Last week, during President Obama’s visit to Argentina, Argentina suspended the $160 fee required for Americans to visit.
While this is, for the moment, a temporary suspension of the fee (which you can check the official status of here), this is widely expected to lead to a permanent elimination of the fee.
This follows a series of sane decisions by the newly elected government, like letting the currency float freely to eliminate the black market for dollars and terrible distortion to the economy and possibilities for theft by well-connected people.
I paid the reciprocity fee, which is good for ten years, in February 2013. I have entered the country several times with that payment, so I feel I got my money’s worth. Of course, Argentina is smart to remove the fee, which will increase the amount of American tourism.
Use the $160 you’ll save for intra-Argentina flights like the one I took in November to Salta to drive through the Quebrada de Humahuaca.