Tourist information

Make sure you have the full personal valid documentation before travelling to Argentina. Now we'll tell you what documentation you should show at Customs and some other tips.

 

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language and all Argentine people speak it. English, French and Italian are languages spread through the country to a lesser or greater extent. In some areas, people speak Guaraní and other languages typical of some native minorities. 

 

PASSPORT

In order to enter Argentina as a tourist, you only have to show your valid passport, with or without visa, according to the case. You can consult with your closest embassy or consulate. You can stay in the country for a maximum of ninenty (90) days. If you wish, you can extend this period for a similar length at the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (National Direction of Migrations) offices, before the original period expires. Remember to protect and keep your passport in a safe place.

 

PETS

In order to enter the country with animals such as dogs and cats you will have to do a simple process.  You have to show the anti-rabies vaccination record and the animal health certificate that is required by your country in order to take the animal out of it. If your animal does not present any symptoms of disease during the check-up, the final step is to pay a small duty.

 

LOST BAGGAGE 

Should you have this trouble during your travel, you have to address your areal or naval company. However, if the baggage is lost within the airport or port, you have to immediately go to the Airport Security Police (PSA), stationed in all the airports and ports in the country.

 

CAR RENTAL 

The main car rental companies are present in Argentina. They have offices at the main airports, companies such as Alamo, Hertz, Avis and Localiza. Remember to consult the details of your trip with your credit card company and your country car rental representants before travelling. In order to drive in Argentina, you must have an international driving permission.

 

INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS 

When you arrive to the country, you'll find in airports and ports, many centers of tourist attention placed by the National Tourism Ministry. Bilingual personal will guide you and will provide you with maps and addresses. If you prefer it,  you can also call the exclusive line for tourists (0800-555-0016). The City of Buenos Aires also has Centers of Information for Tourists (CIT), located in the most visited neighborhoods and places. Each province and place of tourism interest has its own information center. Don't hesitate in asking for their help.

Main information centers for tourists:

  • Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación, Centros de Información Turística (Centers of Tourist Information): Av. Santa Fe 883, (1059) Buenos Aires, tel. 4312-2232 ó 0-800-555-0016 (free line 24 hs.).
  • Argentina Airports 2000: Aut. Tte. Gral. Ricchieri s/n. Tel: 4576-5300. References: 4576-5111.
  • Airport Jorge Newbery: R. Obligado s/n. Tel: 4771-0104 (every day from 8 to 21 hs.)
  • Ezeiza Internacional Airport: Aut. Tte. Gral. Ricchieri s/n. References: 4480-0292 (Every day from 8 to 20 hs). 

 

TRAVELLER'S ASSISTANCE

  • ASSIST CARD. Suipacha 1109. Tel: 4312-6801
  • TRAVEL ACE. Paraná 711. Tel: 4374-1134
  • UNIVERSAL ASSISTANCE. Av. Córdoba 967. Tel: 4323-6000

 

BUSINESS HOURS 

  • BANKS AND MONEY EXCHANGE PLACES. Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 15:00 hours.
  • TRADE OFFICES. Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00 hours.
  • SHOPS, STORES AND SHOPPING MALLS. Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 20:00 hours in large cities (most provinces take a break at noon) and Saturdays from 9:00 to 13:00 hours.  Shopping Malls remain open every day of the week and their stores generally open every day  from 10:00 hs to 21:00 hs, 22:00 hs or 23:00 hs according to the Shopping location.
  • COFFEE AND PIZZA SHOPS. Are generally always open, except from 3:00 to 6:00 in the early morning.
  • RESTAURANTS /FOOD COURTS OF SHOPPING MALLS. Lunch: from 12:00 to 14:30 hours; dinner: from 20 to 23:30 hs. Food courts open generally from Sundays to Thursdays from 10:00 or 11:00 hs to 23:00 or 1:00 hs and on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays eves the hours can go from 10:00 or 11:00 to 3:00 in the morning.
  • NIGHT CLUBS. They open between 23:30 hs and 1:00 hs. They close at dawn.

 

TIME, ELECTRICITY, WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

  • Official time in Argentina is 3 (three) hours less than Greenwich.
  • The electricity current is 220 v (volts) and 50 Hz (Hertz).
  • For distances, we use meters and its derivatives: millimeter (0.001 meters), centimeter (0.01 meters) and the kilometer (1.000 meters).
  • For weights we use the gram and its derivative: the kilogram (1.000 grams)
  • For capacity we use the litre and cubic centimeters (cc) (1.000 cc = 1 litre).
  • For temperatures we use Centigrades.

 

MAPS

In most  kiosks and Automóvil Club Argentino sub-offices (Central: Av. Libertador 1850, Capital Federal) you can get different maps of streets and highways.