Bring your own guns

How do I bring guns to Argentina?

Bringing personal firearms into Argentina requires taking detailed steps prior to your trip, and you may also be subject to considerable expenses. Please carefully read the information below prior to making a decision to travel with your guns, or consider renting those available at the lodges.

The Argentine government places visitors into two categories when it comes to gun importation:

  • Those who have not visited Argentina before (with or without firearms).
  • Those that have visited Argentina in the past.
Depending on which one of these classifications you fall under, the rules and procedures are different. We have separated the procedures and requirements below based upon which category you fall into
  1. A copy of your passport – David Denies will prepare and present this upon arrival in Argentina.
  2. Warrantor – David Denies will coordinate this upon arrival in Argentina.
  3. ANMAC (Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados) Hunting Form Prepared, presented and paid by David Denies at the moment of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.
  4. Customs Guarantee Form – Prepared and presented by David Denies at the moment of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.
  1. Consulate Permit ** Must be obtained in person, and by appointment, by the hunter/gun owner in the country of origin.
  2. A copy of your passport – David Denies will prepare and present this upon arrival in Argentina.
  3. Warrantor – David Denies will coordinate this upon arrival in Argentina.
  4. ANMAC Hunting Form – Prepared, presented and paid by David Denies at the time of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.
  5. Customs Guarantee Form – Prepared and presented by David Denies at the time of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.

** Important Note: All over/under or side-by-side shotguns with longer barrels than 24 inches are exempt of the Consulate Permit at all levels. The only guns requiring a consular permit are pump or auto-loading shotguns, to be carried by a hunter who is entering Argentina for his second visit, or any subsequent visit.

Further explanation of requirements as outlined above

    • PASSPORT — A copy of your passport is requested at the Argentine airport. Please make sure to send us one prior to your trip and we will handle this on-site at the airport.
    • WARRANTOR — Every time you do a transitory import of a gun into Argentina, RENAR asks the outfitter (David Denies) to provide the hunter (user/owner of the gun) with a warrantor (someone who will testify with a signature that the gun will leave the country after the stay in Argentina) who will be responsible for the guns while they are in transit in our country. This warrantor is the physical person in charge of signing all the necessary paperwork to clear the guns into the country. This service is provided by David Denies. The warrantor will also be at the airport when you are leaving the country after your stay with us signing a paper assuring that those guns are basically leaving the country.
    • ANMAC — David Denies will complete the ANMAC Hunting Form. In the event you want to download this form and complete it yourself, click here.
    • CONSULAR INFORMATION – The Consulate Permit is only required of those who have visited Argentina before. Please note that it is mandatory to appear in person at the Argentine Consulate in your jurisdiction (except for Atlanta residents, who are exempt).
  1. Hunting permit form issued by the consulate (signed in original) – Please do not leave any fields unanswered and write clearly. (link below)
  2. Copy of the first page of your valid passport.
  3. Three passport size photos, light background. No Computer generated photos are accepted (do not glue/staple them to the form).
  4. Copy of valid gun permit by the authorities in the state of your residence in the event your state requires one (not mandatory for all travelers).
  5. Copy of your airline itinerary.
  6. A money order or cashier’s check in the amount of US$40 payable to the Argentine Consulate of your jurisdiction.
  7. Proof of gun ownership either by receipt, insurance record, or commercial bill showing the purchase of the weapon and its owner (with serial number of the gun).
  8. Copy of form 4457 (Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects taken abroad) – Click here to view it.

To avoid unnecessary trips to the Consulate, it is highly advisable that you mail all the above documents in advance to make sure all is in order prior to your appointment. Argentina Consulates are closed on U.S. and Argentine Holidays. For appointments, please contact the consulate of your jurisdiction by email:

Jurisdiction: Texas, New México, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana

Jurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Hawaii and Pacific Islands

Jurisdiction: Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee

Jurisdiction: Florida, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Montserrat, Cayman Islands,  Guadalupe and Martinique (France)

Jurisdiction: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont

Jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North y South Dakota, Ohio y Wisconsin

Jurisdiction: DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania

You can check here on this website all the respective Argentine consulates in the US taking into account your jurisdiction.

Gun Import Fees

  • If entering with guns via COR (Córdoba) airport price is US$160 per person p/gun.
  • If entering with guns via EZE (Buenos Aires) airport price is US$450 – US$500 p/person plus US$50 approximately per additional gun or extra set of barrels.

Up to 3 guns or 1 gun with 3 extra sets of barrels.

The process length will be basically determined by how many people are in the line before you.

  • Via CÓRDOBA – about 35 minutes
  • Vía EZEIZA Buenos Aires– about 1 hour

It is possible but it will be ridiculously expensive for the warrantor (who needs to present in person at the check in and check out in Argentina). He would have to travel to be present with you. His time and travel could easily run into the hundreds of dollars.

A warrantor will be waiting for you at the airline counter. He will escort you and sign the warranty paper ensuring the guns are leaving the country.

You need to make sure to tell your airline your final destination is Argentina. It is important to reconfirm with the airline that your guns are in transit through those countries.

Prior to travelling, and case them in accordance with international airline standards.

It won’t happen, but if for any reason it does happen, the guns will be sent to storage in the airport and may be withdrawn by the owner on his return to the U.S. Storage fees may apply.

How do I bring guns to Uruguay?

If you wish to bring your own gun, we require the following information:

  1. Full Name
  2. A copy of your passport
  3. Firearm model and brand
  4. Firearm serial number
  5. Firearm gauge/caliber

The Munition and Gun Department provides a “transitory authorization for bringing fire guns” that is valid for 30 days. The entire process is prepared and completed by a representative from David Denies’ San Juan and Uruguay lodges, with information provided by guests prior to their visit.

Once you arrive at the airport, a member of our crew (the same staff member that did the paperwork prior to your visit) will be waiting at Immigration to meet you and accompany you to the customs area. There, we will sign the appropriate permissions, confirm the model, caliber, serial number of the gun and ownership of it. The process usually takes no more than 15 to 20 minutes.

We will also issue you a card for each gun you bring; this must be carried at all times on the hunting trip and can be discarded once you have departed Uruguay with the firearm.

A “temporary loan authorization” is issued by a member of our crew for every guest who will rent a gun in the lodge. These guests will not go through the customs office at the airport. Instead, guests enter the country directly. Once at the lodge you will be given your temporary loan authorization for the gun(s) you will be using during your stay.

Need further information?

At David Denies we have been assisting sportsmen traveling with guns for over 30 years and we are very familiar with the process, so if you are looking to bring your own gun please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email to to chat with one of our experts who will be able to give you more information or help with questions you might have.