ArgentinaOfficial Name: Argentine Republic
Must be valid at time of entry
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays of 90 days or less
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Up to US$10,000 or equivalent undeclared for people over 16; US$5,000 or equivalent for minors.
Embassies and Consulates
Av. Colombia 4300
(C1425GMN) Buenos Aires
Telephone: +(54)(11) 5777-4533
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(54)(11) 5777-4354
Fax: +(54)(11) 5777-4240
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Argentina for information on U.S. - Argentina relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS: A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. Travelers bearing diplomatic or official passports are required to get visas prior to arrival in Argentina.
U.S. citizens who arrive in Argentina with expired or damaged passports may be refused entry and returned to the United States at their own expense. The U.S. Embassy cannot provide guarantees on behalf of travelers in such situations, and we encourage you to ensure that your travel documents are valid and in good condition prior to departure from the United States. Different rules apply to U.S. citizens who also have Argentine nationality, depending on their dates of U.S. naturalization. For more information, check the Argentine Ministry of the Interior website. Argentine-born naturalized U.S. citizens who enter Argentina as temporary visitors may depart using their U.S. passports as long as they remain no longer than the period granted by the Argentine immigration officer at the time of entry (typically 60-180 days). Travelers in this category who overstay will be required to obtain an Argentine passport to depart.
Children under 18 years of age who reside in Argentina, regardless of nationality, are required to present a notarized document that certifies both parents' permission for the child's departure from Argentina when the child is traveling alone, with only one parent, or in someone else's custody (click on international parental child abduction for more information).
The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires cannot assist travelers with obtaining Brazilian or Paraguayan visas. For more information, see the Country Specific Information for Brazil and Paraguay.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Argentina.
Information about dual nationality and the prevention of international parental child abduction can be found on our website.
Visit the Embassy of Argentina’s website for the most current visa information. For information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page and refer to the Argentine customs page for current regulations.
Safety and Security
Pedestrians and drivers should exercise caution, as drivers frequently ignore traffic laws, and vehicles often travel at excessive speeds.
Demonstrations are common in metropolitan Buenos Aires and occur in other major cities as well. Protesters often block streets, highways, and major intersections, causing traffic jams and delaying travel. While demonstrations are usually nonviolent, some individuals break from larger groups and sometimes seek confrontation with the police and vandalize private property. U.S. citizens should take common-sense precautions and avoid any event where crowds congregate to protest.
Public transportation is generally reliable and safe. The preferred option for travel within Buenos Aires and other major cities is by radio taxi or "remise" (private car with driver). Passengers on buses, trains, and the subway should be alert for pickpockets, especially during rush hours. Inter-urban passenger train service has been largely replaced by bus and plane service as a feasible and reliable option for most travelers.
CRIME: Street crime in the larger cities, especially greater Buenos Aires, Rosario and Mendoza, is a constant problem for residents and visitors alike. As in any big city, visitors to Buenos Aires and popular tourist destinations should be alert to muggers, pickpockets, scam artists, and purse-snatchers on the street, in restaurants, in hotel lobbies, at bus and train stations, and in cruise ship ports. Be careful in San Telmo, an older traditional neighborhood specializing in antique stores, Recoleta, and La Boca neighborhood (home to the famous “Caminito” street and “Boca Juniors” soccer stadium) in Buenos Aires, where violent robberies occur with increasing frequency. While crime occurs at all times of day, tourists who go to La Boca should limit their visits to the designated tourist street during daylight hours only. Visitors should be aware that “villas” or shanty towns are present throughout Buenos Aires and other major cities, even in tourist zones, and should avoid entering these areas.
A number of scams involving yellow and black taxis have been reported at international airports and around Buenos Aires. The most common scams include:
- Drivers pretend to help tourists with money while trading good bills for counterfeit ones.
- A “handler” at the airport accepts payment for the taxi ride, and then the driver also demands the fare at the end of the ride.
- The taxi “breaks down” on the side of the road, and a second taxi comes to retrieve the passenger. Both drivers demand payment.
- To avoid these potential issues, either pre-arrange transportation or select one of the flat rate “remise” services from designated counters located inside the airport terminal. In town, radio taxis from a reliable location, such as a hotel, should be utilized whenever possible.
Criminals usually work in groups, and travelers should assume they are armed. Be suspicious of anyone who approaches you on the street. A common scam is to spray mustard or another substance on the tourist from a distance. An accomplice proceeds to rob the victim while pretending to help clean the stain. Thieves on foot and motorcycles, “motochorros”, regularly nab purses, backpacks, laptops, and luggage, and criminals will often distract visitors for a few seconds to steal valuables. If traveling in a car, keep windows up and valuables in the trunk or on the floor boards. Do not place handbags on the back of your chair or on the floor at a restaurant; instead, keep them in your lap. While most U.S. citizens are not physically injured when robbed, visitors are advised to immediately hand over all cash and valuables if confronted. Thieves commonly target visitors wearing expensive watches or jewelry, carrying laptop computer cases, or talking on high-end cell phones. When staying in a hotel or apartment, it is a good precaution to call the front desk or security to identify uninvited individuals before giving them access. There have been a small number of reports of the use of date rape drugs in bars. Travelers should use caution entering and exiting financial institutions and when using ATM machines.
Along with conventional muggings, "express kidnappings" occur. Victims are grabbed off of the street or are stopped in mobile vehicle road blocks based on their appearance and vulnerability. In some scenarios, they are forced to withdraw as much money as possible from ATM machines, and then their family or co-workers are contacted and told to deliver all the cash that they have on hand or can gather in a couple of hours. Once the ransom is paid, the victim is usually quickly released unharmed. There have been some foreign victims of express kidnappings. Visitors are particularly advised not to let children and adolescents travel alone. Virtual kidnappings (fake telephone kidnappings) are very common. Memorizing important phone numbers and, if robbed, immediately finding a phone and letting family members know you are alright are important in interrupting this cycle.
Travelers worldwide are advised to avoid packing valuables in their checked baggage. In Argentina, officials have publicly acknowledged the systematic theft of valuables and money from checked baggage at Buenos Aires airports. Travelers should exercise continued care and caution.
The U.S. Embassy has observed an increase in reports of stolen passports. Passports and other valuables should be locked in a hotel safe, and a photocopy of your passport should be carried for identification purposes.
VICTIMS OF CRIME:
Countrywide - To report emergencies, contact the police, an ambulance or the fire department by dialing 911 from any phone except in Cordoba, Mendoza, Iguazu, Tucuman and Tierra del Fuego provinces in which you need to dial 101 for emergency services.
If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires (see the Department of State’s list of embassies and consulates). We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Provide a list of local medical providers if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, we can contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and provide a list of local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The Argentine Federal Police have established a special Tourist Police Unit to receive complaints and investigate crimes against tourists. The unit, located at Corrientes 436 in Buenos Aires, responds to calls around the clock at 4328-2135, email@example.com, or toll-free 0800-999-5000 from anywhere in the country. The Mendoza Tourist Police Unit operates 24-hours a day and is located at San Martin 1143; telephone 0261-413-2135 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our information for victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: All visitors are subject to Argentine laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: U.S.-Argentine dual nationals may be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Argentine citizens. In some instances, dual nationality may hamper U.S. government efforts to provide protection abroad.
If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in Argentina. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Argentina, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. For further information on LGBT travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
Currency Exchange and Access: The Argentine government recently lifted foreign currency restrictions, which have made it easier to obtain dollars and other foreign currencies. Banks and reputable exchange houses generally require you to present your passport to exchange money. Tourists who might want to exchange pesos for foreign currency upon leaving the country should retain all receipts related to the purchase of pesos during visits to Argentina. Commodity exchange is not one of the services provided by U.S. Embassies for U.S. citizens abroad. Travelers should exercise caution when approached with offers of illegal exchange at rates more favorable than the official rate; there have been some incidents of scams in which travelers were robbed, some of them at gun point.
Please note that some U.S. citizens have reported difficulty using their ATM cards issued by U.S. banks at certain ATMs. There is no set list of ATMs or banks at which the U.S. card will be accepted. If your ATM card does not function at one ATM, you may successfully use it at another, or you may use a reputable bank or exchange house to obtain pesos. Daily withdrawal limits may also be lower than visitors are accustomed to from their U.S. banks.
Hunting and Fishing/Transporting firearms: If you plan to hunt or fish, be sure to follow all relevant gun and game laws. Several U.S. citizens have reported difficulties bringing guns into and out of Argentina. More information is available on traveling abroad with firearms can be found here, and also (in Spanish) from the provincial offices listed on the Argentine Department of Wildlife website.
Faith-Based Travel: More information for U.S. citizen faith-based travelers can be found here.
Adventure Travel: Argentina’s mountains, forests, deserts, and glaciers make it a popular destination for outdoor and adventure sports enthusiasts. Despite the best efforts of local authorities, assisting visitors lost or injured in such remote areas can be difficult. U.S. citizens have died in recent years while mountain climbing, skiing, trekking, and hunting in Argentina. Argentina boasts the highest peak outside of the Himalayas, Mount Aconcagua. Its billing in some guidebooks as affordable and "requiring no climbing skills" attracts hundreds of U.S. citizens every year. In recent years, several U.S. citizens, including expert climbers, have lost their lives while climbing on Mount Aconcagua where rescue missions are often difficult or impossible to execute. Travelers visiting isolated and wilderness areas should learn about local hazards and weather conditions and always inform park or police authorities of their itineraries. Reports of missing or injured persons should be made immediately to the police so that a search can be mounted or assistance rendered.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in Argentina, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. It is important to note that a specific law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, while the federal government has protective laws, many provinces have not adopted the laws and have no mechanisms to ensure enforcement.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas, and be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. Most Argentine care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Argentina to ensure the medication is legal. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevelant:
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
Zika Virus: Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact. The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. For additional information about Zika, including travel advisories, visit the CDC website.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Argentina, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.
Driving in Argentina is generally more dangerous than driving in the United States. By comparison, drivers in Argentina tend to be aggressive, especially in Buenos Aires, and often ignore traffic regulations. Drivers should prepare in advance when taking long road trips, as gas stations are often spaced far apart and not always easily identified from the main roadway. Currently, an Argentine or international driving permit is required to drive in Argentina, but please verify with local authorities for the most current information.
Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the websites of Argentina's national tourist office and national roadways office (available only in Spanish).
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Argentina’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Argentina’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.