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'Pictures of travel and vacation destinations and tours for Central America and South America and Tourist Information About Argentina
'Pictures of travel and vacation destinations and tours for Central America and South America and Tourist Information About Argentina
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Argentina

Tourist Information About Argentina


Passport and Visas

The following information is subject to change and should be verified by contacting the nearest diplomatic or consular office of Argentina. Violations of entry and exit requirements may result in serious penalties.

i. United States Tourists
A valid U.S. passport is required for all citizens regardless of age in order to enter Argentina and to return to the U.S. A visa is not required for all tourist visits of up to 90 days. Though not necessarily an official requirement of Argentina, U.S. citizens should assure that their passports are valid for a period of six months after their expected date of departure from Argentina and are in good condition. If a second nationality passport was used to enter Argentina in the case of dual citizenship, all U.S. citizens must use a U.S. passport when returning to the U.S. Certificates of Naturalization, birth certificates, driver's licenses and photocopies are NOT accepted as alternative travel documents by authorities in the U.S. or Argentina.

All U.S. tourists traveling within Argentina should have in their possession at all times either the original passport or a photocopy of the information page as well as a photocopy of the visa stamp showing date of entry into Argentina.

In order to prevent international child abduction, Argentina requires documentary evidence of approval of both parents when the child is traveling alone, with only one parent, or in the custody of someone else.

ii. Canadian Tourists
A valid Canadian passport is required for all citizens regardless of age in order to enter Argentina and to return to Canada. A visa is not required for tourist visits of up to 90 days. Though not necessarily an official requirement of Argentina, Canadian citizens should assure that their passports are valid for a period of six months after their expected date of departure from Argentina. If a second nationality passport was used to enter Argentina in the case of dual citizenship, all Canadian citizens must use a Canadian passport when returning to Canada. Certificates of Naturalization, birth certificates, Certificates of Canadian Citizenship, driver's licenses and photocopies are NOT accepted as alternative travel documents by authorities in Canada or Argentina.

All Canadian tourists traveling within Argentina should have in their possession at all times either the original passport or a photocopy of the information page as well as a photocopy of the visa stamp showing date of entry into Argentina.

In order to prevent international child abduction, Argentina requires documentary evidence of approval of both parents when the child is traveling alone, with only one parent, or in the custody of someone else.

iii. European Tourists
A valid European passport is required for all citizens regardless of age in order to enter Argentina and to return to Europe. A visa is not required for all tourist visits of up to 90 days. Though not necessarily an official requirement of Argentina, European citizens should assure that their passports are valid for a period of six months after their expected date of departure from Argentina.

All European tourists traveling within Argentina should have in their possession at all times either the original passport or a photocopy of the information page as well as a photocopy of the visa stamp showing date of entry into Argentina.

In order to prevent international child abduction, Argentina requires documentary evidence of approval of both parents when the child is traveling alone, with only one parent, or in the custody of someone else.

Airport Taxes and Customs
An airport departure tax is required on most international flights and may be paid in $US or Argentine pesos. Some credit cards are also accepted.

Health and Vaccinations
All tourists should be sure that their routine vaccinations are up to date whether traveling or not. This information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website.

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and Rabies vaccinations are recommended, but not required, for all those traveling to Argentina. For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

Malaria risk exists in rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province, along the border with Bolivia, and Misiones and Corrientes province, along the border with Paraguay. In the case of infection, the antimalarial drug chloroquine is recommended for use. For more information about Malaria visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

To avoid infection of any diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, it is recommended that you wear long sleeves or pants or have in your possession mosquito repellant, especially in areas where infection of Malaria is possible. Additionally, the use of bed nets is recommended in these areas.

Safety and Security
Argentina is a developing country, and travelers should exercise caution as criminal activity continues to be an active problem. Tourists should avoid carrying with them valuables that may jeopardize their safety.

Clothing and What to Bring
Be sure to pack warm clothes even for the summer as the nights do cool down. If you visit during the winter months, obviously be sure to pack lots of warm clothes. Depending on your personal preferences the temperatures above will be a good guide for deciding how many layers will be necessary during your vacation to Argentina.

Currency, Banks, Credit Cards
The currency used in Argentina is called the Argentine peso, or just the peso (ARS). In the past years the exchange rate has been roughly 3 pesos for every US$.

A good option is to bring US$ into Argentina as they can be exchanged in the airport or banks. Upon departure, any surplus may be exchanged back. Canadian dollars may be difficult to exchange in Argentina and US$ are preferred.

In addition, international debit and credit cards may be used to withdraw money from local ATMs. Also, most major credit cards are accepted in Argentina, especially in tourist destinations. It is always a good idea to check with your credit card companies to find out what, if any, foreign exchange fees exist.

Bringing US$ traveler's checks to Argentina for exchange is also another viable option. Canadian dollar traveler's checks may be difficult to exchange and US$ traveler's checks should be used.

Taxes and Tips
Tax on all sales is 21% in Argentina. As long as it is not already included in the tab, tipping 10% is customary.

Time Zone
The time zone used in Argentina is three hours before Coordinated Universal Time, or (UTC-03:00). This means that during summer (daylight savings time) Argentina is one hour ahead New York City and four hours ahead of Los Angeles.

Telephone Calls
When calling from Argentina to the United States or Canada visitors must dial the following: 001 City Code Local Number.

When calling from Argentina to another international country visitors must dial the following: 00 Country Code City Code Local Number.

Electricity and Voltage
Electricity in Argentina is 220V/50Hz and generally uses their standard double round pin attachment plugs or the three prong oblique flat blades with ground, both of which are NOT used in North America. This means that standard North American devices will require an adapter and must also work at this given voltage and frequency. Otherwise, a voltage converter will be required.
k. Local Newspapers
Argentina is home to many dozens of newspapers offered throughout the country. Many cities have their own local newspapers and Buenos Aires is home to many news sources to choose from in both Spanish and English.

Transportation and Getting Around in Argentina

i. Cars

Argentina has an impressive infrastructure including a reliable highway system which allows travelers to easily get around in the country. Keep in mind that the size of the country could result in some very long road trips.

ii. Taxis
There are many thousands of taxis in the nation's capital which makes this a great way to get through the city. Always be sure that the taxi is licensed as this information should be clearly visible. Also, be sure to ask the price before taking off to your destination to be sure you don't get hit with a big bill in the end.

iii. Buses
Because Argentina is so large, travel is much different than in the smaller Latin American countries. However, Argentina has bus services that offer comfortable transport to many Argentinean destinations. Some of the trips will obviously be very long however, depending on how far across country you are traveling. The bus trips do not necessarily have to originate in the capital.

iv. Domestic Flights
Argentina also has numerous domestic airlines though they are commonly much more expensive than the bus option. However, if you want to get to your destination quickly, air travel may be your best option.

Business Hours
Business hours in the capital are generally 9:00AM to 5:00PM with an hour lunch break. Retail business generally stay open until 8:00PM. Outside of the capital, businesses may stay open later and observe a siesta from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Banks are generally open from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.

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USA:
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