Emigration to Argentina

Area: 2,780,400 km²
Residents: 44,293,293 (July 2017 estimate)
Population density: 16 E / km²
Form of Government: Federal Republic of
Government: Presidential democracy
Neighboring countries: Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay
Capital: Buenos Aires National
language: Spanish
90 % Roman Catholic,
6% Protestants,
0.5% Jews,
0.37% Jehovah’s Witnesses
Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)
1 ARS = 100 Centavos
Exchange rates:
1 EUR = 104.45 ARS
100 ARS = 0.96 EUR
1 CHF = 96.65 ARS
100 ARS = 1.03 CHF
(rate from 01/14/2021)
Telephone area code: +54
Time zone: UTC −3
(daylight saving time UTC -2)

In 2020, 159 Germans officially emigrated to Argentina and 460 came back to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 4,038 Germans officially emigrated to Argentina and 4,675 moved back to Germany.

According to best-medical-schools, more than 90% of Argentina’s population are descended from immigrant Europeans. In the 1920s, many migrants came from Poland and settled primarily in the Buenos Aires area and in the provinces of Chaco and Missiones. About 36% of the population come from Italians, 29% from Spaniards, 3 to 4% from Germans and others from the neighboring countries Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru and Bolivia. A large percentage of mestizos (around 35%) come from mixed families with Indians and people of African descent. The approximately 30 indigenous ethnic groups are a minority of 1 to 1.5 million people.

Travel and Visa

Changed travel regulations during and after the corona pandemic

Foreigners with a valid residence permit (DNI) or a valid visa are allowed to enter the country. The Argentine authorities will inform you which national borders are open for this. The borders with neighboring countries are closed to other entries.

Family members and unmarried partners can enter the country under certain conditions. More detailed information can be obtained from the Argentine Consulate General in Frankfurt.

A prerequisite for entry is an affidavit to be submitted online beforehand, a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, and health insurance valid for Argentina.

Entry with tourist status from Europe and other countries by air, sea and land is only possible with a special visa or special permit, which is only issued by the responsible Argentine consulate for urgent emergencies.

Detailed information on the current entry, test and quarantine regulations can be found on the website of the Argentine government.

Source: Federal Foreign Office on July 12, 2021

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

Citizens from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with a valid passport can stay in Argentina for up to 90 days without a visa. An extension of the residence permit of another 90 days can be obtained from the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones once for a fee of z. Z. 900 Pesos to be extended.

The following visas can be applied for:

  • Business visa
  • Visa for participation in congresses, technology, business, art
  • Work visa
  • Student visa
  • Family reunification visas
  • Visa for employees permanently residing abroad

All visas must be applied for in person at an Argentine consulate. A form for the respective visa must be completed and submitted to the consulate along with other required documents (more information on the required documents: http://cancilleria.gob.ar/en/visas). In addition, a personal interview will be held with the applicant at the consulate.

The cost of applying for and processing a visa can vary. For example, a business visa costs around € 200, but a work visa costs around € 250.

A little tip: If you are an employee in Argentina or are in the process of becoming one, the AHK Argentina offers its support. She is at your side with advice and action both when dealing with authorities and making appointments. (http://www.ahkargentina.com.ar/de)

Some also repeatedly extend their stay by doing a short stay abroad after a maximum of 90 days and then re-entering the country.

Immigration Regulations – Residence Permit

temporary residence permit of up to 3 years can be applied for and is obtained if at least one of the following conditions is met:

  • Workers (trabajadores migratorios) with an employment contract
  • Specialized personnel who perform scientific, technical or advisory functions (e.g. scientists)
  • Management, administrative and technical personnel who travel to the country to perform certain tasks
  • pensioner
  • Students, schoolchildren (e.g. exchange students from secondary level I)
  • Athletes, artists, clergy of recognized religions
  • Patients in ongoing treatment
  • Academics on behalf of a university
  • Asylum seekers, refugees, people admitted for humanitarian reasons
  • Citizens of MERCOSUR and associated countries
  • Persons whose entry is in the Argentine interest at the discretion of the Ministry of the Interior or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

An unlimited residence permit can be applied for after the temporary residence permit has expired. The requirements here are:

  • Documento Nacional de Identidad “DNI” (from the civil status register of the place of residence)
  • Police identification card (Cédula de Identidad)
  • Proof of identity
  • Evidence that the temporary residence permit has been properly obtained
  • Proof of uninterrupted legal residency in the country for at least three years
  • Valid police clearance certificate issued by the Policia Federal Argentina
  • Health certificate

As soon as you have applied for a residence permit, you can stay in the country without any problems until it is approved or rejected (this can take years)!

Emigration to Argentina