We want you to have the best possible time when you learn Spanish in Argentina, and we understand that your health and safety is a very important aspect of your travel. We have provided some basic details below, but we encourage you to contact us directly if you have any further questions.
The process of your health and safety begins before your arrival in Argentina. We suggest the following:
- Make copies of important travel documents such as passport, visa, bank cards, and insurance information, and leave a copy with someone you trust in your home country.
- Visit your family doctor and dentist for a check up. There are no compulsory vaccinations for entry into Argentina, but you should make sure that all your immunizations are up-to-date. Prepare extra prescriptions if you require medication or wear glasses/contacts.
- Have a variety of ways to access money, including credit cards, bank cards and cash. For example, setting up an online banking account could be very useful. Cirrus and Plus card systems are generally accepted in local ATMs. Extra fees may be charged depending on your home bank.
- Get insured! Whether or not you intend to participate in our travel or volunteer programs, where having a valid travel insurance is a must requirement, it is always a good idea to get yourself a travel insurance so you are prepared and are covered for any unexpected situations that may happen during your journey. If you don't have one yet, we recommend the travel insurance provided by World Normads:
Buy, extend and claim online, even while travelling.
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Upon arrival we provide
- A 24 hour emergency number. A staff member is always on call to assist in emergencies.
- A list of local emergency numbers. Including contacts for doctors, dentist, hospitals and embassies.
- A secure mailing address for emergency post to be sent to students, for example bank and credit cards or medical reports.
- Orientation sessions at Vamos Spanish Academy.
Additional details on health and safety in Buenos Aires
- Pharmacies are well stocked and some are open 24 hours. There are often pharmacists on site that can recommend medication for common ailments.
- Foreigners have access to both the private and public hospital system. If you visit a private hospital you will need to pay for many treatments on the spot. Although the waiting time might be a little longer, the free service in the public hospitals is of international standard.
- In relative terms, Buenos Aires is a safe city, but it is also a large capital city in South America. Basic precautions should still be taken.
- At Vamos we are constantly kept informed of travel advisories for Argentina, issued by foreign embassies and consulates. With our head office based in Buenos Aires, we are also aware of any disruption of local conditions within the city, and can easily communicate any changes to our students quickly and efficiently to ensure their well being.
- To minimize the possibility of culture shock, we know it's very important for you to be in touch with your friends and family. So we offer free interent and wifi access at the school.
- A healthy body can help in resisting and recovering quicker from illness. An easy way to keep in good physical shape is to join our running club.
- Finally, we have a support system of staff, students and social circles that can assist in dealing with any difficulties you may encounter during your stay in Argentina.