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Safety Advice

Argentina is a lovely country with friendly, kind people. The cities are in general safe, so don’t spend all your energy worrying about what might happen if this, or if that. However, general safety precautions are never in vain.


Unfortunately, petty crime continues to be a problem in Argentina, and armed robbery occurs in main tourist areas such as Buenos Aires and Mendoza.


Robbery and Kidnapping -

Avoid dark alleys and empty undergrounds. Remember the rule of safety in numbers, so try walking together with other visitors.


Never flash your money by giving too much tips in restaurants or buying drinks for random people in bars. If you’re being observed by potential robbers they might see you as an easy target with a good pay-off. The same goes for wearing expensive bags and clothes, or showing an expensive camera.


Kidnapping does occur, but mostly of the kind where you’re expected to give cash to secure your release. Again, if you don’t come across as someone worth kidnapping, chances are they’ll look for someone else. However, it is wise to always carry enough cash to please potential robbers. If not, worst case scenario, they might take you to an ATM, which soon turns into a much more unpleasant experience. In either situation, never play hero. It is always easiest to do what you’re told.


Sexual Assaults -

As a woman traveling alone in Argentina, you should take extra caution as to where to go, and who you let accompany you. Don’t display jewelry, nor wear provoking clothes. In the case of any sexual assaults, a doctor should always be the first person you contact,followed by your respective embassy who will take your case to the police.


Taxis -

As when traveling anywhere, always trust your instincts and do some research before jumping to conclusions. Make sure your taxi is authorized before getting in, and that the driver knows where he’s going. Learning just a few lines in Spanish, such as directions as to where you want to go, can give the driver the impression that you’ve been there before, and that you’re in control of the situation. Never fall asleep in the taxi, pay attention to road signs and odd turns, get out if your guts tell you something is wrong.

Always keep your doors and windows locked when in a car.


Petty Crime -

Despite of all this, the most common type of crime is the kind you don’t even notice before it’s over, such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching. This usually takes place on public transport. If the bus is overly crowded, it may be difficult to keep an eye on your belongings. In other words, you might be better off waiting for the next bus. Better to lose a few minutes rather than something you cared about.


It is also a common trick for someone to spill ketchup or other liquids on you. While attempting to clean it off, a second con aims for your bag or wallet. Be wary of the possibility and don’t stop walking until you’re in a different location.


Non Prescription Drugs -

In Argentina, the penalties for position of even small amounts of drugs are severe and include lengthy imprisonment. While in Argentina, you are under local law, and will be prosecuted accordingly. Your respective government will try to help you, but they cannot get you out of trouble.


Political Demonstrations -

Argentina is at times subject to political tension, and demonstrations often break out at the Plaza de Mayo and Congreso areas in Buenos Aires. Be warned that these protests may become violent, and you’re better off watching from a safe distance.



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03 Oct 2008

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