Argentina Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink
malaria no
typhus 2
cholera no
yellow fever 1


Medical care – especially inpatient care – is generally good, but outside of Buenos Aires the standard can be lower. Invoices often have to be paid immediately in cash. When traveling to the province, medicines should be carried in sufficient quantities in the form of a first-aid kit. The costs for medical treatment and inpatient stays are generally lower than in Germany. Taking out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance is highly recommended. Check indexdotcom for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] For stays in the provinces of Corrientes and Misiones, including IguaƧu Falls, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended for travelers from the age of 9 months. Argentina is not yet one of the classic yellow fever countries, so that yellow fever protection is not required for the other parts of the country. [2] Typhoid occurs, poliomyelitis does not. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [3] Argentina was officially declared malaria-free by the WHO in 2019.

Food and drink

Careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured in order to avoid frequently occurring stomach and intestinal diseases. The enjoyment of tap water, ice cubes and non-industrially produced ice cream should be avoided as a matter of principle. Water should either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth, and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is pasteurized, local dairy products are safe to eat. Well-cooked meat, poultry and fish dishes as well as peeled fruit and vegetables are also harmless.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Chikungunya fever, also transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. Mosquito repellent is required. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for hepatitis A. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Hepatitis B occurs. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by butterfly gnats, occurs in the Northeast. Skin-covering clothing, mosquito nets and insect repellents offer protection. Rabies occurs nationwide. The disease, transmitted by the hantavirus, is rare and more common in rural areas. In both cases, contact with stray dogs, cats, forest animals and rodents and their secretions should be avoided. Get medical help as soon as possible if you have a bite or suspected infection. Vaccination against rabies is recommended for long-term stays and special exposure. There is a risk of Zika virus infection, pregnant women and women trying to conceive are advised to avoid travel to outbreak areas. Sufficient mosquito protection is to be ensured. Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant are advised to avoid travel to outbreak areas. Sufficient mosquito protection is to be ensured. Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant are advised to avoid travel to outbreak areas. Sufficient mosquito protection is to be ensured.

Health certificate

For long-term stays, a health certificate (“Health Certificate”) and an HIV test in German and English are required (form available on request from the embassy).



1 Argentine peso = 100 centavos. Currency code: Arg$, ARS (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 and 2 Arg$; Coins in denominations of 2 and 1 Arg$ and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos. US dollars are accepted in some hotels and tourist centers. Prices in pesos and in dollars are both prefixed with ‘$’. If anything is unclear, you should therefore ask. If pesos are purchased in Argentina, only one foreign currency of the same amount can be purchased within the country, so receipts from exchange offices should be kept.

Credit cards

Diners Club, American Express, Visa and Mastercard are accepted but not very common outside of Buenos Aires. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.


Girocard The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. Further information from banks and credit institutes. The maximum amount per withdrawal and per day is limited to 2000 pesos.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. US dollar travelers checks are recommended for Argentina. However, it can be difficult to exchange these outside of the larger cities. It is safer to use ATMs and credit cards.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 10am-3pm.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import of sums with a value of US$ 10,000 or more must be declared, the export of sums with a value of less than US$ 10,000 is permitted (persons under the age of 16 and accompanied by legal guardians US$ 5,000) The export of sums with a value of over US$ 10,000 $ may only be made by bank transfer.

Currency Exchange

There are banks and cambios (exchange offices) in all major cities. It is generally recommended to take US dollars with you, but you should only carry enough cash with you in the country. Euros can only be exchanged in the big cities in almost all banks and exchange offices.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
ARS AR$ 1 EUR = 16.49 AR$
1 CHF = 19.64 AR$
1 USD = 15.86 AR$

Argentina Money