Safety in Argentina

Safety in Argentina

Safety in Argentina

Argentina is generally a safe country for travellers, but it never hurts to be prepared for any eventuality.

Buenos Aires is a relatively safe city, but there are a few things you should be aware of when travelling in larger cities. Since the Argentinian economy collapsed in 2001, there has been a significant increase in street crime. Anyone who stands out is a natural target and this includes tourists. Try not to stand out, as well as limit the amount of valuables you carry on your person. This includes jewellery, large amounts of money as well as your passport. For safety reasons you should always carry at least one copy of your passport on you. It is also a good idea to keep copies of vital information, such as credit cards, passport and other ID in a secure place. An electronic copy in your inbox, and another with friends or family back home is always a good backup. Be aware of con-artists and people who work together to trick you out of your belongings.

Most Argentinians are not proud of this development and will go out of their way to help you, so try not to be distrustful of everyone you meet.

Passport in the pocket of jeans girl

When it comes to health advice, the main concerns are normally Hepatitis A and Yellow Fever. Typhoid and rabies can also be of concern in special cases. It is advisable to get some immunisations done before travelling, and these are best discussed with your doctor. Your doctor is also the best to give you advice regarding how to avoid sexually transmittable diseases, and other traveller’s hazards such as food poisoning. If you don’t have a regular physician there are online services that can help you both with health advice and prescriptions. One of the better sites out there is where you will be able to get all the help you need from well trained professionals with an impressive experience. They also offer video meetings for your convenience.

When travelling from place to place, take care of your belongings, and if possible keep them on your lap or close to you. Never leave valuables in luggage that is kept in luggage compartments on buses or trains. You’d also do well in investing in a padlock with a chain, that can be used to chain your luggage to a post or similar if you have a long wait at a train or bus station. These can also be used to lock your luggage to yourself or your seat when you are travelling.