Moving To Argentina

Argentina is a vibrant country located in South America. Known for its stunning natural landscapes, including the majestic Andes Mountains and the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, Argentina offers a diverse range of experiences for visitors.

It is home to bustling cities like Buenos Aires, renowned for its vibrant culture, tango music, and delicious cuisine. Argentina is also famous for its passion for football, with fierce rivalries and world-class players.

Additionally, the country has a rich history and is known for its European influence, seen in the architecture and traditions. Overall, Argentina is a country that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and vibrant city life.

Moving to Argentina from USA

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Argentina

Planning to relocate to Argentina from the USA? It can be a hassle-free move if you plan properly. An international relocation needs careful consideration of the documentation processes, the packing and shipping of household goods, cars (if you are shipping) and also post relocation to-do lists regarding finding house, registration with the local authority and other things to do.

Hiring an international move will reduce half of these challenges for you. At International Sea & Air Shipping we have extensive experience in handling international relocations. We can provide you upscale relocation services in packing household goods, freight services, choosing the right container, car moving and many more. We have a team of expert relocation professionals who can handle A-to-Z of your move to Argentina from the USA. What’s more, we offer our international relocation services at an affordable rate!

As an international mover we have been operating since quite a few years and offering end-to-end relocation solutions for our clients for their relocations in different countries. Hiring us will give you that additional confidence of having a professional aide by your side and you can look forward to a hassle-free relocation to Argentina from the USA.

About Argentina

Located in Southeastern South America, Argentina geographically takes up the large majority of what is referred to as the Southern Cone (the lowest portion of South America) and holds sovereignty over parts of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

As the eighth-largest country in the world, Argentina also boasts the largest Spanish-speaking population on earth and has one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world, with 15 continental zones, 3 oceanic zones and the Antarctic region.

Due to its stability and market-size, Argentina is considered a middle emerging economy and is rated quite high on the Human Development Index.

Customs Regulations for Argentina

  • Passport
  • Resident Visa (minimum one year period) issued at country of origin
  • Permanent Entry Visa stamped on passport by immigration authorities at airport of entry
  • Detailed shipment inventory translated into Spanish
  • Certificate of Residence from country of origin (required for returning Argentine citizens only)
  • Passport with proof that Customer has lived in another country for no less than one year which has not been interrupted by entries into Argentina for 40-60 days in last 12 months (required for returning citizens only)
  • Customers importing household goods with a temporary visa must deposit a “Guarantee” based on the value of the goods
  • Customer should declare on their passport that upon arrival at Customs they will be expecting a shipment of household goods
  • All documents must have Customer’s name as it appears exactly on their passport
  • Customers must be present at time of Customs Clearance to sign all required paperwork and supply their Passport
  • Returning Argentine citizens (who have been living abroad for over one year) and those with a Permanent Residence Visa can import household good and personal effects duty-free
    • Those without a Permanent Residence Visa may import goods and effects on a temporary basis
  • Only one air and one sea shipment is allowed
  • Shipment must arrive within six-months after Customer’s arrival in Argentina or three-months before the customer arrives
    • If a shipment arrives over six months after the Customer, a special permit must be obtained from the Director General of Customs in Argentina
  • All items must be used and have been in possession of the shipper for at least one year
  • New items are subject to high duties and may cause delays in customs clearance

In Argentina, some articles may not be imported in a Customer’s baggage or shipment whatsoever. These items include, but may not be limited to:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Explosives
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Pornographic material
  • Meat or meat products from any animal (i.e. sausages, cold cuts, ham, etc.)
  • Dairy products or dairy bi-products
  • Items produced by bees (honey, beeswax, etc.)
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Flowers and plants with fruit, ornamental plants, trees or parts of trees, bulbs, seeds, rhizomes, buds
  • Insects, bacteria, fungi, viruses and any other micro-organisms used for research purposes
  • Semen and other biological products used in veterinary medicine
  • Animal food
  • Soil
  • New computers
  • New and color televisions

Some articles may have restricted quantities or require special authorization/ payments of duties and taxes to clear customs in Argentina. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Firearms and ammunition (allowed with proof of ownership, see below)
  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Mobile phones (require permission from the Customs Department)

Firearms and ammunition used for sporting purposes are allowed in Argentina if:

  • Customer holds a completed “Autorizacion Temporaria de Ingreso Y Egreso de Armas a la Republica Argentina” (temporary authorization to enter and leave Argentina with firearms)
    • Completed form can be obtained at an embassy and may be applied for upon arrival with the relevant Police for “Autorizacion Temporaria de Ingreso y Egreso de Armas a la Republica Argentina”
  • Application must be supported by the appropriate firearms certificate of the country of residence and travel with passenger as checked, registered baggage
  • Firearms must be declared upon arrival

In Argentina, the following rules apply to importing motor vehicles:

  • Foreign diplomats may import used or new automobiles
  • Used vehicles may be imported by returning Argentine citizens who have been abroad for at least two years or immigrants with a residence in Argentina
  • Returning citizens who moved out of the area a long time ago or importers with a previous residence in Argentina may not import a vehicle
  • Argentinean citizens who have already previously imported an auto may not import a second one
  • Import of new vehicles is subject to the Ministry of Commerce Administrative regulations and is limited to certain makes and models
  • Vehicles for private use are subject to duty
  • One vehicle is allowed per adult (21 years of age or older) with a maximum of two permitted per family
  • Vehicles must have been registered in the Customer’s name and have been purchased or transferred three months prior to arrival in Argentina
  • Vehicle must be imported within six months of Customer’s arrival
  • Vehicle must not be sold for at least one year after clearance

For importation, you will need the following documents:

  • Invoice (original)
  • Title
  • Certificate of Residence
  • Passport (original)
  • License (original)
  • Certification from an Argentine Consulate confirming that customer has been living in the country of origin during the last 12 months
  • “Certificado De Pre-Embarque” (Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate) is required for the importation of automobiles and/or motorcycles
  • 2 Ocean Bills of Lading in shipper’s name (originals)
    • Separate Ocean Bills of Lading required (one for household goods, one for vehicle(s) even if all are in same container)

When importing a pet to Argentina, the requirements are:

  • Official veterinary health and vaccination certificate must be presented upon arrival
  • Pets less than three months old do not require a rabies vaccination certificate
  • Delivering airline must notify station manager 24 hours before arrival (or before departure) that pets are on board to ensure that veterinarian will be in attendance
    • Airline must provide details including: nature of animal, number of animals, final destination information, reason for transportation
    • All animals coming from Africa or Asia (sans Japan) must obtain prior authorization from quarantine department (SENASA) in Argentina
  • Psittacine birds (parrots) must come with an official Health Certificate stating fowl plague and psittacosis have not been diagnosed

Duty-free import is permitted for the following (passengers under 18 years old are allowed half the quantity):

  • 1 litre of alcoholic beverages
  • 200 cigarettes and 25 cigars
  • 2 kilograms of food

Residents returning to Argentina after staying less than one year in another country or abroad, immigrants and people arriving on a contract basis for one year or more and tourists from other countries can import the following duty-free:

  • 2 litres of alcohol
  • 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars
  • 5 kilograms of food

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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Moving to Argentina from the USA? Here is a list of things to consider

Moving to Argentina from the USA can be a complex process, as any international relocation is! However, it can be an exciting change also. Moving to the haven of football, a vibrant culture and a country that offers stunning natural beauty, in fact, can offer exciting times ahead.

That is why you need to consider some general steps. Research visa options, prepare financial documents, find a reputable moving company, and plan for cultural adjustments. These are mandatory for any international relocation. Knowing the country where you are going is a key to a successful transition.

It’s further important to understand the requirements and regulations of both countries, as well as the cost of living and job opportunities in Argentina. Additionally, learning some basic Spanish can help make the transition smoother. In the next few sections we will try to offer you more in-depth information to assist you in a hassle-free move to Argentina from the USA.

Documents you need for moving to Argentina from the USA

This vibrant South American country hosts more than 60,000 expats already. Moving to Argentina from the USA for work and staying there for a long term will require you to obtain a valid visa.

In general, for a short-term visit to Argentina, American citizens do not require a visa. They can stay in the country visa free for 90 days. However, depending on the purpose of your visit you may require a visa.

There are –

  • Transit visa is available which is valid for 10 days.
  • Short-term visas are issued for tourists, journalists, skilled workers visiting the country for business purposes etc.

You have to apply for a visa if you want to enter and stay in the country for more than 90 days. In the following four categories Argentina issues visas –

  • Work visa
  • Study visa
  • Family reunification visa
  • Retirement visa

Following the visa application process you have to book an appointment with the Argentinian embassy and appear for an interview. Post a successful interview the visa will be processed.

Documents you need to carry for visa processing

  • A visa application form
  • A valid passport
  • Photocopies of your American passport
  • Your passport size color picture
  • Payment proof of the visa fee
  • Financial proof of sufficient fund
  • Travel itinerary with return flight ticket
  • Accommodation/hotel booking proof in Argentina

Now, no matter which visa you hold for entering Argentina, once you come to the country with a valid long-term stay visa, you need to register with the local Registro Nacional de las Personas where you will be staying. This mandatory step needs to be completed within 90 days of your arrival in Argentina.

Once you have done the registration you will obtain a DNI, which serves as a National Identity Document. This document contains your social security number in Argentina. This document will help you in securing housing or entering any form of contract.

How to Obtain Permanent Residency in Argentina?

If you want to obtain a permanent residency status in this vibrant South American nation, there are options. The general rule is you need to stay and live in this country continuously for a specific time period and the stay should be legal.

Note that you can become a permanent resident in Argentina after living in the country for three years on a temporary residence permit. However, there are some relaxation of this general rule for people from MERCOSUR (The Southern Common Market) countries. In this case, one can obtain an Argentinian permanent residency after two years of living legally in the country.

Best reasons to move to Argentina from the USA

Low cost of living

Compared to that of the USA in Argentina everything is affordable. You will find it very convenient as there is almost a 50 to 60% reduction in everyday living costs.

Good healthcare system

In Argentina, healthcare is free and of high quality. The capital city Buenos Aires has good access and availability of high-quality private hospitals and also insurance companies.

Cultural heritage

Argentina is a South American country with a European cultural touch! This diversity has made the country colorful and upbeat. The different influences have blended seamlessly into the cultural melting pot.