Buenos Aires or Mendoza, beaches or vineyards, make sure you have the right travel insurance in place for your trip to Argentina.
Argentina is a vibrant destination for travellers, and its capital Buenos Aires is a drawcard in its own right.The country features numerous microclimates, so you can experience snowy climes and polar mountains in the south, tropical resorts in the north, and a range of pleasant, temperate locales in-between.
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 wish to cover in your travel insurance policy.
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What's in this guide?
- Top 5 travel concerns in Argentina
- How much does travel insurance for Argentina cost?
- Activities you should get cover for in Argentina
- What happens if I have a medical emergency in Argentina?
- Who do I contact in the event of an emergency?
- What are the entry requirements for Argentina?
- What is the best time of year to travel to Argentina?
- Disease. Mosquito-transmitted diseases, including yellow fever and the Zika virus, are a concern in Argentina. Visitors are advised to get vaccinated, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and use mosquito-proof accommodation where possible. In rural areas, travellers are recommended to avoid ice cubes and raw or undercooked foods, and to drink boiled or bottled water.
- If you have pre-existing respiratory conditions ensure you will be covered on your policy
- 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. Remain alert, minimise and consider leaving unnecessary valuables at home.
- Consider whether your travel insurance policy has enough cover for valuables such as cameras, electronics and jewellery.
- Travel. You are advised to use only taxis that are clearly marked as “radio taxi” with the company name and phone number prominently displayed. You can book radio taxis and “remises” (chauffeured cars) at airports or over the phone. Try to book in advance and avoid sharing with strangers where possible.
- Travel insurance rental car excess cover can help you avoid big expenses when renting a car overseas.
- Seismic activity. Argentina is home to several active volcanoes and earthquakes and other seismic activity, any of which can occur at any time. Familiarise yourself with the evacuation procedures at your accommodation and monitor local media for updates.
- Volcanic eruptions, such as the 2015 eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Argentina, can severely disrupt air travel. Travel insurance for cancellation may be advisable before departure to cover your prepaid costs.
- 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. If you are climbing mountains, be aware of the rapidly changing weather conditions that often occur.
- Travel insurance that covers medical evacuation and repatriation is recommended for all travellers.
The prices below show the average cost of different types of travel insurance policies, for a month in Argentina, by age.
|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 is to be taken as a rough guide. Note: prices are correct as of September 2017.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- For all claimable events, contact your insurer on its 24-hour claims helpline as soon as you are reasonably able.
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 date of arrival.
You may also be asked to provide proof of funds for your stay and confirmation of your accommodation.
The best time to visit Argentina depends on where exactly you’re going.
|The season||What’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 peaks||The 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 forests||It 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 warm||Buenos 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 everywhere||Consider avoiding areas experiencing heavy rain|
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