Travel insurance for Argentina

Travel insurance for Argentina can cover trip cancellation costs, medical expenses and will pay out if your belongings are damaged or stolen, so you’re not left out of pocket.

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    Argentina has long been one of South America's most popular tourist destinations. While relatively stable in comparison to neighbouring countries, Argentina is not without travel risks. This guide will explore what to watch out for on your trip to keep safe and what you may want covered in your travel insurance for Argentina.

    Do I need travel insurance for Argentina?

    Travel insurance provides protection against both the specific risks of travelling in Argentina and common travel mishaps including:

    • Emergency medical expenses to cover hospital fees and medical repatriation if necessary
    • Cancellations and lost deposits if you're forced to cancel non-refundable flights and accommodation
    • Theft and stolen items to insure your personal belongings including expensive items and cash

    Continue reading for further information on finding the right travel insurance for Argentina and if you'd like to compare travel insurance quotes.

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    How much will it cost to get covered?

    The prices below show the average cost of different types of travel insurance policies, for a month in Argentina, by age.

    Age50607080
    Basic travel insurance$80.72$98.69$168.85$429.20
    Comprehensive travel insurance$115.31$138.69$339.87$673.50

    These prices are not indicative of all policies and are to be taken as a rough guide. Note: prices are correct as of September 2021.

    What activities should you consider including in your travel insurance policy as extras?

    Whether you opt to get a bare-bones cover to save on expenses or you think you'll need something more than your comprehensive policy provides, add-ons are often available to ensure you're fully covered no matter what you choose to do.

    • Skiing and snowsports. Head to the southern slopes of Argentina for an active skiing and snowboarding scene, but consider the benefits of snowsports travel cover before you leave home.
    • Mountain climbing. There are climbs for all skill levels and spectacular scenery at the end of each journey, but altitude sickness and other hazards can also be part of the experience. Consider travel insurance for trekking for a policy that might have the cover you need.
    • Adventure activities. Bungee jumping, skydiving, mountaineering, extreme sports and other pastimes abound in Argentina for travellers who want a thrill, but it is highly advisable to buy travel insurance that covers such activities.
    • Nightlife, historical and cultural sights. Whether you're hopping between bars, sampling local cuisine, taking in historical attractions or the rich culture, make sure your travel insurance protects your passport, cash and other small but important belongings, and be aware of pickpockets.


    What are some travel risks specific to Argentina?

    Disease

    Mosquito-transmitted diseases, including yellow fever and the Zika virus, are a concern in Argentina.

    What should I know: Visitors are advised to get vaccinated, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and use mosquito-proof accommodation where possible.

    What cover do I need: Travel insurance with medical cover is recommended for all travellers.

    Crime

    Petty theft, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, is a regular occurrence in Argentina, particularly around tourist areas and on public transport.

    Weather

    Seasonal weather patterns in Argentina mean flooding is relatively common in the North and may disrupt local transport and essential services, while flash flooding can occur in many places.

    • What should I know: If you are climbing mountains, be aware of the rapidly changing weather conditions that often occur.
    • What cover do I need: Travel insurance that covers medical evacuation and repatriation is recommended for all travellers.

    What happens if I have a medical emergency?

    Medical facilities in Argentina are generally of a reasonable standard, but private clinics and hospitals may require cash payments up-front, even in emergency situations.

    Find a travel insurance policy that pays for medical expenses up-front, or try to ensure you can afford to pay out of pocket and make a claim later.

    Who do I contact if something goes wrong?

    • Contact emergency services in Argentina, including police, fire and ambulance, by calling 911.
    • Contact the Australian embassy in Buenos Aires for miscellaneous, legal or passport issues at (54 11) 4779 3500.
    • Contact your insurer for all claimable events, on its 24-hour claims helpline as soon as you are reasonably able.

    What are the entry requirements for Argentina?

    Australians visiting Argentina for tourism purposes for periods of up to 90 days do not require a visa. Instead, you must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.

    You may also be asked to provide proof of funds for your stay and confirmation of your accommodation.

    What is the best time of year to travel to Argentina

    The best time to visit Argentina depends on where exactly you're going.

    The seasonWhat's good?Where you might want to avoid
    Summer (Dec–Feb)The mountains are pleasant, and this is the only time to climb some of the higher peaksThe lowlands and Buenos Aires can be unpleasantly hot and sticky
    Autumn (Mar–May)Visit the wineries for the autumn harvest and head to Patagonia for impressive forestsIt can be unpleasantly cold at higher altitudes and southern regions
    Winter (Jun–Aug)The south for snowsports and the north for regions that are still warmBuenos Aires has few advantages in winter and blizzards can block the southern mountains
    Spring (Sep–Nov)Cold in the south, warm in the north, good everywhereConsider avoiding areas experiencing heavy rain

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