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Country Information

Argentine

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.
  • An additional charge per withdrawal may apply in this country.

Credit cards

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Argentinian peso ARS
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
ARS 100 =~ CHF 2.25 ; CHF 1 =~ ARS 44.44 (01/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Export local currency
up to the equivalent of USD 10'000.00, higher amounts only if declared upon arrival
Export foreign currency
up to USD 10'000.00; higher amounts only if declared upon arrival
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts for reconversion.
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).
  • Currency exchange not advised on the black market.
  • Prices in ARS are designated with the $ dollar sign; prices in USD are shown as US$.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 4 h / - 5 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English, French and Italian

Capital

Buenos Aires

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / adapter recommended

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Buenos Aires, Av. Santa Fe 846, 12° piso
Tel.: +54 11 4311 6491

Opening hours

Banks
10.00 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 20.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals if obtained at least 1 year previously, varies by rental company.
International driver's licence recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 (varies by rental company).
CH sticker, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and breakdown triangle mandatory.
Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Minimum risk of malaria in the border areas with Bolivia and Paraguay.
Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
High crime rate.
Avoid in Buenos Aires the quarters 'La Boca', 'Retiro', 'Constitucion' and 'Once' (in the three latters are the most important stations of the city).
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.