Argentina Visa was slightly tricky and I hugely underestimated the efforts it would take to get this one. I presume it’s because Argentina visa for Indians is free of cost. We all love free things, don’t we?
My recommendation here would be if you’re planning a south America trip start with getting Visa for Argentina. As you don’t have to submit your passport until you get your interview date with the consular. If it’s too far in the future you can meanwhile apply for another countries’ Visa.
I went to the embassy 3 days in a row. The only good thing was they gave me a consular interview date the very next day as there was a cancellation. This was really important for me. I could not have gotten my 4 Visas without this help.
Cost: Free of Charge
Processing time: 5 working days after the consular Interview. Consular interview date is subject to availability of slots (Could be two months away as well)
Visa Requested: 30 days
Visa Issued: 90 days multiple entry (this is the standard tourist Visa)
Validity: 90 days from the date of Issue
Argentina Visa Requirements:
- Print of online form (Has to be one sided print)
- Round ticket (I submitted my return ticket from Brazil)
- Hotel bookings (Reservation from Booking.com will do. I showed 30 days in just one city and nobody questioned me on that)
- Attested bank statements from last 6 months (I showed around Rs. 2 lakhs in my bank account but was still questioned a lot around funding my trip)
- Covering letter to convey intent of the travel (In Spanish)
- Income Tax returns from last 3 years
- An international credit card
- Travel Insurance for the entire duration (This is not mentioned on the website but they list this as a mandatory document)
- Relieving letter from my last Company
Consular Interview Experience:
He was mostly concerned how am I going to fund my trip and if I have anyone back home who would be able to help me when needed. He didn’t speak any English but there was a translator there so language was not a problem. But, he was extremely skeptical of everything.
I was again asked questions around ‘Why South America and Why Argentina’.
I got my Visa after 5 working days of that interview. 90 days multiple entry. I still smile when I think of it.
Note: A friend of mine applied for Argentina Visa while traveling in Mexico and got it. Although, he had to show a lot of documents in original but the point is it’s possible. While makes long term travel in Latin America much easier.