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Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

Before visiting Argentina, you should be up to date on routine vaccinations. Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations are recommended for most travelers.

For more specific information on vaccinations you should consider before traveling to Argentina, see

Health Insurance

If you develop a life-threatening medical problem, you may want to be evacuated to your home country. Since this may cost thousands of dollars, be sure you have the appropriate insurance before you depart. Your embassy can also recommend medical services.

In Buenos Aires

Availability & Cost of Health Care

Public health care in Buenos Aires is reasonably good and free, even if you’re a foreigner. Waits can be long, however, and quality spotty. Those who can afford it usually opt for the superior private-care system, and here most doctors and hospitals will expect payment in cash. Many medical personnel speak English.

Infectious Diseases

Dengue fever is a viral infection found throughout South America. It is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which prefer to bite during the daytime and breed primarily in artificial water containers. It causes flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle aches, joint pains, headaches, nausea and vomiting, often followed by a rash. The body aches may be uncomfortable, but most cases resolve uneventfully in a few days.

Tap Water

Tap water in Buenos Aires is generally safe to drink.

Medical Services


Dental Argentina provides modern facilities and good dental services with English-speaking professionals.


Highly regarded hospitals include Hospital Italiano, Hospital Alemán and Hospital Británico. Another popular medical facility is Swiss Medical, with various branches around town.


Pharmacies are common in Buenos Aires. The biggest chain is Farmacity, with dozens of branches throughout the city; they’re modern, bright and well-stocked with sundries. They have a prescription counter and some are open 24 hours. It’s hard to miss their blue-and-orange color theme.