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  • Documentation Needed
  • Language and Idioms
  • Currency
  • Weather
  • Connectors and Voltage
  • Schedule
  • Internet access
  • VAT refund (IVA)

Documentation needed to visit Argentina

Passport, ID or any special visa? Know what is the necessary documentation to enter Argentina according to your nationality and how long it is.
Citizens of Mercosur and South America:

Citizens of Mercosur and South American countries can enter the country by presenting only their national identification document (DNI), which means they will not need a visa or passport to enter and remain in Argentina for less than 90 days.

Citizens of the European Union:

For stays of less than 90 days, citizens of the European Union do not need any type of visa to travel to Argentina and can do so by presenting only their passport. Which means that the citizens of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden, just have to worry about having a valid passport.

Other visa-exempt countries:

In addition to citizens of South American countries and the European Union, the following countries are exempt from presenting a visa, and can do so with their passport: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belarus, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Finland, Georgia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Norway, New Zeeland, Panama, Russia, Saint Lucia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, Turkey, Jamaica, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

Language: How to understand Buenos Aires

In Argentina, Spanish is spoken, although the Spanish that is spoken "Rioplatense" differs in some details from that spoken in other Spanish-speaking countries, and some words are something that cannot be understood by a newcomer.
The Argentine Voseo:

One of the main differences between the Spanish language of the Argentineans and that they use in Spain and in other Spanish-speaking countries is the “VOS”. The phrase that in most Spanish-speaking countries says ‘tú sabes’ or ‘sabes’.. In Argentina it says:‘ vos sabés’.

Mini dictionary to understand an Argentine:
  • Che: Argentines use it as a synonym for “friend,” “kid,” “you.” (“Che, how are you?”, “Che, is everything okay?”) Although it is also used as an “expression of amazement” or to call someone without using the name.
  • Boludo / a: this is undoubtedly the most popular insult in Argentina. It is a synonym for fool. Although in a colloquial use it also means “friend”, “vos”, “che”.
  • Pelotudo: Idem to “boludo”, although depending on the intonation it can mean something stronger or more serious, and not very friendly.
  • Bondi / Collective: An urban bus, of public transport.
  • Pibe / a: means boy, boy, boy, asshole -Type / Tipa / Chabón / Mina: synonyms for man, woman, boy
  • Ortiva: means “bad wave”, “selfish”. -Guita: means silver, money
  • Remera: T-shirt
  • Groso: positive qualifying adjective. Similar to “copado”, “piola”, “good vibes”
  • Chamuyo: action of wanting to convince someone of something with doubtful arguments. A lie or the element to conquer a person with romantic intentions.
  • Birra: colloquial word to call beer
  • Escabio: youth alcoholic drinks
  • Posta: something real or “Really”, “really”.

Currency and ATM: Where it is convenient to change money

The currency in circulation throughout the national territory is the Argentine Peso ($ ARS). Your exchange rate against the dollar is usually quite unstable and we recommend you see your current valuation here. The exchange houses are located at the airport and in the Buenos Aires downtown (the financial city), ATMs abound in downtown areas and large avenues.

Climate in Buenos Aires

The weather in Buenos Aires is quite mild, its average annual temperature is 18ºC, which means that the winters are not too cold nor the summers are very hot, so any time of the year is good to visit.

Connectors and Voltage

In Argentina, the common voltage is 220 V. Its plugs are Type I (2 flat pins in the form of an inverted V and lower center pin for grounding). A connector rarely used in the world and unique in the region, which only shares with Australia, China and New Zealand. We recommend you bring a universal adapter, although in Argentina they are easily obtained.

Schedules in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires and all of Argentina are in the UTC − 03: 00 time zone throughout the year. Which means there is no winter and summer time. Shops usually open at 9 or 10 in the morning and close at 9 at night. Although banks close their doors at 3pm and restaurants usually serve until noon. On Saturdays, business hours usually end at 2 pm and on Sundays most businesses do not open their doors.

Internet in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has a network of free WiFi access points created by the city government. These points are distributed in underground stations, libraries, squares or public buildings. You can check the map here or download the app.

VAT refund (IVA)

In Buenos Aires as in the rest of the country, foreign tourists are guaranteed the VAT refund (tax corresponding to 21%) for accommodation and shopping services. In the hotels the discount is automatic for payment by international credit card or through a bank transfer from a foreign bank and you only have to show your passport.

In the case of purchases of goods of national production equal to or greater than $ 70 (seventy Argentine pesos) made in the country in the shops attached to the Tax Free system of “Global Blue Argentina”. To request a refund there, complete a form and keep the purchase tickets.

To make this refund, you have to follow these steps:
  • Find the stores that display the Tax Free logo and ask for the refund form.
  • When you leave the country, show the invoices along with your purchases and your passport at the customs office and have the refund forms received received.
  • The collection of the tax refund can be in cash, by credit card or bank check.
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