Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 31 August 2016, 10:08 NZST
  • Still current at: 17 January 2017

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Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Argentina due to criminal activity and we advise caution. 

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Crime
Distraction thefts and violent crime, such as armed robbery, are an issue in Argentina, particularly in larger cities like Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching, is common, especially in popular tourist and public areas, and on public transport. 

New Zealanders in Argentina should be vigilant about personal security and avoid walking alone at night. New Zealanders in Buenos Aires should be particularly cautious in Retiro, La Boca and San Telmo and tourist areas, including Plaza Congreso, where robberies are common. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of a robbery, as this could lead to an escalation in violence.    

It is advisable to leave your passport in your hotel safe and carry a photocopy or an official ID when venturing out. You should ensure that your personal belongings are secure at all times. It is also important to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable such as jewellery and electronic devices. We recommend using clearly-marked ‘radio taxis’, preferably booked in advance. 

Crimes against drivers in major cities is a problem, particularly while stopped at traffic lights. When driving, you should keep doors locked and windows up at all times.  

There have been reports of ‘express kidnappings’ in Argentina, where criminals abduct a victim for a short amount of time and force them 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 Metropolitan police in Buenos Aires operate a multi-lingual phone line for tourists, which can be accessed by dialling 4309 9700 extension 6422 or they can be contacted via email: serv.turista@gmail.com. This office operates from 8am to 8pm. The 24 hours number for  the police in Buenos Aires  is 103 but please note that the operators  might not be able to take calls in English. 

Civil Unrest
Protests and demonstrations occur regularly in Buenos Aires and occasionally in other major cities as well. These may sometimes block roads, causing delays and disruption to public transport. 

New Zealanders in Argentina are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to result in violence. We recommend monitoring local media for information on upcoming demonstrations and  complying with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities. 

General Travel Advice
Irrespective of the branding on ATMs (e.g. – carrying a ‘Plus’ system sign) you may need to try several machines before meeting with success. Similarly, some types credit cards will not work in some stores or restaurants. Visitors may wish to consider travelling with two different types of credit card to increase chances of success.  

New Zealanders travelling or living in Argentina should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. 

New Zealanders in Argentina are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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The New Zealand Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina

Street Address Carlos Pellegrini 1427, 5th Floor, Ciudad de Buenos Aires CP1011, ARGENTINA Telephone 0054 11 5070 0700 Fax 0054 11 5070 0720 Email kiwiarg@speedy.com.ar Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/argentina/ Hours Mon-Fri 10.00-12.00 For New Zealand Citizens only: Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.30

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New Zealand Embassy Argentina

Street Address
Carlos Pellegrini 1427, 5th Floor, Ciudad de Buenos Aires CP1011, ARGENTINA

Telephone: 0054 11 5070 0700

Fax: 0054 11 5070 0720

Email: kiwiarg@speedy.com.ar

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/argentina/

Hours: Mon-Fri 10.00-12.00 For New Zealand Citizens only: Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.30

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