Practical Information Buenos Aires

Tips in Buenos Aires

Tips in Buenos Aires, the annoyance that comes with the question of whether or not to tip in certain circumstances, as well as knowing how much the minimum tip is expected.

Although the topic of the tip varies in relation to the country of origin, here we are going to detail how it is handled in Argentina. But, we also want to tell you that if you go to Japan, tips are considered an offense, understood as a sign of wealth and mercy towards those who serve you. This is not the case that we will talk about here…

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Ecobicycles Buenos Aires

Ecobicycles Buenos Aires, a service offered by the Government of Buenos Aires to travel around the city in an ecological way.

ecobicycles buenos airesIt is an ecological public transport system, with the idea of ​​projecting a city in tune with the environment. Therefore, the bicycle has become an ecological, fast and extremely healthy means of transport both for those who use it and for the city.

Since 1996, bike paths began to be built throughout the city, and by 2004 their number had already increased. Today, most of the city has these bike paths.

In turn, the Ecobicycles system was implemented, where the city itself granted bicycles for use free of charge.

Due to various circumstances, in 2018, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires decided to offer the concession of this system, so it is currently in charge of Tembici, a Brazilian company.

Before this concession pass, the system underwent several modifications and it is no longer a free service since March 2021.

ecobicycles buenos airesTo purchase the bikes, you must register in the App and they will request an international credit card. If you don’t have one, you have the option of registering in person.

The service has the option of having the bike available from Monday to Friday, 4 trips of 30 minutes free of charge for residents. For tourists there is the “Tourist Pass” with two options:

  • Daily: A whole day, with 6 trips of 60 minutes per 24 hours. The cost is $ 900.-
  • Monthly: Every day of the month, with 6 daily trips of 60 minutes each day. It costs $ 3,500.-

If you use the system outside of the allowed time, you will be charged a penalty every 5 extra minutes.

To keep in mind, the passes are not cumulative, that is, if you buy the Daily pass and do not use it that day, it expires after 24 hours and you lose the money.

Here we leave you the website of the Ecobicis System so that you have all the updated information. You will also have the maps of the bike paths to know where it is better to travel!

Devaluation of the Argentine Peso

Devaluation of the Argentine Peso, a situation that makes Argentina become cheap for tourists, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Argentina begins to be a source of conversation among tourists, since, for some years, the costs of vacationing were moderate to high compared to the rest of Latin America.

From successive devaluations, which have not yet ended, it is becoming more and more attractive to vacation in Argentina.

devaluation of the dollarWhereas, in 2016, the cost of a coffee in Buenos Aires was the same as in Monaco (about 2 euros); At the end of 2020, a coffee was available in Buenos Aires for 70 euro cents.

The need for foreign currency is such that the Argentine government surprisingly decided to open the borders of neighboring countries to attract tourism since November with a minimum of requirements against the COVID-19 virus.

It is important to clarify that there are 2 different quotes, a formal one, where the exchange office gives half the pesos to the tourist than what an informal exchange (or Blue value) would do. This is due to a doubling of the value of the currency, since the government intends to pay less pesos in exchange for dollars, to get the difference. Namely, the euro does not have an informal format.

The post-COVID-19 situation still does not have a clear end, and the over-issuance of Argentine pesos to be able to subsidize affected sectors augurs an absolute certainty of an even greater devaluation of the peso in this new year.

This situation creates a unique atmosphere for the tourist who dares to travel, since hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions will seek to compete for foreign currencies in order to continue subsisting and further reducing the costs of tourism in Argentina.

Here we leave you an official website for the formal and informal exchange rate (in the case of USD) to see the value of the different foreign currencies in an updated way.

Requirements to travel to Argentina

Requirements to travel to Argentina, in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Update Date: September 22, 2021

This note is intended to keep us informed and updated about the world situation caused by the COVID-19 virus. Each country has measures, protocols and requirements to take into account.

In the case of Argentina, at the beginning of the pandemic and given the low number of fatalities and contagions in Buenos Aires, it was decided to open the country’s borders last year, on October 30. At first, only countries bordering Argentina could enter in a plan to revive international tourism.

On March 12 of this year 2021, new measures were established to close the borders until further notice, on the eve of a second wave of infections.

Currently, the measures were modified due to the progress in the vaccination of the country’s population, together with the decrease in the number of infections. For this same reason, a plan was devised for the gradual opening of the country’s borders, for which estimated dates were determined, which must be confirmed with Migrations, the ANAC and other authorities involved.

Since September 24, the isolation for Argentines, residents and foreigners who enter the country for labor issues, authorized by the immigration authority, has been lifted.

As of October 1, the entry of foreigners from neighboring countries will be authorized without the need for isolation, as well as the opening of land borders.

From October 1 to November 1, an increase in the amount of authorized income to the country is planned.

On November 1, it will be possible to enter all foreigners who want to enter the country.

Therefore, flights to and from Turkey, the countries of the African Continent, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as Brazil and India are no longer suspended.

Here you can see the Official Gazette that is being updated with the variations that this global pandemic is suffering.

With these new measures, the requirements to enter the country were also modified, so it will be necessary to have:

1) Complete vaccination schedule, with the last application date at least 14 days prior to arrival in the country.

2) Negative PCR test in the 72 hours prior to shipment, or antigen at the point of entry until defined by the health authority.

3) PCR test on day 5 to 7 of arrival until defined by the health authority.

Those people who do not present a complete vaccination schedule, including minors, must perform quarantine, antigen test upon admission and PCR test on day 7.

4) Have a COVID-19 health insurance.

Here we leave you a website where you can check the updated measures regarding borders in the world.

In addition, you will have to install the application “Cuidar” on your cell phone to be able to circulate and travel within the country.

All this must be controlled and required by the transport company when traveling. Otherwise, companies will have severe penalties for non-compliance with the resolutions of each country. In turn, it is our responsibility to fulfill them.

At the moment, the entry and exit terminals of the country that are enabled are:

  • Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza, Province of Buenos Aires
  • San Fernando International Airport, Province of Buenos Aires
  • Port of the City of Buenos Aires (Terminal Buquebus. For Argentine tourists or with residence in Argentina, and for Uruguayan tourists or people with residence in Uruguay).

Here we leave you a link to view the status of the border crossings of Argentina.

We want to remind you of the basic prevention measures, established by the Ministry of Health:

  • Social distancing: 2 meters away from other people.
  • Use of face masks to circulate on the stree (exception of individual circulation in the open air and without crowds of people). Mandatory use in closed places and meetings.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cough or sneeze into the foot of the elbow.
  • Ventilate the rooms.
  • Do not touch your face with your hands.
  • Disinfection of frequently used objects.
  • Avoid meetings in closed spaces.

We ask for extreme responsibility, in case of presenting symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, we ask that you go to the nearest health center. We all take care of each other!

Find more information on the Argentina Migrations website.

In this situation, we recommend staying informed before purchasing a ticket to travel.

How Populous is Buenos Aires

Ezequiel Martínez Estrada, an Argentinean poet, referred to Buenos Aires as “the head of Goliath”. He used this metaphor to describe what a grandiose city Buenos Aires was in comparison to the humble and almost deserted landscapes of the pampas.

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Rent a Car in Buenos Aires

There are great benefits in renting a car if your plan is to visit other parts of the vast Argentinean territory. If you are travelling with your family or a big group of friends, renting a car may be the cheapest and most comfortable way of discovering the breath-taking landscapes of our country. It will certainly give you more freedom and flexibility to plan your trip the way you want.

If you are just staying in the City of Buenos Aires we don’t recommend renting a car because streets are busy and the public transportation is cheap and works very good. Check here to learn how to move around in Buenos Aires.

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UBER in Buenos Aires

UBER is indeed available in Buenos Aires although there is much controversy over it, as there has been around the world.

But, since September 2020, it was declared Legal.

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Tips to Travel to Buenos Aires

Tips to Travel to Buenos Aires, this is a complete guide to take into account during your stay in this great city!

Here we detail all the important information:

  1. BRING CASH

In Argentina, cash is king. Given the several financial problems in the last decades, Argentinians make most of their daily transactions in cash. Many places don’t take credit cards and unfortunately there are very high commissions for taking cash out of the ATM. This is quite annoying for travellers visiting our country who are usually used to pay everything with credit card or just take cash out of the ATM.  Many places take credit cards, such as hotels or big stores obviously, but you have to know that many restaurants, small shops or services such as taxis, vendors, etc. won’t have a system for credit card payments.

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