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Argentina Visa, Passport & Money Advice

Argentina Perito Moreno glacier

There’s lots to think about when you’re planning a trip to Argentina, and of course as well as all the exciting bits, it’s also important to get clued up on all the essential travel information beforehand. So from passports and visas to useful money tips, we’ve compiled some information to give you a helping hand.

Visa & Passports

Providing you hold a valid British passport and your intended stay is no longer than 90 days, you won’t be required to obtain a visa for your travels in Argentina. Just make sure that your passport valid for the whole duration of your stay and, as a precaution, ensure that you have proof of onward travel in the form of a return ticket.

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Chile Torres del Paine

Flying via the USA

If you’re flying to Argentina via the USA and want to use the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), you’ll need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorization) in advance. All travellers on UK passports (including children and infants) must have an individual machine-readable passport and must complete an ESTA prior to departure. Without an approved ESTA, you could be denied entry into the US and therefore denied boarding your flight(s). It’s worth also checking the US embassy ESTA for current customs regulations, as they change frequently.

Local currency

The currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso (ARS). ATMs can be found all over the country with the exception of remote locations which have no banks or cash machines at all, so make sure you have sufficient cash if you’re travelling to out-of-the-way destinations. Bear in mind that the maximum withdrawal is 3 daily withdrawals of 300 pesos.

Argentina currency
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Credit and Debit Cards

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted throughout Argentina. Travellers Cheques aren’t really necessary because you can withdraw cash almost everywhere.

Tips and Haggling

When travelling in Argentina, it’s worth knowing that tipping is regarded as customary in restaurants, cafes, taxis and other services. 10% is usually standard but this is only a rough guide so it is, of course, up to your to use your own discretion.

Argentina Purmamarca local man working