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Before heading to Argentina, it’s important to remember to get your travel insurance sorted. That way you can enjoy all the excitement this country offers while having the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve got the right cover in place.

Before heading to Argentina, it’s important to remember to get your travel insurance sorted. That way you can enjoy all the excitement this country offers while having the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve got the right cover in place.

Josh Daniels
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Posted 28 JANUARY 2021

Do I need travel insurance for Argentina?

Although it’s not compulsory, if you’re travelling to any part of Argentina, you should look to make sure that you have good travel insurance in place.

As well as protecting you from theft, loss, medical emergencies, cancellations and delays it can also cover you against possible health risks.

While Argentina has a good state-run health system with free emergency cover, it’s busy and delays are common. So, having good travel cover is essential.

Argentina has also been classified as having a risk of Zika virus transmission by UK health authorities.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 

From 17 May 2021, a travel traffic light system has been introduced and trips to green listed countries will be legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant local authority, which can be found here.

If a country is on the green list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you're aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and to check travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed at short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice for the latest information.

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to most amber and red listed countries. Should you choose to travel against the FCDO rules, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase. Some providers do offer cover for international travel if you’re travelling for essential purposes, however most do not. In all cases, should you have any queries please check the policy wording or contact your chosen provider before purchasing to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

Our panel includes insurance providers who quote cover for all medical conditions declared on our website, with no exclusions.

The Money and Pensions Service (MaPs) has launched a directory of insurance providers on its Money Advice Service website that may be able to provide quotes over the phone, if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at the Money Advice Service or by calling the British Insurance Brokers’ Association on 0370 950 1790.

What can travel insurance cover?

Typically travel insurance for Argentina should cover:

  • Accidents and incidents – though fortunately rare, they can happen. If they happen to you, you’ll be glad you have cover in place.
  • Medical care – the right policy could offer you protection if you were to fall ill and need expensive care.
  • Bus and flight cancellations and delays – if you’re travelling around, there’s always the chance of mishaps, which could impact on the next stage of your journey.
  • Personal liability – your travel insurance could also cover you if your actions accidently cause injury to others, which, a long way from home, could be very valuable cover to have in place.
  • Damage, loss or theft of your luggage – your travel insurance should cover you for replacing clothes, medicine, gadgets and toiletries if your luggage is damaged, lost or stolen. Remember to take note of any excesses that apply on your policy, as well as the overall possessions and single item limits.
  • Holiday cancellation cover – different insurance providers will cover different reasons for cancellation, so pay particular attention to these.

What else should I consider when I choose my travel insurance?

Think about what sort of trip you’re planning and what types of activities you intend to do before you start comparing travel insurance for Argentina. You might want to look at:

  • adventurous activities cover – if you’re thinking of doing something adventurous, make sure you specifically check that you’re covered. Standard travel policies may exclude horse riding, climbing, rafting or any other type of adventurous activity.
  • sporting activities cover – if these will be part of your trip, having this included in your insurance is a must. Make sure you read the policy information closely before buying, rather than buying whichever policy looks cheapest.

Do I need a visa for Argentina?

No. The good news is that UK citizens don’t need a visa for tourist trips to Argentina, unless you’re travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. If you have a UK passport, you’ll normally be allowed to stay for 90 days.

Any other tips for a trip to Argentina?

Here are a few more travel facts to help you on your way:

  • Health care: It’s a good idea to visit your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
  • Tap water: this is generally safe to drink, although many travellers prefer to stick with the bottled variety just in case, particularly outside the major cities.
  • Altitude sickness: If you’re travelling into the mountains you should beware of this. Take time to acclimatise before setting out on any adventurous climbs and take it easy, particularly at first.
  • Heat stroke: You might not be heading to Argentina for a holiday in the sun but beware, it can get seriously hot in some regions. So, sun screen and a hat are recommended.
  • Money: Argentina uses the peso. Be aware that paying for small items with large notes won’t win you friends. And don’t be surprised if you don’t get exact change –local coins are relatively rare in circulation.

Where can I compare travel insurance quotes?

Whether you’re looking for a single trip or are buying travel cover for you and your family, our comparison service will make it easy for you. Simply enter ‘Argentina’ in the search box and we’ll find the results for you. Get a quote in minutes

How much is travel insurance for Argentina?

If you’re travelling to Argentina, worldwide travel insurance could cost from £12.84 for a week**, based on Compare the Market data in November 2020. However, the cost of travel insurance varies, depending on the level of cover you need and the activities you’re planning on doing while you’re away.

**Based on a worldwide travel insurance policy for a 20 year old with no pre-existing medical conditions travelling for 1 week. Prices correct as at November 2020.

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