Congratulations! You’ve just taken the first step of an incredible journey. Firstly, we would like to say a massive THANK YOU for taking this step. Secondly, we’d like to tell you exactly what is in store for you along the way. So... ready to go?
Voluntario Global Pre Departure Guide
There are a few points that every volunteer should have in mind:
A few things to bring AND leave behind:
Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home in case they need to contact you in an emergency.
Make two copies of your passport identification page, airline tickets and the credit cards that you plan to bring with you. Leave one photocopy of this data with family or friends at home; pack the other in a place separate from where you carry your valuables.
Check the weather forecast of the destination and plan accordingly.
2. VISA INFORMATION
Most travelers do not need a visa to enter Argentina. Volunteers enter the country as tourists and can stay for up to 90 days. Extensions on visas are possible; our coordinators will advise you on this process.
3. ENTRY AND DEPARTURE FEES
You will need to fly into (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires or Aeroparque Jorge Newbery. Please check with us before purchasing any flights. In order to find out if you need to pay a fee to enter Argentina, please check the following page: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/indexP.php
4. HEALTH & VACCINATIONS
There is a low risk of yellow fever, cholera and malaria in some northern provinces, so it is wise to seek your doctor's advice when travelling to these areas. However, since the outbreak of yellow fever in neighboring Brazil and Paraguay in January/February 2008, it is recommended that all visitors to regions bordering these countries, including Iguazu Falls, be inoculated against yellow fever.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended before travelling to Argentina as well as a typhoid vaccination for those who might eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels. Water is safe to drink in major towns and cities. However you should check now with your doctor or local travel clinic, as they will have the most up to date information. Also, for up-to-date information on recommended vaccinations check the WHO’s webpage (www.who.int/ith) or your government’s travel health website (e.g. the US government’s www.cdc.gov/travel).
It is strongly recommended that you have full travel and medical insurance. We recommend World Nomads . They offer comprehensive and affordable insurance policies, you can get a free and instant quote from their website.
6. USE OF US DOLLARS IN BUENOS AIRES
At the time of last editing this addition (February 2017) it is still recommended that you bring US Dollars to Buenos Aires, for most of your travel funds, rather than changing money into Argentine pesos before you come here, or using ATMs in Argentina to withdraw pesos (remember you can only retrieve up to 2000 pesos per day).
This is because, at present, almost all places in Buenos Aires will accept US Dollars in payment in addition to Argentine Pesos, and in fact, often in preference to the local currency. And you will usually get a far better rate of exchange than any “official” exchange rate, plus incur no fees etc, so much more bang for your buck! Granted, it is good to also have some pesos with you too, just in case, as not everywhere is guaranteed to accept dollars, the most common place being taxis (due to their lack of change).
Here are a few articles you migth want to take a look before starting your adventure in Buenos Aires!
LIVING IN ARGENTINA
Here are a series of Tips to make your stay in Argentina the best experience ever!
Living in Argentina: How to Handle Money Safely
Living in Argentina: Expectations versus Reality