The healthcare system in Argentina is notably one of the best in Latin America.
If you are concerned about what will happen if you get sick or injured here, don’t worry. You’ll be in great hands.
And I would know. I’ve spent five days in the hospital with pneumonia here, done fertility treatments, had a baby, endured a root canal and countless dental treatments, and basically used every ounce of care my local insurance plan provides.
I am a fan of healthcare here.
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Do you need travel insurance in Argentina?
If you’re wondering whether you need travel insurance in Argentina, the answer will strongly depend your specific plans.
Are you planning to move here and live as an expat? Then I recommend purchasing a private health insurance plan once you’re here. For more information read my living in Buenos Aires guide.
If you’ll be on vacation or passing through as a digital nomad then yes, travel insurance is always, always, always a good idea.
Argentina Travel Insurance Required: COVID Update 2022
Updated as of January 24, 2022
Currently, you are legally required to have travel health insurance that includes COVID coverage to enter Argentina.
Also, travelers must be fully vaccinated and the second dose has been given 14 days before arrival in Argentina., must provide a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of departure and fill out the declaracion jurada (sworn statement).
Health insurance that includes COVID coverage is a requirement. For that, I recommend SafetyWing’s Nomad plan.
A detailed list of requirements can be found on the US Embassy website
Why Get Travel Insurance for Argentina
Even though it’s an entry requirement at the moment, it’s always been a good idea to travel insured.
Anything can happen and even though we might disagree, we’re not invincible.
Besides covering emergencies like broken bones (it happens, my mother fell off a horse at an estancia and broke her arm!), unexpected illness, and even emergency evacuations, proper travel health insurance plans also cover things like lost luggage, trip delays, and theft.
So even if you don’t envision yourself falling down a mountain and requiring life flight, you may very well need help with a delayed flight or stolen phone.
Because theft in Argentina is a real concern you should take into account. I find it to be as safe as all major cities, but pickpockets and quick, petty theft are common.
Don’t leave your hotel with your passport, all your valuables, etc. And for those you do take, be insured.
Read More: Is Buenos Aires safe for tourists?
The Best Travel Insurance For Argentina
At the moment, the best Argentina travel insurance is SafetyWing.
Luckily, they are affordable at only $42/month, taking away any remaining excuses.
They include COVID in their coverage which is a legal requirement to enter the country as a tourist at the moment.
Most notably, along with testing and medical expenses, SafetyWing covers up to $50 a day for quarantine expenses for up to 10 days. It may not sound like much but in Argentina, $50 can cover most Airbnbs.
Quarantine coverage is a benefit you won’t find in most plans (and with most cases these days being mild, it might be the biggest expense you encounter if you get COVID abroad).
The travel coverage is also excellent covering trip interruption, lost baggage, travel delays, and evacutions.
The only downside is the high deductible of U$250. That is a big number for Argentina but if you’re using travel medical insurance in an emergency, you may very well meet that number.
Use the calculator below to calculate a plan for your upcoming trip.
Argentina Travel Resources
- TRAVEL INSURANCE | While it’s always been a good idea to travel insured, it is currently an entry requirement for Argentina. As of Jan 29, 2022 it is a requirement to provide proof of travel insurance that covers COVID with coverage for quarantine and hospital stays. SafetyWing is an affordable plan that meets the requirements with their digital nomad plan (great to tourists as well).
- PHONE PLAN | These days, traveling with data is essential. Especially in Argentina where everything is managed on Instagram and WhatsApp. Purchasing a local SIM card can be tricky without a local ID, I recommend this E-SIM card, which has unlimited data. It’s hassle free and affordable. If you have an older phone that doesn’t support E-SIM, check out DrimSim for a physical sim card alternative.
- ACCOMMODATION IN ARGENTINA | booking.com is the most common hotel site used in Argentina and it’s where you’ll find the most options.
- RENTAL CARS | I love to travel Argentina via road trip, check out Discover Cars for the best rates for rental cars.
- VPN | If you’ll be using a public WiFi connection and want to secure your data, I highly recommend using a VPN, I personally use and have had a good experience with ExpressVPN. I also use it to access Hulu and American Netflix from Argentina.
- FLIGHTS | Always check Google Flights and Skyscanner for flights to and within Argentina. Aerolineas Argentina is the local airline with the most routes. FlyBondi and Jetsmart are two budget airlines with dirt cheap prices (but expect to pay for every add-on like luggage)
- NEED HELP PLANNING? | I offer one-on-one travel consultations to help you plan your trip in Argentina. Pick my brain to get a local’s insight. Click here for more information.