lunes, 21 de mayo de 2012


Para la Foreign Office somos indians, idiots, animals, murderers, thieves, uncivilized, crude, despicable, sudacas, bold, etc. y por eso si bien no prohíbe al menos desaconseja mediante un mensaje entre líneas, no visitar nuestro país. Veamos qué pasa en Argentina: hay protestas en el contexto del reclamo por la soberanía sobre Islas Malvinas a 30 años del conflicto por las islas. Tambien hay un boycott de la Confederación de trabajadores del transporte contra buques con bandera inglesa.  Supuestamente la página está actualizada... sin embargo advierte sobre la cancelación de vuelos a causa de la nube volcánica proveniente del volcán Puyehue (chileno). También se advierte sobre mantener un ojo atento sobre bienes personales por posibles crímenes: robos, secuestros express, etc. y "brotes ocasionales de malestar social", brotes de dengue (en el norte del país, pero también en la provincia de Buenos Aires y alrededores), ataques de TERRORISMO indiscriminado, ataques de fiebre amarilla... MUERTE Y DESTRUCCIÓN!!! 
A continuación el material muy parecido a un relato de Arnaldo Pérez Manija. Escuchen a Capusoto y luego lean la información del sitio oficial del Foreign Office. Renuncie, Montonero Cameron!

  • There have been an increasing number of protests against British interests in Argentina in the context of the higher profile being given to the Falkland Islands issue during 2012 - the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.  You should avoid all protests and demonstrations in all parts of Argentina.  See Political Situation.

  • We understand that the Argentine Confederation of Transport Workers (CATT) has approved a boycott of vessels flying the British flag or the Red Ensign of other UK Overseas Territories. The boycott is reported to include delaying these vessels from entering and leaving Argentine ports.

  • At this stage we are not advising against travel to Argentine ports, but advise that vessels make contact with their agent or local authorities before travelling.

  • Flights to/from Argentine airports continue to suffer sporadic disruption (including cancellations) as a result of the ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in Chile. The status of the airports can change at short notice.  We recommend that you contact your airline/travel agent for the latest information before travelling.

  • Most visits to Argentina are trouble-free. 35 British nationals required consular assistance in Argentina in the period 01 April 2010 - 31 March 2011, see General - Consular Assistance Statistics. You should keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafes, train and bus stations where distraction thefts commonly occur. See Crime.

  • There are occasional outbreaks of social unrest. You should avoid demonstrations. See Political Situation and Local Travel.

  • There are multiple outbreaks of Dengue Fever in the northern provinces of the country and cases have been reported in Buenos Aires and the surrounding province. Travellers should take precautions to prevent against mosquito bites. See Health section.

  • The Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for those aged nine months and above travelling to the regions of Argentina bordering Paraguay and Brazil in the provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa, Salta and all areas of Misiones province, including Iguaçu Falls. See Health section.

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks, although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. On 1 May 2012 a small explosive device was detonated outside the office of the EU Delegation in Buenos Aires. There were no casualties. See Safety and security - Terrorism.

  • You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General - Insurance.
Safety and Security - Terrorism
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks, although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. In 1992 and 1994 there were terrorist acts against the Israeli Embassy and an Argentine Jewish Centre which resulted in many deaths and injuries.

Since 2004 there have been a number of much smaller explosions in Buenos Aires and the surrounding provinces which are believed to have been the work of local anti-globalisation groups. The targets have mostly been banks. One person was killed and another injured in one explosion in November 2004, but most attacks have caused damage to the targeted building rather than casualties.
In March 2010 a small explosion occurred outside a branch of a British Bank in Mar del Plata, and some vandalism occurred to a branch in Quilmes in the Province of Buenos Aires.
On 16 September 2010 a small explosive device was detonated outside American Airlines' downtown branch in Buenos Aires causing damage to the building but no injuries.

On 30 December 2010 a small explosive device was detonated outside the Greek Embassy in Buenos Aires causing damage to the building but no injuries.
On 1 May 2012 a small explosive device was detonated outside the office of the EU Delegation in Buenos Aires. There were no casualties.
There have been some recent protests against British interests in Argentina in the context of tensions over current hydrocarbon explorations off the Falkland Islands.
See our terrorism abroad page.

Safety and Security - Crime
The most frequent incidents of crime involve distraction theft, bag snatching and armed robberies in the street, in taxis and in restaurants. Distraction thefts commonly occur in public areas such as internet cafes, train and bus stations. There has been a noticeable rise in reports of stolen passports in the last year, especially in the main bus stations in Buenos Aires and Mendoza. You should keep a close eye on your personal possessions and bags at all times. Con-men have been known to rob tourists while an accomplice pretends to help remove ketchup or mustard that has been 'accidentally' sprayed on them. Another common occurrence is the slitting of handbags in crowded places. Be particularly attentive in popular tourist areas, such as San Telmo. You should avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing ostentatious jewellery.

Kidnappings and so called 'express kidnappings' - short-term, opportunistic abductions, aimed at extracting cash from the victim - do occur in Argentina. Victims of express kidnapping are normally selected at random and held while criminals empty their bank accounts with their cash cards. Once the ransom is paid the victim is usually quickly released. It is also common for thefts to take place when withdrawing cash from ATMs. You should be alert at all times. Avoid isolated or poorly lit areas at night.

When travelling by taxi we advise that, whenever possible, you book in advance. If it is not possible to book in advance and you need to hail a taxi, you should take care only to hail a 'radio taxi'. The only noticeable difference between radio taxis and others is that they have a clearly visible company logo on the rear passenger doors of the vehicle. We advise against hailing any taxi that does not display a logo. If you are being met at the airport and you do not know your greeter, ensure you confirm their identity before accepting a lift. Alternatively use a "remise" service from the official stand in the centre of the arrivals concourse.

When travelling on local buses and trains, remain alert at all times. Pickpockets are rife. If you are robbed, you should inform the local police – a police report will be required by your insurers and by the Embassy if you need a new passport. In Buenos Aires, a 24-hour police helpline in English is available on telephone number 101, to help victims. There is also a new multi-lingual free phone number for tourist assistance: 0800 999 5000. This goes through to the Tourist Police Station.

Passports should be left in a hotel safe or security box except when being used for identification purposes such as purchasing expensive items or cashing travellers’ cheques. Keep a photocopy of the details page of your passport with you at all times. Passports are required as identification for internal flights.

See our victims of crime abroad page.

Safety and Security - Political Situation
Argentina Country Profile

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.  This has resulted in a much higher profile for the issue and an increase in the number of demonstrations outside the British Embassy and against British interests in Argentina by various activist groups in support of Argentina's position on the Falkland Islands.  There is usually a demonstration at the Embassy on 2 April each year - the anniversary of the Argentine invasion in 1982.  Demonstrations can take place at many public locations throughout Argentina.  You should avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings relating to the issue.

Despite a strong recovery, the economic and political crisis of 2001-02 has left its mark, particularly in the form of increased inequality and poverty. With around 35% of the population living below the poverty line there are occasional outbreaks of social unrest and demonstrations, which at times turn violent. You should monitor local media and avoid planned demonstrations and public gatherings.

Safety and Security - Local Travel

may occasionally encounter groups of demonstrators (piqueteros) blocking major roads into and out of Buenos Aires during times of social unrest. In such cases you should expect significant delays to your journey.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Air Travel

The departure of flights from airports in Argentina can be unreliable and susceptible to delays and cancellations. Following cancellations it can take some time for flight schedules to return to normal. Before travelling to the airport you should consult your airline or travel agent for information about flight timings.

Safety and Security - Road Travel

You need an International Driving Permit to drive in Argentina.

You should be aware that driving and road safety standards are not uniform: respect for speed limits and traffic signals is patchy and manoeuvres by fellow road users can be unexpected.  Crime against car users, particularly when stationary at traffic lights, is a problem. You should keep windows closed and doors locked at all times whilst travelling in major cities.

Care should be taken when driving in the Province of Misiones close to the borders with Paraguay and Brazil. The area is used to smuggle goods across the borders. It would be advisable to seek local advice if you intend to drive in this area.

See our driving abroad page.

You should not become involved with drugs of any kind. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to a minimum four-and-a-half year prison sentence.

See our your trip page.
Entry Requirements - Visas
British nationals do not require a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist unless you are travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. On presentation of a valid British passport you will be granted a 90-day stay in the country. To enter Argentina for any other purpose, you should contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in London.

Entry Requirements - Passport validity
You must hold a valid passport to enter Argentina. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure. You do not have to wait until your old passport expires to apply to renew it. Any time left on your old passport when you apply will be added to your new passport, up to a maximum of nine months. For passport applications in the UK, you should apply to the Identity and Passport Service.

Entry Requirements – Proof of onward travel
Immigration officials in Argentina may require you to provide proof of onward travel – e.g. in the form of a return ticket. You are advised to make all related reservations before departing for Argentina. Airlines have occasionally refused to board passengers travelling to Argentina without such reservations.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with children
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence that both parents have given permission for the journey before allowing lone parents to leave the country. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration, please contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in London.
Medical facilities are good, but can be expensive.

There is a dedicated Swine Flu page on the FCO website: Guidance on Pandemic Flu can be obtained on the UK Department of Health website:

Asthma, sinus and bronchial problems can be aggravated by the polluted atmosphere in the major cities. If you have specific conditions (e.g. diabetes) you should bring a sufficient quantity of medical supplies and medicines with you for the trip.

Dengue Fever is common to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year. The northern Argentine provinces bordering Paraguay are currently suffering from a serious outbreak (notably Salta, Jujuy, Chaco, Corrientes, Misiones and Formosa) and Bolivia has seen a particularly high prevalence of cases.  More recently cases have been confirmed in the capital Buenos Aires and the Buenos Aires province. However you may be at risk in any part of the country.  Fatalities from Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever have been reported in Paraguay and there is no vaccination or immunisation. Travellers should take extra precautions to prevent against mosquito bites. There is no vaccine to protect against Dengue Fever, and you should therefore use mosquito repellent regularly and cover up with suitable clothing to avoid being bitten. Symptoms of Dengue Fever usually begin 7 to 10 days after being bitten and include high fever with aching joints and bones and a headache. If you develop these symptoms, you should consult a doctor.

Throughout 2008 a few cases of Yellow Fever were reported in Misiones province. As a result of this, and other outbreaks in Brazil and Paraguay, the Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for those aged nine months and above travelling to the regions of Argentina bordering Paraguay and Brazil in the provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa, Salta province and to all areas of Misiones province, including Iguaçu Falls.

In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 110,000 adults aged 15 or over in Argentina were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 0.5% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. For more general information on how to do this see HIV and AIDS

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Argentina and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should check the websites of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

See our travel health page.
Natural Disasters - Flooding
Many of the northern provinces of Argentina suffer from seasonal flooding. This can lead to disruption to transport and delivery of foodstuffs.
General - Insurance
should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Check for any exclusions and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. For more general information see travel insurance.

If things do go wrong when you are overseas then see When Things Go Wrong.

General - Registration

Register with our LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency.

General - Money

ATM availability is generally good but you should not rely solely on using international debit cards bearing the Cirrus logo to access funds. You should be aware that there may be a limit on the number of withdrawals you can make per day from ATMs, and the amount you can withdraw on each occasion. Standard international charges for withdrawals may also apply. You are advised to check with your card provider before travelling. You should also ensure you carry alternative forms of payment, including a credit card (accepted in most hotels and major shops and restaurants) or travellers’ cheques, although the latter are not always accepted. US dollars are not widely accepted outside the major tourist areas for cash transactions but it is worth bringing a small supply of dollars to exchange for pesos. When exchanging money, you are advised to use only authorised bureaux de change, rather than informal traders.
General - Consular Assistance Statistics
35 British nationals required consular assistance in Argentina in the period 01 April 2010 - 31 March 2011 for the following types of incident: seven deaths; 11 hospitalisations; and 12 arrests.