General Information

Congress Venue

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

Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)
Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1300 (C1107AAZ). C.A.B.A.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: 0810-2200-822 (UCA)
 
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.
 

IPSA Congress Secretariat

International Political Science Association (IPSA) / Association internationale de science politique (AISP)
2155 rue Guy, Suite ER-731
Montréal, Québec, H3H 2R9
Canada
Tel: +1 514 848-2424, ext. 8748
Fax: +1 514 565-0529
E-mail: wc2023@ipsa.org

Congress 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.

Event Format

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

Visa and Passport Requirements

Visitors from some countries will require a visa to enter Argentina for tourism or business purposes. Please visit the website of the National Directorate for Migration to consult the list of countries targeted by visa regulations.

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:

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

Useful links:

Letter of Invitation

A letter of invitation will be available to fully registered delegates as of March 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

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. 

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

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. 

Changing Money

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

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 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.

Other Purchases

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:

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.