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Argentina: Health Guide

A health guide from the winelands of Mendoza to the glaciers of Patagonia, and everything in between. All you need to know to have the ultimate escape to Argentina you’ve always imagined.

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Travel Vaccines and Health Tips for Traveling to Argentina

Argentina does not require any vaccines to enter if you’re traveling directly from the US.

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Typhoid – Recommended if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay. Learn more.
    • Rabies – Recommended only for travelers who will be handling wildlife (i.e. veterinary work and laboratory workers). Argentina is free of rabid dogs. Learn more.

Argentina has too many adventures and places to explore for sickness to ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes:

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Most itineraries in Argentina include longer road trips or rides in small planes between locations.

Altitude Sickness Medication

is recommended for locations 8,000 ft above sea level to prevent headaches, dizziness, and dehydration. If you plan to visit high elevations including Mount Aconcagua and other mountains in the Andes, we advise keeping medication on hand as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

Sleep Aid

is a great addition to your packing list if you struggle with jet lag or sleeplessness due to travel stress or long journeys.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

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Medical Entry Requirements For Argentina

Argentina does not require any vaccines to enter if you’re traveling directly from the US.

Recommended Medications For Argentina

Argentina has too many adventures and places to explore for sickness to ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes:

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Most itineraries in Argentina include longer road trips or rides in small planes between locations.

Altitude Sickness Medication

is recommended for locations 8,000 ft above sea level to prevent headaches, dizziness, and dehydration. If you plan to visit high elevations including Mount Aconcagua and other mountains in the Andes, we advise keeping medication on hand as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

Sleep Aid

is a great addition to your packing list if you struggle with jet lag or sleeplessness due to travel stress or long journeys.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

Recommended Vaccines For Argentina

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Typhoid – Recommended if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay. Learn more.
    • Rabies – Recommended only for travelers who will be handling wildlife (i.e. veterinary work and laboratory workers). Argentina is free of rabid dogs. Learn more.

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From vaccination requirements to best health practices, all your Argentina travel questions answered.

Argentina does not currently have any medical entry requirements for those traveling from the US.

There are several common health conditions to consider when traveling to Argentina. Runway can help you prepare by prescribing the medication you need before you depart, so you can worry less and explore more while you’re away.

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s diarrhea is an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Runway can prescribe antibiotics to treat traveler’s diarrhea, listed in the medication options above, to pack with you in case you find yourself experiencing discomfort
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Some of the commonly visited destinations for travelers to Argentina sit at high altitude, including Mendoza and the mountains of the Andes. The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8,000 ft above sea level. However, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5,000 ft and above. Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We also provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication. 
  • Motion Sickness Medication: Whether cruising by boat or traveling by car, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.
  • Sleep Aids: We’re no strangers to the perils of jet lag. This common condition, due to a disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm, can lead to symptoms like sleeplessness, fatigue, and digestive issues. While we recommend working to sync up your sleep-wake time to your current destination as soon as possible, Runway can also prescribe a non-habit-forming antihistamine jet lag medication to help maintain a healthy sleep routine while you travel.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Yes. You can carry pills or solid medications in labeled bottles on international flights. If you have liquid medication that exceeds 3.4 ounces, you may need to pack it in your checked luggage versus being able to put it in your carry-on bag, so make sure to plan accordingly. 

Medications you procure in Argentina may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Planning in advance with Runway allows you peace of mind of having the medications you need so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Argentina. 

 

What vaccines should I have when traveling to Argentina?

 

Below are recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities.

What shots should I have when traveling to Argentina?

While there are no required vaccines for Argentina for those traveling from the US, the lists below include recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities.  

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Argentina

The list below includes the routine childhood vaccinations that are recommended for traveling to Argentina. If you received vaccines as a child, you likely received the following and are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Argentina

Here is a list of additional vaccines that you may want to consider based on your itinerary:

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Argentina.
  • Rabies: Argentina is free of dog rabies. Vaccine is only recommended for travelers planning to be in contact with bats, which may be encountered while camping or exploring caves.
  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, smaller villages or other areas outside typical tourist areas, and especially for those staying with loved ones
  • Yellow Fever: Only required if traveling to areas considered high risk for Yellow Fever; those bordering Paraguay and regions in the northern provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa, Salta and Misiones, including Iguazu Falls

 

Proper preventative and proactive care can reduce the need to find healthcare in Argentina. However, we recommend making a list of local doctors and hospitals near the destination you’re staying, in advance of your trip. 

 

It’s also strongly advised to purchase travel health insurance, as most traditional healthcare coverage doesn’t extend internationally. Should you need healthcare while you’re away, equip yourself beforehand with a list of local doctors and medical care facilities near your destination. Fill all prescriptions prior to embarking on your trip to ensure you have enough with you for the duration of your travels plus a few extra days in case of delays.

 

How do I search for hospitals in Argentina?

 

Large cities in the country boast high standards of healthcare, making it easier to research and find accredited hospitals. Often, accommodations in Argentina will have hospital recommendations and information readily available. You can also search the Joint Commission International website to seek accredited facilities near the city where you’re staying, as well as seek resources from the U.S. Embassy. 

 

What should I know about healthcare in Argentina for tourists?

 

As with traveling anywhere internationally, it’s recommended to secure travel health insurance. Argentina hospitals with English-speaking medical personnel and emergency services are more readily available near larger cities with high tourist areas. 

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Argentina?

 

The fees for a hospital stay in Argentina can widely vary. It’s best to confirm costs in advance to avoid unexpected expenses. Several factors will contribute to the total cost, such as emergency services, tests and x-rays, overnight visits vs. consultations. Keep in mind, most medical facilities in Argentina will require a cash deposit prior to performing health services and require payment in full before being released.

Prevention is key. Be aware of certain high-risk areas and environments and take proper precautions for each. Take heed of destination updates with regards to weather, vaccination recommendations, and other safety advisories. If you are prone to jet lag, motion sickness, or traveler’s diarrhea get preventative medication from Runway to help keep symptoms at bay. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Argentina?

 

Drastic weather changes, time zone differences, and varying levels of activity can all result in various health ailments when traveling to Argentina. Here are common ones to be aware of and prepare for to ensure an optimal trip experience.

 

  • Stay safe while adventuring: Argentina is a popular destination for outdoor adventures. To stay safe, stay alert with changing weather conditions and prepare for different landscapes that can lead to conditions like altitude sickness and heat exhaustion, as well as possible injury due to wet and slippery surfaces and extreme temperatures. Prior to embarking on any activities, make sure you’ve dressed appropriately in lightweight clothing and sturdy shoes, plus packed protective items, such as sunscreen, bug spray, basic first aid, and filled water bottles

 

  • Heat Exhaustion: The climate of Argentina is highly varied and one of extremes. During the summer months in Argentina (November-March), temperatures can soar. Pack loose, lightweight clothing that provides breathable coverage on the arms and legs. Also, stay hydrated with sealed filtered water bottles and well-nourished with salty snacks. Since the body’s salt content can be quickly depleted from excessive sweating, you may also want to take salt pills and/or electrolyte-based drinks with you along on your adventures.

 

  • Regularly reapply bug repellent: Mosquito-transmitted diseases are common in tropical destinations. Protect yourself from infections like Yellow Fever, Dengue, Zika, and Chagas disease by regularly applying strong bug repellents that have high percentages of active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin

 

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip.

 

  • Avoid tap water: Drinking tap water in Argentina may result in travelers’ diarrhea and other illnesses due to bacteria found in the source. Stick with sealed, filtered water for hydration and be cautious of fresh produce that may have been affected by contaminated water as well. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

  • Steer clear of raw foods: As far as what not to eat in Argentina, dining out is largely considered safe and sanitary. However, avoid eating raw meats, fish, and eggs, as well as unwashed, raw fruits and vegetables. Try not to visit any food markets with live animals. Also, consider ordering drinks without ice to prevent possible contaminated water.

 

  • Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild.

 

Prepare for every adventure with trip-saving medications from Runway.

Argentina does not currently have any medical entry requirements for those traveling from the US.

There are several common health conditions to consider when traveling to Argentina. Runway can help you prepare by prescribing the medication you need before you depart, so you can worry less and explore more while you’re away.

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics: Traveler’s diarrhea is an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Runway can prescribe antibiotics to treat traveler’s diarrhea, listed in the medication options above, to pack with you in case you find yourself experiencing discomfort
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Some of the commonly visited destinations for travelers to Argentina sit at high altitude, including Mendoza and the mountains of the Andes. The starting height for most cases of altitude sickness is 8,000 ft above sea level. However, people who are more susceptible to altitude sickness can experience symptoms at elevations of 5,000 ft and above. Runway can prescribe altitude sickness medication, listed in the medication options above, to be brought with you as a preventative measure. We also provide chat support while you are traveling, should you have questions about your symptoms or when to take the medication. 
  • Motion Sickness Medication: Whether cruising by boat or traveling by car, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.
  • Sleep Aids: We’re no strangers to the perils of jet lag. This common condition, due to a disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm, can lead to symptoms like sleeplessness, fatigue, and digestive issues. While we recommend working to sync up your sleep-wake time to your current destination as soon as possible, Runway can also prescribe a non-habit-forming antihistamine jet lag medication to help maintain a healthy sleep routine while you travel.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Yes. You can carry pills or solid medications in labeled bottles on international flights. If you have liquid medication that exceeds 3.4 ounces, you may need to pack it in your checked luggage versus being able to put it in your carry-on bag, so make sure to plan accordingly. 

Medications you procure in Argentina may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Planning in advance with Runway allows you peace of mind of having the medications you need so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Argentina. 

 

What vaccines should I have when traveling to Argentina?

 

Below are recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities.

What shots should I have when traveling to Argentina?

While there are no required vaccines for Argentina for those traveling from the US, the lists below include recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities.  

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Argentina

The list below includes the routine childhood vaccinations that are recommended for traveling to Argentina. If you received vaccines as a child, you likely received the following and are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Argentina

Here is a list of additional vaccines that you may want to consider based on your itinerary:

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Argentina.
  • Rabies: Argentina is free of dog rabies. Vaccine is only recommended for travelers planning to be in contact with bats, which may be encountered while camping or exploring caves.
  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, smaller villages or other areas outside typical tourist areas, and especially for those staying with loved ones
  • Yellow Fever: Only required if traveling to areas considered high risk for Yellow Fever; those bordering Paraguay and regions in the northern provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa, Salta and Misiones, including Iguazu Falls

 

Proper preventative and proactive care can reduce the need to find healthcare in Argentina. However, we recommend making a list of local doctors and hospitals near the destination you’re staying, in advance of your trip. 

 

It’s also strongly advised to purchase travel health insurance, as most traditional healthcare coverage doesn’t extend internationally. Should you need healthcare while you’re away, equip yourself beforehand with a list of local doctors and medical care facilities near your destination. Fill all prescriptions prior to embarking on your trip to ensure you have enough with you for the duration of your travels plus a few extra days in case of delays.

 

How do I search for hospitals in Argentina?

 

Large cities in the country boast high standards of healthcare, making it easier to research and find accredited hospitals. Often, accommodations in Argentina will have hospital recommendations and information readily available. You can also search the Joint Commission International website to seek accredited facilities near the city where you’re staying, as well as seek resources from the U.S. Embassy. 

 

What should I know about healthcare in Argentina for tourists?

 

As with traveling anywhere internationally, it’s recommended to secure travel health insurance. Argentina hospitals with English-speaking medical personnel and emergency services are more readily available near larger cities with high tourist areas. 

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Argentina?

 

The fees for a hospital stay in Argentina can widely vary. It’s best to confirm costs in advance to avoid unexpected expenses. Several factors will contribute to the total cost, such as emergency services, tests and x-rays, overnight visits vs. consultations. Keep in mind, most medical facilities in Argentina will require a cash deposit prior to performing health services and require payment in full before being released.

Prevention is key. Be aware of certain high-risk areas and environments and take proper precautions for each. Take heed of destination updates with regards to weather, vaccination recommendations, and other safety advisories. If you are prone to jet lag, motion sickness, or traveler’s diarrhea get preventative medication from Runway to help keep symptoms at bay. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Argentina?

 

Drastic weather changes, time zone differences, and varying levels of activity can all result in various health ailments when traveling to Argentina. Here are common ones to be aware of and prepare for to ensure an optimal trip experience.

 

  • Stay safe while adventuring: Argentina is a popular destination for outdoor adventures. To stay safe, stay alert with changing weather conditions and prepare for different landscapes that can lead to conditions like altitude sickness and heat exhaustion, as well as possible injury due to wet and slippery surfaces and extreme temperatures. Prior to embarking on any activities, make sure you’ve dressed appropriately in lightweight clothing and sturdy shoes, plus packed protective items, such as sunscreen, bug spray, basic first aid, and filled water bottles

 

  • Heat Exhaustion: The climate of Argentina is highly varied and one of extremes. During the summer months in Argentina (November-March), temperatures can soar. Pack loose, lightweight clothing that provides breathable coverage on the arms and legs. Also, stay hydrated with sealed filtered water bottles and well-nourished with salty snacks. Since the body’s salt content can be quickly depleted from excessive sweating, you may also want to take salt pills and/or electrolyte-based drinks with you along on your adventures.

 

  • Regularly reapply bug repellent: Mosquito-transmitted diseases are common in tropical destinations. Protect yourself from infections like Yellow Fever, Dengue, Zika, and Chagas disease by regularly applying strong bug repellents that have high percentages of active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin

 

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip.

 

  • Avoid tap water: Drinking tap water in Argentina may result in travelers’ diarrhea and other illnesses due to bacteria found in the source. Stick with sealed, filtered water for hydration and be cautious of fresh produce that may have been affected by contaminated water as well. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

  • Steer clear of raw foods: As far as what not to eat in Argentina, dining out is largely considered safe and sanitary. However, avoid eating raw meats, fish, and eggs, as well as unwashed, raw fruits and vegetables. Try not to visit any food markets with live animals. Also, consider ordering drinks without ice to prevent possible contaminated water.

 

  • Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild.

 

Prepare for every adventure with trip-saving medications from Runway.

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