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Overview
Argentina

With a different language, different currency and completely different hemisphere, it’s important to do your research before you head off on your Argentina holiday.

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Visas
Argentina

British citizens do not require a visa to enter Argentina for tourism. Generally, you’ll be granted a 90-day stay on arrival, but check the relevant government website for updates.

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Inoculations
Argentina

For long stays in Argentina (3 months or more), a rabies shot is required. Hepatitis A, Tetanus, typhoid and polio are also recommended but not vital for entry. The British Government recommends that you have a Yellow Fever vaccination if you are planning on travelling to certain parts of the country. Check with your doctor for expert advice.

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When to go
Argentina

Because Argentina is such a big and geographically diverse country, the weather varies. If you want to visit Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south, the warmest months are from December to February. The best time to visit Iguazú Falls is during the rainy season from January to March, when the water volume is at its peak. For ski lovers, May to September is snow season in Mendoza and the powder is magnificent.

Porteños take time off during the Argentine summer (from December to March), so the city is quieter as the locals head to the beaches. Although Buenos Aires’ climate is relatively mild it can get very hot at this time of year. Summer means guaranteed sunshine in Buenos Aires, so bring your sunglasses and a hat.

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Currency
Argentina

Argentina uses the Argentine Peso.

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Electrical
Argentina

Argentina uses 220 volts, which is compatible with Great Britain’s 230 volts, so you can use your appliances safely, but you will need a multipurpose or universal adapter. Argentina uses 2 different types of plugs: outlet C, which has 2 round pins, and outlet I, which has 3 flat pins, 2 of which form an upside down V.

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Travel insurance
Argentina

For travel to Argentina, Travel Insurance is a must. Taking out appropriate travel insurance is an important part of planning any overseas trip and provides you with peace of mind.

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What to pack
Argentina

Depending on the time of year and whether you intend to hike, ski or take in the city sights, the climate in Argentina can alternate between cool, cold and hot. Remembering that the seasons are the opposite of the UK, you’ll either be packing summer gear in winter, or winter gear in summer. As a general rule though, Argentina has a temperate climate so it should feel warm compared to the average UK weather.

Argentinians take pride in their appearance, so smart casual is the way to go when it comes to dress. Men are expected to wear shirts and smart shoes, and women will do well to bring a couple of dresses and heels for nights out. Here’s a basic shortlist of what to pack no matter what time of year you visit:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Power adaptor
  • Smart clothes
  • Cardigan or light jacket

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