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Argentina - Take normal security precautions
Take normal security precautions in Argentina.
Travel Health Notice - Zika virus
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Argentina. See Health for more information.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Distraction thefts commonly occur in:
- popular tourist areas
- bus terminals and train stations
- the subway system
- restaurants and hotel lobbies
Be suspicious of strangers approaching you to distract you.
Pickpockets and bag snatchers often work in pairs or groups and employ a variety of ruses to divert their victim’s attention. Common scams include:
- spraying a substance on victims and then robbing them while pretending to help clean the stain
- distracting the victim by asking questions while another person perpetrates the theft
In some cases, thieves on foot work with thieves on motorcycles, “motochorros,” to snatch purses and backpacks.
- Avoid wearing expensive watches or jewellery or showing signs of affluence
- Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
- Do not hang bags and purses on chairs in public places
- Carry a photocopy of your passport for identification purposes and leave the originals in your hotel safe
- Do not carry large amounts of money
- Remain aware of your surroundings when using ATMs and avoid using them at night
- Avoid packing valuables in checked luggage because organized groups are known to operate at airports searching for electronics and valuables
Armed robberies and muggings occur in urban centres. While most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if opposed. If robbed, hand over your cash and valuables without resistance.
Avoid walking alone after dark, especially in the downtown areas of major cities.
If you are a victim of a crime, inform the police and get a police report. It is not possible to file a police report from abroad or for the Canadian embassy to do it on your behalf.
In Buenos Aires, be cautious in all tourist areas, particularly in:
- La Boca
- Florida Street
- the Retiro bus station area
- San Telmo
In La Boca, always remain on Caminito Street. Violent thefts often occur in neighbouring streets. Avoid the area after dark.
In Mendoza, crime has increased considerably. Some incidents involve violence. Be cautious and alert at all times, particularly in the bus terminal and General San Martín Park. Avoid walking in unpopulated areas at night.
Theft from unattended vehicles, especially rental cars, is common throughout the country, particularly in Bariloche and Mendoza. Belongings are stolen from the trunk of parked cars.
Though not common, express kidnappings involving tourists have occurred in Argentina. Victims are usually abducted for a few hours and forced to withdraw money from ATMs in order to be released.
When travelling to Iguazú Falls, exercise caution when crossing the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, where criminal activities are known to occur.
Avoid crossing these borders in local taxis or buses after dark.
Demonstrations, roadblocks and strikes may occur throughout the country at any time.
Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
- Never attempt to cross blockades, even if they appear unattended
Use a “remise” (private car with driver) for travel to and from Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport, also know as Ezeiza International Airport. If you are arriving at Ezeiza, go to an established remise stand in the arrivals area.
Call radio-taxis instead of hailing taxis on the street, particularly in Buenos Aires. If hailing a taxi, ensure that it is marked “radio-taxi” and that the company’s name and telephone number are clearly visible.
Do not share taxis with strangers. Carry small bills to pay for taxi fares. Unscrupulous taxi drivers sometimes trade counterfeit bills for good ones.
There have been several accidents resulting in deaths and injuries involving intercity trains connecting with Buenos Aires.
Pedestrians, cyclists and drivers should exercise extreme caution in Argentina, as it has one of the highest traffic accident rates in the world. Many drivers ignore traffic lights and speed limits.
Be particularly vigilant when stopped at traffic lights. Keep windows closed and doors locked at all times due to the risk of theft.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Domestic flights are frequently delayed or rescheduled as a result of work stoppages and technical problems at the airports.
Trekking and adventure sports
Ensure that the recreational activities you choose are covered by your travel insurance and that sporting equipment is safe and in good condition.
Many operators do not conduct regular safety checks.
If you intend to trek:
- never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
- buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
- ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
- ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
- inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
- know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
- obtain detailed information on trekking routes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails
Prior to ascending Mount Aconcagua, contact the Mendoza Tourism Board for more information:
- +54 261 425 8751
More about trekking in Aconcagua Provincial Park - Government of Mendoza
Stay on marked paths. Respect the mandatory itinerary provided by the park.
General security information
If you are planning to attend a soccer game, ensure that the stadium is located in a safe area. Monitor news reports to determine if violence is expected during or following the game.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Argentine authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for the expected duration of your stay in Argentina.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
Tourist visa: Not required
Business visa: Not required
Student visa: Required
Other entry requirements
Upon entry into and exit from Argentina, all passengers, regardless of their citizenship, are submitted to biometrics checks, such as digital fingerprints and a digital photograph, at the immigration counter.
Canadian-Argentine dual citizens may leave Argentina on their Canadian passport if they entered on that passport within the last 180 days. Once this period has elapsed, they must leave on a valid Argentine passport.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world.
Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is a risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Vaccination may be recommended depending on your itinerary.
- There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada. It is important for travellers to contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of their trip to ensure that the vaccine is available.
- Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites.
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in South America, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in South America. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
- Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
- Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
- The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.
Travellers visiting regions with a risk typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
In some areas in South America, certain insects carry and spread diseases like American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), chikungunya, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, malaria, onchocerciasis (river blindness), West Nile virus , yellow fever and Zika virus.
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently a risk of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
- Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
- Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Zika virus infection
Zika virus infection is a risk in this country. Recent or ongoing cases of Zika virus have been reported in this country.
All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites day and night.
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects such as abnormally small heads (microcephaly). Zika virus can also be sexually transmitted.
Travellers who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy:
- Should avoid travel to this country
- If travel cannot be avoided follow strict mosquito bite prevention measures.
- Talk to your health care professional about the risk of Zika infection in pregnancy.
- Use condoms or avoid having sex for the duration of the pregnancy, if you are pregnant and your partner has travelled to this country.
- Female travellers: wait at least 2 months after returning from this country before trying to conceive (get pregnant) to ensure that any possible Zika virus infection has cleared your body.
- Male travellers: wait 6 months after returning from this country before trying to conceive. Use condoms or avoid having sex during that time.
See travel health notice: Zika virus: Advice for travellers
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in South America, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Medical facilities are good in Buenos Aires but limited elsewhere. Certain medications may not be available.
Hospital physicians often expect immediate cash payment for medical care, so ensure you have access to sufficient funds. Contact your insurance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
See Travel Insurance for more information.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
You should carry an International Driving Permit.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Argentina.
If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Argentina, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.
The currency is the Argentine peso (ARS).
Foreign credit and debit cards are accepted in main cities. When using credit cards, ensure that your card remains in your view. You may be required to produce photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or a photocopy of your passport, when paying with a credit card.
Cash withdrawals from foreign bank accounts at ATMs are subject to low limits per withdrawal and per day. Substantial service charges may apply when using non-Argentine bank cards. Check with your bank before leaving Canada.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
The provinces of San Juan and Mendoza are in a seismic zone and are subject to earthquakes.
More about seismic activity in Argentina - National institute of seismic prevention (in Spanish only)
Several volcanoes in the Andes region on the border with Chile can erupt at any time and cause the evacuation of local residents. Ash emanating from volcanic eruptions can disrupt air transportation and cause airport closures. Debris from erupting volcanoes may clog rivers and cause them to overflow, which could in turn cause flash floods and landslides.
If you live or are travelling in areas near volcanoes, monitor local news for current information and follow the advice of local authorities.
Border crossings can close due to earthquakes or severe weather conditions.
Seasonal flooding may occur in Argentina’s northern provinces and heavy rains may cause flash floods in the province of Buenos Aires. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 911 / 101
- tourist police: 4323-8900 ext. 116311 mobile: +54 911 5050 3293 in Buenos Aires and +54 261 413 2135 in Mendoza
- medical assistance: 911 / 107
- firefighters: 911 / 100
Buenos Aires - Embassy of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in Buenos Aires and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
You may make a collect call (via the international operator at 000) to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 1-613-996-8885.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services.
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