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WorldSouth AtlanticSouth AmericaArgentina
34°00.000'S, 064°00.000'W Chart icon.png
Capital Buenos Aires
Language Spanish
Currency Argentinian Peso (ARS)
Time zone ART (UTC−3)
Calling code +54

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country in South America constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city. It is the second largest country in South America by land area, and eighth in the world. Its continental area is 2,766,890 km² (1,068,302 sq mi), between the Andes mountain range in the west and the southern Atlantic Ocean in the east and south. Argentina borders Paraguay and Bolivia to the north, Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast, and Chile to the west and south.


Below you can find the charts required for safe navigation of the area and some helpful links


Submit the climate & general weather details here. For very large countries remove this section and cover weather in Region ( Region Template) pages.

Sources for weather information



These are still considered by Argentina to be Argentinian territory. As a result you cannot 'clear out' of an Argentinian port for Stanley. Authorities in Stanley are said to be well aware of this issue and are used to yachts arriving with no Argentinian clearance. However if a skipper chooses to do this rather than leaving from either a Uruguayan port or from Puerto Williams, Chile, there is something to consider. This is the fact that the boat's 8 month - or 90 day - temporary import permit and the crew's 90 day tourist visas are still ticking away...

In early June 2010 I was advised by a Prefectura officer at San Fernando, B.A. that from this date yachts leaving northern Argentinian ports for Ushuaia or vice versa will be required to sign a form stating that they will not call at any Falkland Islands port.

New rule: All vessels intending to sail to or from Malvinas must complete a special form ten days before start the trip, see the paper part in english and part in spanish : * Rule Nº 256/2010


Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets


Argentina is an IALA B country (red right returning).



One hours notice to the Prefectura on VHF appears to be acceptable.



Customs and Immigration




It is neccesary to clear in with Immigration, Aduana, and Prefectura within 24 hours of arrival. Take plenty of photocopies of ship's papers, passports, and last clearance. A temporary import permit 'Certificado de Admisión Temporal' for 8 months was granted to the yacht on arrival. However since January 2010 yachts are now only being given permits for 90 days if coming from another Mercosur country... e.g. Chile, Brazil, Uruguay. As of June, 2010 this new ruling doesn't not seem to be universally applied. A ninety day extension is said to be possible.

Foreigners to leave the country temporarily, and  leave his boat must notify the custom previously, and complete one special form.


As of December 2009, citizens from the countries listed below need not apply for a Visa to enter Argentina as tourists. A tourist visa for 90 days is granted on arrival.

Andorra, Australia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Granada, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Santa Lucia, Singapore, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, the Vatican, Venezuela, Yugoslavia.

More info can be found on Visas - Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio internacional y Culto

Nationals of Canada and Australia have to pay a "reciprocity fee" when entering Argentina. This is not a visa fee but it is equal to what Argentinians must pay when requesting a visa to travel to those countries. This new fee was introduced in January 2013 and must be paid before arrive to the country.. Australians must pay US$100 and Canadians US$70. Americans no longer have to pay this fee.

See for further details.

Note: If you want to extend your stay in Argentina (from Buenos Aires or La Plata,) then a short visit to Colonia in Uruguay is in order. This can either be done by ferry - if you simply want to renew your tourist visa - or by yacht if you wish to also renew her temporary import permit.

Fees and Charges


Daily Position Reports

Every boat must check in on a daily basis with the Argentine Coastguard by a pre-agreed method (E-mail, satellite phone, SSB or VHF frequency) while sailing between Argentine ports. Get a written contact sheet and log your attempts to call to avoid being detained and possible fines by the coastguard on arrival at your destination.

Depending on your position, reports should be made to:

MAR DEL PLATA (L2T) Between Lat. south 35 º 50 and and Lat. 42 º 00 'south VHF C/ 9-16 SSB : Frequency 4354 KHZ (24 hs) Frequency 8713 y 2065 KHZ (alternative) Hours 05.00 - 13.00 y 21.00 email: [email protected]

COMODORO RIVADAVIA (L3A) Between Lat. 42 º 00 'south and Lat. 54 º 30 'south VHF C/ 9-16 SSB : Frequency 4134 KHZ (24 hs) Frequency 8710 y 2065 KHZ (alternative) Hours 07.00 - 14.00 email: [email protected]

Ushuaia (L30) South of Parallel Lat. 54 º 30 'south VHF C / 9-16 SSB: Daytime frequency 4354 KHZ Frequency night. 2065 KHZ email. [email protected]

Health and Security

While it has not yet appeared in Buenos Aires there are official concerns regarding the risk of Dengue Fever. The mosquitos in the Delta area are of world class and appropriate precautions should be taken throughout the Rio de la Plata/ Delta area. Medical emergency phone in all the country:107


  • Buenos Aires Buenos Aires /wiki/Buenos_Aires Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
  • San Isidro/San FernandoSan Isidro/San Fernando/wiki/Rio_Lujen Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
  • La Plata La Plata /wiki/La_Plata Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Mar del Plata Mar del Plata /wiki/Mar_del_Plata Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
  • Puerto Deseado Puerto Deseado /wiki/Puerto_Deseado Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Puerto Madryn Puerto Madryn /wiki/Puerto_Madryn Port of entry icon – port of entry |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Rio Gallegos Rio Gallegos /wiki/Rio_Gallegos Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Puerto Santa Cruz Puerto Santa Cruz /wiki/Puerto_Santa_Cruz Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Ushuaia Ushuaia /wiki/Ushuaia Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data ||


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Submit details/contacts of cruiser's "friends" that can be contacted in advance or on arrival - who can offer information and assistance to our cruising "family".

  • Hi all, Whatever you need from this latitude let me know! (River Plate, Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil). Contact :, replace X for @, to avoid spam. Good winds for all! Omar Sanchez --Wetdoc.


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