Argentina is planning to charge American visitors a $131 entry fee to match the amount the United States charges Argentinians to apply for a tourist visa.
Seems fair enough. The United States has a similar policy of reciprocity on visa issuance fees, though it doesn’t count what it considers application fees. (And it considers the $131 an application fee.)
Still, I think Argentina’s fee might be counterproductive.
Argentina has established itself as a budget destination, largely because of a very favorable exchange rate for many currencies, including the U.S. dollar. But Reuters reports that the international financial crisis has caused a sharp drop in tourism in Argentina.
U.S. citizens, unused to paying visa fees, may balk even more now. And tourists from other countries are under similar pressure.