Although the Argentine Peso is the official currency,
numerous shops accept dollars. It is convenient for visitors
to exchange money in Banks (Mon-Friday 10:00 A.M. to 3:00
P.M.) or in a official bureau of change. In most of the
commercial centers, bars, restaurants, etc. credit cards
such as American Express, Master Card, Visa and Diners are
Arrivals and transportation
The main airline companies in the world fly to Argentina.
The great majority arrive at the International Airport,
Ministro Pistarini, situated in Ezeiza, 35 kilometers from
the city center. You will be able to choose between different
means of transport but for safety reasons we recommend a
private car (“remis”) or radio taxi. BA Total
also offers a private pick-up service on request.
When to visit Argentina and what to wear
It is important to bear in mind when packing your luggage
that in the southern hemisphere the seasons are opposite
to the north. Below you will find useful information regarding
temperatures during the year as to know what to wear. In Argentina the high seasons are January
and February (summer vacations) and July (winter vacations).
Foreign tourists of neighboring countries only need a document
to enter. Visitors of other countries must present their
passport and in some cases also a Visa upon entering Argentina.
Consult your embassy for more information.
Certificate of vaccination is not required except for visitors
who come from countries where cholera and yellow fever are
If the visitor has acquired national products for more than
$70 (per invoice) in commercial shops that are under this
system (search for the logo on the window shop) 21% of its
VAT will be reimbursed in the airport. Remember to ask for
the reimbursement check together with the invoice.
According to Argentinean customs a 10% of the amount spent
is left as a tip in restaurants, bars, hotels, etc.
Hour & Electricity
Argentinean official time is 3 hours less than that of Greenwich Mean Time.
The electricity runs in 220 v (volts) and 50 Hz (Hertz)
Public telephones work with Argetinians coins. You can also
find telephone agencies (“locutorios”) that
are opened during 24 hours where you can pay in cash.
To make international calls you must dial 00 + country area
code + city area code + local number.
To call Argentina from abroad you must dial 54 + city area
code, that for the case of Buenos Aires is 11, + local number.
Aeropuerto Internacional Ezeiza: Aut. Tte.
Gral. Ricchieri s/n. Phone: 5480-6111.
Aeroparque Jorge Newbery:
R. Obligado s/n. Phone: 4514-1515/23 (Mo-Sun from 8am to
Retiro Bus Terminal: Av.
Antártida Argentina y calle 10. Phone: 4310-0700
Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación, Turístic Information Center: Av. Santa Fe 883, (1059) Buenos Aires,
Phone: 4312-2232 or 0-800-555-0016 (free call)