Youth Olympic Games


The Youth Olympic Games is the largest multi-sport competition for high-performance athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.

From October 6 to the 18, 2018, the Argentine capital will become the epicenter of the Olympic world with a memorable sports and cultural celebration.

Visitor Information

The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Argentina the following information related to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.


Before You Go

Print our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to:

  • GET INFORMATION: Visit the State Department’s country information page for Argentina. It provides up-to-date information about safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in Argentina.
  • ENROLL IN STEP: Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable the U.S. Embassy to keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, and help us reach you in an emergency.

Safety and Security

Major events are a prime opportunity for crime. It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Robberies involving motorcycles (called “motochorros”) occur frequently in Buenos Aires and other large cities. These thieves normally operate in pairs: one to jump off and take the watches, purses, and backpacks of pedestrians, and another to operate the bike. The motochorros also reach, or break, into cars to snatch valuable items.
  • Guard purses, backpacks, laptops, and luggage, especially on public transportation, at airports, bus terminals, and restaurants. In restaurants, keep your bag in your lap and not on the chair or floor.
  • Be aware of the “mustard” scheme and other robbery strategies involving two or more people. One person distracts the victim by offering to wipe something off of them, asking them for the time, bumping into them, etc. while their partner nabs their wallet or bag.
  • Use bags that hang across the front of your body so that you can have your hand on the bag and see it at all times.
  • Do not travel in unfamiliar areas alone, especially at night.
  • Do not wear flashy or expensive jewelry and watches or expose cameras, cell phones, or other expensive technology devices.
  • Lock your passport in the hotel safe or your luggage and carry a photocopy of it.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash, and use ATMs in public places.
  • If confronted, do not resist. Hand over what is being asked of you to avoid a violent situation.
  • Watch the hands of the taxi driver at all times when exchanging money to make sure he/she does not trade your good bill for a counterfeit one and try to give it back to you insisting you gave him/her a fake. When possible pay in exact change and don’t use large bills that require a lot of change.

For more information about Safety & Security Visit the State Department’s country information page for Argentina.

Remember: You are subject to all Argentine laws, which may differ from those in the United States. If you violate these laws even unknowingly, you may be arrested, fined, expelled, and banned from re-entering Argentina. Expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around sports venues.


Stay Informed

U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires:

Information about services to U.S. citizens, security, and fraud warnings, among other topics.

Av. Colombia 4300
(C1425GMN) Buenos Aires
+(54)(11) 5777-4533
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(54)(11) 5777-4354
Fax: +(54)(11) 5777-4240

American Citizens Services
American Citizens Services (ACS) units at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina will provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in need, throughout the Youth Olympic Games. 
Website information:

Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Website:
Latest Travel Advisory, international travel tips, information regarding the STEP enrollment process, etc.

Twitter Accounts: Follow @TravelGov and @USEmbArgentina for up-to-date safety and security information about the Youth Olympic Games.


Access to Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

The Youth Olympic Games will be held in four themed parks located in different points of the city, which are regular gathering points, as well as four stand-alone venues outside of the city limits.

With your Youth Olympic Pass you may enter all the parks and stand-alone venues of the Games during all the competition days from October 7 to October 18, 2018.

The Youth Olympic Pass is personal, non-transferable and free of charge for spectators.

Venues and Match Schedule:

Av. Coronel Roca 3490, City of Buenos Aires.

Main access: Av. Libertador and Olleros.
Secondary access: Andrés Bello and Av. Figueroa Alcorta.

Main Access: Marta Lynch and Juana Manso, City of Buenos Aires.
Secondary access: Olga Cossettini S/N, City of Buenos Aires.

Juan Bautista de la Salle 4566 -Villa Martelli – Buenos Aires

Main access: Av. Triunvirato S/N, City of Buenos Aires
Secondary access: Juan Bautista de la Salle S/N, City of Buenos Aires

Official Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 website: Information on sporting venues, accommodations, accessibility, youth Olympic pass and spector guide, etc.


Transportation and Accommodations

Public transport is the most effective and comfortable way to move around the city of Buenos Aires to get to the Parks.

  • Transport – Information on public transportation, taxis, car rental, etc.

Traffic in and around the stadiums will be extremely heavy during the events, and traffic jams are likely. Pedestrians should be careful crossing streets or intersections, crossing parking lots, and walking on sidewalks, as drivers in Argentina often do not yield to pedestrians. Use marked walkways, overpasses, or crosswalks, and do not attempt to cross traffic in driving zones.

There are likely to be extreme shortages of hotel rooms during this event. Book rooms in advance and expect to pay high prices due to increased demand.


LGBTI Travelers

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Argentina. 

Review our LGBTI Travel Information page before you go.

Last Updated: September 21, 2018