Buenos Aires Airport Experience – Discrimination Towards Canadians

posted Mar 10, 2011, 2:38 PM by Darren Cannell

This was really a nightmare airport to work your way around.  When we arrived into immigration we realized that as of December 2010, so a few short months ago they established a 75 dollar per person fee for Canadians, Americans and Brits.  This was a bit maddening because that was a $225.00 addition to our budget that I was not counting on.  It was also highly discriminatory and not very welcoming.  We felt very much like second class citizens or pariahs.  Thank God they took VISA because I never walk around with that much cash.  After getting over this distasteful and unwelcoming experience which temporarily made me want to not even enter this country, we made our way to our luggage.  This is when it got really frustrating.  There are 3 ATMs in the airport and they are extremely hard to find and all of them were out of order.  We then had to find a taxi company that would take VISA.  When we did, they were all overtaxed with commissions and backed up and we had to wait another 30 minutes to catch our 180 peso cab ride.  This whole awful experience took us 2 hours to get out of this frightful airport.  Travelling as much as we do and knowing a thing or two about airports we would have to award the ‘Most Awful Airport of the Trip Experience’ to Buenos Aires International due to their unwelcoming and unorganized and mismanaged airport.  It was a disgrace.