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Few questions about arriving and getting around Argentina
I'm sure someone local could give you more precise information but in the meanwhile here is what I have found out while preparing my trip to ARG.
Not sure about passport issue. Indeed they ask what you mentioned when issuing visa but since you don't need entry visa (right?) I don't know whether on the border someone will check validity date. The best would be to ask ARG embassy (or if you don't have one in Croatia (I believe someone told me you don't have) I might be able to drop by the one in Belgrade and ask. I know ambassador and his wife, we went out drinking few times so it shouldn't be a problem).
Transportation inside the country is (comparing with traveling inside Europe) horribly expensive. I think the cheapest (but not necessarily the most convenient considering you're travelling with pregnant wife) is to take train BsAs-Cordoba and from there bus to Mendoza. Once there you'll have several options.
Books. Not sure when you'll be there but during April/May in BsAs will be the biggest book fair in Latin America: www.el-libro.org.ar
About euro vs dollar I think you'll be OK with euros. Someone told me having dollar is better but since you'll have to convert and pay commission not sure that'll payoff.
But as I said someone local will probably have more accurate info than I do.
This is Vijay from India. I get internship in Rosario for 6 months. I searching flight but unable to get cheaper one :( i will be there on 16 July. So i have few questions:
1. Is there any cheap flight from India to argentina or from europe i.e. Frankfort/Newyork etc
2. How is the living cost there? Bcz company is giving me 900 USD
3. I am going to stay in Rosario, so is it possible to live with in 500 to 600 USD?
4. How about weather there from August to Jan?
5. when i finish my internship is there chance to get another job with salary (my qualification is BTech.+MBA. I mean in general are there opportunities for job?
Hope to hear from u soon
I stopped by the embassy today before work but forgot it's Saturday so no one was there. Will check next time when around.
And what ANDRE09 said about converting Euros/Dollars into $AR: honest citizen? How you find one (and don't get me wrong. I don't mean you're dishonest folks but how you find someone who'll be interested to exchange currencies)?
On LP forum someone even posted addresses of the black market and exchange rate which is much (!) higher than official one. I have no problem exchange money with someone local but should I ask here if anyone is interested?
Not sure about the passport thing.
For books, if you are going downtown (which you most likely will if you plan to visit monuments, etc.) there are big book stores. Look for "Yenny" or "El Ateneo". There are many around and they carry almost anything you might need.
Going from Bs. As. to Chile with your wife pregnant.. I think no one would recommend bus. I don't know how much it would take but it must be at least a 1 day trip. AND, I'm sure you won't find the difference in price worth it to even consider going on bus anyway. So plane it is.
Lastly, I don't think there's much difference between US Dollars and Euros. Most places (at least downtown) will accept both.
[quote]How you find someone who'll be interested to exchange currencies?[/quote]
That shouldn't be too hard. With the current restrictions the government has introduced to adquire foreign currency, everybody has gone nuts trying to get US Dollars or Euros to save in that currency and avoid inflation in the local currency.
There are lots of jewelry shops that buy and sell foreign currency downtown. This is not legal if you buy or sell at the black market's price (for dollars the official exchange is 1U$D=AR$5 and 1U$D=A$R7,30 in the black market (also called "blue dollar")
Still, it's not like you are taking a big risk by buying or selling in those houses.. It's not like police is hunting them or whatever.. And a lot of people does it.. you just have to find them.
1. I don't know about this one.
2. Use this site, it has more or less accurate prices for living in any city in the world. http://www.numbeo.com/common/ Also http://www.expatistan.com/ is very useful to compare prices between your city and any other city in the world.
3. I guess you could. You can save a lot if you cook for yourself. Use the sites above.
4. It's winter here until late september. It can get close to 0°C during the winter but usually the worse part happens in July. September is usually nice during the day and it gets cold at night and very early in the morning as well. December and January can be hot. January can get as hot as 40°C.
5. Don't know about this one. [/quote]
OK, I finally managed to visit the embassy again (just came back from there) and they told me it's not going to be a problem "as long as the passport is valid during his stay in Argentina".
There you go :)