Customs hassles after an estancia stay?

Old Jul 1st, 2016, 10:22 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Customs hassles after an estancia stay?

If any of you are US citizens or permanent residents and have stayed on an estancia in Argentina, Uruguay, etc., did you have any kind of hassle on return? I recall the one of the US customs questions is about farm stays. I'd love to spend a couple of days on an estancia but wouldn't love to spend a couple of days or more in quarantine upon my return.

Any experience?

Thanks

PS I posted this question on the US Customs and Immigration website but a message said it would take up to twelve weeks for a response!
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Old Jul 1st, 2016, 10:29 AM
  #2  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Well, right after I posted this, I checked my E-mails and there was a response from the Customs. It says I should answer the customs form questions truthfully (which I intended to do anyway) and that the border officer might ask me to clean my shoes.

So if that's all there is to it, I'll make a reservation over the weekend!

It appears that at least some part of the US government is more efficient than I gave them credit for!
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Old Jul 1st, 2016, 10:31 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 19,893
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Amazing!

We did tromp through some cow pastures in Uruguay and I just lied , but I had thrown away those shoes before getting on the plane home
mlgb is offline  
Old Jul 1st, 2016, 10:50 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It's wholly a matter of taste, but consider: http://tinyurl.com/jgmonya

It may or may not be the kind of place you are looking for, but the reviews are quite positive.

Have a great time in my country.
avrooster is offline  
Old Jul 1st, 2016, 01:56 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks AV. I'll check it out, as I'm looking for something fairly near BA. My plan right now is to go there either right off the plane or after my stay in BA, then fly to Iguazu. Those--and somewhere in BA for my last nite--will be the only reservations I make. I may extend my time on the return to BA but always like to have something locked up at the end of the trip.

Muchas gracias
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Old Jul 1st, 2016, 02:38 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 136
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Oh, avrooster, just when I thought i had finalized my itinerary! This looks wonderful.
MyBaggage is offline  
Old Jul 1st, 2016, 04:25 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 7,942
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Didn't realise it was an issue in the USA. I had my boots VERY carefully inspected when entering New Zealand when I answered the questions truthfully (my wife also got a written warning for importing a tiny pot of honey!)

Couldn't agree more MyBaggage. I have just added Avrooster's suggestion to my list for consideration. All I need is a few riding lessons!
crellston is offline  
Old Jul 2nd, 2016, 03:14 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ana Peña, who runs Los Dos Hermanos, can arrange to have you picked up at or delivered to any of our airports. What I mean is that you can go to her place directly upon arrival to BA, without going into town. Or viceversa.

I trust it is quite clear that you will NOT find any dancing "gauchos" or that kind of thing at this estancia.

Have a great time in my country.
avrooster is offline  
Old Jul 2nd, 2016, 06:50 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 445
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
>>I trust it is quite clear that you will NOT find any dancing "gauchos" or that kind of thing at this estancia.
Reading54 is offline  
Old Jul 2nd, 2016, 07:53 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Reading54:

I stressed above that this is a matter of taste.

It is quite likely that this is the estancia outing you are being offered by the ship: http://tinyurl.com/hdl4mu8 and it may or may not be the kind of thing you want.

What is certain is that these two places are as different as they can possibly be, even though they are both called "estancias" and actually are not that far from each other. The reviews should give you an idea of what to expect from each.

About tours of BA, this is a popular free tour: http://tinyurl.com/zrjemrk

Of course, I guess they can arrange for a private tour, if you wish.

About the shoes, I'd clean them thoroughly and not tell anyone you have been to an "estancia", but that's just me.

Have a great time in my town.
avrooster is offline  
Old Jul 2nd, 2016, 08:34 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 445
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks a lot, avrooster.
Reading54 is offline  
Old Jul 6th, 2016, 12:23 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 157
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I have several friends that actually own estancias that are regular travellers to the US and Europe. If they had ever had any problems I would ave known. I would think those questionnaires are fairly standard in many countries, including Uruguay and Argentina. Uruguay is very strict about what they allow you to bring into the country and will scan your bags upon arrival. Have had butter and French cheeses confiscated. I also remember some rug for disinfecting shoes at some point but it was a few years ago.
ticino is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2016, 06:30 AM
  #13  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks AV--After much looking at and pricing overnite stays at various estancias, I decided to stay at a small B&B in San Antonio de Areco for two nites. I'll probably rent a car at EZE and drive there, so I'd have a car to drive to the estancia for a day or at least part of a day.

AV, I hear what you're saying about not telling people I've been on an estancia, but don't want to mess with US customs. I will clean my boots thoroughly when I arrive back at EZE. If they want me to clean them again at the ATL, then I'll do it.
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2016, 07:00 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Great! I assume you know cars with automatic gears are rather expensive to rent here (if available) and that Argentine drivers are mostly lunatics.

Have a great time in my country.
avrooster is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2016, 09:57 AM
  #15  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
My car is a standard so I prefer that--get them all the time in Europe.

I've driven in Napoli, Miami and Atlanta and drivers can't be any worse (can they?), and at least Argentines drive on the right side of the road. I'll follow the "Napoli rule": don't ever look in the rear view mirror.

If I manage alright between EZE and San Antonio Areco, I may try one for a longer stretch around Salta.

Thanks.
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2016, 11:03 AM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,245
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
About your: "at least Argentines drive on the right side of the road"

Yes, but don't count on it. LOL!!!!!

Have a great time driving yourself around my country.

PS: I look in the rear view mirror ALL the time, but I guess it's just a nasty habit.
avrooster is offline  
Old Jul 9th, 2016, 05:57 AM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,032
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
One should not be concerned about hassle going thru Ag inspection when entering the US. It's nothing more than stepping into a wet sponge to put antiseptic on your shoes.

Used to be that we would look to see if the Ag lines were shorter than regular customs and go thru them as it was much faster. Just be sure either to wear the same shoes as you wore on the farm or tell them the ones you are wearing are such. The hassle comes when they ask you to dig through luggage to pull out the right shoes. Be prepared.
NoFlyZone is offline  
Old Jul 11th, 2016, 05:28 AM
  #18  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks NoFly. I'll keep that in mind. I'd probably wear the same thing anyway--boots because wearing my boots makes my luggage marginally lighter.
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
PamelaMR
South America
2
Jul 26th, 2011 02:18 PM
geeper
Mexico & Central America
8
Mar 3rd, 2009 09:44 AM
kiwicutie41
Mexico & Central America
5
Oct 22nd, 2008 12:33 PM
TxTravelPro
United States
31
Apr 13th, 2008 06:30 AM
enlehman76
Africa & the Middle East
5
Nov 6th, 2007 02:25 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:53 PM.