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- Petty crime, such as robbery and bag snatching, is common. Take care on public transport and in tourist areas.
- Crimes such as thefts and robberies in Buenos Aires and other major cities are on the increase.
- Violent crimes are increasingly common in the tourist areas of Buenos Aires, Rosario and Mendoza. These include armed robbery and express kidnapping. Only use ATMs in banks and shopping centres. If you're held up, don't resist.
- Thieves often target cars stopped at traffic lights. Crime also occurs in taxis. Keep doors and windows locked when driving.
- Protests are common, especially in major cities. These can turn violent. In Buenos Aires, protests often occur in Plaza De Mayo and Congreso. Avoid large public gatherings.
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- COVID-19 remains a significant risk in Argentina.
- Dengue can occur at any time in Argentina, with cases registered as far south as the province of Buenos Aires since January 2020.
- Insect-borne diseases are common in the north of Argentina. These include dengue and chikungunya. Ensure your accommodation is insect-proof. Use insect repellent.
- Zika virus occurs in some regions. If you're pregnant, discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you leave.
- Yellow fever is a risk in Misiones and Corrientes. If you're travelling there, get vaccinated before you leave Australia
- Hantavirus is widespread in some regions. It's spread through contact with infected rodents. Avoid contact with live or dead rodents, nests, burrows and droppings.
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- Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences.
- Respect national symbols. Offences committed against them carry a penalty of 6 months to 4 years in jail.
- Dual nationals staying in Argentina for more than 180 days must leave Argentina on an Argentine passport. Make sure you have one before you travel. Getting one in Argentina can take time and the Australian embassy can't help you with it.
- Children born in Argentina to Australian parents are Argentine nationals. They must leave the country on an Argentine passport.
- COVID-19 related movement restrictions have mostly been lifted, but could be re-established in accordance with the public health situation. Check with your local authorities as requirements can vary around the nation.
Full travel advice: Local laws
- Argentina’s borders have reopened to non-resident foreign nationals, including Australians, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Non-resident foreigners who are not fully vaccinated can apply to enter Argentina on various grounds, including for business, sports or humanitarian reasons.
- All eligible travellers arriving in Argentina must complete a statutory declaration in the 48 hours before travel. As part of the declaration you must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding, valid travel/medical insurance covering COVID-19 and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate (if applicable).
- Foreign nationals entering Argentina are not required to quarantine on arrival, as long as you have been fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to arrival and undertake a COVID-19 (PCR) test between the 5th and 7th days after arrival.
- Travellers who are not fully vaccinated at the time of arrival will need to self-isolate for at least 7 days from arrival until they receive a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken on the final day of self-isolation.
- Most shops, businesses, public buildings and offices are now open but restrictions on the number of people allowed inside continue in some locations.
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Crime rates are rising, particularly for theft and robberies, in Buenos Aires and other major cities. You should keep expensive items such as mobile phones, wallets, cash and jewellery out of sight in public areas.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag/jewellery snatching and bag slashing, is common, including during the day. Thieves also target mobile phones, especially smartphones. Take care on public transport, busy pedestrian zones and in tourist areas.
Distraction thefts are common in public areas, such as:
- train and bus stations
- outside hotels
- internet cafes
- the subway
This involves creating a distraction by, for example, helping remove sauce that they spilled on you.
Robberies are frequent in bus stations, in particular:
- Buenos Aires Retiro bus station
- the bus station in Mendoza
Criminals might use force if you resist.
Robberies involving motorcycles, 'motochorros', are common in larger cities.
Thieves usually work in pairs:
- one person operates the bike
- one jumps off and steals belongings from pedestrians
They'll also snatch items from inside vehicles.
Robberies are common in taxis.
Robbery hotspots in tourist areas of Buenos Aires include:
- La Boca
- San Telmo
- Downtown (Micro Centro)
- Buenos Aires ferry terminal
Armed robbery and other violent crimes are increasingly a problem in major tourist areas of:
- Buenos Aires
Express kidnappings can occur in Buenos Aires.
An express kidnapping is where criminals demand a quick pay-off. They force victims to withdraw funds from ATMs to secure their release.
Kidnappers tend to target locals asking for ransom from families or co-workers. However, they may target tourists. The victim is usually unharmed.
The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers.
Crimes against car passengers are a problem. Thieves often target cars stopped at traffic lights.
Some criminals pose as taxi operators at the airport and rob passengers. They may work with other taxi drivers.
To reduce your risk of road-based crime:
- only visit the main tourist areas in La Boca, and avoid the area after dark
- be cautious in tourist areas of Buenos Aires
- always keep your personal belongings close
- only use ATMs in banks and shopping centres
- lock your passport and other valuables in a hotel safe
- carry a copy of your passport as ID
To reduce your risks while taking taxis or driving:
- consider calling a radio taxi or remise, or using a ride hailing app which keeps a record of drivers
- avoid sharing taxis with strangers
- keep car windows closed and doors locked at all times and keep valuables out of sight.
If you're held up, don't resist.
Civil unrest and political tension
Demonstrations and protests
Protests and demonstrations are common in Argentina. Particularly in:
- Buenos Aires
- other major cities
Organised strikes are frequent and may disrupt transport systems, such as trains and airlines. Contact your travel or tour operator for information.
Focal points for protesters in Buenos Aires are the areas of:
- Plaza De Mayo
During demonstrations, streets may be blocked and public transport disrupted.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
To protect yourself during periods of unrest:
- avoid protests and demonstrations
- monitor the local media for updates
- follow the advice of local authorities
Bomb attacks have occurred in Argentina.
To protect yourself from terrorism:
- always be alert
- follow the instructions of local authorities
- monitor the media for potential threats
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Climate and natural disasters
Land border crossings can close due to earthquakes or severe weather conditions.
If there's a natural disaster:
- know your hotel's evacuation plans
- always carry your passport in a waterproof bag
- keep in touch with family and friends
- check the media and other local sources for information
- follow the advice of local authorities
Volcanoes and earthquakes
Volcanoes on the border of Argentina and Chile could erupt at any time.
Earthquakes can also occur, particularly in those provinces bordering the Andes.
Flooding is seasonal. It's more common in the northern provinces of Argentina. Flooding may disrupt local transport and essential services.
Heavy rains may cause occasional flash floods in other areas, including the province of Buenos Aires.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
- what activities and care your policy covers
- that your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away
Physical and mental health
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
- have a basic health check-up
- ask if your travel plans may affect your health
- plan any vaccinations you need
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
You may not be able to access your usual medication in Argentina. Some local alternatives:
- don't meet Australian standards
- may have adverse effects
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Argentina. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
- what the medicine is
- how much you take
- that it's for personal use
COVID-19 remains a significant risk in Argentina.
For information on Argentina's COVID−19 vaccination program, refer to the Government of Argentina's website (Spanish). You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process.
Diseases spread by insects are a risk in Argentina. This includes:
These diseases are serious and can be fatal.
Outbreaks are more likely in wet seasons:
- May to August
- November to January
There are active outbreaks of dengue in Northern Argentina, with cases as far south as Buenos Aires. Though more prevalent in summer, dengue is an issue throughout the year.
Yellow fever is a potentially fatal virus spread by mosquitoes. It's prevented by vaccination. Get vaccinated before you travel.
US CDC recommends yellow fever vaccinations for all travellers going to Corrientes and Misiones provinces
Zika virus is a risk in the northern areas of Argentina. This includes Tucuman Province.
Pregnant women and their unborn babies are particularly at risk. If you're pregnant:
- discuss any travel plans with your doctor
- defer non-essential travel to affected areas
- avoid travel to areas affected by Zika
To protect yourself against diseases spread by insects:
- make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
- use insect repellent
- wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
- consider taking medicine to prevent malaria
Infected rodents spread hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. It's widespread in:
- northern regions of Salta and Jujuy
- central regions of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and Entre Rios
- the northeast region of Misiones
- southern regions of Neuquen, Rio Negro and Chubut
In January 2019, an outbreak in Chubut and Jujuy caused some deaths.
To protect yourself from hantavirus infection:
- avoid contact with live or dead rodents, burrows or nests
- avoid places where dust is raised, such as from sweeping and vacuuming their droppings
- choose a campsite that is open and dry
- don't rest in tall grasses or haystacks
- remove food sources that may attract rodents
If you travel to an area higher than 2500m, you can develop altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness can be deadly. It can affect anyone, even if you're physically fit.
Your risk of altitude sickness increases if you:
- ascend too quickly
- have had altitude sickness before
- exercise or drink alcohol before you can adjust to the altitude
- have health problems that affect breathing
If you'll be travelling above 2500m:
- seek advice from your doctor before you travel
- obtain travel insurance that covers mountain rescue
Buenos Aires has high levels of air pollution. This may aggravate:
- bronchial conditions
- sinus conditions
Other health risks
Outbreaks of waterborne, foodborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases occur. This includes:
To reduce your risk of illness:
- boil drinking water or drink bottled water in rural areas
- avoid ice cubes
- avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads
- avoid contact with dogs and other mammals
If you're bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical help straight away.
Get urgent medical advice if you suspect food poisoning or have a fever or diarrhoea.
There have been occasional outbreaks of measles in Argentina, most recently in 2020.
Most medical facilities are of a reasonable standard.
Puerto Madryn has a decompression chamber.
You may need to pay cash before private medical clinics will treat you. This includes for emergency care.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe, even for small amounts, and include long prison terms.
Offences committed against national symbols carry a penalty of 6 months to 4 years in jail.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Dual nationals staying in Argentina for more than 180 days must leave Argentina on an Argentine passport.
Applying for an Argentine passport can take time. You must present documents proving your identity. If you're an Australian resident, you may have to provide proof of your address in Australia.
The Australian Embassy can't help you apply for an Argentine passport or other identity documents.
A child born in Argentina to Australian parents is an Argentine national. They must use an Argentine passport when they leave the country.
Visa-free travel for short stays
As a tourist, you can stay for up to 90 days without a visa, but you'll need:
- a return or onward ticket
- a valid passport
Officials may also ask to see proof of accommodation and enough money or a credit card to cover your trip.
You'll need a visa to work or study in Argentina, or if you have an Australian diplomatic or official passport.
Apply for a visa from an Argentinian embassy or consulate well before you travel. Visas are not available on arrival.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact an embassy or consulate of Argentina for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Other entry requirements
Biometric entry procedures are in place at:
- Ezeiza International Airport
- Jorge Newbery International Airport
- Buenos Aires ferry terminal
On arrival at these ports, authorities will:
- scan your thumbprints with an inkless device
- take a digital photo of you
Children younger than 18 may need to provide a letter of consent from any parents that aren't travelling with them.
Seek advice from your nearest embassy or consulate of Argentina as early as possible.
Travel via the United States
If you're travelling through the US, you must meet US entry or transit requirements.
Check your visa needs well before you travel. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the United States.
Yellow fever vaccination
You may need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Argentina. Some airlines may want to see one when you leave.
Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever.
Entry into Argentina
Argentina’s land, sea and air borders have reopened to all non-resident foreign nationals, including Australians. Non-resident foreigners entering Argentina are required to present official evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination, with vaccines approved in their country of origin, completed at least 14 days before arrival.
Foreign-nationals who aren't fully COVID-19 vaccinated can apply to the National Directorate of Immigration for permission to enter Argentina, including for business, sports or humanitarian reasons. Please contact your closest Argentine Consulate or Embassy to arrange the necessary visa and entry permits in advance of your travel.
Entry into Argentina requires you to present a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours prior to boarding. Travel or medical insurance with coverage for your time in Argentina and hospital admission for COVID-19 is also an entry requirement. You'll need to register the test results, along with your COVID-19 vaccination certificate, through a statutory declaration 48 hours before arrival.
Argentine and foreign nationals entering Argentina are not required to quarantine on entry, as long as you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arriving in the country. In addition to the pre-flight test, those eligible to not isolate and who remain in Argentina for more than 7 days also have to undertake a PCR test between the fifth and sevenths days after arrival.
Departure From Argentina
To exit Argentina, you will need to fill out an Argentine Immigration Affidavit Declaration form in the 48 hours prior to leaving the country.
Australian citizens who may be eligible to enter the United States of America using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) and Australian foreign residents who hold existing US visas, may have options to return to Australia via the West Coast of the USA. Consult your travel agent for flight options and further advice on your personal circumstances.
Staying in Argentina
Argentina has lifted most COVID-19 movement restrictions, although face mask, social distancing and hygiene protocols and occupancy limits continue to apply in some situations. Check with your local authorities as requirements can vary around the nation, including on the Ministry of Health website (in Spanish).
Domestic flight schedules are slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels, although are subject to last minute changes. You should monitor their flight status.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
Lost or stolen passport
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible.
The Peso (ARS) is the official currency of Argentina.
Most major hotels in Buenos Aires will exchange US dollars. They may not accept traveller's cheques.
To make access to money easier:
- carry a photocopy of the identity page of your passport, if you plan to use credit cards
- check local sources for advice on buying foreign currency
Be prepared if you're hiking or climbing in high country or mountains.
To reduce your risks if you intend to hike in Argentina:
- register your details with local park authorities
- give details of your plans and contact details to family or close friends
- research the area you plan to visit, including any natural hazards
- monitor local media for weather advice
- carry emergency and first aid equipment with you
You no longer require a visa to enter Brazil to see the falls from the Brazilian side of the border. However, the land borders have been regularly closed to travellers due to COVID-19 restrictions. You should make sure that you are able to cross and return according to the rules of the day before attempting to do so.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Brazil.
- Travel advice for Brazil
- Brazilian Consulate in Buenos Aires (Spanish)
- Brazilian Vice-Consulate in Puerto Iguazu
You can use your Australian driver's licence while you have a valid visa. You may need to present further identification.
Residents must get an Argentine driver's licence.
Drivers must be aged 23 years or older to hire a car.
Driving in Argentina can be dangerous due to:
- widespread aggressive driving practices
- excessive speed
- drivers ignoring traffic lights
Disregard for pedestrian rights is common.
You're more than twice as likely to die in a car accident in Argentina than Australia, according to the World Health Organization.
Petty crime is common in trains and railway stations. See Road-based crime in Safety
Railway strikes can cause major disruptions, on occasion.
It is more secure to book radio taxis and 'remises' (chauffeured cars):
- by telephone
- at the airport arrivals hall
To reduce your risks if you take a taxi:
- book taxis in advance rather than hailing from the street
- use ride hailing apps which maintain a record of the driver, route and often don’t require a cash transaction
- don't share with strangers
- keep doors and windows locked and valuables out of sight.
Overbooking on domestic flights and technical problems at the airport can result in:
- significant delays
- missed connections
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Argentina's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
If you want to fly within Argentina, monitor local media for airport updates.
Buenos Aires and Ushuaia are popular destinations for a number of international cruise lines, including for travel to Antarctica.
For your safety, if you intend to take a cruise:
- check the onboard medical facilities meet your needs
- know the costs of medical treatment onboard
- get enough travel insurance, including cover for pre-existing conditions and medical evacuation
People with disabilities may have trouble with accessibility and accommodation in Argentina.
Federal laws mandate access to buildings for people with disabilities. Many provinces don't have similar laws.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
- family and friends
- travel agent
- insurance provider
Fire and rescue services
Call 911, for English language service in Buenos Aires only.
Call 911, for English language service in Buenos Aires only.
Call 0800 999 5000, for multilingual tourist police.
Call 911, for English language service in Buenos Aires only.
Tourist police stations, or Comisaria del Turista, are in:
- Buenos Aires Corrientes 436, call 4(+54 9 11) 5050 9260 or (+54 9 11) 5050 3293
- Mendoza, San Martin 1143, call (+54 261) 4132135
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
You can contact the Australian Embassy in Buenos Aires.
Australian Embassy, Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (+54 11) 4779 3500
Fax: (+54 11) 4779 3581
Check the Embassy for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
24-hour Consular Emergency Centre
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
- +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
- 1300 555 135 in Australia