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Argentina Mini Guide
   Source: World Travel Guide

Overview

Deep in the south of South America is this land of infinitely enchanting landscapes -from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and the dusty plains of Patagonia to the ‘Land of Fire' - Tierra del Fuego. Whether exploring the lush rainforest of Missiones, horse riding in the scorched red mountains of Salta, trekking the turquoise lakes and evergreen forests of the Lake District or playing the gaucho in the fertile Pampas, the country provides wonderful, boundless adventures.

At the heart of all this is the capital city, Buenos Aires. Somewhat unfairly described as a grimy Paris, Buenos Aires is a smart, contemporary city that is full of life and bursting with energy. While the spirit of the tango is alive and well and the gaucho heritage is celebrated, modern Argentina is more cosmopolitan in its outlook than many South American countries.

The people of Argentina are warm, friendly and open to visitors. Despite a dark period of military dictatorship and a series of economic crises, the Argentines have a tenacious spirit and lust for life that is infectious. This passion shines through in the nation's great loves of football, food and partying. Visitors to this country will find it easy to get into the swing of things, bringing back long-lasting memories of fine local wines and enormous steaks, along with those of the unforgettable and extraordinary landscapes.

 

Passport/Visa

Passport Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

Visa Required?

British

No

Australian

No

Canadian

No/1

USA

No

Other EU

No/1

Return Ticket Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

 

Passports

Valid passport required by all nationals referred to in chart above. The minimum passport validity is equivalent to the time granted by the immigration authorities.

Visas

Not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for either business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days (extensions for a further 90 days are possible for some nationals; contact the consulate for details).

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).

Visa Note

Argentine minors travelling to or from Argentina, if unaccompanied by their parents or travelling with a single parent, must carry their parents’ or legal guardian’s authorisation to travel, which must be certified by an Argentine Consul if issued abroad. Fines will be levied if passengers do not comply with immigration requirements and passengers will be deported.

Reciprocity Fees

Travellers from the USA, Canada and Australia entering Argentina via any port of entry are required to pay a fee online before travelling and must show proof of payment on arrival. You can pay this on the Provincia NET website. The reciprocity fee is waived for travellers who are in transit for less than 12 hours, have an onward connecting flight and do not leave the international area of the airport (ie do not pass through immigration).

Types and cost:
Reciprocity fees for US citizens: US$160; Canadians: US$92; Australians: US$100. For nationals of the USA, this fee covers unlimited entries to Argentina for 10 years. For Australian nationals, the fee allows multiple entries for one year from the date of issue. For Canadian nationals the fee allows multiple entries until one month before the traveller's passport expires.

For nationals requiring a tourist visa, the cost is US$50.

Money

Currency

Peso (ARS; symbol AR$) = 100 centavos. Peso notes are in denominations of AR$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of AR$5, 2 and 1, and in 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.
US Dollars are accepted in some hotels and tourist centres. Confusingly, both peso and dollar prices are often preceded by just ‘$', so check if you are uncertain.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorised cambios (bureaux de change), which are available in all major cities.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

Most major credit cards are accepted, but not as widely as in the US or Europe; even some major hotels do not have credit card facilities.

ATMs are available in most cities and have options in English, but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as daily withdrawal limits are low and machines don't always work. During national holidays ATMs can run out so it is wise to withdraw in advance.
Foreign tourists who are not resident in Argentina can no longer pay for tourism-related services (air tickets, bus travel, hotel rooms, all-inclusive tours etc) in Pesos. These services must be paid for with foreign credit and bank cards, money transfers (in foreign currencies) from abroad, in cash with foreign money (eg US Dollars) or with cheques from foreign accounts

Traveller's Cheques

These can be exchanged at banks, cambios and some hotels. It is often difficult to exchange these in the smaller towns. Travellers are advised to use ATMs and credit cards, but if they do take traveller's cheques to bring them in US Dollars.

Banking Hours

Mon-Fri 1000-1500.

Exchange Rate Indicators

Date

June 2016

£1.00=

AR$20.27

$1.00=

AR$13.94

€1.00=

AR$15.51

 

Health

Vaccinations

 

Special Precautions

Diphtheria

Yes

Hepatitis A

Yes

Malaria

No*

Rabies

Yes**

Tetanus

Yes

Typhoid

Yes

Yellow Fever

No

Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required, depending on the season and region visited.

* Argentina is a low risk area for malaria and instances are limited to northern lowlands in the Jujuy, Salta, Corrientes and Misiones provinces. Protection against mosquito bites should be enough, but chloroquine can be used as an extra precautionary measure.
** Recommended if visiting jungle or remote rural areas. If bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

Food and Drink

Tap water is generally safe but bottled water is recommended, especially outside main cities and towns. If bottled water is unavailable then boil water for over a minute before drinking.

Other Risks

Dengue fever, carried by mosquitoes, is present but not common. Leishmaniasis, a skin disease spread by sandflies, is a low risk. Both can be avoided with sensible precautionary measures such as using mosquito nets and insect repellent in lowland and jungle areas. From around March to October time, Argentine haemorrhagic fever - a viral disease caused by Junin virus – can be picked up in the pampas. It is transmitted by the corn mouse, by either by breathing in dust contaminated with droppings or by contact with the creature.

Health Care

Medical insurance is highly recommended as there are no reciprocal health agreements. Medical facilities are generally of a high standard, though of varying quality outside Buenos Aires. Immediate cash payment is often expected by doctors.

 

Getting There

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) (website: www.aerolineas.com.ar). The cheapest times to fly to Argentina tend to be September, and April-June, although travel to South America from Europe tends to always be quite pricey. Most international flights come into Ministro Pistarini airport just outside Buenos Aires. Direct flights to Argentina are served by British Airways (www.ba.com), KLM (www.klm.com) and others.

Approximate Flight Times

British Airways runs a daily direct flight to Buenos Aires from London Heathrow that takes around 13 hours 45 minutes. The most common route, however, is to fly from London to Buenos Aires via Madrid; this takes between 15 and 18 hours. Direct flights from New York to Buenos Aires take around 10 hours 50 minutes; there are around two per day.

Main Airports

Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) (website: www.aa2000.com.ar) is 37km (23 miles) from Buenos Aires. To/from the airport: Regular shuttle buses connect to the city (journey time - 40 minutes). Taxis and private hire cars are also available.

There is also a coach connection to Jorge Newbery airport (locally called Aeroparque) for domestic flight connections. To reach the city by car, drive on the Teniente General Ricchieri freeway. Facilities: 24-hour bank, bureau de change, ATMs, restaurants, tourist information kiosk, duty-free shops and car hire.

Air Passes

Mercosul Airpass (www.allairpass.com) is valid within Argentina, Brazil, Chile (except Easter Island), Paraguay and Uruguay. Participating airlines include Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR), Aerolíneas Del Sur (AS), Pluna (PU) and VARIG Airlines (RG). The pass can only be purchased by passengers who live outside South America and must be booked in conjunction with an international ticket. It is valid for seven to 45 days.

The South American Pass is valid on Aerolíneas Argentinas (www.aerolineas.com.ar) and Austral (its domestic subsidiary) flights only. The pass can only be purchased by passengers who live outside South America and whose international flights are booked with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Up to 10 flight coupons are allowed and it is valid for seven to 45 days.

Oneworld Visit South America Pass (www.oneworld.com) is valid within Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile (except Easter Island), Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Participating airlines are American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific (CX), Finnair (AY), Iberia (IB), LAN (LA) and Qantas (QF). The pass must be bought outside South America in the country of residence. It allows unlimited travel to over 30 destinations. You can take as many flights as you like, but a minimum of three flights must be booked. 

Getting to Argentina by boat

Cruise ships:

A number of cruise operators stop off at Buenos Aires, including Princess Cruises (www.princess.com) and Royal Caribbean (www.royalcaribbean.co.uk).

Ferry operators:

Ferry services run between Uruguay and Buenos Aires. Travellers can reach the Argentine capital from Montevideo, Colonia and Punta del Este. See www.buquebus.com.

Climate

Argentina's climate ranges from the great heat and extensive rains of the subtropical Chaco in the north, through to the pleasant climate of the central Pampas, and the sub-Antarctic cold of the Patagonian Sea in the south. The main central area is temperate, but can be very hot and humid during summer (December to February) and chilly in winter.

The most pleasant times to visit Buenos Aires are September-November and February- March. The city is best avoided in January, when the heat is at its most intense and many of its residents flee to the coast leaving behind a comparative ghost city. Exploring the wilds of Patagonia is best done in the late spring and summer months – between November and February – whilst the northern regions are at their most hospitable in the spring, autumn and winter. If heading to Argentina for a ski trip, hit the slopes during mid-June to October.

Required Clothing

Lightweight clothing is generally all that is required in the north, whereas warm clothes are certainly necessary in the south, up in the mountains and during winter months in the central area. It is sensible to carry waterproofs in all areas and bring a good sunblock.

 

Contacts

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Argentina
Telephone: (11) 4808 2200. Website: http://www.ukinargentina.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1300.
Embassy of Argentina in the USA
Telephone: (202) 238 6400. Website: http://www.embassyofargentina.us Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Argentine Consulate in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7318 1340. Website: http://www.argentine-embassy-uk.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1300.
Embassy of Argentina in the UK
Telephone: ((020) 7318 1300. Website: http://www.argentine-embassy-uk.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Argentina Consular Section
Telephone: (202) 238 6460 or 6461. Website: http://embassyofargentina.us Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1300.

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