Before traveling to Argentina you now must first procure an import permit from the Argentine Consulate in your jurisdiction. (See a list of consulates and their jurisdictions below.) To obtain this document, you must contact the appropriate consulate and request a Temporary Firearms Entry Permit Application. The consulate will also send you a list of other items they will need you to submit. Every consulate has slightly different requirements to process your application and have their own versions of the required forms. Generally, they will request a copy of the first two pages of your passport, several passport photos (some ask for two copies, others want up to four), a copy of your firearms registration form from US Customs, a copy of your local hunting license and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Some of the consulates require that your application form be notarized as well. You will also need to pay a $40 fee. Make sure you submit all of the required paperwork well in advance of your travel date to ensure that you receive your permit in time for your trip.
Once you have the permit, you'll also need to download a Technical Form from the National Registry of Weapons - Argentina web site (www.renar.gov.ar). Just click on "Information for Tourists" and then on "Technical Form." You will need to fill out three copies of this form to present to authorities once you arrive in Argentina. Additionally, you will have to pay a $20 entry charge per firearm when you arrive and another $10 per gun when you leave.
We asked a representative at the consulate in Los Angeles the reason for these new procedures, but all he could tell us was that the decision had been made back in Argentina and was........(continued)