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Argentina is an alluring destination brimming with a rich, diverse culture. From tropical, sunny northern cities to snow and skiing in the south, Argentina offers a variety of options for any traveler’s desires.
Buenos Aires, the nation’s capital, is a lively, invigorating city that immerses travelers in the culture and history of Argentina. At the heart of the capital is the Plaza de Mayo, filled with preserved Spanish and European style buildings from the 19th century.
The Iguazú Falls line the border of Argentina and Brazil, and are among some of the largest waterfall systems in the world. The Iguazú National Park in Argentina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’re looking to feel a chill, then you can still find what you seek in one of Argentina’s many ski resorts. Tourists can also head to snowy Ushuaia, which is considered the most southern city in the world.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Argentina. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Argentina: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for some travelers to Argentina, based on their itinerary. Consult with a travel health specialist to learn if you’ll need one for your trip.
There is a risk of contracting the Zika virus in Argentina. Zika cases are present in the provinces of Chaco, Formosa, Salta, and Tucuman. All travelers are at risk, especially women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Taking steps to prevent insect bites, such as using DEET-based repellants can lower your risk.
For more information on any of the vaccines above, visit Passport Health’s detailed specialty vaccination pages or make an appointment with your local Travel Medicine Specialist. To make your appointment, call 1-888-499-7277 or booking online now.
Americans planning to go to Argentina do not need a visa for tourism or business visits that do not exceed 90 days. The reciprocity fee for travelers from the U.S. has also been suspended, meaning you do not have to pay. But, you do still need a valid passport to gain entry into Argentina.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The climate in Argentina is diverse, ranging from tropical to polar. Precipitation is generally light to moderate throughout most of Argentina. Here is what to expect in a few diverse tourist destinations:
There is criminal activity in Argentina, particularly in bigger cities.
The U.S. Department of State reports frequent scams involving black and yellow taxis at airports in Buenos Aires. Some of these scams include pretending to help tourists with their money while secretly exchanging their bills for counterfeits. When flying into Argentina, pre-arrange your ride from the airport using flat-rate “remise” services. When in town, always arrange for your taxi from secure locations such as hotels.
There is also a concern about “express kidnappings”. Victims are kidnapped and forced to withdraw as much money as they can from ATMs. Family, friends or coworkers are contacted and demanded to bring a ransom or as much money as possible. The victim is usually released once the ransom is paid. Some of these victims have included foreigners.
Street crime is a general problem. Common criminals include muggers, scam artists, pickpockets and purse-snatches. It is important to keep your guard up when in hotel lobbies, restaurants, at public transportation locations and on the street.
The U.S. Embassy reports many cases of stolen passports. Keep your passport and any valuables in a hotel safe and keep a photocopy of your passport on your person.
With abundant nature and sprawling, snowy mountains, Argentina is the perfect destination to try out extreme sports. Tourists can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, diving, rafting, mountaineering and more.
But, while Argentina is the perfect paradise for these unique sports, it is still important to exercise caution before speeding down mountains or jumping into unknown waters.
Research all excursions to ensure that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into or if you are even capable of participating. This will prevent unwanted injury while you are abroad. Going with a reputable vendor or guide is extremely important as well.
In addition to all travel documents and medications recommended by a Passport Health Travel Medicine Specialist, here are some items to consider packing:
All Americans visiting Argentina should register with the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. This will inform the office of your travel plans and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation. You can register online, through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. If you plan to buy a local SIM card you can also enter your phone number to receive SMS updates from the office.
U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires
Av. Colombia 4300
(C1425GMN) Buenos Aires
Telephone: +(54)(11) 5777-4533
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(54)(11) 5777-4354
Fax: +(54)(11) 5777-4240
Visit the U.S. Embassy website before leaving to confirm correct contact details for the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.
The embassy also offers an emergency contact line for U.S. citizens. If you have an emergency, you can call the ACS Emergency Line at (54-11) 5777-4354 while in Argentina.
If you have any questions or concerns about traveling to Argentina or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic or call us at or booking online today.
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