Essentials Travel Information for Argentina
When to go
Argentina has a huge range in climate, the northeastern region has a subtropical climate with ample rain throughout the year, while the Tierra del Fuego region in the south has a sub-arctic climate. Central Argentina has a temperate climate, but can become very hot in summer (December to February) and cool in winter. You should bear in mind that Argentina's high season is during the January and February (summer holiday) and during July (winter holiday). During these high seasons it can become a little crowded and all prices tend to go up.
Climates in Argentina range from hot and humid in the north to cold and rainy in the south. In northern Argentina, summer days will be around 33 - 37°C and nights around 23 - 27°C (winter highs around 15 - 22°C and lows around 5 - 10°C). Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of Argentina, is almost always cold and rainy, with summer highs around 10-21°C and temperatures well below freezing in the winter. In general, the best time to go to Argentina is October-April (remember that the seasons are reversed from the Northern Hemisphere). To lie on the beach, go December - March or to go skiing you should go July - October.
Visa and Passports
Citizens of the U.S, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the E.U. do not require a visa to visit Argentina for stays of up to 90 days. All citizens will require a passport valid for at least six months after the end of the journey to enter Argentina and to re-enter their own countries.
Health and Safety
Your health should not be at risk when traveling to Argentina, although it is recommended to use prophylaxis against Malaria. You should not drink tap water if you are not entirely sure that it has been boiled, filtered, or chemically disinfected. Only eat foods that has been thoroughly cooked. Argentina has a generally low crime rate. However Buenos Aires as with all other cities of its size has an increasing rate of petty thefts. Visitors to Buenos Aires and popular tourist destinations should be alert to muggers, pickpockets, and purse-snatchers on the street and at bus and train stations.
Money and Currency
The Argentine Peso (ARS), is the official currency unit of Argentina. Banks and ATM machines are widespread and they accept all major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express. It is customary to tip at least 10% in cafeterias and restaurants.