What do I need to know about Argentina?

Important tips when travelling to Argentina


The legal tender currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso. Some stores may accept US Dollars; however, it is easier to exchange them in banks or an authorized Exchange Bureaux.

The legal tender notes are 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 Pesos, and the coins 1 Peso, 50, 25, 10 and 5 cents (there are also 1 cent coins but they are rarely used).

Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards, but don’t rely on them – some travellers have reported problems getting vendors to accept credit cards. The same goes for traveller’s checks.


Guests must ensure that they bring sufficient memory cards and batteries as these may not be readily available.
Guests must remember to ask permission before taking a photograph of any local resident. South Americans are renowned for being friendly; however, it is courteous to ask permission before snapping away.

Passport and Visa requirements

Guests are advised to check with their consulate for the latest visa information. It is a mandatory requirement that guests travel to South America with at least two blank passport pages per country visited and that their passport is valid for 6 months after the date of travel. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry into a country could be denied. We advise you to make copies of all your important documents (visa, passport, credit cards, air tickets, etc.). In case they are misplaced as it will make replacing them much easier.

Citizens of the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa require a valid passport to enter the country. No visa is required for citizens of these countries for tourist stays of up to 90 days.

Reciprocity Fee: This fee corresponds to the amount an Argentine national must pay when purchasing a visa to other countries. The fee is valid for the duration of your passport. The payment of this “reciprocity fee” is not a visa – Argentina does not require a visa for citizens of the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa when travelling for tourism or business purposes.


Carry-on baggage: 5 kilos – 11 pounds
Checked baggage allowance: 15 kilos – 33 pounds


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