Argentina no longer requires Covid testing prior to entering the country.
For more information, visit: https://argentina.travel/es/page/entry-requirements
Most of the countries of Western Europe, South America and North America do not require a visa to enter the country for tourist purposes. However, you can check the Immigration official page to learn about the world’s visa regime for your country.
SECURITY AND USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
According to the 2020 Global Peace Index, Argentina is one of the most secure countries in Latin America. However, as in many parts of the world, it is always important to be careful when you travel.
In case of an emergency, you can dial 911 from any part of Argentina. We also recommend that you to take note of the following numbers:
- 101 - Police
- 100 - Fire department
- 107 - Medical emergencies
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Argentina is well-known for its varied geography and wide climate diversity. It stretches from the Tropic of Capricorn to Antarctica and from the Andes Range to the Atlantic Ocean. Its geography includes long plains, rainforests, highlands, forests, deserts, mountains (the highest in the Americas) and a long sea coast.
Located in the southern part of South America, it shares borders with Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.
It is considered one of the countries with the largest biodiversity in the world. Many of its natural sites are protected as reserves and national parks, and some have been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.
Being a vast country, Argentina’s climate varies from region to region.
Littoral (Misiones, Corrientes, Chaco, Formosa, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe)
Humid subtropical climate. Hot summers and mild winters.
Humid temperate climate. Hot summers and cold winters.
Patagonia (La Pampa, Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz)
Humid temperate climate on the Andes Range, on the steppe and coasts. Very cold winters, with frequent snowfalls. In the summer, it is warm during the day and cold at night.
Northwest region (Salta, Jujuy, Tucumán, Catamarca, La Rioja and Santiago del Estero)
Hot subtropical climate, including arid zones and other regions with abundant rainfall (yungas). Very hot summers and mild to cold winters. Wide temperature difference between day and night.
Cuyo (Mendoza, San Juan and San Luis)
Arid temperate climate with few rainfalls and many sunny days during the year. Wide temperature amplitude. Hot days and cool nights.
Temperate climate with mild cold winters and hot summers.
Summer (21 December to 20 March).
Autumn (21 March to 20 June).
Winter (21 June to 20 September).
Spring (21 September to 20 December)
WHEN TO GO
You can go to Argentina all year round. Buenos Aires is especially beautiful in spring with its jacaranda trees in full bloom and the vibrant life of its streets and parks. Summer is perfect to visit Patagonia, Antarctica, the Littoral region, the beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the Central Mountains or to take a tour to the vineyards of Mendoza in their harvest time. Winter is great for destinations in the north of the country, including Salta, Catamarca and Jujuy, Misiones Rainforest, the Ibera Wetlands and the Great Chaco or the mountain sites close to the Andes to enjoy the snow. Autumn and spring are perfect to visit any part of the country, from the very north to Tierra del Fuego. Take a look at the Nature’s Calendar to discover the best times of the year to watch the fauna and flora.
HOW TO MOVE AROUND
For long distances –in Argentina some tend to be very long– it is best to use air transport, and for short and medium distances (up to one thousand kilometres), the best way is to travel by bus or rent a car.
Currency: The official currency is the Argentine peso. Of course, you can exchange currency at the airport and official exchange houses. Credit cards are taken in almost all stores and activities across the territory. However, in more distant destinations, it is best to take cash with you.
Measurement system: Metres and kilos.
Language: The official language is Spanish, but most of the people who engage with tourists also speak English and Portuguese.
Official time: GMT -3
Food: In large cities, you will find all kinds of food. Buenos Aires is one of the top food capitals of South America. In more distant destinations, the food offer is more limited. Therefore, if you are a vegetarian, vegan or require a gluten free diet, it is advisable to let the lodging know in advance.
Number of inhabitants: Argentina has around 45 million inhabitants. More than one third of the population live in the City of Buenos Aires or its surrounding areas (Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires).