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Congress Information

Venue

Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) - Buenos Aires (MAP)

The 27th IPSA World Congress of Political Science will be held at the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires. Located in the rejuvenated barrio of Puerto Madero on the banks of the Río de la Plata, the university is only a few hundred meters away from the city's historical landmarks, such as the majestic Plaza de Mayo. To the east across the canal can be found the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, a magnificent waterfront park filled with forests, marshlands and lagoons offsetting the vibrant atmosphere of the Puerto Madero neighborhood.
 
Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)
Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1300 (C1107AAZ). C.A.B.A.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: 0810-2200-822 (UCA)

Format

The 2023 IPSA World Congress will be an onsite event with a limited number of virtual-only (no hybrid) panels. More details will follow in the coming months.

Language

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.

Travel and Hotel Information

Visa and Passport Requirements

Visitors from certain countries will require a visa to enter Argentina for tourism or business purposes. Please visit the National Directorate for Migration website to consult the list of countries that require visas.

To enter Argentina, you will need a passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry into the country. Citizens of the following countries may present a valid identity card or travel document to enter:

  • Brazil
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

For more detailed information, please visit the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship’s Visas page and their list of Embasies and Consulates Abroad.

Letter of Invitation

Letters of invitation will be available to fully registered participants as of March 2023 in electronic format (PDF) from the "My Congress" user menu. Invitation letters will only be issued once your registration and payment have been completed.

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

Multiple airlines fly to Buenos Aires. International flights land mostly at the 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.

Domestic flights and flights from neighboring countries go to the Jorge Newbery Airport, known as Aeroparque (AEP), which is roughly 25 minutes away from the venue by taxi.

To help plan your visit to Buenos Aires, visit https://turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/en and https://www.argentina.travel/en.

Getting around Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has a large public transport network, licensed taxis, a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus, 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. Note: Uber is also available in Buenos Aires.

Hotels - Coming Soon

Hotel information will be available in the coming months.

Health and Vaccination

COVID-19

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.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever vaccination is not required to enter Argentina, nor is 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

Currency Exchange

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 also 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

Argentina has a very extensive 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.

      Value-Added Tax (VAT) Reimbursement

      Accommodation

      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.

      Other Purchases

      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.

       

      Travel Advice

      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.