Visas - Travelling to South America
Last Updated: 26th May 2013
Many nationalities do not require visas to visit South America but below you can find links to embassy websites so that you can check for your nationality. Please note that if a visa is required you should look at the requirements for a TOURIST visa as this is what will be required. In addition to the general requirements that are listed on consulate websites, it is possible that you may require additional information such as a tour itinerary, receipt of payment for your tour, the date of border crossings, etc… For this reason it is important to always contact the closest consulate to you and to ask them about their specific requirements. If you do require further information from Contiki Vacations, please advise us as soon as possible so that we are able to send you this information in a timely fashion.
As of December 2010, Argentina implemented a reciprocal fee for citizens of the Australia, Canada and the US. This fee is payable upon entry into the country and at the time of writing (April, 2011). The fees are payable in Argentine Pesos, US dollars, by credit card and with Travelers’ Cheques. The fees are as follows:
- Australians: USD 100.-
- Canadians: USD 70.-
- Americans: USD 131.-
For citizens of other countries, you can determine if you need a visa by visiting http://www.argentina.gov.ar
If you do require a visa, the requirements are also listed on http://www.embassypages.com/argentina.php. This website lists all of the Argentine consulates and their contact details. You must contact the closest consulate to determine how long it will take to process your visa. We recommend that you contact them upon booking your tour as processing times may vary.
To determine if you need a visa and what Brazil’s visa requirements are, open the table outlining the visa requirements and look in the third column of the table under the heading VITUR. If there is the number 1 in this column, you require a visa and if there is the number 8 you do not require a tourist visa.
You can find the Brazilian consulates and their contact details at http://www.embassypages.com/brazil.php. You must contact the closest consulate to determine how long it will take to process your visa. We recommend that you contact them upon booking your tour as processing times may vary and to not miss out on any of our planned activities you must get this visa before leaving home.
To determine if you need a visa and what Peru’s visa requirements are, open the table outlining the visa requirements and look in the first column of the table under the heading TURISTA. If it states ‘Si’ in this column, you require a visa and if it states ‘No’ you do not require a tourist visa.
You can find all of the Peruvian consulates and their contact details http://www.embassypages.com/peru.php. You must contact the closest consulate to determine how long it will take to process your visa. We recommend that you contact them upon booking your tour as processing times may vary and to not miss out on any of our planned activities you must get this visa before leaving home.
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