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.
Whereas, 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.
Check the Requirements to travel to Argentina.
Update Date: December 25, 2020
The entry authorization for foreign tourists from neighboring countries is suspended.
Only those foreigners who have direct family ties (mother, father, son, brother or spouse), are authorized to enter the country through International Airports. The management must be done through the Consulate or the National Directorate of Migration.
According to the resolution, the requirements to travel to Argentina are only 2.
Requirements to travel to Argentina Covid19
- 7-day quarantine.
- A negative PCR test.
These requirements to enter Argentina will be demanded by the airline or ferry at the time of boarding since the companies could have significant penalties for non-compliance.
The entry and exit terminals of the country enabled are the following:
- 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).
Argentina has received the SAFE TRAVELS seal from the WTTC which defines it as a Safe Destination.
Obligatory App for everyone who enters the country
All persons entering Argentina must use the CUIDAR App on their mobile device or web version, for a minimum period of 14 days.
Remember the basic prevention measures:
- Social distancing: 2 meters away from other people.
- Use of chinstraps or face masks to circulate on the street.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cough or sneeze into the foot of the elbow.
- Do not touch your face with your hands.
- Disinfection of frequently used objects.
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.
Aeroparque is 45 km away from Ezeiza. If you need to get there to catch another flight, you can choose one of these four sensible options.
There are three companies that run ferry trips from Buenos Aires to Colonia: Buquebus, its subsidiary, Seacat; and Colonia Express. All companies offer rides that take 1hr 15 mins.
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.
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.
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.
- INFORMALITY IS THE RULE.
Argentines are very open people and like chatting a lot. It is normal to engage in conversation when buying something, taking a cab or any situation. It is common for people that you just met to tell you things about their family, friends or are willing to hear about your feelings, thoughts or whatever you want to share with them. While in some countries this can be rude, in Argentina it is very normal. Just take it easy and know it is not mandatory to share back!
Where to Stay in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is overwhelmingly big, so as you are planning your visit, you might feel a bit confused as regards where to stay. If you want to stay in safe and easy-to-get neighborhoods that are near the main attractions of the city, this post has been written for you.
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