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The Immigration Department has established new border controls to determine whether foreign citizens who enter Argentina should really be classified as tourists.
The additional controls will be applied to people suspected of being ‘false tourists’, that is, those seeking the standard three-month tourist visa but entering the country for reasons other than the defined criteria of “rest and recreation”.
In case of any doubts regarding the purpose of stay of incoming foreigners, Immigration officials at all entry points into Argentina will be able to demand further information and supporting documentation regarding a person’s:
* Place of permanent residency.
* Current job.
* Estimated stay in Argentina.
* Which places they intend to visit.
* How they will travel to their destinations.
* Any relatives, friends, or acquaintances who live in Argentina.
Supporting documentation will include air tickets, credit cards, domestic or international transport tickets, hotel bookings, or any other evidence immigration officers consider necessary.
Those foreign citizens who have remained in Argentina for long periods of time, which could indicate they do not live in the country they declare as their place of permanent residency, will also be targeted.
If a person entering the country is found to be a “false tourist”, they will be rejected at the border.
The new measures come in the midst of a debate regarding the links between immigration and crime, with the government pushing a reform of the Criminal Procedure Code which would allow the authorities to expel foreign citizens who are caught committing a crime.
The new measure was presented today in the Official Gazette.