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US, Canadian, UK, and Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist, but an entry fee must be paid by both residents and non-residents. On presentation of a valid passport, visitors will be granted a 90-day stay. Immigration officials may require you to provide proof of onward travel, possibly in the form of a return ticket. You are advised to make all related reservations before departing.

A yellow fever vaccination is recommended for those age nine months and older traveling to regions of Argentina bordering Paraguay and Brazil in the provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa, and Salta, and to all areas of Misiones province, including Iguacu Falls.

Health and Safety

Dengue fever is common in many parts of Latin America, including Argentina, and can occur throughout the year. Visitors should take precautions to prevent being bitten by bugs. There is no vaccine so you should use mosquito repellent regularly and cover up with suitable clothing.

The most frequent incidents of crime in Argentina involve petty theft, bag snatching and muggings. Thefts commonly occur in public places such as internet cafés, on trains and at bus stations. When on public transportation, remain alert at all times. If a robbery occurs, inform the police as soon as possible as a police report will be required for insurance purposes. In Buenos Aires, a 24-hour police helpline in English is available by dialing 101.

There has been a rise in reports of stolen passports, especially in the main bus terminals in Buenos Aires and Mendoza so always keep a close eye on your travel documents. Passports should be left in a hotel safe or security box and only used for identification purposes such as purchasing expensive items or cashing travelers’ checks. Keep a photocopy of the details page of your passport with you at all times.

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