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Argentina

Argentina: At a glance

Capital: Buenos Aires

Population: 44.27 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Argentina Standard Time

Emergency #: 107

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Argentina: Travel Health Information

Argentina is known for its arts and culture, history, and diverse natural landscapes. Travellers can climb Aconcagua - South America’s highest mountain - or hike alongside the waterfalls of Iguaçu National Park.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Argentina may differ from your home country. Argentina has a decentralized public healthcare system, as well as a private sector. Healthcare services in Argentina are managed on a provincial level, so there are several healthcare systems within the country and services offered may vary by province. Healthcare provided in Buenos Aires is high quality and typically meets international standards. Throughout the rest of the country, the quality of care can vary and may be inadequate.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Argentina typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Argentina.

Pharmacies and medications

Argentina has many pharmacies around the country, with many open 24 hours. Most medicines can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. However, you should always consult a healthcare practitioner before starting a new medication or making changes to an existing medication.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Argentina’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Argentina’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Argentina are generally well maintained, but may vary by region. Flooding during the rainy seasons can pose a risk to drivers. Seat belts are required for the driver and passengers of a vehicle at all times. Helmets are mandatory for motorcycle drivers and passengers.



Argentina: At a glance

Capital: Buenos Aires

Population: 44.27 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Argentina Standard Time

Emergency #: 107

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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