• Argentine passport
  • Pasaporte argentino
The front cover of a current Argentine biometric passport
Issued by Argentina
First issued2018[1] (current version)
EligibilityArgentine citizenship
Expiration5 years after issuance (people aged 0-17) or 10 years after issuance (people 18 or older)
  • AR$35,000 regular
  • AR$70,000 express
  • AR$125,000 instant

Argentine passport (Spanish: Pasaporte argentino) are issued to citizens of Argentina by the National Registry for People (ReNaPer). They were issued exclusively by the Argentine Federal Police up to 2011. Their primary use is to facilitate international travel.

Argentine passport are valid for travel all over the world, but some countries require a visa. For traveling within South America (except the Guyanas, Suriname, and European depencies), Argentines do not need to use a passport, as they may use their National Identity Document (DNI).[3]

On June 15, 2012, the Argentine Interior Ministry announced the immediate introduction of biometric passports. The new passports have unique numbers (alphanumerical combinations, with 3 letters and 6 numbers), a significant change from the previous policy, where passport numbers were the national ID number of the holders (with an N after it). Since December 2012, all new Argentine passports are biometric passports.[4]

As of 11 January 2022, Argentine citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 170 countries and territories, ranking the Argentine passport 19th in terms of travel freedom. The Argentine passport is the 2nd most powerful passport in Latin America after the Chilean passport and is the 4th most powerful overall in the Americas, according to the Henley Passport Index.[5]

Additionally, an "Exceptional passport for foreigners" can be issued in Argentina to non-citizens who cannot obtain their national passport. This exceptional passport is identical to those issued to Argentine nationals, without any discernible differences in its appearance or features.[6] This unique provision ensures that foreign residents in Argentina who face difficulties in obtaining their home country's passport have a valid travel document that is on par with the regular Argentine passport.


In accordance with Presidential Decree 2015–66, in order to get an Argentine passport, a person must go to the nearest civil registry office and present his/her national identity document, birth certificate and a proof of marital status (unless single). If the person is an Argentine citizen by naturalisation rather than by birth, a citizenship certificate (carta de ciudadanía) must also be presented. Citizens under the age of 18 may get a passport only with parental authorization. Argentines living outside the country must follow the same procedure at an Argentine embassy or consulate.

The regular passport price is 35,000 ARS. Applicants usually receive their passports via postal mail within 15 days. There is an express service (48–96 hours) for 70,000 ARS, and an ultrafast passport for 125,000 ARS at airports (6 hours), with the possibility of getting a passport, if there are any proofs (as a printed ticket) of an international flight for that same day.[2]

Since January 2011, Argentine passport are valid for 10 years. Beforehand, they were valid only for 5-year periods.

Passports are not issued to persons who are under arrest because of criminal offenses, or to those labeled 'dangerous' as per the South American Police Agreement of 1920.

Regular passport

First page of a contemporary Argentine passport (2019)

In accordance with Mercosur regulations, it is blue-covered, with the legend MERCOSUR written on its top, followed by the country's name in Spanish (REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA), the national coat of arms and the word PASAPORTE (Passport). A biometric passport has the e-passport symbol at the bottom.

It has a data page with a machine-readable zone and a digital photograph of the passport holder.

The previous version also included:

The back cover of the current version[8] of the Argentine passport

A map of South America appears on the back of Argentine passports, showing the country's location within the continent, with the Falkland Islands and the Argentine Antarctic Claim (Antártida Argentina).


The data page/information page is printed in Spanish, English. There are also parts described in French and Portuguese (see below).

RFID chip with biometric certificate

Since 2012, Argentine passports have had a contactless smartcard (proximity card) chip and 13.56 MHz loop antenna embedded into the front cover page,in accordance with ICAO standards. The chip and antenna are not easily visually recognisable, but their presence is indicated using the ICAO biometric passport symbol at the bottom of the front cover. It carries all the data printed in the passport, including a JPEG file of the photo, protected by a digital signature.[9]

Issuing process

Argentine passport are issued, just like Argentine DNIs, by Renaper Documentation Centers or in the Civil Registries. Applicants have to apply for a new passport in person and the data in newly issued passports is essentially an authenticated copy of the personal data found in locally stored registration documents.[10] Argentine passport can be processed in Shopping centers.[11]

Passport message

Passports of many countries contain a message addressed to authorities of other countries identifying the bearer as a citizen of the issuing country, requesting that he or she be allowed to enter and pass through the other country, and requesting that, when necessary, he or she be given assistance consistent with international norms. In Argentine passport, the message is in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. The message is:

In Spanish:

En nombre del Gobierno de la República Argentina, la autoridad que expide el presente pasaporte ruega y solicita a todos aquellos a quienes puede concernir, dejen pasar libremente a su titular y prestarle la asistencia y protección necesaria.

In English:

The Government of the República Argentina hereby requests all whom it may concern, to permit the bearer to pass without delay or hindrance and in case of need, to give all lawful aid and protection.

In Portuguese:

Em nome do Governo da República Argentina, a autoridade que concede o presente passaporte roga e solicita às autoridades competentes, deixar passar livremente o titular e prestar-lhe toda a assistência e proteção necessária.

In French:

Au nom du Gouvernement de la République Argentine, l'autorité qui délivre le présent passeport demande à tous ceux qui pourraient être concernés, de laisser passer librement son titulaire et lui prêter l'assistance et la protection nécessaire.

Required Documents to Apply for Passport in Argentina

Individuals applying for an adult passport in Argentina need to adhere to specific document requirements. The following outlines the necessary documents for those aged 18 and above:

For Applicants Below 18 Years


The process of capturing images for the Ordinary Passport for Argentinians, the Travel Document for Stateless or Refugee individuals, as well as the Exceptional Passport for Foreigners, is regulated by Argentine legislation, specifically in articles 30 and 31.

Requirements according to Article 30

According to Article 30, the photographic image to be included in the mentioned documents must meet certain standards. The photograph must be recent, taken from the front and in mid-bust, with the head completely uncovered. The image must be in color, with a white and smooth background of dimensions 4 cm x 4 cm. This format allows a faithful visualization of the facial features of the holder when processing the issuance of the document. It is essential that the image lacks alterations or falsifications of facial characteristics, respecting the right to identity in its aspects of gender, culture, or religion.

Additionally, it is specified that the eyes must be open, and no hands of third parties holding the photograph can be observed.

Exceptions according to Article 31

Article 31 establishes exceptions to Article 30, allowing for adjustments to the photograph under certain circumstances. For religious or health treatment reasons, hair coverage may be required, as long as the main facial features are visible. Also, in cases where, for religious reasons, the face is partially or totally covered, the holder may request that the procedure and photography be carried out in a reserved place and by agents of the same gender, maintaining the characteristics mentioned in Article 30.

Holding multiple Passports

The issuance and possession of passports in the Argentine Republic are governed by Article 9 of the relevant law. According to this article, each individual has the right to possess only one Ordinary Passport for Argentinians, Travel Document for Stateless or Refugees, or Exceptional Passport for Foreigners. The exception is for individuals holding a diplomatic, official, or special passport granted by the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND WORSHIP.

For international travel, Argentine citizens must compulsorily possess the Ordinary Passport for Argentinians, unless exceptions established in International Agreements or specific regulations apply. Stateless individuals or refugees must carry the corresponding Travel Document, while foreigners residing in the ARGENTINE REPUBLIC who can prove humanitarian or force majeure reasons must carry the Exceptional Passport for Foreigners.[13]

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship refers to the legal status of an individual being recognized as a citizen of two or more countries simultaneously. In the case of Argentina, it is possible for individuals to hold Argentine citizenship alongside citizenship of other nations.

There are two distinct scenarios concerning dual citizenship: countries with bilateral agreements regarding recognition of citizenship and those without such agreements.

Bilateral Agreements on Dual Nationality with Argentina

Under bilateral agreements on dual nationality with Argentina, citizens who have acquired nationality in another country may possess travel documents from that acquired nationality. These agreements are in place with various countries including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, the United States (up to October 20, 1981), Honduras, Italy, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, and Sweden.

Argentine citizens residing outside the country fall under this category. Those who have naturalized in countries with which Argentina has signed agreements on dual nationality and hold travel documents from the acquired nationality are subject to the following regulations:

Countries without Bilateral Agreements on Dual Nationality

For Argentine citizens who have naturalized in countries with which Argentina has not signed agreements on dual nationality, they are considered Argentine citizens for all intents and purposes.

Visa requirements map

Main article: Visa requirements for Argentine citizens

Visa requirements for holders of an Argentine passport
  ID card travel
  Visa not required
  Visa on arrival
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required

As of 9 January 2024, Argentine citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 174 countries and territories, according to the Henley Passport Index.[16] For journeys within South America (except the Guyanas), Argentines do not need to use a passport, as they may use their National Identity Document (DNI).[17]

Other types of passport

Argentine diplomatic passport

The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issues diplomatic passports (blue-covered) to Argentine diplomats accredited overseas and their eligible dependents, and to citizens who reside in Argentina and travel abroad for diplomatic work. The ministry also issues official passports (blue-covered) to government employees assigned overseas, either permanently or temporarily, and their eligible dependents, and to members of Congress who travel abroad on official affairs.

Argentine Official Passport

Under special circumstances, if a woman is stateless but married to an Argentine citizen, the federal police will issue a Pasaporte de Esposa de Argentino (Argentine wife's passport) in order to leave the country. The same applies for persons under the age of 18 who were adopted by Argentine parents.


See also


  1. ^ "Nuevos pasaportes en Argentina: cómo funcionan la nueva tapa "inteligente"". www.cronista.com. 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Tramitar el Pasaporte". Argentina.gob.ar. July 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dirección Nacional de Migraciones - Accesible". migraciones.gov.ar. 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ Ministerio del Interior y Transporte. "Ministerio del Interior y Transporte".
  5. ^ "Passport index ranking". www.henleyglobal.com. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Disp-904-1" (PDF). October 14, 2023.
  7. ^ "Pope Francis Renews Argentine Passport—See His New Pic!". E! Online. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  8. ^ "Nuevo pasaporte argentino repite mapa de un Chile "cortado"". Cooperativa.cl.
  9. ^ Manaure, Adolfo (2012-06-18). "➤ Argentina presenta su nuevo Pasaporte Electrónico". CIOAL The Standard IT (in Spanish). Retrieved 2024-03-15.
  10. ^ "Pasaporte regular". Argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2024-03-15.
  11. ^ "Centros comerciales donde podés tramitar tu nuevo DNI o pasaporte con turno previo". Argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2024-03-15.
  12. ^ "Tramitar el Pasaporte regular". Argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2024-01-05.
  13. ^ "InfoLEG - Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas Públicas - Argentina". servicios.infoleg.gob.ar. Retrieved 2023-12-02.
  14. ^ "Obtener la ciudadanía argentina". Argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2024-03-15.
  15. ^ "Doble Nacionalidad". Argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). 2019-04-12. Retrieved 2024-03-15.
  16. ^ "The Official Passport Index Ranking". Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  17. ^ (in Spanish) Documentos de viaje de los Estados Partes del MERCOSUR y Estados Asociados - MERCOSUR/CMC/Decisión Nº 18/08