Foreign tourists from neighboring countries only need their ID to enter Argentina. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport, with or without a visa, as appropriate. It is recommended to check with the nearest embassy or consulate about the current legislation for each country. Visitors from non-bordering countries are exempt from all taxes on personal items or new items worth up to USD 300, as well as an additional USD 300 for items purchased at authorized duty-free shops within the national territory. Tourists can stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days. No vaccination certificates are required to enter the country. Only tourists from countries where cholera and yellow fever are endemic should present proof of being vaccinated against those diseases.
In big cities, stores are open Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 8 pm. On Saturdays, stores are open from 9 am to 1 pm.
However, stores located in major avenues remain open during the afternoon. In the provinces, it is usual to take a break at noon, usually from 1 pm to 4 pm. In shopping malls, operating hours are from 10 am to 10 pm, even during weekends and some national holidays. It is customary to leave a 10% tip for different services received (mainly in restaurants), which is not always included in the bill. It is also customary to tip doormen, hotel attendants, and ushers.
Although the US dollar and the Euro are generally accepted in stores and shops, foreign currencies can be exchanged
at banks and authorized agencies. The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, VISA, Diners, and
MasterCard. Traveler’s checks can be easily traded in Buenos Aires, but not in some provincial towns.
Banking and Business Hours
Banks open Monday thru Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm –some banks close at 4 pm to perform only specific transactions.
There are ATMs operating 24 hours a day where you can withdraw cash and do other transactions. For most business
offices, the usual operating hours are from 9 am to 6 pm. In general, there is a one-hour lunch break at noon (from 12 pm to 1 pm or from 1 pm to 2 pm). In some towns where it is usual to take a “siesta” (a break after lunch, generally due to the hot-weather conditions of some regions), the recess is extended until the afternoon and the business hours are extended two more hours.
It is possible to get the VAT (value-added tax) refunded at the airport. If you have purchased national products for over
$70 (per invoice) in shops operating with the “Global Refund” system, it is possible to get a VAT refund at Ministro
Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza).