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Reviewed: 02 July 2013, 16:30 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is some risk to your security in Argentina due to crime and we advise caution.
Distraction thefts and violent crime are an issue in Argentina. New Zealanders in Argentina should be vigilant about personal security and avoid walking alone and at night. New Zealanders in Buenos Aires should be particularly cautious around the Retiro Bus Station and in La Boca and San Telmo, where robberies are common.
It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable such as jewellery, cameras and electronic devices. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of a robbery, as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
There have been reports of ‘express kidnappings’ in Argentina, where victims are forced to withdraw funds from automatic teller machines (ATMs) to secure their release. To reduce the risk of this occurring we recommend you use ATMs located inside banks during daylight hours.
The Argentine police operate a 24-hour multi-lingual phone line for tourists, which can be accessed by dialling 0800 999 5000, or 4346 5748 if you are calling from Buenos Aires.
Protests and demonstrations occur regularly in Argentina, particularly in Buenos Aires. New Zealanders in Argentina are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.
General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Argentina should have comprehensive travel insurance policies in place.
New Zealanders in Argentina are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address Carlos Pellegrini 1427, Piso 5, C1011AAC, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone +54 11 4328 0747 Facsimile +54 11 4328 0757
Website New Zealand Embassy Buenos Aires [external link]
Office hours Mon - Fri 0900-1730 hrs.