Foreign travel advice

Argentina

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

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Two special flights organised by the UK departed on 7 and 12 May. There are currently no further UK special flights from Argentina. This travel advice will be updated with further information on options to return to the UK as soon as this is available. See Return to the UK

For guidance on how to stay safely in Argentina as a visitor if you are unable to return to the UK, see Staying during coronavirus

Argentina’s borders are closed to foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country. See Entry requirements

126,548 British nationals visited Argentina in 2019 and most visits are trouble-free.

The most common incidents affecting tourists are distraction thefts, bag snatching, pick pocketing and street robberies. On 14 December 2019, a British tourist was fatally shot and another seriously injured outside their hotel having been targeted by a gang on arrival at Ezeiza International Airport. See Crime

Protests and strikes take place regularly, often without warning, particularly in Buenos Aires. Further large gatherings, protests, demonstrations or marches are planned in the near future. There have also been occasional Falklands-related protests against British interests in Argentina. You should exercise caution in any large gatherings, and avoid all protests, marches and demonstrations. See Political situation

Terrorist attacks in Argentina can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

UK health authorities have classified Argentina as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 911 or 101 (police), 107 (ambulance) or 100 (fire).

For English assistance in Buenos Aires, contact the Tourist Police on +54 911 5050 9260/3293 if ringing from a mobile phone or 155 5050 9260/3293 from a local landline (available 24 hours). In Mendoza, contact +54 (0)261 413 2135.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.