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Sending Mail in Argentina

The main postal service in Argentina is the private company Correo Central. There are other private postal services that function similarly and have various branches throughout the country including Oca, Servicor and Andreani. Argentinian postal companies have had issues with reliability in the past; however, though there are still problems with the timeliness of deliveries and occasionally lost letters or postcards, they have been improving.


Your other options are international couriers like DHL and FedEx which also operate in Argentina. They are more dependable then the local services, however they are also more expensive. If you have a letter or package which you don't want to take any chances with, paying extra to send it with one of these companies is a good idea.


Receiving Mail in Argentina

To receive mail in Argentina, letters or packages should be sent to an Argentinian post office. In Buenos Aires, all letters are picked up from the international Retiro office, near the Buquebus terminal. The sender should clearly indicate the name of the recipient, spelling the last name in all capital letters. Also, a date should be indicated on the letter for the post office to hold the letter until, otherwise the letter could be sent back or destroyed. To receive mail in Buenos Aires, the address should be written as:


John SMITH (last name in capital letters)

Lista de Correos

Correo Central

Sarmiento 189

(1003) Capital Federal




Customs and Mail Fees in Argentina

A letter being sent through Correo can take from 6 to 15 days to arrive to the United States from Buenos Aires and 10 to 15 days to get to England. Sealing postcards in an envelope is recommended so that they arrive faster. To mail a postcard and simple letter under .7oz (20g), it will cost about $2 per post card and will take about 15 days. For letters 5.3oz (150g) and under, it will cost about $5 and will also take about 15 days. Prices increase for larger packages and shorter estimated delivery times. An express letter weighing up to .7oz (20g) will cost about $7. It will still take about 14 days to deliver, however, so it is more cost efficient to send it with the regular air service option.

There is a fee of around $4 to pick up the mail from the post office. Some people opt to have it sent to a hotel or residence in order to avoid this charge. 


Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Argentina: Getting To and Away, Safety, When to Go, Safety, When to Go, Services, Skiing in Argentina, The Economy of Argentina: History, Useful Argentine Slang and Tips for Mid-Range Travelers .

01 Dec 2009

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