Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Argentina, so your behaviors are important.
Eat and drink safely
Unclean food and water can cause travelers' diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.
- Food that is cooked and served hot
- Hard-cooked eggs
- Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
- Pasteurized dairy products
- Food served at room temperature
- Food from street vendors
- Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
- Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
- Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
- Unpasteurized dairy products
- ”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
- Bottled water that is sealed
- Water that has been disinfected
- Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
- Carbonated drinks
- Hot coffee or tea
- Pasteurized milk
- Tap or well water
- Ice made with tap or well water
- Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
- Unpasteurized milk
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.
Prevent bug bites
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Argentina. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
What can I do to prevent bug bites?
- Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
- Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
- Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
- Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
What type of insect repellent should I use?
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
- FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES ONLY: Products with one of the following active ingredients can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection.
- Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- Always use insect repellent as directed.
What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?
- Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
- Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.
What can I do to avoid bed bugs?
Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs.
For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites.
Stay safe outdoors
If your travel plans in Argentina include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.
- Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
- Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
- Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
- Heat-related illness, such as heat stroke, can be deadly. Eat and drink regularly, wear loose and lightweight clothing, and limit physical activity during high temperatures.
- If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
- Protect yourself from UV radiation: use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
- Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
- Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.
Stay safe around water
- Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
- Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
- Do not dive into shallow water.
- Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
- Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
- To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.
Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Argentina. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.
Keep away from animals
Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.
Follow these tips to protect yourself:
- Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
- Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
- Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
- Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
- If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.
All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:
- Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
- Go to a doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.
Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.
Reduce your exposure to germs
Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
- If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.
Avoid sharing body fluids
Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.
- Use latex condoms correctly.
- Do not inject drugs.
- Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
- Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
- If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.
Know how to get medical care while traveling
Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:
- Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
- Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
- Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
- Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Argentina’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
- Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website (www.jointcommissioninternational.org).
In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.
Malaria is a risk in some parts of Argentina. If you are going to a risk area, fill your malaria prescription before you leave, and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.
Select safe transportation
Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.
In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.
Be smart when you are traveling on foot.
- Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
- Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
- Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.
Choose a safe vehicle.
- Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
- Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
- Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
- Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
- Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
- Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.
Think about the driver.
- Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
- Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
- Arrange payment before departing.
Follow basic safety tips.
- Wear a seatbelt at all times.
- Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
- When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
- Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Argentina may be poor.
- Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
- Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
- If you choose to drive a vehicle in Argentina, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
- Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
- Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
- Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
- If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
- Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.
Medical Evacuation Insurance
If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.
Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.
The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.
Maintain personal security
Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
Before you leave
- Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
- Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
- Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
- Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.
While at your destination(s)
- Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate.
- Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
- Follow all local laws and social customs.
- Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
- Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
- If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.
Do I need to fill out a form to enter Argentina? ›
The mandatory health form is a sworn legal document. It must be filled out in addition to complying with the mandatory 14 day quarantine after entering Argentina.Do I need yellow fever vaccine for Iguazu Falls? ›
Yellow fever virus circulates in monkeys and mosquitoes in the forested regions along the Iguassu and Paraná rivers. All travelers, even those on a typical 1- to 2-day itinerary, should be vaccinated.Is it safe to visit Argentina now? ›
Argentina is a safe place to visit, and you can travel to most locations within the country without concern for your health and safety.Is a Covid test required to enter Argentina? ›
Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Argentina? COVID test is not required when arriving in Argentina.What does a US citizen need to enter Argentina? ›
Entry/Exit Requirements for U.S. citizens: U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Argentina. U.S. citizens with expired or damaged passports may not be allowed to enter and could be sent back to the United States at their own expense.Is medical insurance required to enter Argentina? ›
Medical travel insurance that can cover Covid-19 is required for all visitors into Argentina. Although the country doesn't have a set amount required, this insurance must cover all medical expenses related to Covid-19, including quarantine, transportation, and hospital stays.What is the best month to visit Argentina? ›
We consider Argentina springtime (October to mid-December) and autumn (April to mid-June) to be the best times to visit Argentina, avoiding the tourist crowds and peak season prices. Read on for regional weather information split by North, Central and South Argentina.Do you need malaria tablets for Iguazu Falls? ›
There is usually only minimal risk in the tourist resort of Iguazu Falls but those exploring outside the resort itself into rural or jungle areas, should consider antimalarial tablets. Malaria precautions are essential.How do you dress for Iguazu? ›
Clothing: Wear a bathing suit and/or light clothing that you won't mind getting wet. Some people bring a raincoat or waterproof jacket. Depending of the weather and the season, a good idea would be to wear long sleeve and long pants as an additional protection against sunburn and mosquito bites.Is Buenos Aires safe for US citizens? ›
Buenos Aires is generally one of the safest cities to visit in South America. In the #beforetimes, Buenos Aires ranked as the third safest city in South America—and safer than Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Brussels. Still, locals note that, as with any big city, you should exercise standard safety precautions.
Is Argentina friendly to the US? ›
Since 1998, Argentina has been a major non-NATO ally, partly owing to Argentina's assistance to the United States in the Gulf War.Can you use US dollars in Buenos Aires? ›
U.S. dollars are not widely accepted in Buenos Aires. However, you can still use them to pay in some business-class hotels, tourist-popular restaurants, and businesses catering to large numbers of tourists. Such places will often post their own daily exchange rate at the counter, which is always significantly lower.Does Argentina accept rapid antigen test? ›
Are PCR and /or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Argentina? Yes.
You can stay as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa, but you'll need a return or onward ticket, a valid passport and travel/medical insurance. You're not required to have a COVID-19 test or be vaccinated to enter the country. Foreign nationals entering Argentina aren't required to quarantine on arrival.What happens if you test positive for COVID in Argentina? ›
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.What can you not bring into Argentina? ›
- Animal skins.
- Asbestos fibers of the Amphibole and Chrysotile variety (Crocidolite, Amosite, Actinolite, Antofilite and Trimolite) and products containing these fibers.
- Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
- Certain food additives and colorants.
Visitors to Argentina can import up to US$10,000 or its equivalent without having to declare. The export of foreign currency for amounts higher than US$10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies is prohibited.
Foreigners can drive in Argentina on their driver's license from home, considering both the license and their tourist visa are valid. You do NOT need an international driver's permit to rent a car in Argentina, if you meet these easy requirements: Holders of a driving license that uses the English alphabet.Do I need additional medical insurance when traveling abroad? ›
The U.S. government does not provide insurance for U.S. citizens overseas. We do not pay medical bills or unexpected cost. We highly recommend that you purchase insurance before you travel.Do you need health insurance to fly internationally? ›
Purchasing health insurance for traveling abroad is a simple way to save money in an emergency, and anyone can benefit from the coverage. If you're traveling to a country in which your health insurance provider doesn't provide coverage, buying travel medical insurance is a must.
Do I need travel insurance if I have international health insurance? ›
The short answer: Yes. According to Medicare.gov, health care you get while traveling outside the U.S. isn't covered.What is the cheapest time to fly to Argentina? ›
High season is considered to be January, November and December. The cheapest month to fly from the United States is March. Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Buenos Aires flight deals.Is it cheap to visit Argentina now? ›
As of this writing (March 2021) Argentina is quite affordable for those bringing in high-value currencies, though it's more expensive than most other South American countries. If on a tight budget, expect to spend as little as US $22-30 per day, including hostel accommodation, cheap eats, and local public transport.How many days do you need in Argentina? ›
You need at least one week to visit the most popular attractions of Argentina, such as Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and the wineries of Mendoza. However, if you want to go further afield and down into Patagonia, we recommend a minimum of two weeks, but preferably one month of travel.What happens if I take malaria drugs without having malaria? ›
The use of non-prescribed anti-malarial drugs can lead to treatment failure and development of drug-resistant parasites.Are there mosquitoes in Iguazu? ›
The mosquito season at Iguazu Falls is every month of the year, thanks to its tropical climate. There are more mosquitos from January to April.Is malaria common in Argentina? ›
What is the risk of malaria in Argentina? Malaria risk is low throughout the year. The risk is limited to the Departments of Oran and San Martin in Salta Province in the north of the country, and to a lesser extent to Corrientes and Misiones Provinces. There is minimal risk in the tourist area of Iguaçu Falls.Can you drink the water in Iguazu? ›
It is best to drink bottled water while traveling in Puerto Iguazu as with anywhere through South America to prevent contracting any harmful parasites or water-borne illnesses.Can you swim in Iguazu Falls? ›
Surprisingly you can swim in Iguazu falls and you would need to walk around 4 kilometers to a small waterfall where you can swim. In all areas of Iguazu, swimming is forbidden as it is dangerous due to the drawth of the falls.Are leggings acceptable in Italy? ›
Are leggings okay to wear in Italy? Some travelers love wearing leggings for comfort, but they're often too casual looking as pants for Italy. If you're a big fan of leggings, consider pairing a black pair with long tunics during the spring, or wearing them under dresses and skirts in fall and winter.
What areas to avoid in Buenos Aires? ›
Travelers should be cautious in touristy areas, including La Boca, San Telmo, downtown, and in the Retiro bus terminal, where robberies are common. Avoid shady neighborhoods including Villa Lugano and Villa Riachuelo, especially after dark.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Argentina? Although tap water in Argentina's larger cities is generally considered safe to drink it has high mineral content that can cause stomach upsets so it's safer to drink bottled water. If you're traveling outside of the major cities you definitely should not drink tap water.Is it safe to use Uber in Buenos Aires? ›
Uber is a legal grey area but not illegal. However, cases of Uber drivers getting attacked by licensed taxi drivers have occurred. So don't be surprised if your Uber driver tells you to get in the front seat. Cabify is an alternative to licensed taxis and Uber and is also operated by an app.Can US citizens live in Argentina? ›
Relocating to Argentina
People from almost 80 different countries can enter Argentina without a visa, provided that they are staying for a period of under 90 days. If you are planning on working while there or staying longer, however, you must apply for a visa of temporary residency.
If you're interested in retiring abroad, Argentina is an attractive country to consider. In addition to the low cost of living, it showcases a number of diverse cultures and has varied landscapes to explore – the Andes Mountains, glacial lakes and the Pampas in addition to Buenos Aires.How long can an Argentina stay in US? ›
You can travel to the United States with your B1/B2 visa as an Argentine citizen for up to 180 days. For more information on the U.S., follow iVisa.com. There are no visa fees for citizens of Argentina.Is it better to use cash or credit card in Argentina? ›
In Argentina, cash is king. Given the several financial problems in the last decades, Argentinians make most of their daily transactions in cash. Many places don't take credit cards and unfortunately there are very high commissions for taking cash out of the ATM.
Debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo are accepted many places in Argentina and Uruguay, and you will see signs for them at ATMs in cities all over the country. Check with your bank to make sure your card is activated for use abroad and that your PIN will work overseas.Can I use my US credit card in Argentina? ›
Using Credit Cards
Cards can be used in Argentina. However, they're not accepted everywhere. Overall, Visa is the most widely accepted. MasterCard and American Express are less common, and so it's advisable to make sure you have a Visa card when traveling.
Test and Documentation Requirements. What types of SARS-CoV-2 tests are acceptable under the Order? You must be tested with a viral test to look for current infection – these include an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).
Can you do your own antigen test to fly? ›
A rapid antigen test is one you do yourself by using a nasal swab to collect a sample from the back of your nose. A certificate will be issued within 6 hours. If you need your certificate quicker, we can do the tests for you and generate a certificate through another provider.Is rapid antigen test fit to fly? ›
Many countries accept antigen tests as a condition for entry, and they are significantly cheaper and quicker than PCR. However, many places still stipulate PCR so check the requirements for your country before booking a fit to fly certificate.Do you need health insurance to enter Argentina? ›
Medical travel insurance that can cover Covid-19 is required for all visitors into Argentina. Although the country doesn't have a set amount required, this insurance must cover all medical expenses related to Covid-19, including quarantine, transportation, and hospital stays.How do I not look like a tourist in Argentina? ›
If you don't want to scream 'tourist' then avoid wearing shorts around the city of Buenos Aires, no matter how hot it gets. The key is neat and sleek, and neutral colors are best. It can be cool in the evening so pack a pashmina or light sweater. Ensure you bring a versatile travel jacket.Do i need a PCR test to fly to Argentina? ›
Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to Argentina? COVID test is not required when arriving in Argentina.Do you need a positive Covid test to get back into the US? ›
Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 2 days before travel. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Children under 2 years old do not need to test.Is travel declaration form still required? ›
It is not currently a requirement for travellers to complete this to enter New Zealand. The system helps protect New Zealand and will support travellers to follow border rules. It was an important tool used in supporting the safe reopening of New Zealand's borders during 2022.What is travel authorization form Argentina? ›
The Argentina Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA / AVE) is a Multiple Entry that allows you to enter Argentina and stay for 3 months, with one possible renewal authorization for 3 additional months. This ETA (AVE) has a validity period of 3 months and can be issued for tourism purposes only.What documents are required for Argentina tourist visa? ›
Visa application form filled out (preferably in electronic format) and signed by the applicant. Proof of income (for example, ast three pay slips, last credit card statement or last bank statement) Round trip reservation (Recommendation: do not purchase tickets before obtaining the visa) Hotel reservation and itinerary.Do I need to fill out a form to enter the US? ›
Whether you are a visitor to the United States or a U.S. citizen arriving in the United States, you must complete one or more entry forms. You must complete the CBP Declaration Form 6059B.
Who must complete ArriveCAN? ›
Making an Advance CBSA Declaration using ArriveCAN is currently only available to travellers whose first point of arrival in Canada is one of the participating airports. You must confirm your passport information or Canadian permanent resident card information.Is the COVID certificate enough to travel? ›
The certificate alone is not a travel document. It isn't enough to travel, you still need your passport or another form of identification. You also don't need to have the certificate to travel but having it should make travelling easier.Is RT PCR mandatory for international travel? ›
As per the latest government advisory, effective 1st January 2023 (1000 hrs IST), all passengers arriving from countries identified as 'High Risk' will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test (to be conducted 72 hrs before undertaking the journey).How long does it take to get electronic travel authorization for Argentina? ›
The processing time for an Argentina ETA depends on the processing speed you choose and can take anywhere from 16 days to 10 days to process. Argentina now allows many countries to get an ETA (AVE in Spanish) or Electronic Travel Authorization instead of having to get a paper visa.Do I need to print my travel authorization? ›
The United States regulation does NOT require a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) traveler to present a printed copy of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) authorization page in order to travel. However, it is recommended that you print a copy for your records.How long does it take to get approved for travel authorization? ›
A determination will usually be available within 72 hours. Please return to this Web site and click "Check ESTA Status". Your application number, passport number, and birth date will be required to check the status of your application. Don't see what you're looking for?Can I get a visa on arrival in Argentina? ›
You have to apply for an Argentina visa at a diplomatic mission of Argentina in your country, such as an embassy or consulate. The application process is as follows: Set up an appointment with the Argentinian embassy or consulate. Collect the required documents and pay the visa fee.How long does it take to get a visa to Argentina from USA? ›
The regular visa process takes 10 working days. In some cases, it will require 30 -45 days.Can a US citizen be denied entry back into the USA? ›
The truth is that no one is guaranteed entry into the United States, not even U.S. Citizens. Even if you have the right documents, visa, or legal status, you may still be denied entry to the United States, so it's best to be prepared for the worst.What form do I need to fill out to get back into the US? ›
Each individual arriving into the United States must complete the CBP Declaration Form 6059B. Explanations and a sample declaration form can be found on the Sample Customs Declaration Form.
Do I need to print US attestation form? ›
Fully vaccinated travelers who are non-U.S. citizens and nonimmigrants must complete and sign the attestation form electronically through Delta FlyReady or by printing the paper version.