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FACTS ON ARGENTINA



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LANDSCAPE
Buenos Aires is a sprawling, international city with a lively social scene blended into a mix of modern and colonial buildings. An efficient interstate system connects the city to other parts of the country. The only thing that may might make the roadways less efficient are the maniacal drivers that make a jaunt on the roadways an excursion of madcap lunacy. Cordoba lies in central Argentina as a powerful agricultural and industrial center with over one million residents. It is smaller and much less expensive than the metropolitan Buenos Aires, yet is a major site for international exhibitions because of its developed foreign trade infrastructure.

AIRPORTS
Ezeiza International Airport to City Center
Ezeiza Airport lies 20 miles (34 km.) from Buenos Aires. A half-hourly coach service, operated by Manuel Tienda Le?n (4383-4454/8), travels downtown to all of the major hotels for a price of about US$15 between 5:30a.m. to 10p.m. The trip takes around 45 minutes. You can find the ticket booth just outside of customs. If you seek service from the hotel to the airport, call 4314-3636. The San Martin Bus also serves the airport and downtown with buses, minibuses, and automobiles. For information and reservations, call: 4816-7676, or email: resmb@sanmartinbus.com.ar. A taxi counter also exists in the arrivals area. Cabs to and from the airport cost about US$35, including a freeway charge.
Pajas Blancas Airport to City Center
The airport, located at Pajas Blancas, is nine miles (15 km.) from the city center. Buses and taxis are readily available.

VISA & PASSPORT
Foreigners with a valid passport can stay up to 90 days. Passports must remain valid for 6 months beyond the intended stay. Visas are not required for tourists from the U.S., Canada, and the E.U. Other nationals must obtain visas (fee) from an Argentine embassy or consulate. Australians and New Zealanders must pay US$30 for a visa. Documents or tickets proving your onward travel are also required for all visitors. Business travelers are technically required to obtain special visas, but most enter as tourists. Business visas require a letter from an employer stating reason, length, and acceptance of financial responsibility for visit.

CUSTOMS' ENTRY
Duty-free
Tobacco: 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars
Alcohol: 2 liters of alcohol
Food and others: 5 kg of foodstuffs, goods to the value of US$300 (inclusive of any duty-free items listed above)
Note: For residents returning to Argentina after a stay of less than one year in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay or Uruguay:
Tobacco: 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars
Alcohol: 1 liter of alcohol
Food and others: 2 kg of foodstuffs; goods to the value of US$100 (inclusive of any duty-free items listed above)
Prohibited or Restricted
The following are either banned or may only be imported under license:
Animals and birds from Africa or Asia (except Japan); parrots
Fresh foodstuffs: meat, dairy products and fruit
Hunting guns may only be imported with a license that the traveler must procure before arrival from an Argentine Consulate. The hunter must submit personal documents, a certificate of good conduct issued by the local police of the district where the hunter lives, together with the serial number, caliber, type and brand of each gun (a maximum of two guns allowed per hunter)
Explosives, inflammable items
Narcotics
Pornographic material
Note: gold must be declared upon arrival; it is also advisable to declare expensive consumer items as well.

HEALTH CERTIFICATES
No vaccinations are required unless arriving from an area infected with yellow fever. Tetanus vaccination and hepatitis A immunization is recommended.

TIPPING
Restaurants
Restaurants will most likely add a service charge. Otherwise, foreigners are generally expected to give a 10 percent tip (propina).
Taxi
The tipping of metered taxicab drivers is optional. Rounding up the fare should prove sufficient as a courtesy. When unmetered taxis are used, negotiate the full fee in advance.
Porters
US$1 per bag at 1st class hotels.
Hotels
Hotels will add moderate service charges to your bill. Additional tips may be given to bellmen and maids.
Other
Beauty shop or barbers 5 percent; doormen 5 centavos; ushers and maitre'd, 5 percent.




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