Assessing travel and visa obligations

When traveling to Argentina, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if work authorization will be required. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.

Traveling for business

What types of activities may I engage in as a business visitor?

As a business visitor to Argentina, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:

  • Attend business meetings, conferences, trade shows or seminar conventions
  • Buy goods for sale outside the country
  • Tour a company facility
  • Develop professional business contacts


If I qualify as a business visitor, do I need a visa for Argentina?

Most foreign nationals are required to obtain a 24 H Business Visa from an Argentinian Consulate or Embassy prior to travel if they intend to conduct business activities while in Argentina.

Some select visa-waivered nationalities are eligible to perform business activities upon entry without obtaining a visa. Please obtain an individual assessment prior to travel to determine whether your nationality is permitted to engage in business activities under a visa waiver.

Working in Argentina

What types of activities require work authorization?

The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Argentinian law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Argentina, even if conducted for a short duration.

  • Technical repairs and maintenance
  • Project planning and implementation
  • Auditing
  • Consulting


If I am traveling to Argentina for work, what type of work authorization do I need?

The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in Argentina. The most common types of work authorization for Argentina are:

  • 24 H Professional Visa (short-term work authorization for direct hires and assignees)
  • 23 A Temporary Residence Visa (long-term work authorization for direct hires)
  • 23 E Temporary Residence Visa (long-term work authorization for assignees and intra-company transfers)
  • Digital Nomad Visa


Is it possible to be exempted from work authorization requirements?

There are no nationalities that are exempt from work authorization requirements in Argentina.

What else should I know?

Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.


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