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Argentina: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Argentina. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Argentina?

Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change. There have been some cases of yellow fever in the Iguassu region recently. What is recommended for all is that you ensure you are up to date with hepatitis A, typhoid and routine immunisations – specifically tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Argentinean malaria risk is only in very rural areas in the north west of the country along the border with Bolivia and Paraguay. Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you. We recommend you bring some mosquito spray.

Travelling at altitude

Altitude sickness can affect everyone and to different degrees, it tends to be quite random. From our experience travelling through these regions, we recommend you take it easy the first day and not to physically exert yourself.

Being dehydrated can have a big impact on feeling altitude and it’s very easy to become dehydrated after travel and taking flights. We strongly recommend you stay well hydrated and have meals which are easy to digest and avoid alcohol that first day whilst acclimatising. Some of our guests take medication and so you may wish to speak with your doctor about this.

Do I need to get a visa?

To enter Argentina, visas are not required by EU, US or Canadian citizens. If you are travelling across the border in Iguassu at Das Cataratas you will require a Brazilian visa if you are travelling on a US or Canadian Passport – this must be applied for before travel to South America.

Should I bring travellers’ cheques?

Travellers’ cheques are accepted in some hotels in Argentina. However we don’t usually suggest bringing them as they can be troublesome and time consuming to change.  Cash machines are always nearby in big cities, but you must be sure to look for the relevant symbol on the machine for your card to ensure it is an international machine (displaying the VISA, MAESTRO etc symbols), local ones will not work. Usually the BANELCO sign is a good indicator that a bank will work with international cards. If you are travelling to a remote area make sure you have some cash already and don’t have to rely on what may be the single cash machine in the village. Credit cards are accepted with almost as much frequency as they are at home; all major credit cards are accepted in most places. Some restaurants and shops may ask to see your passport (or a photocopy) when you use your credit card. This is a precaution against fraud.

Which currency should I bring?

The local currency is the Argentinean Peso, however the US Dollar is also accepted as currency in most restaurants and hotels.  USD are hard to come by within Argentina and often offer a much better exchange rate than paying in local currency. A mix of larger and smaller denominations will work best. Smaller, incidental purchases, taxi fare, etc. should be paid in local currency.