Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Argentina. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport is valid at the date of their entering the country. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as the stay is less than 90 days.

US Embassy/Consulate

[54] (11) 5777-4533; US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Avenida Colombia 4300, (C1425GMN) Buenos Aires, Argentina;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 101; Fire: 107; Police: 101


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations.


mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest

Currency (Code)

Pesos (ARS); USD accepted

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, I

Plug Type CPlug Type I

Major Languages

Spanish, Italian, English, German, French, Indigenous (Mapudungun, Quechua)

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 62.9%, Evangelical 15.3%

Time Difference

UTC-3 (2 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit

Suggested; additionally, if you plan to drive in Argentina, you will need an Inter-American Driving Permit issued by the AAA

Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Buenos Aires; Mar Del Plata; Iguazú Falls; Bariloche (fishing, hiking, and skiing); Mendoza (vineyards, Cerro Aconcagua); Patagonia (includes Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Chaltén, Puerto Madryn and the Valdés Peninsula; Tierra del Fuego National Park; Qhapaq Nan/Andean Road System

Major Sports

Pato (mix between polo and basketball), soccer, rugby

Cultural Practices

Hitting the palm of the left hand with the right fist means “I don’t believe what you are saying” or “That’s stupid.”

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is not required, but common for good service. Conventionally, 10% tips are appropriate at restaurants, and leaving the change is normal for taxi cabs. Tip hotel doormen the equivalent of $1 (USD) per bag, and hotel maids the equivalent of $2-3 (USD) a day. A 10-20% tip for tour guides is appropriate.


Leather goods, wine, alpaca wool clothing, mate gourds, gaucho knives/other traditional gaucho gear

Traditional Cuisine

Asado — cuts of beef, pork, chicken, or chorizo, and morcilla (blood sausage) that are barbecued on a grill

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022