Wordtravels

Wordtravels

 

 

 

 

 

Argentina Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT -3

Electricity

Electrical current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50Hz. Most hotels and offices use the three-pin flat type plug, however most older buildings use the two-pin round plug.

Language

Spanish is the official language of Argentina but English is understood in the tourist areas.

Travel Health

There is a low risk of yellow fever, cholera and malaria in some northern provinces, so it is wise to seek your doctor's advice when travelling to these areas. However since the outbreak of yellow fever in neighbouring Brazil and Paraguay in January/February 2008, it is recommended that all visitors to regions bordering these countries, including Iguazu Falls, be inoculated against yellow fever. Outbreaks of dengue fever are on the increase, and visitors are advised to avoid getting mosquito bites as there is no effective treatment for it. A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended before travel to Argentina as well as a typhoid vaccination for those who might eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels. Water is safe to drink in major towns and cities. Medical facilities are good in the major cities. Treatment is expensive, however, and medical insurance is advised. Asthma, sinus and bronchial ailments can be aggravated by pollution in Buenos Aires. Those with specific conditions should bring a sufficient quantity of medical supplies and medicines for the trip.

Tipping

A 10% tip is expected at restaurants in Argentina. Porters expect some small change per bag.

Safety Information

Although the political and economic crisis is over, there are still periodic outbreaks of social unrest and demonstrations. Visitors are advised to avoid such public gatherings and keep abreast with news to know whether any political disturbances are expected. However, there is no specific threat to foreigners and travellers should not be discouraged from travelling throughout the country. Be alert for bag-snatchers, pickpockets and con-men, particularly in crowded areas in Buenos Aires, on public transport and in popular tourist haunts, such as San Telmo.

Local Customs

Argentineans are warm and unreserved people.

Business

Business people dress well in Argentina and visitors are expected to wear a smart suit. Handshaking is normal. Argentineans are great conversationalists and are interested and knowledgeable about world events, politics and sporting. Meetings usually begin with small talk. Use titles when addressing people: Señor (Mr), Señora (Mrs) and Señorita (Miss) followed by their surname. Business culture in Argentina can be bureaucratic and as with most South American countries negotiation and decision making can take a long time and is best done face to face. Make sure you see the right people, as only those in high positions are likely to be able to make a final decision. Business hours are 9am to 5pm in Buenos Aires, with an hour for lunch. Outside the capital it is normal to take a siesta between 1pm and 4pm. Many business people are away on holiday during January and February.

Communications

The international access code for Argentina is +54. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). The area code for Buenos Aires is (0)11. Mobile phones work on the GSM network, and therefore some USA and Canadian SIM cards will not work in Argentina. Mobile roaming charges can be very expensive, so a good option is to buy an Argentine SIM on arrival. Internet cafes are widely available and many hotels also offer Internet access.

Duty Free

Travellers to Argentina over the age of 18 years can bring in the following items to the value of US$300 without incurring customs duty: 2 litres of alcohol, 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and 5kg of food items. Restrictions apply to fresh foodstuffs such as meat and dairy products. Prohibited items include explosives, inflammable items, narcotics and pornographic material. Firearms and ammunition for sporting purposes are allowed if accompanied by a license/certificate.

Become our Argentina Travel Expert

We are looking for contributors for our Argentina travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Argentina or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.

  URI STRING  
/Travelguide/Countries/Argentina/basics
  CLASS/METHOD  
countries/index
  MEMORY USAGE  
1,651,736 bytes
  BENCHMARKS  
Loading Time Base Classes  0.0789
Controller Execution Time ( Countries / Index )  0.1159
Total Execution Time  0.1954
  GET DATA  
No GET data exists
  POST DATA  
No POST data exists
  DATABASE:  globe_media   QUERIES: 40   
0.0007   INSERT INTO `ci_sessions(`session_id`, `ip_address`, `user_agent`, `last_activity`) VALUES ('7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745''54.163.84.123''CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/)'1417250550) 
0.0051   DELETE FROM `ci_sessions`
WHERE `last_activity` < 1417243350 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0012   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = 'a:1:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0006   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = 'a:2:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:9:\"Argentina\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0009   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1417250550, `user_data` = 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:9:\"Argentina\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0004   SELECT *
FROM (`config_categories`)
WHERE `type` = 'left'
AND `parent_category_idIN (SELECT id FROM config_categories WHERE link "/countries")
AND `
display_order` != '0'
ORDER BY `display_order
0.0006   SELECT `province_code`, `province_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`provincesp)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `p`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Argentina'
ORDER BY `p`.`province_name
0.0038   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Argentina"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Argentina"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0032   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Argentina"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Argentina"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0022   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Argentina'
AND `attr_ski_chk` != "Yes"
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0015   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Argentina'
AND `attr_ski_chk` = 'Yes'
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0018   SELECT `iata_code`, `name`, `url_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`port_of_callpc)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `pc`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Argentina'
ORDER BY `pc`.`name
0.0008   SELECT *
FROM (`config_nodescn)
JOIN `config_nodes_categoriescnc ON `cnc`.`node_id` = `cn`.`id`
WHERE `cnc`.`category_idIN (select id from config_categories where link "/basics")
ORDER BY `cn`.`position`, `cnc`.`display_order
0.0031   SELECT `id`, `headline`, `via_title`, `via_link`, `body`, `event_date`, `end_date`, `anchor_link`
FROM (`news`)
WHERE `for_pro` = 1
AND `end_date` >  '2014-11-29'
AND `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Argentina") 
0.0009   SELECT *
FROM (`tour_operators`)
WHERE `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Argentina")
AND `
show_in_column` = 1
ORDER BY 
`show_in_columnDESC, `name
0.0006   SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Argentina" 
0.0019   SELECT from tourop_list WHERE destinations LIKE '%AR%' ORDER BY id DESC 
0.0008   SELECT `country_code`
FROM (`countries`)
WHERE `country_name` = 'Argentina' 
0.0157   SELECT d.id AS destination_idd.overview AS destination_overviewd.extended_overview AS destination_extended_overviewd.photo as destination_photod.*, c.*, 'Argentina' AS country_nameLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.timed.electricityd.languaged.healthd.tippingd.safetyd.businessd.communicationsd.duty_free)) AS basicsLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.embassy_consulate_usd.embassy_consulate_ukd.embassy_consulate_cad.embassy_consulate_aud.embassy_consulate_ird.embassy_consulate_nz)) AS contacts(SELECT money FROM destinations WHERE country_code "AR" ) AS money(SELECT LENGTH(CONCAT_WS(passport_visaentry_req_usentry_req_ukentry_req_caentry_req_auentry_req_irentry_req_nz))
 
FROM destinations WHERE country_code "AR" ) AS visa(SELECT group_concat(id) FROM public_holiday p WHERE p.country_code "AR" order by p.weight desc) AS public_holiday(SELECT count(*) FROM tour_operators t where t.country_code d.country_code) AS num_tour_ops(SELECT count(id) AS total_rows FROM tourop_list tl WHERE tl.destinations LIKE ("%AR%")) AS num_tour_operators(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM port_of_call pc WHERE pc.country_code d.country_code) AS ports_of_call(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS cities(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS regions(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM resorts WHERE major_resort AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_resort DESCname ASC) AS resorts(SELECT count(*) FROM dmcs WHERE country_code d.country_code) AS num_dmcs(SELECT concat(caption" &copy; "copyright) FROM images WHERE filename d.photo) AS photo_copyright(SELECT count(*) FROM airports ai where ai.nfuwt != AND ai.country_code d.country_code) AS num_airports(SELECT count(*) FROM events e where e.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country 1) AS num_events(SELECT count(*) FROM activities where region_city_code "0" AND country_code d.country_code) AS num_activities(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND excursion "No") AS num_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND show_on_kids AND excursion "No") AS num_kids_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND excursion "Yes") AS num_excursions(SELECT phrases FROM phrase_book pb where pb.country_code c.country_code AND phrases != "") AS num_phrases(SELECT count(*) FROM image_bridge ib LEFT OUTER JOIN images i ON ib.image_id=i.id WHERE ib.destination_code c.country_code) AS num_photos(SELECT count(*) FROM hospitals h where h.country_code c.country_code) AS num_hospitals
FROM 
(destinations d)
LEFT JOIN countries c ON c.country_code d.country_code
LEFT JOIN provinces pr ON pr
.province_code d.province_code
WHERE 
`c`.`country_name` = 'Argentina' 
0.0004   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1417250550user_data 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:9:\"Argentina\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0004   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1417250550user_data 'a:4:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:9:\"Argentina\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";s:6:\"region\";s:0:\"\";}' WHERE `session_id` = '7fd6c2b51d786452a0637e82d1ee3745' 
0.0039   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Argentina'  
0.0027   SELECT DiscussionID FROM FORUM_DiscussionHasTags WHERE TagID IN (151)
                
GROUP BY DiscussionID HAVING COUNT(DiscussionID) = 
0.0012   SELECT od.`Name`, od.`DiscussionIDFROM FORUM_Discussion od
                    WHERE od
.`DiscussionIDIN ( 123,139,1877,1964,2187,2405,2408,2801,3122,3206,3408,3563,3699,4153,4194,4357,4644,5058,5548,5553,5594,5659,5676,6104,6105,7054,8110,8610,8611,8614 ) ORDER BY od.`DateLastActiveDESC LIMIT 0 15
0.0027   SELECT i.*, e.fullnamee.bioe.pic FROM interviews i INNER JOIN experts e ON i.expert_id e.id
INNER JOIN countries c ON i
.spatial_id c.country_code WHERE i.interview_type 'country' AND c.country_name 'Argentina' 
0.0019   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Argentina'  
0.0004   SELECT DiscussionID FROM FORUM_DiscussionHasTags WHERE TagID IN (151)
                
GROUP BY DiscussionID HAVING COUNT(DiscussionID) = 
0.0018   SELECT od.`Name`, od.`DiscussionIDFROM FORUM_Discussion od
                    WHERE od
.`DiscussionIDIN ( 123,139,1877,1964,2187,2405,2408,2801,3122,3206,3408,3563,3699,4153,4194,4357,4644,5058,5548,5553,5594,5659,5676,6104,6105,7054,8110,8610,8611,8614 ) ORDER BY od.`DateLastActiveDESC LIMIT 0 15