Argentina has severely tightened its gun entry permit requirements,
and it is essential that you note these changes well in advance
of your next trip to that country. 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.
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 unrelated to both
the current economic situation there and the events of September
Argentine Consulates and Jurisdictions
Marquis One Tower, Suite 2101, 245 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta,
Tel. 404-880-0805. Fax 404-880-0806.
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 4208 & 4209, Chicago, IL 60601.
Tel. 312-819-2606. Fax 312-819-2612.
Jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
350 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1625, Houston TX 77056.
Tel. 713-871-8935. Fax 713-871-0639.
Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma
Los Angeles, California
5055 Wilshire Blvd., Suites 210 & 208, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Tel. 323-954-9155. Fax 323-934-9076.
Jurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and Caroline
800 Brickell Ave., Penthouse One, Miami, FL 33131.
Tel. 305-373-1889. Fax 305-371-7108.
Jurisdiction: Florida, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.
New York, New York
12 West 56 St., New York, NY 10019.
Tel. 212-603-0400. Fax 212-541-7746.
Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
1811 Q St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.
Tel. 202-238-6400. Fax 202-238-6471.
Jurisdiction: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.
2000 rue Peel, Suite 600, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A-2W5
Tel. 514-842-6582. Fax 514-842-5797. Web site: www.conargenmtl.com
Jurisdiction: Provinces of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,
Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the city of Ottawa as well as,
Carlton, Gloucester, Kanata and Nepean.
One First Canadian Place, 100 King St. West, Suite 5840, 58th Floor,
Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1K2.
Tel. 416-955-9075. Fax 416-955-0868. Web site: www.consargtoro.org.
Juristiction: Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba,
Northwest Territories Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
Overseas subscribers can find a list of Argentine consulates in
other countries at the Argentina travel-related web site
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Consulados
Argentinos en el Extranjero." Just be aware that some of the
information listed is in Spanish.
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