The official language in Argentina is Spanish.
The official country’s name is Argentine Republic (RepÃºblica Argentina).
Argentina is bordered by Paraguay and Bolivia to the north, Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast and Chile to the west and south.
The official time in Argentina is GMT/UTC -3.
Counting and Numbers
Dates in Argentina, are written with the day first, then the month, then the year. Hence, 27/08/08 is the 27th of August in the year 2008.
With written numbers, commas and decimal points are swapped from what you might be used to in the US. So, twenty pesos and thirty centavos is written Arg$ 20,30 and three thousand five hundred pesos is written Arg$ 3.500.
Argentina uses the Metric system for measurements and Celsius for temperatures.
You can find a conversion tool here.
Electricity and plugs
The power supply in Argentina is 220 V/ 50 Hz. If your device doesn’t accept 220 V and 50 Hz you need to use a voltage converter when traveling to Argentina. In general, two types of outlets are used in Argentina: plat blade plug and two round pins. If you devices have different plugs you’ll need a plug adapter when traveling to Argentina. Transformers might be the best to use for low wattage appliances such as laptops, camcorders, cameras or battery chargers.
The official currency in Argentina is Argentine Peso (Arg$). It’s divided into 100 Centavos. Denominations include the 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos coins and the 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos banknotes.
Check this conversion rate tool before planning your vacation.
Banks and ATMs
If you need to exchange money in Argentina, you can exchange them at a bank or use your debit card to withdraw money. US Dollars and euros can be changed at cambios (exchange houses) in most larger cities but other currencies are hard to exchange outside the capital.
The easiest currency to exchange is the US Dollar. Euros, Chilean and Uruguayan pesos can also be exchanged easily in Argentina.
Visa and MasterCard are the most accepted credit cards in Argentina. However, if you plan to stay in smaller cities you shouldn’t count on using just your credit card.
Using the telephone
The country code for Argentina is 54. To call Argentina from the U.S., you will first need to dial out of the U.S. and then into Argentina – so that is 011 + 54 and then the phone number itself (using the local area code). To call an Argentine number from within Argentina, simply dial the local number as you have it. To call the U.S. from within Argentina, dial 00 + 1 and then the area code and telephone number.
Useful telephone numbers
Medical assistance (Emergencies): 107
Fire Squad: 100
Police Department: 111
US nationals require a passport to enter Argentina but no visa is required for stays of up to 3 months. The same requirements are valid for UK, Canadian and Australian and EU citizens. However, all nationals should be able to provide the return ticket when they enter the country.