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Entry fee in Argentina

In New Zealand there is departure fee, but in Argentina you need to pay an entry fee (so called “Reciprocity Fee”) which you must be paid in advance. From December, 2012 this fee is applicable not only at airports, but also at all land border crossings and ports. Only passengers arriving on cruise ships are exempt.

This fee is payable only by Australians, Canadians and US citizens and it is not a visa fee since Argentina does not require visa to nationals of these countries when traveling for tourism.  Argentine Government set this reciprocity fee on equal amounts to those Argentinians must pay when requesting a visa to travel to Australia, Canada and US.

Go to Argentine Migration website to pay this fee.

Argentine Migration website. Reciprocity fee
Argentine Migration website. Reciprocity fee

For different countries fees are different:

  • Australia: US$100 valid for for multiple re-entries within a period of one year as of the date of first entry.
  • Canada: US$75 valid for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months.
    US$150 valid for 5 years – multiple entries
  • USA: US$160 valid for 10 years (3650 days)

The receipt period of validity will begin to govern from the date on which the payment is made. Make your payment as closely as possible to the date of your trip (so that it does not defeat)

Departure tax in Australia

Australia departure tax
Australia departure tax

You don’t need to pay departure tax in Australia as you are paying departure tax in New Zealand in some airports. All fees are included in your tickets, but only now I realize how big these fees are.
In Australia it is not a departure tax. They call it Passenger Movement Charge (PMC). It was renamed as such from middle of1995 and that’s why I couldn’t find much information about it and from July 1, 2012 Australian Goverment increased this charge from $AU47 to $AU55. It is more then double of departure fee in New Zealand. With some exceptions everybody older then 12 years must pay this fee.

When buying online not every airline shows “price breakdown”  and this tax can be differently named by different airlines. Scoot airlines names it as “Government Imposed Pax Movement Fee”.  Virgin Australia calls it by it’s name – “Passenger Movement Charge”. Other airlines like Qantas shows only total taxes you need to pay.

According to the Tourism and Transport Forum, Australia now has the second-highest departure tax in the developed world (the highest for short-haul routes), with only United Kingdom charging more. With such high Australian dollar exchange rate it seams government don’t want more tourists to come to Australia.

Free wifi and internet access at Australian airports

Most airlines require you to arrive to airport for check-in at least 2-3 hours before your flight. It won’t take much time if you arrived earlier, so what to do with another waiting time you left? For most people it means shopping or internet browsing. Unfortunately not all airports have free wifi. Here is list of major airports in Australia with internet details.

Adelaide Airportfree internet access it provided by Internode throughout T1. Excellent coverage at all gates and cafe’s. Good coverage within airline lounges.

Avalon Airport – has free wifi across airport.

Brisbane International Airportthere is 60 minutes free access to wi-fi at Level 3 and Level 4 retail areas in International Terminal and at Level 2 retail areas in Common User Domestic Terminal.
In case you need more time Internet Kiosks are available on Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the International Terminal. 20 minutes will cost $AU2.00

Cairns International Airport – no information available about wifi.

Darwin International Airport – wireless internet is available on the first floor of the Terminal building. There is no information it is free or not.

Hobart International Airport – free internet access for Qantas Lounge customers only, but usually you could connect if you are sitting close to the lounge.

Melbourne International Airport – there is no free internet access at Melbourne airport.  Though wireless access is available in most public areas and gate lounges inside Terminals 2, 3 and 4 but you need to buy timed blocks which are quite expensive. 15 minutes for AU$4.00, 30 minutes – AU$6.00, 60 minutes – AU$11.00, 120 minutes – AU$20.00

Perth International Airport – there is no free internet at Perth airport either. Wireless internet access is available at International Terminal 1 and domestic Terminal 3 but there is no pricing provided.

Sydney International Airportfree wifi is available at International Terminal T1 and Domestic Terminal T2. Internet browsing is limited for up to 2 hours and 500MB of data.
Alternatively it is possible to use internet kiosks. Internet Kiosks are located at International Terminal T1 departure level before customs in the food court near Sumo Salad and after customs near 21,31 and 53 gates.
At Domestic Terminal T2 Internet kiosks are located after Security on the way to gates 31 – 41 and at arrivals level in the baggage claim area near baggage Carousel 1.