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Argentina: Travel and Tourism Services

Argentina is increasing travel and tourism to the United States and the projection for 2022 to 2023 is nearing pre-pandemic numbers. 

Traveling is part of the Argentine lifestyle, and the United Sates is a popular travel destination for both business and pleasure. Argentine travel to the United States grew by double digits for many years until 2017.  

In 2017, over one million Argentines traveled to the United States and their expenditures totaled US$4.8 billion. However, due to the economic crisis, Argentine travelers to the United States dropped to 854,442 passengers in 2019. In addition to the economic constraints, the Government of Argentina (GOA) added additional head winds that affected the sector. 

In December 2019, the GOA imposed a 30 percent tax on purchases made abroad or invoiced in foreign currency to include tourism services such as plane tickets or purchases abroad using Argentine credit and debit cards. Then, in September 2020, the government added an additional 35 percent tax on purchases of dollars on overseas card payments. 

As a result of the pandemic, the GOA implemented numerous restrictions in 2020 and closed the country’s borders for more than seven months. When the GOA finally authorized flights to resume many Argentines traveled, resulting in 197,748 passengers traveling to the United States. This occurred even with less than 25 percent of the regular, direct flights to the United States.

Argentina is ranked as the sixth largest overseas country to send tourists to the United States. In 2021, even with a limited number of authorized flights, 301,794 Argentines traveled to the United States resulting in growth of 52.6%. The projection for 2022 to 2023 is to equal pre-pandemic numbers, and once the economy stabilizes, travel and tourism to the United States will increase even more. 

The number of travelers varies depending on the season. Peak travel times tend to be during the Argentine summer holidays (December to February) and winter school holidays (July). Some also choose to travel during the week of September 21, as many children receive a spring holiday. 

To enter the United States, Argentines must possess a valid passport and U.S. visa. For the many Argentines who have European passports, an ESTA form is required. Under pandemic regulations, travelers must present proof of vaccination with a WHO-approved vaccine. Travelers must also obtain medical insurance that covers their entire visit as well as present a signed affidavit to the Government of Argentina on their return. 

The top destinations visited by Argentines are Florida (particularly Miami and Orlando), New York, California, and Washington, D.C. The U.S. air gateways are Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and New York City. 

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