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Entrance Formalities

Passport in force,with or without endorsement, depending on the case. Ask in your Embassy or nearest Consulate. Visitors coming from non neighbor countries do not pay taxes for baggage or new products up to U$S 300 and additional U$S 300 if products were bought in free shops authorized in national territory.

No certificate of vaccines is required when entering the country.

Vehicles

Tourists entering the country by car coming from countries member to the Southern Common Market (Uruguay – Brazil – Paraguay) must bear the following documentation:

  • Vehicle title.
  • Driving license.
  • Valid liability insurance coverage.
  • Vehicle registration plate issued at the country of origin.
  • In the event that the driver may not be the owner of the vehicle, they must bear a power of attorney authorized by a notary public.

A valid national ID is enough to give evidence of residence in the territory where the vehicle registration was carried out.

Those tourists coming from countries other than those mentioned above must bear the documentation already stated as well as a valid passport. They must also fill in a form for temporary admission and departure of vehicles which will contain the vehicle identification data and the list of accessories belonging to the owner of the vehicle or the authorized driver. Such declaration authorizes the vehicle to circulate inside the national territory and to depart from it.

Customs

When entering Argentina, it is not necessary to declare items of personal use at Customs such as: items of personal hygiene, electrical appliances, clothes, portable photographic cameras, typewriters, calculators and specific objects for professional practices.

Objects such as video or photographic cameras, cassettes and DVD recorded for family use, portable CD and MP3 players, laptop and portable personal computers, amongst other items, are included within the category of used luggage. Over the counter drugs or prescribed medications with their corresponding prescriptions in appropriate amounts according to the needs and length of stay in the country will also be contemplated.

Mobile phones must be declared at Customs in order to get a line inside the country.

Beyond the items detailed above, Customs officers may check and withhold any other item, impose fines or other penalties, even imprisonment.

Health

Services from the Cattle, Agriculture and Fishing Department control the entrance of pets in the country. Cats and dogs coming from countries member to the Southern Common Market, America and Europe may enter the country provided that they have a health certificate issued by the Cattle Farming Department from the country of origin describing the health conditions of the animal and stating proof of rabies vaccination.

Pets coming from other countries are required a prior entrance authorization where the health conditions they should meet will be stipulated.

Vaccination

At present, no vaccine or medical tests are required to enter Argentina.

Time Zone

UTC – 3. In summer: UTC- 2. According to an official decree, clocks are adjusted forward one hour on the first Sunday of October at 2am until the second Saturday in March.

Communications

Public telephones work with cards, which can be acquired in kiosks or offices belonging to telephone companies, or with coins in force. There are also telephone booths offices which are open 24 hours a day.

To call from abroad, you must mark national prefix 54 and then the area code of the city you want to connect. Inside the country, you must mark 0 before the respective code. And, when you call to another country, you must mark 00, the country code and the city code.

You must bear in mind that tariffs are reduced from 10.00 p.m. to 08.00 a.m.

Tourism Information

Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación (Nacional Tourism Secretary), Touristic Information Center:

  • 883 Santa Fe Avenue, (C1059ABC) Buenos Aires, tel. 4312-2232 ó 0800-555-0016;
  • Ezeiza Internacional Airport and Jorge Newbery Airport.

Touristic Information Center of Buenos Aires City:

  • in Pte. Quintana Avenue and J.M. Ortiz,
  • Florida and Diagonal Norte,
  • 217 Carlos Pellegrini,
  • Dock 4 of Puerto Madero,
  • de la Ribera Theatre (La Boca),
  • Retiro Bus Station
  • and Abasto Shopping.

 
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