Category: Hunting Licenses

There has always been a fee to visit the country of Argentina, historically this fee was paid when you exit the country and it has ranged from $8.00 to $16.00 over the last 15 years or so. The fee was called an airport departure fee, and upon departure once you received your boarding pass at the ticket gate at the front of the airport you went to a booth to the left of the ticket counter and paid your departure fee. The immigrations officer would stamp your boarding pass and this stamp allowed you to pass through immigrations and customs to ultimately board your flight to come back home.

Going on behind the scenes in the United States we have been handling Argentine citizens the same way by charging them an exit fee. In 2009 the US increased their departure fee to Argentine citizens to $120 but made it so this fee lasted 10 years. Around the beginning of 2011 the US increased this fee to $140, but again the fee lasts 10 years. Without getting into the political aspects of this situation the country of Argentina “reciprocated” and began charging US citizens to enter their country the exact fee that the United States was charging their citizens, hence the name Reciprocity fee.

In October of 2012 the process of obtaining your form and paying your fee was formalized. The fee increased to $160 and a site was launched in which you pay your fee. The site is For a short period of time when entering Argentina there was a computer kiosk set up before the immigrations office that allowed you to pay your fee and print your form upon arrival into Argentina. Today these kiosks have been removed and you must pay the reciprocity fee and print your form before you leave the United States. If you do not have your reciprocity form you will be denied entry into the Argentina and will be sent home on next flight back to the US at your expense.

So as it stands today before you leave the US, visit , pay your fee and print your form. Keep this form with your passport at all times while in Argentina. The form lasts 10 years and allows unlimited entry into Argentina.

With the increase of the fee to $160 over 10 years, this theoretically does not work out to be an increase over 2009, but in practice that holds true only if you visit Argentina 10 times or more over 10 years. The $160 fee is frustrating to most travelers; however keep in mind Argentina is reciprocating by charging US citizens exactly what the US is charging citizens of Argentina.

Each province within Argentina requires hunters to have a hunting license. Licenses known as “permiso o licencia de caza” and are paid to the Argentina Wildlife Resource Office, known as Argentina Ambiente or Fauna Departmento. Often you will hear the word permit used which is a more popular translation of license in Argentina.

Prior to your trip you outfitter will ask for passport information. This information is used for your hunting license and is supplied to the province in Argentina you will be hunting in.

The cost of the hunting license varies from province to province. For example in Cordoba Argentina the license is $65 per day which is at the high end of the scale. Many hunters that shoot doves in Cordoba hunt the afternoon of arrival and the morning of departure, and even though these 2 half days are considered 1 full day from a lodge perspective, for hunting licenses you will be required to pay the license fee for each day you hunt regardless of the length of your hunt. Entre Rios and Santiago del Estero provinces charges $150 for the entire hunt regardless of the number of days.

We often hear about hunters that are confused about the license fees. Since each province has different regulations and requirements it is the responsibility of your outfitter to keep track of this information, make sure clients are informed of the fees and pay the Departmento Ambiente.

Some hunters have asked to see the license or to even take the license home with them as a memento from their trip. Unlike in the US there is not a small license you put in your wallet, it’s a legal form that contains multiple hunters on one form. For those that have hunting in Argentina before you have probably noticed a large envelope on the dashboard or map pocket in the van you are transported to and from the fields in. In this envelope are the licenses for your group. It’s rare that you will be stopped by an oficial ambiente, but in the event your group is checked your host or driver will have the licenses with them in this envelope.

Finally with regards to licenses, it is the responsibility of the outfitter at the end of your trip to report to Departmento Ambiente the types of birds you shot, the number of each you shot, and the number of shells you shot. All reputable lodges are well aware of the policies and procedures and everything related to the licenses is transparent to the hunter other than the fees paid as part of their hunting excursion.

It’s actually quite easy to bring your shotgun with you on a duck or dove hunting trip to Argentina. First of course you need an airline approved, lockable gun case. When you arrive at the ticket counter at your local airport tell the agent you have a firearm. They will ask you to open your case, make sure your gun is unloaded and fill out an orange tag demonstrating the firearm has been checked and is unloaded. A copy of the orange tag will be placed in your gun case, then you lock it up and it then goes through the process that all other baggage goes through before being loaded on the plane. Generally speaking this will be the last time you see your shotgun until you arrive at your destination, even if you have connecting flights. (If connecting in Santiago Chile they may ask you to open the case and once again verify the shotgun is unloaded before loading onto your final flight into Argentina)

Argentina allows each hunter enter the country with a maximum of 3 shotguns. Extra barrel sets are considered an additional gun, so a 2 barrel set counts as 2 guns.

The department that processes your paperwork and registers your firearms is called RENAR (Registro Nacional de Armas y Explosivos). Upon arrival into Argentina and after collecting your luggage and entering the customs area of the airport you simply tell the customs officer you have a shotgun (escopeta in Spanish) and you will be directed to the RENAR department. Here the officers will match your RENAR form up to your shotgun ensuring the make, model and serial numbers match. There is a fee for bringing your shotgun, and it ranges between $100 and $140 U$D per shotgun/barrel, paid in cash to directly to the RENAR department.

As part of the service that Southern Outfitting provides, we will complete your RENAR forms and answer any questions you may have related to bringing your own shotgun to Argentina.

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