Fast Facts: Argentina

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Argentina, but must pay a $160 "reciprocity fee" by credit card through Argentina's National Immigration Office website prior to arrival, and a printed receipt must be presented upon entry. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send instructions for U.S. passport holders to pay the reciprocity fee.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

In Argentina, the seasons are opposite what they are in the Northern Hemisphere. Generally, during the summer months of October to April are the best time to visit Argentina. Wintertime is recommended for traveling to the North and Northwest as rains are less frequent and tropical temps drop a few degrees. If you like to beach-hop, travel December to March. For skiing, July to October is best.

Climate ranges from hot and humid in the north to cold and rainy in the south. In northern Argentina, summer days are in the 90s with nights in the 70s. In winter, temperatures range from 60 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Check out the current weather conditions in Argentina.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

No vaccinations are required to travel in Argentina. Malaria risk is present only in rural areas along Argentina's borders with Bolivia and Paraguay. Consult your doctor about possible inoculations for typhoid or yellow fever is you plan to spend time in rural areas.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Argentina is the Peso. Please review the current exchange rate on the peso.

Are tips & service charges customary?

In restaurants, tip 5% of the bill if it includes service charge, 10% if it doesn't. Movie ushers and bus terminal porters get a 1 P tip, air terminal porters 2 P per suitcase.

What are the best things to shop for?

Shop for Gaucho trousers called bombachas, ponchos, leather goods, rugs, wines, guitars, vicuna products which are wool from llama-like creatures, gourds, yerba-mate paraphernalia, handicrafts, art, gems, and brand-name products such as Dior and Gucci.

What are the voltage requirements?

220 volts. Plugs C & I. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.