From sky-high peaks and azure glacial lakes to the picturesque streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a country filled with natural splendor and cultural treasure. Dance the tango, sip on a Malbec, go for a nature hike and enjoy all the diverse flora and fauna the second largest country in South America has to offer. On a trip to Argentina, you'll undoubtedly return with a camera full of fabulous photos and memories to last a lifetime.

Is travel insurance mandatory in Argentina?

Yes, purchasing travel health insurance for Argentina is required if you want to enter the country. This Argentina travel insurance also has to include hospitalization and quarantine coverage for COVID-19. International travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test along with travel insurance for Argentina.

With a wide range of plans on the market, it may be difficult to select a plan. To find the plan that's best for you, first assess the condition of your health then take a look at your travel plans. From there, you can compare plans side by side with our compare tool. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. If you are looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.

COVID-19 in Argentina

Due to the country being placed at a Level 4 warning by the CDC, most foreigners who aren't a resident of Argentina, are not currently permitted to enter the country. Foreign citizens may enter the country only if exceptional circumstances and conditions are met.

If you have to visit the country, consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.

If travel is a must, here are some precautions to take:

Before you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1 to 3 days before your trip
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19, are sick, or test positive for the disease, do not travel
  • Follow all entry requirements for Argentina and be sure you have all required documentation

During travel:
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing protocols
  • Wash your hands often
  • Be vigilant. If you experience any symptoms take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around her

After you travel:
  • Get tested 3 to 5 days after you return to your home country
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days
  • If you don't get tested, it's best to self-quarantine for at least 10 days

Traveling from the United States:
  • If you have a return flight to the U.S., you must get a viral test in Argentina no more than 3 days before your flight, and the test results have to be negative
  • Keep your test results on hand in case you're asked for them
  • Follow all United States guidelines and airline protocols

Health & Safety Tips

Certain regions of Argentina, namely large metropolitan areas, tend to have a higher crime rate. To make yourself less of a target for violence and petty theft, carry only the cash and credit cards you need, avoid wearing flashy jewelry or carrying expensive gadgets and keep your belongings close to you at all times. Also watch out for common scams, such as motorcycle thieves who target backpacks and phones, and pickpockets who will point out a stain on your clothing and help you clean it, while stealing your belongings.

Tap water in Argentina is generally clean and safe to drink so there's no need to only stick to bottled water. Healthcare is affordable and generally free for tourists, but its always a good idea to get travel insurance before traveling in case you are seriously injured or need to be evacuated back to your home country.

Necessary Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for Argentina: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. The Yellow Fever vaccine is especially recommended if you're traveling to Corrientes, Missiones provinces, Formosa, Chaco, Jujuy and Salta.

Visas and Documentation

Citizens of 87 countries and territories, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, Mexico and the United States, are not required to have a visa to visit Argentina for tourist purposes for up to 90 days. Citizens of Venezuela are not required to have a visa for stays up to 60 days, and citizens of Grenada, Jamaica, Republic of Kazakhstan and Malaysia can stay visa-free for up to 30 days. All other visitors are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization prior to traveling to Argentina. The visa costs USD$50.