Before you want to visit Buenos Aires you may want to check out how healthcare is in the capital city of Argentina. As a tourist, it’s always opportune to inform you in cases of emergency.

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Healthcare insurance in Buenos Aires

We recommend taking a vacation healthcare insurance before you visit Buenos Aires. This gives you easy access to all hospitals including private hospitals. For example, Hospital Alemán, Hospital Italiano, Hospital Británico and facilities of Swiss Medical.
In case of a life-threatening medical problem, the insurance can evacuate you to your home country.

Note that most European health insurance covers up to 90 days’ visit outside your home country. Staying longer in Argentina? Contact your health insurance.

Public hospitals

Public hospitals are free for foreigners. Waiting times can be long and sometimes the care is substandard. The buildings are often in poor condition.


Standard vaccinations are recommended including hepatitis A.


Almost every 2-3 blocks you will find a pharmacy. The biggest pharmacy chain is Farmacity. You recognize them by the green and orange cross. Paracetamol and some NSAIDs are available without a prescription.


The emergency ambulances (SAME) are provided by the government. Call 107 in case of an emergency. The staff of the ambulances are highly trained and mostly a doctor accompanies. When calling 107, you will be transported to a public hospital.

Tap water

Tap water is generally safe to drink in Buenos Aires.



My roots in Buenos Aires started as a tourist. After some great adventures in Argentina, I moved in 2017 to the metropolitan city of Buenos Aires. I felt a need for correct and honest information for tourists. That's why I love to write to you. Sharing my discoveries in Buenos Aires. I hope you enjoy the city as much as I do! Buenos Aires ❤️

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