Covered in this section:
- Congress and Venue Information
- Practical Information
- Health and Vaccination Information
- Currency and VAT Information
Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) - Building San Jose - Buenos Aires (MAP)
Food and Beverage in UCA
A canteen and coffee counter will be accessible in the Juan Pablo II foyer and exhibition area (second floor) of the San Jose building.
The nearby neighbourhood of San Telmo features numerous options in terms of restaurants, cafés and bars. It is recommended to make reservations for restaurants when possible.
Network: WC2023 | Password: IPSA
The 2023 IPSA World Congress will be an onsite event with a limited number of virtual-only (no hybrid) panels.
Participation Format Change Policy
Requests by individuals to change their participation format from virtual to in-person, or vice-versa, must be received by 19 April 2023. Please send request by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests to change to a panel in virtual format must be made by 19 April 2023, the latest. After 19 April, it will not be possible to accept any format change requests due to the need to provide a final program for all participants.
• Due to the limited number of virtual panels, there is no guarantee that the change request can be accommodated.
• The standard registration Refund Policy will apply to format change requests.
All sessions are held in either of IPSA's official languages: English and French. Panel presentations in the LOC sessions may be in Spanish. Panel presentations in the "LOC08 - Brazilian Politics" may be in Portuguese.
Weather: July is the coldest month of the year in Buenos Aires. You can expect temperatures between 8 and 15°C.
Safety: 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.
Transportation: Buenos Aires has a large public transport network, licensed taxis and more than 250 km of cycle lanes. To travel by bus or subte (underground metro), you will need to get a rechargeable SUBE card. SUBE cards are available at subte stations, Tourist Assistance Centers, national lottery outlets, and at some kioskos (corner shops selling confectionary and tobacco) throughout the city. To find your nearest point of sale, the SUBE website has a map of SUBE vendors. For information on other transportation services, visit the Getting around Buenos Aires page of Turismo Buenos Aires. Uber is also available in Buenos Aires.
Health and Vaccination
Wearing a mask is not mandatory at UCA. However, please note that there will be close to 3,000 participants from over 100 countries at the World Congress. Therefore, we recommend that delegates exercise caution.
Note: Information was retrieved on 02 February 2023 from the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs – please verify updated information prior to departure.
It is no longer required to test for COVID-19 or to show proof of COVID-19 health insurance to enter Argentina. Proof of vaccination is also not required.
If a suspected COVID-19 positive case is detected or reported upon entry into Argentina, it will be treated according to the same prevention and control measures of any acute respiratory infection.
If your flight has connections, we suggest checking if the transit countries require COVID-19 testing.
Note: The use of a masks in closed spaces in Buenos Aires is not mandatory. The recommendation for the use of masks is maintained, especially during the winter period.
Yellow Fever vaccination is not required to enter Argentina, nor is it considered a concern when traveling in Buenos Aires. However, vaccination is recommended for travelers aged 9 months and older traveling to Corrientes and Misiones Provinces including the Iguaçu Falls.
Liability and Insurance
The IPSA Secretariat and local 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 VAT Information
Argentina's national currency is the Argentine peso (ARS). 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 exchanging money. Local currency can also be obtained from automated teller machines (ATMs) throughout the city. ATMs operate 24 hours a day and accept all major international cards.
Note: 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 keep the receipt(s) from your transaction(s) 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 Argentine pesos at the end of your trip, you will be limited to changing only up to the equivalent of $100 USD in cash. Currency Converter – Argentine Peso
Value-Added 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 accommodations are 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.
Foreign tourists are eligible to reclaim 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 on the Global Blue website.