Do you need travel insurance for Argentina?
Whether or not to buy a travel insurance policy is a question that normally comes up a lot in relation to traveling to Argentina.
Argentina has public healthcare and anyone who is in the country can seek emergency treatment at public facilities.
Right after the pandemic, Covid insurance was required just to prevent the system getting overwhelmed by foreigners during the health crisis.
Now, travel insurance is no longer required to enter the country but many travelers like to secure it for peace of mine.
Argentina’s Public Healthcare
The once laudable public health care in Argentina is overburdened. Health insurance was required for visitors for the first time during the pandemic to prevent foreigners from clogging up the system further.
It proved to be unnecessary as few travelers had serious cases and anyway, vaccines were given out freely and abundantly — even to visitors. Even now — anyone eager for a booster can head to any local vaccination center to get a jab for free.
Argentina Entry Requirements, Re: Covid
Universal Health Care — For Tourists Too!
Argentina has universal healthcare which is covered by a 21% IVA (value-added sales tax).
Visitors also have the ability to seek medical care in public hospitals or community health facilities at no cost.
Both public and private healthcare professionals in Argentina tend to be excellent, but public hospitals are strained, and not really places where you want to spend a lot of time if one has a condition that requires in-patient care.
A visit to public hospitals around the country will reveal that facilities are dilapidated, stray animals from the area hang out in the hallways (us animal lovers don’t mind, but it’s not exactly hypoallergenic) and cigarette smoke seeps from behind closed doors of certain doctors offices (believe it or not!)
Prescription medicines, or medical devices such as crutches or an arm sling will cost money if you are uninsured.
Public hospitals do not provide things such as sheets and towels for patients and there are often long waits to be seen by a medical professional/
Paying for Peace of Mind
Even though Argentina is advanced in terms of medicine for the region, there are some reasons to consider taking out a travel insurance plan
Medical Emergencies: While public healthcare may provide basic coverage, travel insurance offers more comprehensive medical coverage.
It can cover expenses such as emergency medical treatments, hospitalization, ambulance services, and medical evacuation — in other words, the best possible care in case of unforeseen illnesses or injuries.
Non-Medical Emergencies: Travel insurance also covers non-medical emergencies, including trip cancellations, delays, or interruptions.
If a trip needs to be cut short due to unexpected events such as natural disasters, political unrest, or personal emergencies, travel insurance can cover reimbursement for prepaid expenses and additional costs incurred.
Baggage Loss or Delay: Travel insurance typically covers loss, theft, or damage to your luggage and personal belongings. It can provide compensation for necessary items you need to purchase during baggage delay as well.
Travel Assistance: Travel insurance includes 24/7 travel assistance services. These services can help you with travel-related emergencies, such as locating lost documents, finding local medical facilities, or arranging emergency transportation.
Knowing that you have coverage for unexpected situations allows you to relax and enjoy your trip without worrying about potential financial burdens that may arise.
Digital Nomad/Remote Worker Travel Insurance
Remote workers, digital nomads, or ‘slow travelers’, on a journey of a longer periods than just a few weeks often choose Safetywing — a well-known and reliable travel insurance option.
Their basic plan averages $42 a month for those under 39, with a $250 deductible and a $250,000 max limit for those between the ages of 18-39.
They were also one of the first to have plans covering Covid19.
Short-term Travel Insurance: Get a Quote with World Nomads
For short term travel insurance, World Nomads is a well-established travel insurance company many veteran wanderers procure for their vacations.
They have 24-hour emergency assistance and cover residents from 150 countries.
You can purchase, extend your policy and make claims, even while traveling. Their plans also cover lost, stolen or damaged baggage.
You can be assured all this, because that comes straight from their website! Check out the cost of a plan.
Loss of Property Insurance
It is more likely that visitors will lose bags, be a victim of theft or incur some other material loss on a trip to Argentina than have a health emergency.
That is when vacation insurance protection against theft or lost baggage can be a godsend.
Check out this viral video from a few years ago — a Canadian tourist on a bike tour through La Boca (not on one of Wander Argentina’s tours, we are happy to report!) got held up at gun point while wearing a GoPro camera.
This shouldn’t scare you — it’s important to note that this happened because the visitor had expensive gadgets on full display in an area known for this type of crime.
In this case it’s not inconceivable that the clueless Canuck didn’t want to give up his equipment because he didn’t have travel insurance that covered his belongings.
No material belongings are worth your life, so give up the goods in this situation and rely on travel insurance against theft to give you peace of mind.
Travel insurance or not, even locals don’t recommend carrying anything expensive or shiny in La Boca.
Although it has a cute tourist area, La Boca is probably the most dangerous neighborhood you will visit while in the country.
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