We hereby provide some useful information for your trip.
In particular, we give you some
information on how to get to Buenos Aires, how to move around the city, on currency, weather,
electricity and the neighborhood of the conference venue. For completeness, we have included the information on visas and visa processing below . If you haven't started your visa processing then it is completely unlikely that you will have it on time for the conference.
Buenos Aires city (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) is the capital of Argentina. Please do not confuse it with the province of Buenos Aires, which covers a much larger area of the country. In that regard, please notice that in some look up services it is listed by its acronym, CABA.
Most of this information has been obtained from the city government website
Buenos Aires is served by most major airlines. There are three airports that you can fly into when coming to Buenos Aires:
Most long distance buses arrive at the Retiro coach station (Terminal de Omnibus de Retiro). The station is about 3.6km away from the conference venue. For a list of buses please visit www.retiro.com.ar. There are 3 major train stations from where you can leave and enter Buenos Aires: Estación Consttución, Estación Once and Estación Retiro. They are all within city limits. The closest to the conference venue is Estación Constitución. For information on trains in Argentina, please visit: www.argentina.gob.ar/transporte/trenes-argentinos
There are regular ferry services between Buenos Aires and Montevideo and Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay. The ferry terminals in Buenos Aires are located in Puerto Madero and La Boca. The following companies run services:
As we have already mentoned, most international flights arrive at EZE, while most domestic and some regional flights do it at AEP.
Taxis are readily available at the airports. Please do not take taxis that are offered to you out loud. If you arrive at EZE, just go to a taxi booth. If you arrive at AEP just go to the taxi line outside the airport.
Private transfers (usually called “remise”) can be booked in advance or upon arrival (at Ezeiza airport you can find Tienda León and Taxi Ezeiza).
Tienda Leon also runs buses from Ezeiza airport to its base in Puerto Madero, in the center of Buenos Aires city, which is 2.8km away from the Conference venue.
Several public bus lines stop at Jorge Newbery Airport. You'll need a SUBE card to use them (ask at Jorge Newbery Tourist Assitance Center).
Some apps for transportation are also available to move into and around the city.
Buenos Aires has a large public transport network, almost 40,000 licensed taxis and a
large network of cycle lanes.
To travel by bus or metro (“subte”, as it is called in the city) you'll need a rechargeable SUBE travel card and charge it with credit. SUBE cards are available at "subte" stations, at the eight governmental 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 vendors (the map is in Spanish though).
A free bike share scheme is also available. For more information on this scheme as well as on bus and metro lines and on how to get around, please visit the website of the city government.
Buenos Aires has its own interactive map (in Spanish only), where you can check how to move around. You can also check on Google Maps.
The Conference venue is located in Puerto Madero, the youngest neighborhood of the city and a major gastronomic and business hub (for more specific information, please visit: Tourism Buenos Aires on Puerto Madero ). The venue is located very close to the financial, political and business center of the city often called “microcentro” and even closer to one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city, San Telmo, which boasts a vibrant tango and arts scene and where you can find restaurants and accommodations of all sorts (visit this link). For touristic information about Buenos Aires, please visit Tourim in Buenos Aires.
The local currency is the Argentine peso (ARS). Please notice that locally the same as the dollar ($) is used for the peso. US dollars are usually referred to using the symbol: U$S. It is easy to exchange money in Buenos Aires at casas de cambio (bureaux de change/currency exchanges) and at most banks - note that you'll need to provide identification. Local currency can also be withdrawn 24 hours a day from ATMs. Some shops, hotels and restaurants may accept cash payments in US dollars or euros. Most large shops and restaurants accept credit or debit cards. Foreign tourists are eligible to reclaim tax (VAT) on some purchases. For more information, please visit this link .
AC current outlets in Argentina are 220V, 50Hz. The standard outlet has three pins with
a layout like in China. Some sockets accommodate both the two-pin European like plugs
and the three-pin Chinese plugs (see figure):
(please visit this website for more
detailed information). Modern hotels most likely will only carry the three-pin socket.
Argentina and Buenos Aires are located in the southern hemisphere, so seasons here are at the opposite of the northern hemisphere countries. Therefore, it is the winter (and cold) period in Argentina in July.
Temperature in Buenos Aires during this month is usually lower than 15°C (59°F) and higher than 6°C (43°F).
You can visit the National Weather Forecast
Conference attendees that require a visa should have registered for the conference and requested support letters for their visa applications by April 28, 2019. Before doing so, they should have contacted the Argentinian Consulate where they were planning to present their visa application to be aware of the whole application process. We describe in what follows the whole process, even though we are not in the condition now of helping anybody that has not started this process a while ago.
We recommend you to check directly on the web-site of the National Migration Department (for English you can visit, e.g., the page of the Argentinian consulate in New York) or of the Argentinian consulate in your country of residence to find out whether you need a visa or not to visit Argentina.
For all those who have requested a visa support letter, we have already sent the letter directly to the consulate you informed us. The letters were produced complying with consulate requirements (written in Spanish, with the RENURE code, with all the relevant contact information regarding organizers, and signed by a public notary, etc.)
1) Contact the Argentine Consulate where you would be applying for a visa to understand the process that you would have to follow. You may need to arrange an appointment in advance, timed for when the consulate receives our letter of support. We suggested everybody to contact the consulate no later than March 23, 2019.
2) By April 28, 2019 you must have registered for the conference.
3) By April 28, 2019 you must have filled out a form that we provided at the time.
4) We have already sent the letters of support requested to the consulates designated by each applicant.
5) From May 10, 2019 on, you could have completed the visa application process at your designated consulate.