Security and health

We advise you to exercise caution in Buenos Aires as petty crime (pick pocketing, bag snatching) is common. Ensure all your personal items are secured in the hotel safe. Security risks increase after dark.

Care and common sense should be exercised as in any large city.


Medical facilities in Argentina are generally of a reasonable standard. Private medical clinics often require cash payment prior to providing service, including for emergency care. Foreign-brand medications may not be readily available. Some locally produced medications do not meet Australian standards and may have adverse effects.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists Argentina as a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, which is preventable by vaccination. We strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against yellow fever before travelling to all departments in the Misiones Province and parts of Corrientes Province (Beron de Astrada, Capital, General Alvear, General Paz, Itati, Ituzaingo, Paso de los Libres, San Cosme, San Martin, San Miguel, Santo Tome). Iguazu Falls is located within Misiones Province. Malaria is a risk in rural areas along the northern borders with Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Austrade office in Argentina is also responsible for Uruguay and Paraguay markets.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.