As previously reported, the Government is toughening up on their border-control. Among other measures such as expelling foreign criminals – the latest regulation – known as the Advanced Passenger Information (API) – applies to anyone who wishes to enter Argentina through one of its airports.
Argentine citizens, those who have permanent legal residence and foreign residents are immune to the new law. However, if you don’t fall into one of the latter categories, every other passenger flying into and out of Argentina on a commercial flight is now required to provide the airline with a raft of information: full name, sex, date of birth, nationality, country of residence, and duration of stay in Argentina.
This information will then be passed onto the Argentine authorities and cross-referenced with the information database Interpol to check if the passenger is wanted in another country; if this is the case they will not be allowed to enter Argentina.
“We are simply linking up our security; we must share information; especially on the borders” explained Horacio Garcia, director of immigration. Speaking to Infobae, Mr Garcia asserted that “no country would allow people who had served time in prison, or were suspected of being a possible terrorist enter their country”.
Argentina joins the long list of countries: Portugal, Mexico, United States, France, Canada, Japan, and the U.K. that already use the API system. Passengers who do not comply with the rules of the API will be denied entry into Argentina and will not be allowed to travel.
The Passenger Name Record (PNR) is another safe-guard that the Government hopes to implement in the near future; working along the same lines as the API, the PNR would also require contact information, means of payment, luggage, itineraries and seat details. Currently, the European Parliament is moving forward with a directive to heighten information sharing between airlines and national authorities.