Does Argentina have any visa requirements or is there anything I need to do ahead of time to get into the country?
United States citizens, as well as Canadian citizens, do not need a visa and do not have to pay a reciprocity fee in order to enter Argentina. Every traveler must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond dates of travel. You may also be required to show “proof of onward travel” before boarding your inbound flight (your return flight information fulfills this requirement).
Argentina does not have any vaccination requirements beyond being up to date on your routine vaccinations. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are also recommended, although not required.
The mosquito-transmitted Zika Virus is found in the Iguazú region of Argentina, and in some of the northern-most regions of Argentina, including Salta. The CDC recommends travelers take extra precautions to avoid being bit by mosquitos. Use insect repellents with 25-30% Deet or 20% Picaridin, and wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes to protect against mosquito bites. If you are pregnant, Knowmad Adventures does not advise travel to the Iguazú or northern-most regions of Argentina in accordance with the CDC.
Ultimately it is a good idea to visit a travel clinic 4-8 weeks prior to any international travel. For more information, you can also visit the Centers for Disease Control website.
For specifics on Covid-19 vaccination requirements, please visit our Current South America Covid Regulations & Info page.
The two best ways to get money while traveling in Argentina are to exchange U.S. Dollars to Argentinian pesos, and to use local ATMs. ATMs distribute local Argentinian pesos and use the most current exchange rate, though many ATMs do charge a small fee for foreign cards (usually $3-7 USD). Your bank may charge an international ATM fee (usually $6 USD or under), so we recommend calling your bank before you travel. Some ATMs also have transaction withdrawal limits, so if you will need a large sum, plan ahead (you are able to make multiple transactions; however, any transaction fees will be assessed each time). Also, bring at least one ATM/debit card and at least one credit card if you can. If possible, we recommend bringing at least one ATM card that is not equipped with a chip, as some ATMs (in Patagonia in particular) are not compatible with this technology. Problems with ATMs, such as machines that do not accept your card, are common. If you have any questions or encounter any issues, please ask your guide for assistance.
We also highly recommend bringing U.S. Dollars to exchange, as there can be shortages or limits at ATMs during high season. You can change these to pesos at certified Casas de Cambio or money exchange offices. There is a money exchange office at the airport, or you can always ask your hotel or guide for other locations. We suggest exchanging money at the beginning of your trip in Buenos Aires, or other larger cities, to then have for the remainder of your time in Argentina. Credit cards are often accepted at restaurants and large shops. Cabs and businesses marketing to tourists may accept U.S. dollars, but local currency is preferred so we recommend having “greenbacks” only as backup funds.
The recommendation for private guides is between $10-20 USD per full day of guiding per person, and $3-5 USD for private drivers per full day per person. If the tour is a half day or any other length, you can prorate accordingly. For large groups or group excursions it is appropriate to tip guides closer to $10 USD per person per full day or less. This is simply a guideline and it is Knowmad’s hope that you use it only as a framework and tip appropriate to the level of service you feel you receive. Tipping recommendations are in USD because exchange rates fluctuate frequently, and because in Argentina guides often prefer their tips in USD, although the local currency (Pesos) is fine as well.
Tipping for services in Argentina is customary: 10% in restaurants reflects very good service; spare change or small sums are customary for cab drivers and bellhops. Large bills can be difficult to break in most of the country, so hang on to small bills and change for tips. Please note, for included meals tips are not pre-paid as they are at the discretion of the travelers.
Lodges and cruises have varying tipping guidelines based on their structure and service level, and will provide their own specific recommendations. At Aguas Arriba Lodge, they recommended tipping approximately $30-40 USD per traveler per day, to be shared amongst all lodge staff. Awasi suggests $30-50 USD per traveler per day for lodge staff (placed in a shared tipping box) and $20-30 USD per traveler per day for private guides (cash only). The Australis cruise recommends tipping approximately $12-15 USD per passenger per day. Again, please tip based on the services you feel you received and what you feel comfortable with, and don’t hesitate to ask your Knowmad Adventures Operations Specialist if you have additional questions about your specific lodge, cruise, or itinerary.
Trip insurance is not included in your trip cost. Knowmad highly recommends insuring your trip, as the unforeseeable is just that, unforeseeable. A few days after confirming your trip, you will receive an email from our recommended travel insurance provider, Travel Guard, with a pre-built quote. The policy will be built corresponding with your trip dates, total cost including estimated international and regional airfare, and your personal information. Should you choose to purchase this recommended policy, simply click the blue “Review my travel insurance quote >” link, review the coverage, and enter payment information.
Additionally, some countries are requiring specific coverage due to Covid-19. Please see visit our Current South America Covid Regulations & Info page for details.
In Argentina you’ll need a plug adapter to make any charger or appliance fit the socket as Argentina has two types of sockets, and each individual building will only use one or the other. One plug is two-pronged, with wider-set round prongs; and the other plug has three flat prongs, the top two slanting inward and the bottom vertical (see examples on right). 220-240 is the accepted voltage in Argentina. Many higher-end electronics like cameras and phone chargers will accept this voltage, while hairdryers and curlers of 110 volts will likely fry. If your electronics do not accept 220-240 volts, you will need a converter. Knowmad recommends checking the labels on your electronic devices to see which ones will be compatible before you travel.
We recommend drinking bottled water. The water in Buenos Aires and most of the country is good, and most locals drink from the tap; however, the water can be highly chlorinated and can be unappealing to those note accustomed to it. In rural areas in the north of the country, tap water is not potable, and it is recommended to stick with bottled water at all times
Argentina is considered a safe country; however, on occasion petty crime does occur. Travelers should take the same precautions that they would in any unfamiliar city. Be aware of your surroundings, travel with a companion, especially at night, and stay in populated and well-lit areas. We also recommend you keep a close eye on your belongings, especially in airports, crowded tourist sites, and busy markets. Do not use loosely hanging bags or purses (bags that zip are recommended), avoid wearing flashy or expensive jewelry, and when in crowds move backpacks and purses to the front of your body. Carry only the money you’ll need each day, and keep the rest in the safety deposit box in your hotel room, along with your passport and other valuables.
Being aware of common scams in Buenos Aires can also help reduce the risk of petty theft. When you are paying a taxi fare or for purchases in stores, be aware that you are receiving the correct change. A popular pickpocketing scam is to distract the traveler by spilling something on them (like coffee or water) and while that person helps clean it up, a partner steals the traveler’s bag or wallet. Prior knowledge of these scams and being aware of your surroundings will help reduce your risk of being taken advantage of by these practices.