Argentina Essentials

A list of essential information about Argentina, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Spanish

Currency: Peso (ARS) – check latest exchange rates on

Visas: Free / 90-day issued at border with proof of onward travel; see visa requirements for more details

Time zone: GMT -3 (BST -4)

Dialling code: 54

Emergency codes: Police 101, Medical 107

Capital city: Buenos Aires

Population: 43,417,000

Tipping: In hotels and restaurants a voluntary 10-15% is suggested; tipping is not necessary in taxis.

Insurance: We recommend travel insurance from – available in over 150 countries.

Electricity: 220V/50hz. Argentina uses the below AC power plugs and sockets. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

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