Travel Advice for Argentina
Argentina
Capital: Buenos Aires

Time Zone GMT - 3
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 54
IDD: International dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 101/107, Police helpline (24hrs) in English on 101, for victims of crime.
Tourist
Information
Secretaría de Turismo de la Nacíon, Calle Suipacha 1111, 21º 1368 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tel: (1) 312 5621 Fax: (1) 313 6834.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except nationals of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay who, for journeys that do not go beyond these countries, can use their national ID cards. Return ticket required by Australia, Japan and others. May be subject to change at short notice. Contact the Consular authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all for business purposes, refer to the relevant authority for visa requirements for tourists.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists in the Vivax variety in rural and areas below 1200m.
Other Health Risks: Rabies, noteworthy risk of Hepatitis A, Trypanosomiasis, Gastroentiritis, Intestinal Parasitosis and Anthrax. Anthrax is not at this time seen to be significantly more prevalent than in many rural economies worldwide.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency Nuevo Peso (P) = 100 centavos.
Diners Club, American Express and MasterCard. Travellers cheques can be exchanged in larger towns for US Dollars.
ATM availability: Over 800 locations.
Cost of
Living
Budget travel is not impossible. Reasonably priced lodging, food and transport is available. Allow for fluctuating prices between cities and rural areas.
Languages Spanish is the official language. English, German, French and Italian are sometimes spoken.
Weather The central area is hot and humid between December and February and cooler in the winter. The north has a sub-tropical climate, the south has a sub-arctic climate.
Electricity 220 Volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs = older buildings require 2-pin, but 3-pin can be used in more modern buildings.
Post Airmail to Europe takes between 5 to 10 days. Surface mail can take as long as 50 days, so airmail is advisable.
Transport FLIGHTS: Air travel is the most convenient way to get around the main cities but is often in heavy demand and subject to delay.
ROADS: Cross- country high ways are well built, although road conditions off the main routes can be unreliable.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required and this must be stamped at the offices of the Automovil club Argentina. Minor violations are subject to large fines.
RAIL: One of the largest domestic rail- networks in the world. Good facilities and low class travel can be good value. There are six main routes out of Buenos Aires, but information can be hard to find elsewhere in Argentina.
Special
Information
The country's economic meltdown has caused sporadic outbreaks of violence. Avoid demonstrations and remain alert. Be vigilent and avoid scams - the most common of which is for someone to rob you while another pretends to help you clear up the mess from a spilled drink or meal. Avoid casual discussion of the Falklands/Malvinas islands. Due to an increase in crime occasionally involving violence avoid poorly-lit areas at night. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash at all times. Beachwear is not suitable for town. Avoid military installations, which usually allow no stopping.