Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) - Buenos Aires (MAP)
IPSA Congress Secretariat
International Political Science Association (IPSA) / Association internationale de science politique (AISP)
2155 rue Guy, Suite ER-731
Montréal, Québec, H3H 2R9
Tel: +1 514 848-2424, ext. 8717
Fax: +1 514 565-0529
All sessions are held in either of IPSA's official languages: English and French. Panel presentations in the LOC sessions may be in Spanish.
The 2023 IPSA World Congress will be an onsite event with a limited number of virtual-only panels. More details will follow in the coming months.
Visa and Passport Requirements
To enter Argentina to attend congresses and fairs, or to carry out technical, scientific, artistic or professional activities, you will need a specific visa. The authorized stay period for this type of visa is a maximum of 30 (thirty) days. Visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship to learn more about the requirements for this type of visa.
To enter Argentina, you will need a Passport valid for at least six months at the time of entering Argentina. Citizens of the following countries only need to present an Identity Card or a Valid Travel Document:
- Argentine Embassies and Consulates Abroad - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship
- Visa Types - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship
Letter of Invitation
A letter of invitation will be available to fully registered delegates as of January 2023 in electronic format (PDF) from "My Congress" user menu. Registration must be completed and paid before a Letter of Invitation is made available in the participant's online account.
Kindly note that the IPSA Secretariat is unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals.
Traveling to Buenos Aires - Practical Information
- For details about traveling to Argentina and useful information, visit https://www.argentina.travel/en
- To plan your visit to Buenos Aires, visit the https://turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/en
Flying to Buenos Aires
Multiple airlines fly to Buenos Aires. International flights land mostly in Ministro Pistarini / Ezeiza International Airport (MAP), which is about 45 minutes away from Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). Taxis are available in the passenger area of the airport.
Getting around Buenos Aires
To travel by bus or subte (underground metro) in Buenos Aires, you will need to get a rechargeable SUBE travel card and charge it with credit. SUBE cards are available at subte stations, at eight Tourist Assistance Centers and at many "kioskos" (corner shops selling confectionary and tobacco) throughout the city. Cards can be charged with credit at all subte stations, national lottery outlets, and at some kioskos with automated terminals. To find your nearest point of sale, the SUBE website has a map of SUBE vendors.
There are six metro lines (lineas) A, B, C, D, E and H, which connect the city's main avenues, train stations and coach stations. Lines A, B, C, D and E converge in the center of the city.
- Map: https://emova.com.ar/index.php/mapas/
- Fees: https://emova.com.ar/index.php/tarifas-y-medios-de-pago/
- Schedules: https://emova.com.ar/index.php/horarios-del-servicio/
Note that Uber is also available in Buenos Aires. You may download the app at www.uber.com.
Health and Vaccination Information for Argentina
COVID-19 (subject to change at any time)
- COVID-19 vaccination is not required to enter Argentina. Furthermore, you do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.
- All travelers must fill in an electronic ‘sworn statement’ form within 48 hours of traveling informing about their vaccination status and declaring that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Non-resident foreign nationals must also have medical insurance with comprehensive cover for COVID-19, including hospitalization and the costs of self-isolation and medical transport services for positive and suspected cases, as well as for close contacts.
- COVID-19 testing is recommended for travelers who are not vaccinated within 24 hours of arriving in Argentina.
Yellow Fever vaccination is neither required nor recommended for traveling in Buenos Aires and in most of Argentina. However, vaccination is recommended for travelers aged 9 months and older travelling to Corrientes and Misiones Provinces including the Iguaçu Falls.
Liability and Insurance
The IPSA Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.
Currency and Value Added Tax (VAT)
Argentina's national currency is the Argentine peso. Note that it has the same symbol ($) as the US dollar and other dollar currencies (prices expressed using the $ symbol are in Argentine pesos unless stated otherwise). Most hotels, large shops and other businesses accept payment by card, but note that some smaller businesses may only accept cash. Note that when paying with a credit card, it is a local practice in practically every shop to ask for an ID to verify if you are the owner of the credit card.
Local currency can be purchased in Buenos Aires at casas de cambio (currency exchanges) and at most banks. Note that you will need to provide ID when changing money.
Local currency can also be obtained from cash machines (ATMs) throughout the city. Cash machines operate 24 hours a day and accept all major international cards.
In various businesses and even in the street in the city's central financial area, particularly on Calle Florida, you are likely to come across people offering to exchange money. Please note that while non-official operators may state a preferential rate of exchange, these money changers are illegal and for visitors' safety, the Buenos Aires Tourism office recommends changing money only at legal regulated institutions.
The Buenos Aires Tourism office also recommends changing only small amounts of money at a time. You should also keep the receipt from your transaction as you may need to show this if you wish to change money back to your original currency at the end of the trip. Please note that should you wish to change back any leftover Argentine pesos at the end of your trip, you will be limited to changing only up to the equivalent of $100 USD in cash.
Note that Argentina has a very extended and common currency black market. For example, large shops and hotels may accept the US dollar bills at the rate of $190-200 ARS per $1 USD, while the legal change rate would be $110-112 ARS per $1 USD.
Tax (VAT) Reimbursement
International visitors receive a direct and automatic reimbursement of the 21% value added tax (VAT) charged on accommodation in Argentina. VAT on hotel stays and other accommodation will automatically be refunded for international visitors who pay with a foreign credit card or via bank transfer from a foreign bank.
The elimination of VAT on accommodation charges, combined with a favorable exchange rate, makes visiting Buenos Aires more affordable. The new VAT rule covers hotel stays and other forms of accommodations, and includes VAT imposed on breakfast services if they are part of the cost of lodging. Other hotel services are excluded and must be billed separately.
The rebate system is available to visitors who can prove with a valid passport or identification card that they live abroad, and who pay for their accommodation with a non-Argentine credit card or via bank transfer from another country. The process is completed at the time of billing, with no need for any extra paperwork.
Foreign tourists are eligible to reclaim tax (VAT) on purchases of domestically manufactured goods with a value over $70 USD when made at participating outlets that belong to Global Blue Argentina. To do so, you will need to keep your receipts and complete the relevant forms at customs when leaving the country. Information on where to claim the refund can be found by clicking on the following link:
Visitors to Buenos Aires should exercise a moderate degree of caution. As with any large international city, be aware of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your belongings. Visit your government's travel advice and advisories for Argentina for more information.