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The official currency in Argentina is the Peso (ARS)
Besides cash in local currency, many shops will take Euros and US dollars. Major credit cards are accepted in all the main cities. The most used ones are Visa, Mastercard and AmEx. Sometimes however you get a better price if paying cash. We do not recommend the use of Traveller's Cheques unless you have time available to find places to cash them. Bear in mind that for small expenses (tips, meals, etc) you will need to have handy some Pesos Argentinos.
Only use safe places: Banks, exchange bureaus or hotels. At the airports, the exchange rate is somehow less favourable for you. NEVER accept money exchange offerings in the street. In almost any city in Argentina there are ATM's where you will be able to withdraw money from your account (converted to Pesos)
They open from Mon-Fri 10am to 3pm. The office of Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires that is located at 675 Córdoba Ave. opens every day, and offers currency exchange service.
In Argentina power works at 220 volts, and sockets are two plain holes with an earth wire. It is recommended to bring an adapter in order to be able to use all personal electrical appliances.
There are no endemic diseases in Argentina; therefore, no vaccination is necessary to enter the country.
The citizens of neighbouring countries (Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil) only need their national ID to enter Argentina.
The requirements for the citizens of all other countries are particular of each country. It is recommended to consult the local Argentine Embassy in order to learn whether a visa is necessary.
As in every big city, it is advised to be cautious when wandering around Buenos Aires. It is safe to walk the streets, even though it is recommended not to display any high-cost objects, such as cameras or jewelry. It is advisable to avoid dark spots. The emergency numbers are 101 and 911, that can be dialled from any public phone.
For any query, you can address to the CIT offices (Centro de información turística- tourist information center), situated in the main tourist cities:
100 Florida St.. Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10 AM to 3 PM.
223, Julio A. Roca St. – Every day from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Coronel Rosales St. at the corner of Del Libertador Ave. Every day from 8 AM to 10 PM during high season (from September to April). The rest of the year from 8 AM to 21 PM.
674, San Martín St. at the corner of Juana Fadul St. Every day from 9 AM to 8 PM.
Centro Cívico. Every day from 9 AM to 9 PM.
500, 9 de Julio St., Mendoza City. Every day from 9 AM to 7 PM.
93, Buenos Aires St. Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 9 PM. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9 AM to 8 PM.
Victoria Aguirre Ave. and Bambino Brañas St. Every days from 8 AM to 9 PM.
Public phones accept 10, 25 and 50-cent coins of local currency or phone cards, sold in any kiosk. Apart from that, there are always telephone cabins (locutorios) at hand. For international calls, there are special offers according to the time and zone. In addition to Cyber cafes, which can be found all around the city, locutorios offer Internet service as well.
Different companies offer the rental service of cell phones for an average insurance of US$ 200 plus the cost of the air minute.
When calling from abroad, it is necessary to dial 54 + area code + phone number. Note that from cell-phones you need to dial 9 before the city code (so the code is 911).
The area codes of main tourist cities are:
Buenos Aires: 11
Puerto Madryn: 2965
El Calafate: 2902
Puerto Iguazú: 3757