa

Australians, Canadians and UK citizens may get to enter Bolivia free of charge, but if Canadians or Brits want to stay in the country past the allotted 30 days given to them upon arrival, they will have to pay a fee.

The process – and what you will or will not have to pay – to extend a Tourist Visa difers from country to country. For more information, contact your embassy or consulate:   Embassies of the USA, Canada, Australia & UK in South America

Whether you are granted a single-entry or multiple-entry visa and how many years it is good for depends on your nationality as well – check the Visas & Fees page for the country you are visiting for more information.

13 to “Reciprocity Fees in South America”

  1. Keith Stephenson says:

    How long are visa good for

  2. Jenni Stones says:

    I see you have only posted info on charges for USA, Canada, Australia and UK. I have an Irish passport, is there different rules for Ireland and the UK?

    • Molly McHugh says:

      Hi Jenni, I couldn’t cover every country, so tried to hit my major target audience and largest groups of travelers (UK, Australia, Canada, U.S.).

      You are going to have to research the countries you want to visit, and yes, you will have to research what fees/restrictions they have for an Irish national with Irish passport, as that would be different than someone traveling with a UK passport. Things change regularily as well, so is always good to check these things a few weeks before your departure date. have fun! Molly

  3. Dominic says:

    I’m a British citizen and I’ve entered Brazil twice in the last 3 months and not paid anything for the privilege.

    • Molly McHugh says:

      That is an error, updated the chart above to ‘none’ – thank you for the note! On the visa page for Brazil it does says that UK citizens do not need a visa. Lucky you.

      From your link it looks like no charge for UK to Paraguay as well. I did that chart over 2 years ago. Updated that also, thank you.

      Here is a link to the embassy of Pagaguay in UK for more info: Molly

  4. Dominic says:

    And lists the UK as not needing a visa for Paraguay

  5. Tim says:

    I am a dual passport holder – Australia and UK. I live in Australia and will be travelling from Sydney and entering Buenos Aires this month. Australians are charged $100 USD to enter and UK citizens are charged nothing. This may sound stupid but if I depart Australia with my Australian passport and then enter Argentina with my UK passport will this still avoid me paying the reciprocity fee?

    • Molly McHugh says:

      Not sure, as they will know you are coming from Australia, so what if they see the UK passport and say “Where is your exit stamp” from Australia?

    • Judy says:

      Did this work OK? We are in the same position – live in the US but have UK and US passports. We leave for Chile and Argentina next week, so would appreciate knowing if there was any problem

  6. Kat says:

    The above should be fine. I have dual passports between the US and Europe and always switch passports mid Atlantic. You should be able to enter with your UK passport.

  7. Emily says:


    I am an Australian citizen and will be travelling to South America in 2 months. I will be covering a range of countries during my travels and was wondering if there are any multiple entry visas available?

    Many thanks

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