Last updated: 5 Nov 2018

Argentina

About

Deep in the south of South America is this land of infinitely enchanting landscapes -from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and the dusty plains of Patagonia to the 'Land of Fire'.

At the heart of all this is the capital city, Buenos Aires. Somewhat unfairly described as a grimy Paris, Buenos Aires is a smart, contemporary city that is full of life and bursting with energy. While the spirit of the tango is alive and well and the gaucho heritage is celebrated, modern Argentina is more cosmopolitan in its outlook than many South American countries.

Ski down the eastern slopes of the Andes (best May to September). Bariloche is the oldest and best-equipped ski resort, although purpose-built Las Leñas is gaining popularity. Saddle up on a horse trek amid the arid, rose-tinted mountains around Salta in Argentina's far northwest.

Taste some of the New World's best wines and learn about the region's winemaking heritage at a traditional bodega in Mendoza.
Official Name:  República Argentina
For purposes of legislation: Nación Argentina (Argentine Nation)
Capital:  Buenos Aires (BUE)
Currency:  Argentinean Peso (ARS). USD is widely accepted. 
Language:  Spanish. English is widely spoken. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 54
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -3 (5 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018: 

Jan 1; Feb 12, 13; Mar 24, 29, 30; Apr 2; May 1, 25; Jun 17, 20; Jul 9; Aug 20; Oct 8; Nov 26; Dec 8, 25

Side of the Road:  Right.
Best time to go:  Spring and Autumn (September to November and March to May). Winter is best for skiing.
Best for:  Wine farms, Skiing.
Plugs:  220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug fittings in older buildings are of the two-pin round type, but most new buildings use the V-shaped twin with earth pin. Travellers should bring a world travel adaptor.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.  Immediate cash payment is required by doctors. Outside of the capital city, healthcare facilities may be more limited.  If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: Normal social courtesies. Kissing cheeks is a common form of greeting.
Travel Tips / Warnings:  Siesta is practiced in some towns and provinces. Demonstrations should be avoided.
Duty Free: he following goods may be imported into Argentina by travellers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• US$300 in personal or new goods if arriving by air, plus an additional US$300 of goods purchased in duty-free shops upon arrival.
• US$150 in personal or new goods if arriving by land or waterway, plus an additional US$150 of goods purchased in duty-free shops upon arrival. Travellers under 16 may import half these amounts.
You should declare upon arrival items that might not be considered part of normal luggage (such as expensive camera equipment or musical instruments) and show the declaration on departure. A licence is required for firearms and ammunition for hunting purposes. You must declare gold.
Prohibited Imports: Firearms (unless under licence from the National Arms Registry), explosives, flammables, narcotics, and goods considered a risk to health or safety.

Issuing Authorities

Argentine Consulate General
13 Fredman Drive, 9th Floor Fredman Tower, Sandton, 2146, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 783 9032 Fax: (011) 784 6408
E-mail: visa-cjoha@mrecic.gov.ar
Web: http://cjoha.mrecic.gob.ar/
Hours: 0800 - 1300 Mon-Fri

Visa Requirements

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SA Representative

Also accredited to Paraguay & Uruguay

Consular email: consular.argentina@dirco.gov.za
Web:  http://www.embajadasudafrica.org.ar/

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever
Recommended:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio