Tips for visitors to Argentina

Argentina is a great country and has recently been chosen as a popular destination. Since I have a lot of experience visiting Argentina (my wife is from there), I thought I'd share some basic tips to make your visit a little smoother.

1. If you travel from the United States, there are 9 direct flights daily from different American cities to Buenos Aires:

– An American from New York.

-American, Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN from Miami

-Continental of Houston.

– An American from Dallas

-Delta of Atlanta

-United from Washington

2. You will probably visit more than just Buenos Aires on the go. Both Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN offer various indoor flights throughout the country. Keep in mind that there are baggage restrictions in the country different from those on an international flight when you visit Argentina. Both companies do not have a limit on the amount of bags you have, but the total weight of all bags can not exceed 15 kilograms (or about 33 pounds).

3. The official currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso. Available in denominations of $ 2, $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 50 and $ 100. Coins are labeled 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50 and $ 1. The exchange rate normally fluctuates between $ 3.50 – $ 3.90 Argentine Pesos per US dollar.

4. Tourist visas are not required for European and American visitors, but be sure to consult the Consulate of Argentina before traveling. It is said that they may, in the future, impose a tourist visa fee on Americans in response to the fact that Argentines have to pay a visa to enter the states.

5. If you are a tourist and go shopping while visiting Argentina, look for shops that display a blue and gray sticker without tax on shopping. Under this system, you can get a tax refund on purchases of goods made in Argentina worth over $ 70 in Argentine pesos. Request an exemption and return home or by email when you arrive home to request a refund at the international airport. The VAT you receive a refund is currently at 21%.

6. The ground electrical system works with 220 watts, 50 hg plugs, so if your electrical goods do not yet have these plugs, bring the plugs or transformers.

7. Folding when visiting Argentina is usually done around 10% for services such as meals and bar cards. If you are going on guided tours, feel free to tip them around 20 pesos if you are satisfied with the service. Taxi drivers usually do not expect a tip, but many people round to the nearest peso because coins may be difficult to access.

I hope this information has been useful to you, and you might have a great time visiting Argentina. People are great there.