Last updated: 19 Sep 2021

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 2021: 

Jan 1; Feb 15, 16; Mar 24; Apr 1, 2; May 1, 12, 25; Jun 17, 20; Jul 9, 20; Aug 10, 16; Oct 11; Nov 22; 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.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 07/09/2021

Argentina is open for travel through Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). Residents of Argentina, business travellers, and passengers arriving from neighbouring countries are among those who can also enter through other airports.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Argentina except through Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP).
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers who transit though Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) for less than 24 hours; 
    • Passengers who are direct relatives (parents, children, spouse, concubines) of Argentine nationals who are travelling for reasons of necessity. These passengers must hold a copy of the Argentine DNI of the family member they are travelling to visit, and proof of their direct link with this Argentine national, such as certificate of birth, or marriage or cohabitation certificate that is duly apostilled or legalized;
    • Passengers travelling for work, commercial or business reasons with a stay in Argentina of less than 14 days;
    • Passengers with an authorisation from the Argentinian authorities or an Argentinian consulate who are travelling for urgent family reasons;
    • Crew members.
  • Residence permits issued by Argentina that expired after 17th March 2020 will be accepted for entry.

Form requirements

  • Passengers must complete a Sworn Declaration (Declaración Jurada) online and present the generated email receipt prior to travelling to or from Argentina. The form must be submitted no more than 48 hours prior to departure.
    • This does not apply to passengers aged 70 years and above.
    • Passengers who cannot complete the form themselves due to age or disability may have the form filled in by their caretaker.

Test requirements

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Argentina unless they have obtained a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers aged 6 years and younger;
    • Passengers who have tested positive for Covid-19 within 90 days prior to travelling to Argentina, provided holding a certified diagnostic SARS-CoV-2 test result from a laboratory and proof of medical discharge after more than 10 days since the diagnosis;
    • Passengers that can justify not being able to take the PCR at origin (due to city of origin restrictions on tests) but holding a medical certificate stating that they are not experiencing symptoms. These passengers will be required to do the PCR test on arrival.
  • Passengers must hold traveller's insurance that will either cover the cost of Covid-19 care or the work they have been summoned to do.

Quarantine and testing requirements

  • Passengers must quarantine for 7 days on arrival in government provided accommodation at the passengers' own expense.
  • Passengers will be subject to an antigen test on arrival. If a positive result is received, passengers will be subject to a PCR test. All passengers will be subject to a second antigen test on the 7th day after arrival. All tests will be at the passengers' expense.
  • Passengers must download the 'Cuidar' app on arrival and use it for at least 14 days.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Argentine Consulate General
200 Standard Bank plaza, 440 Hilda Street, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 430 3524 / +27 (0)12 430 9601
Fax: +27 (0)12 430 3521
E-mail: cjoha@mrecic.gov.ar / visas-cjoha@mrecic.gov.ar
Web: https://cjoha.cancilleria.gob.ar/en
Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This Consular Section has jurisdiction over the following countries: 
Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia, Kingdom of Eswatini, Republic of Zambia and Republic of Zimbabwe.

Visa Requirements

South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for entry into Argentina for tourism purposes for a stay of up to 90 days.

 

Entry Requirements:

  • Valid passport - must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the intended date of entry and have at least three (3) empty pages.
  • Return air ticket
  • Proof of sufficient funds 

Minors:

Minors travelling without their parents (under 18 years old) will need authorisation from their legal guardians as well as a copy of their unabridged birth certificate. The “Minors authority form”  must be signed by both of the legal guardians in front of a Commissioner of Oaths. Please contact the Consulate on visas-cjoha@mrecic.gov.ar for the form. 

Re-entry to South Africa:

All nationalities are required to present the yellow fever certificate when coming back to South Africa from Argentina.

SA Representative

The South African Embassy in Beunos Aires

Avenida Marcelo T de Alvear 590, Piso 8, C1058AAF, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 4317 2900
Email: info.argentina@dirco.gov.za
Web:  www.embajadasudafrica.org.ar

Also accredited to Paraguay & Uruguay

Travel Health

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