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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Consult the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
Dirección Nacional de Migraciones
Diplomatic Representations
Consult the Argentine Chancellery website
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Traffic is very heavy in Buenos Aires especially in the center. Traffic lights are obeyed but the use of indicators is practically unknown.
Be very careful of buses which force their way through and taxis which drive very slowly when they are empty and at breakneck speed when they are taken.

To travel around Buenos Aires and in the suburbs, it is better to use public transport (bus, train, metro) or a taxi, as parking in the city center is practically impossible. You must watch out for illegal taxis, especially at the airport.

Using taxis is recommended; there are plenty of them in Buenos Aires and they are cheap. The average fare is 15 pesos. At the international airport it is advisable to flag down radio taxis or a private car service called “remise”.
Maps of Urban Networks
Map of the subway

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Buenos Aires - Jorge Newbery (AEP) 3 km / 2 miles USD 2-3 / 10-20 min PES 0.70 / 10-20 min - Available
Buenos Aires - Ezeiza Intl (EZE) 35 km / 21 miles USD 15 / 30-45 min USD 2 / 90-120 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
There is practically no long distance train network; buses are the preferred means of public transport in the provinces. Greater Buenos Aires is served by a good network of suburban trains.
Seven airline companies share the market, and the two main ones are AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS - AUSTRAL and LAN. Links between the capital and the main provincial towns are frequent. On the other hand, flights linking the various provincial towns with each other are fewer. The company LADE uses propeller planes for some of its flights and does not often keep to the timetable. A new company, SOL, has flights from Buenos Aires and between a few cities.
Rail Companies
TBA

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Aerolineas Argentina - Austral Major yes Yes
LAN Major yes Yes
LADE Major yes No
SOL Major yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
Roads are generally asphalted and in good condition on main routes.

Be careful! Buying petrol may be a problem. Argentina regularly has petrol shortages. You are advised to fill up as soon as possible, especially in Patagonia.

The number of people killed and injured on the roads puts Argentina among the leaders of the countries where road safety is sadly lacking. The greatest care is therefore recommended if you use Argentine roads, which are mostly only two lane, and this multiplies the risks of face to face collisions which are particularly lethal.

Road Maps
Argentine road network
Find an Itinerary
Itineraries in Argentina

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Argentina is a new country. The history it has to offer is mainly in Buenos Aires, where there are monuments and old residences to visit.
Cultural
There is an abundant cultural life in Buenos Aires.
Corrientes Avenue is also called the South American Broadway (shows, plays, etc.)
Many concerts and festivals are on at the various theaters.
Finally, the city has a wealth of cultural centers with a wide variety of activities.
Nature
Natural tourism is Argentina's strong point. Glaciers, high mountains, salt desert, equatorial forest, pampa, etc.
Note El Chalten for many treks in the Andes.
Religious
Lujan
Thermal
Many spa towns. The main ones are Jujuy and Colón.
Beach
The Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires is the Argentines' favorite place in the summer holidays: mar del Plata, Carilo, Pinamar.
Winter Sports
Ski at Las Leñas and Bariloche. Mountain climbing in the Andes.
Outdoor Activities
There is no limit! You can even cross Cape Horn in a kayak!
Shopping
There are two types of shopping in Buenos Aires:
- in top-of-the-range shopping malls
- in the Palermo and Recoleta districts
Tourism Organizations
Secretary of Tourism of Argentina

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There are no vaccination requirements for international journeys. The risk of malaria is only in its mild form P.vivax; the risk is low and limited to rural areas along the borders with Bolivia (plains of the provinces of Salta and Jujuy) and Paraguay (plains of the provinces of Corrientes and Misiones). The recommended prevention in areas of risk is CHL (chloroquine).
Guard against traveler's diarrhea (Turista). Highest risk foods are prepared dishes which are later eaten cold; seafood, meat, fish which are undercooked or badly cooked, and raw vegetables as well as fruits you have not peeled yourself are also taking a risk. Drinking water must be boiled and filtered or drunk from sealed bottles.
If an accident occurs on the public highway, the injured person is automatically taken to the emergency department of a public hospital, where the first aid is basic. It is then up to the injured person to have himself transferred to a private clinic, with the agreement of his insurance company.
International Hospitals
Hospital Alemán (German hospital)

Hospital italiano (Italian hospital)
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
World Health Organization website (WHO)
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The advice to travelers of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Current Travel Warnings of the US State Department
 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency medical services 107
Police 911
Firemen 100
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Buenos Aires (GMT-2 (southern summer), GMT-3 (southern winter))
Summer Time Period
Summer time from January to March.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The climate varies enormously depending on whether you are in the south, Ushuaïa with its polar climate, or in the north, in the province of Chaco, with its equatorial climate.

Average temperatures in Buenos Aires are from 17°C to 29°C in January and from 5°C to 14°C in June.

For Further Information
Consult the Argentine meteorological service website
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Beef is the meat which is eaten in all its forms countrywide in Argentina:
- Bife de lomo (a very thick and very tender filet)
- Bife de chorizo (very popular in Argentina, a sirloin cooked in its own fat).
Beef is also eaten Gaucho style with Parilladas or Asados (BBQs) where filets, rib steaks, blood sausage, chorizo, sweetbreads, etc. are cooked over the coals, and, of course, as always in Argentina, the portions are enormous. The ideal accompaniment to this delicious meat is Chimichuri, a sort of Argentine mustard based on 22 different herbs.

Other specialties are:
- Charcoal grilled lamb
- Ewe's milk cheeses
- Alfajores de Cordoba : sandwich biscuits filled with dulce de leche and covered with chocolate or vanilla.
- Carbonada en Zapallo : Stuffed gourd. Here you can find all Argentina's produce. You can use cubes of beef but in some coastal regions, they are replaced by fish.
- Dulce de leche (caramelized milk) : This caramelized milk crossed the South American borders a few years ago. It is eaten with bread, like a jam, chocolates are filled with it and it is spread between piled up pancakes.
- Matambre (rolled up beef with hard boiled eggs): This is a traditional dish which is served hot or cold and the name means literally "kills hunger".
- Parilla: Argentine BBQ. People love the offal which is served as a garnish. The rib steak is served on a wooden board.
- Rogel de Dulce de leche : Millefeuille made with dulce de leche.

 

 

Drinks
There is a wide variety of Argentine wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrha).
Dietary Restrictions
Raw meat and horse flesh are almost banned from traditional restaurants.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Argentine Peso
ISO Code
ARS
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The national currency is the Peso (ARS). The parity established between the Peso and the Dollar in April 1991 has been abolished. Visitors are advised to take dollars in cash with them. It is possible to withdraw money in all towns.
Possible Means of Payment
Dollars and Euros are an accepted means of payment in shops. The use of credit cards is quite common.

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Speaking

Official Language
Spanish is the national language of Argentina.
Other Languages Spoken
It is important to note that a part of the population understands and/or speaks English and Italian. All the other Argentines only speak Spanish, except the immigrant population. There are also minority groups speaking approximately 20 native languages.
Business Language
According to the type of company contacted, its geographical location and sector of activity, it may be difficult to find someone who speaks English.
Getting Some Knowledge
Use thetravlangservice for language resources.
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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Hostel (Hotels and Resorts of Argentina)
Specialized agencies or Internet
Argentina BnB (Directory of accommodation in Argentina)
Estancias Argentinas.com
To Find an Apartment
Maure Inmobiliaria (rental and sales)
Alquiler Buenos Aires (furnished rentals)
Tucasargentina.com (rental and sales)

Mundo Anuncio (small ads)
Immeubles Clarin (small ads)
To Find a Job
CompuTrabajo Argentina
Bumeran.com
Opcionempleo

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