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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.

Patrick Ikhena
From the Travel team
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Posted 30 MARCH 2020

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

Starting on 5 November, the Government has introduced a national lockdown for England that will last until at least 2 December. As part of this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advise against all non-essential domestic and international travel.

If you choose to travel overseas to a destination while the FCDO has advised against non-essential travel, or domestically against the instructions of the UK Government, then your insurance policy will be invalid, and any claim will be rejected.

For those living in the UK but outside of England, the public health rules may differ, but you must abide by the restrictions imposed by your local authority.

We’ll continually review the situation, and update you with the latest FCDO or Government guidance on travel.

For more information, please see our coronavirus and travel insurance page.

Until then, stay safe.

Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

When you declare medical conditions on our website, we will only show quotes from insurance providers who will cover for all declared medical conditions, with no exclusions.

The Money and Pension Service (MaPs) has also launched a directory of insurance providers, who 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 £13 for a week**, based on Compare the Market data in September 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 September 2020.

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