Gun Entry Requirements Changing Again In Argentina


Published: October - 2005

If you are planning more than one trip to Argentina next season be aware that gun entry requirements are changing once again. Seems RENAR (National Registry of Weapons - Argentine), the government agency that oversees all firearm issues, is reverting back to a requirement that has not been enforced for quite a few years now - namely, a requirement that visiting hunters obtain a consular permit each and every time they intend to import a firearm. That's in addition to a temporary firearms import and possession permit, which will continue to be issued by airport police on arrival.

We are told the consular permit requirement officially went back into effect July 1, 2005. It does provide visiting sportsmen some wiggle room in that they will be allowed to import their firearms one time without the consular permit. After that, you will need to have a consular permit issued to you in your country of origin. We have confirmed this directly with RENAR representatives in Argentina.

It's worth noting that the way these requirements are explained on the organization's web site is unclear, even making it seem that that consular permit is optional. It is not.

So how do you get a consular firearm travel permit? You will have to contact the Argentine consulate nearest you to request the appropriate application forms, then send them the form, your passport information and a check or money order (preferably by express courier). The cost has remained the same since the last time they required the permit, namely $40 US. The turnaround time to get your permit should be several days, but hunters are advised to give themselves several weeks. Some booking agents will handle these requirements for you.

Of course, you will still have to pay the $200 AR (about $75 US) import fee per gun to RENAR when you arrive in Argentina. And the fee must be paid in Argentine pesos. Some outfitters are arranging to have Argentine cash with them at the airport to save clients the time and hassle of........(continued)

 
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