Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Must be valid at time of entry
One page required for entry stamp
Not required for stays of 90 days or less
Up to US$10,000 or equivalent undeclared for people over 16; US$5,000 or equivalent for those under 16.
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS: U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens with expired or damaged passports may not be allowed to enter and could be sent back to the United States at their own expense.
Diplomatic or official passport holders must get visas prior to arrival. Private U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires cannot help travelers with obtaining Brazilian or Paraguayan visas. For more information, see the Country Specific Information for Brazil and Paraguay.
SPECIAL ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR DUAL NATIONALS: Different rules may apply to dual U.S.-Argentine citizens, depending on when they became U.S. citizens. Visit the Argentine Ministry of the Interior website for the most current information.
SPECIAL ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS: Children under 18 who live in Argentina and are not traveling with both parents must have the notarized consent of both parents to leave Argentina (see international parental child abduction for more information).
HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS: The U.S. Department of State does not know of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for foreign visitors or residents of Argentina.
Demonstrations are common in Buenos Aires and happen in other cities as well. Protesters often block streets and highways. Demonstrations are usually nonviolent, but can turn confrontational. U.S. citizens should avoid any areas where crowds gather to protest.
CRIME: Street crime is a problem in Buenos Aires, Rosario and Mendoza. Look out for muggers, pickpockets, scam artists, and purse-snatchers who work on the street, in restaurants and hotel lobbies, at bus and train stations, in public transportation, and in cruise ship ports.
Scams involving yellow and black taxis have been reported at international airports and around Buenos Aires. Pre-arrange a ride or select one of the flat-rate “remise” services (private car with driver) from the airport. In town, use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible. See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.
"Express kidnappings" also occur, where victims are grabbed and forced to take out as much money as possible from ATMs. Family or co-workers are contacted and told to bring all the cash they have on hand or can gather in a couple of hours. Once the ransom is paid, the victim is usually released unharmed. There have been some foreign victims of express kidnappings. Fake telephone kidnappings are very common. Learning important phone numbers and, if robbed, immediately finding a phone and letting family members know you are alright are important in stopping this crime.
Travelers should not pack valuables in checked bags.
The U.S. Embassy sees many reports of stolen passports. Passports and other valuables should be locked in a hotel safe. Carry a photocopy of your passport with you.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: Report crimes to the local police at the numbers below and contact the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires:
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance. If you are in immediate danger, call the police at 911.
For more information:
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Argentina to ensure the medication is legal in Argentina. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are common:
More health information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Some U.S. citizens report problems using their ATM cards issued by U.S. banks at certain ATMs. There is no set list of ATMs or banks where you can use U.S. cards. If your ATM card does not work at one ATM, try another one or use a reputable bank or exchange house. Daily withdrawal limits may also be lower than in the U.S.
Argentina has the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas, Mount Aconcagua. Several U.S. citizens, including expert climbers, have died while climbing the mountain. Rescue missions are often impossible.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Argentina.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: People with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than in the United States. The law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities, but while the federal government has protective laws, many provinces do not.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: Driving is more dangerous than in the United States. 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. Gas stations are often far apart and not always easily identified from the main roadway. You need an Argentine or international driver’s license to drive, but verify with local authorities for the most current information.
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.
MARITIME TRAVEL: Mariners planning travel to Argentina should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msc. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website select “broadcast warnings”).