2014 Client Travel Planning
The following are important action items that you should have completed before departing for your trip to Argentina. If you have questions or prefer to discuss them by phone, please call us at 800.851.4660.
1. Sign and Submit Forms and Waivers Online.
Some of you have requested these already, and we appreciate your patience while we migrated to our new, entirely online waivers powered by HelloSign. But now, we’re ready to go! We hope you think its worth the wait (and we save a lot of trees). Note: HelloSign emails sometimes get caught in SPAM or Junk Mail filters. Contact us if you have problems.
2. Travel Insurance
Most US insurance policies do not provide medical coverage in Argentina. We recommend World Nomads — specialists in adventure travel insurance. This isn’t a gimmick; we have clients use their travel insurance every year. Not just for medical reasons, but for lost luggage (they cover your rental gear), flight delay-related costs and much more. Also, if you miss days of the program, get injured or can’t attend because of a covered reason, they’ll reimburse you for the days of the program you miss! It’s available to US, Canadian and most international clients. Click Here to get a World Nomads Quote
3. Changes to Argentina “Reciprocity Fee” aka Entry Fee
This affects clients traveling on US, Canadian and Australian passports only — and is not a visa. There is no visa application or consular approval process to visit Argentina. But, Argentina charges a “reciprocity fee” upon entry to these citizens. It’s called a “reciprocity fee” because Argentina charges the same amount that each country, in turn, charges Argentines to visit.
Changes for 2014: Visitors that have not already paid the fee are now required to pay the fee online in advance, instead of doing so at the airport. You pay online through their system and print the electronic receipt to show at Immigrations. On the upside, this should speed up the entry process. Click here for more info.
If you’re a US citizen and have already traveled to Argentina in the last four years…
You should have paid the fee and have a sticker in your passport. If you are a US citizen, your sticker is valid for 10 years. In this case, you do not need to register and pay online again! Simply show your sticker to airline or immigrations officials upon request.
If this is your first time to Argentina and/or you’re traveling on a Canadian or Australian passport…
You can complete the process online in less than 15 minutes. The fees range from $75-160 USD, depending on nationality. Click here for more information about paying the fee.
4. Lodging and Roommate Requests.
Please remember that unless you have reserved a private room or apartment lodging, we have shared living at our Lodge. If you’re a solo traveler, we’ll assign you a room with other people that we think are a good fit, whenever possible. If you’re traveling with friends, we are almost always able to accommodate your specific rooming requests (but it isn’t guaranteed). Please note, we always lodge Under-18 and Adult clients separately.
Forgot to put in a roommate request during registration?
Fill out our Add-ons and Special Requests Form let us know!
Interested in upgrading your lodging?
We have lodging upgrades available — they range from private rooms in our Lodge to two-bedroom fully equipped apartments located next door, only a few steps away. Call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll tell you more about the options. Prices vary by session, and start at only $250 per person.
5. Certificates and Backcountry Education.
We offer AIARE Level I certificates in avalanche safety, CAA Avalanche Skills Training, American Red Cross CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Spanish in the Field with Spanish Immersion Patagonia, Build-a-Splitboard and more! Check out all our available education programs here.
6. Program Payments are Due 30 Days Before Session Start
Remember that payments for SGT programs are due in full no later than 30 days before your session starts. To access your account, look for the secure SASS Global Travel invoice links in your email to access Freshbooks, our payments system. Or, just click here to make a payment towards your account. If you need to discuss payment plans, just give us a call at 800.851.4660.