Goodbye to stamping on passports to enter or leave Argentina

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Goodbye to stamping on passports to enter or leave Argentina

The measure will become effective on Monday, April 25 / Photo: Florencia Downes.

The National Director of Migration, Florencia Carignano, described as “a measure of modernization and greater migratory security” the agency’s decision to eliminate as of next week the physical stamping of passports and replace it with the digital record of entry and leave the country.

“Starting next Monday the 25th, we began to progressively eliminate the stamps that were stamped on passports, we began to implement them at airports and ports and later at border crossings, which are the majority,” Carignano told Télam.

He affirmed that it is “a modernization measure, which is in line with what the countries that have the best technology are doing, such as Israel, South Korea, the United States, which is doing it with Canada, the entire space Schengen in Europe”.

The Minister of the Interior, Eduardo Wado De Pedro, to whom the Directorate of Migration reports, also celebrated the implementation of the measure and through his social network Twitter stated: “No more stamps in the passport, Migration digitized the entry record and departure from the country and eliminates the physical stamping of the passport”, which “expedites the process at the time of entering or exiting immigration”.

The message was accompanied by a video in which he emphasized that “from Immigration we continue to make travel safer” and also “faster, because it speeds up immigration registration and reduces passenger service times”, as well as “simpler, because it contributes to the paperlessness of the State and minimizes costs”.

Carignano stated that the modality will be applied to all travelers, both Argentines and foreigners, and explained that “until now, when the passenger arrived, he passed all the security controls and to record his entry into the country, he was stamped ” .

“But today the seal is not necessary because the State has proof in the system, everything is digitized, and even more so after the pandemic, what it is about avoiding above all things is paper,” he said.

He specified that “when the person supports the passport in the document reader that is in the migratory step, for example, in Ezeiza, they will receive the email that they have previously provided, a QR code that will be able to display it as proof ” .

“If you also want to request proof of your latest income and expenses, you can do so through the Migrations website, with all the security measures, for all the personal data that it implies, among others, the procedure number and others, to corroborate the identity of the applicant who will be able to have this certificate printed,” said Carignano.

With the elimination of the seal, the official assured, the immigration procedure is streamlined “because it is one less thing that the inspector has to do with the procedure” and said that “at the same time, we are making Migrations safer, since there is a way to falsify it, because by system we have the income, which reaches the traveler by means of the QR code, and that QR is sent by us and cannot be supplanted”.

The head of Migration stressed that in addition to increasing security, “much less expense is generated in the budget for the public administration” because “annual purchases had to be made to equip the 237 border crossings that we have where there are 4,000 people working, and there are to renew seals with good quality and with the necessary security measures”.

“The stamps are ruined, they are lost, they are stolen and they have to be replaced, false stamps are also made,” said Carignano and affirmed that “many people, who cannot go through Immigration because they have impediments of all kinds, falsify stamps, and this makes it possible to put an end to stamp fraud, with the vividness of many, precisely because the system is inviolable and provides more immigration security”.

The official anticipated that other measures are being studied soon “to make it easier for the traveler to make the immigration process easy, fast and does not involve time” and stressed that “the person spends less time at the Immigration counter means that there are fewer queues and That’s what we want.”

“We are in another stage, the pandemic has left good things and bad things and one of the good things is paperlessness and simplicity: it has to be easy to travel and that is our goal, people have to have things easily accessible and fast,” Carignano said.

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