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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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Top 5 travel concerns in 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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$112$140$241$481
Comprehensive travel insurance$241$258$446$1,123

Activities you may want to get covered

  • 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 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.
  • For all claimable events, contact your insurer 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 date of arrival
  • Pay a $100 reciprocity fee on arrival to be allowed entry

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 go?

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–Apr)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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William Eve

Will is a personal finance writer for finder.com.au specialising in content on insurance. While he cannot give personal advice to clients, Will enjoys explaining the intricacies of different types of protective cover to help individuals and businesses find affordable cover that won't leave them underinsured.

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