Recall that between Russia and Argentina there is a visa-free entry agreement, according to which the allowed period of stay in the country is 90 days.
The head of the consular department of the Russian Embassy in Argentina, Georgy Polin, in a comment to RG, noted that the diplomatic mission is monitoring the situation with the increasing practice of the local migration service of refusing to extend stay in the country as a tourist. He stressed that in addition to this, there are known refusals to issue residence permits, as well as the cancellation of previously issued residence permits.
Russian tourists are invited to file an appeal within five days of receiving a refusal notice, or leave the country as soon as possible under the threat of deportation proceedings. Previously, the Migration Service satisfied the vast majority of similar requests without any problems.
“So far we are talking about several dozen cases. It should be noted that, as a justification for such refusals, the Argentine immigration authorities refer to the provisions of Article 1 of the bilateral agreement on visa-free travel,” Polin emphasized.
It clarified that holders of an ordinary Russian passport have the right “to enter, exit, transit, and remain in Argentina without a visa for no more than 90 days during each 180-day period (from the date of first entry).” At the same time, for a stay of more than 90 days, as well as for carrying out work or commercial activities, Russians need to obtain a visa at the Argentine embassy.
According to the diplomat, the current situation is almost entirely at the level of Argentine immigration legislation. He also drew attention to the presence of certain signs of selectivity in the approaches of the Argentine migration service in the application of these legislative norms specifically in relation to Russians. “In recent months, almost exclusively Russian citizens have been ‘on the radar.’ We believe that the situation requires further analysis and observation,” said Georgy Polin.