Argentina announced on Thursday that Americans traveling to the country in the next 90 days will not have to pay the $160 “reciprocity” visa fee that has been in place for the last few years.

For travelers, this means South American vacations may become cheaper than ever. Earlier this month, Brazil announced a visa waiver program in preparation for the Rio Olympics. Tourists entering the country between June and mid-September can visit for up to 90 days without a visa.

Travelers will benefit the most in June, when both visa waivers are in effect, for a savings of $320 per person on trips to both countries, like Gate 1 Travel’s 10-day Brazil & Argentina tour.

According to an official statement on the embassy’s website, Argentina’s fee was dropped for stays of less than three months “in order to strengthen the relationship between Argentina and the United States of America.”

The embassy of Argentina also said it’s possible that the fee will be eliminated altogether after the initial 90-day period.

Posted by Gate 1 Travel

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