Useful Information

We are delighted to welcome you to the XVII Latin American Thyroid Society Congress from the June 20-23rd, 2019 in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina

We hope this information helps you with your visit to the congress and to Buenos Aires.

   Getting to Buenos Aires

There are two airports that serve the Buenos Aires area for International and Regional flights:

  • Buenos Aires Airport: International Airport, Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza )
  •  Buenos Aires City Airport: Jorge Newbery City Airport.

On most travel sites you can search fares at both airports.


Ezeiza International Airport, “Ministro Pistarini”

Autopista Tte. Gral. Ricchieri Km 33,5 – (B1802EZE) Buenos Aires. Phone:(54 11) 5480 2500 –

Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza is the most important airport in the country. It is 22 km from the city of Buenos Aires and relies on suitable infrastructure to operate with large aircraft.


“Jorge Newbery” City Airport

Rafael Obligado Avenue s/n° – (C1425DAA) Buenos Aires. Phone:(54 11) 5480 6111 –

Jorge Newbery City Airport, also known as Aeroparque, is in the northeastern part of the City of Buenos Aires, just 2 km from the downtown area. It operates domestic flights, as well as international flights to and from Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay.

The climate of Buenos Aires is mild all year round. The mean annual temperature is 18º C (64.4º F). October is spring in Argentina and it’s a mostly warm month with an average temperature of 17°C. Rains are more frequent in autumn and spring (from March to June and from September to December, respectively). In the sunny days of autumn and spring, mornings are slightly cold; the temperature rises at midday and drops again at night. °C
   Credit cards – tips on currency and banking

Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, stores and restaurants. The national monetary unit is the Peso ($). Exchange agencies provide currency exchange. Please do not accept street exchange proposals. Traveller´s checks are almost exclusively exchanged at hotels and banks. Service in restaurants is not included in the bill and a 10% tip is suggested.
It is recommended that participants take out adequate cover for health and travel private liability insurance before they depart from their home countries. The organizers cannot accept responsibility for personal injuries, or loss, or damage to private property belonging to Conference participants and accompanying persons.
The prevailing rate of VAT in Argentina is 21% and is included in retail prices.

The electrical supply in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 Hz.

   Shops, shopping and banks
Shops are open from 10.00 to 19.00 from Monday to Friday and from 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturday. Shopping Centers are open daily from 10.00 to 22.00, including Saturdays and Sundays. Banks (weekdays) from 10.00-15.00hs. All banks are closed during weekends and on public holidays.

Ask your mobile phone company if they have international coverage and be aware that international tariffs may apply. Having a tri-band mobile phone will give you the possibility of buying in Buenos Aires a new SIM card (cost around USD 20) and you will receive a new local telephone number. If you choose to do this, local fares will apply.

   Emergency numbers in Buenos Aires

Fire Brigade – 100

Police Station – 911 / 101

Medical Emergency (SAME) – 107

   Passport and visa requirements
All foreign visitors to Argentina must check the visa requirements at their local Argentine Embassy or Consulate. Be aware that the visa application process could take up to 6 months depending on the country where the application is made.
   General information about entering Argentina

National Immigration Division

Those passengers having Argentina as their final destination will have to go to the Immigrations checkpoint. EVERY passenger will have to furnish the Entry Form already filled out (provided on the plane by the airline’s crew) together with their passports, ID Cards or National ID (as applicable). It is worth mentioning that in the event of entering the country with papers other than passports, passengers will be required to fill out an entry and exit form and will have to keep the latter – sealed by the relevant competent agency – to be subsequently submitted when leaving the country. In the event a passenger enters the country using his passport, only the entry form is required. For questions about:
  • Personal documents’ validity
  • Documents required for minors traveling alone
  • Documents required for children traveling with one of their parents
  • and other questions
Please contact the National Immigration Division: City Airport: (54 11) 4773 1660 Airport: (54 11) 5480 4549 Headquarters: (54 11) 4317 0200 The Immigration Control center is divided into the following categories: Argentine Nationals / Residents, and Tourists. Moreover, there is a special sector for diplomatic staff, airplane’s crew, and passengers with special needs (pregnant women, women traveling with babies, and people with disabilities).

Entry Request Fee (Reciprocity Fee)

Entry Reciprocity Fees – $100.00-$160.00 Fee Argentine law requires delegates from AustraliaCanada, and the USA to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina in addition to having a valid passport. A visa is not required. The current reciprocity fee is $100-$160 USD depending on country of origin. Fee cannot be paid as part of congress registration.

Payment of the Reciprocity Fee

The Reciprocity Fee can only be paid through the Argentine Immigration Department website: and it must be done before arriving into the country. A printed receipt must be shown to your airline company upon check-in and submitted to immigration authorities upon arrival. More detailed information regarding the payment process can be found at the websites listed below.
  • View country visa requirement here
  • View Australia reciprocity fee here
  • View Canada reciprocity fee here
  • View USA reciprocity fee here

National Immigration Division for Argentine nationals and residents

After passing by the police checkpoint, passengers should go to the Immigrations checkpoint. This agency depends from the Ministry of the Interior and is responsible for the control of every entry and departure from the country by checking all the legal papers required. There, passengers will provide the agency’s inspector their passport and boarding pass for the respective control. If the passenger is a national of Argentina over 18, he will have to show a valid passport. However, if he is traveling to a neighboring country, he will have to furnish his ID Card or National ID [CI, and DNI are the IDs issued in Argentina]. In the event of a family traveling with children under age, the spouses will be asked to furnish their Marriage Book or the Birth Certificates of the minors traveling with them. However, if the passenger is resident, he will have to furnish a valid passport from his country of origin together with his valid National ID. If he is under 18 years of age and is traveling with one of his parents or else unaccompanied, he will have to furnish an authorization certified by a Court or a Notary Public. It is important to make sure which are the documents you will be asked to show in this sector to avoid any delay to the other passengers.

Other questions?

Please contact the National Immigrations Division: Jorge Newbery (City Airport): (54 11) 4773 1660; Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza): (54 11) 5480 4549 /4314 6984; Headquarters: (54 11) 4317 0200
   Bringing currency and valuables into Argentina

Internal and Revenue Service

Any passenger taking with him an electronic device, (such as: new camera, camcorder, cellular telephone, audio equipment) should go to AFIP Stand (Customs) where he will have to show and declare the item to avoid any further charge as a new product purchased abroad upon his return to the country. Passengers will find this stand before or after the police checkpoint. The exact location may vary from airport to airport.

IMPORTANT: Decree Nº 1606/01 amends Section 7º of Decree Nº 1570/01, and prohibits the exports of bank notes, foreign currency, and precious metals for an amount exceeding US $10,000 (for the people over 21-years of age) and US $2,000 (for minors). For more information, contact AFIP.

   Tax refund
Every foreign passenger who may have bought items in the country for an amount exceeding at the stores adhered to this system (identified with a logo), must keep the payment slips to furnish them at the Customs Offices before boarding. There, officers will stamp a seal on such purchase slips to allow collection of the relevant refund. You may receive this refund in cash at the stand stated by the agency or with a check sent to your address or through a deposit to your credit card or bank account. The amount of the refund corresponds to the VAT charge (21 %) minus any administrative charge.

For more information, please contact

Global Refund Argentina S.A. Florida 15, 4° floor (1005) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone: .
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  • Genepro DX
  • Merck Group