Useful Arrival Information

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  • We will do our best to accommodate early arrivals, but please note we cannot guarantee the availability of your hotel room when arriving on early-morning flights, since regular check-in time at most hotels is usually around 3:00pm.
  • Valuable items, such as passports, tickets, surplus cash, should be left in your hotel safe during day tours. For the rest of the time we suggest the use of a money–belt, and to always keep a watchful eye on your wallet and camera while you are in public places.
  • Although the tap-water in Buenos Aires is drinkable, we suggest that you buy bottled water.
  • Banking hours are from 10:00am to 3:00pm and shops are usually open until 8:00pm. Please note that the only official currency in Argentina is the peso ($). The $ signs stands for pesos, while USD, US$ or U$S signs represent American dollars. If you need to change your own currency into pesos we suggest doing it at banks, exchange bureaus or at your hotel. Do not exchange any money with people on the street because it is illegal. Please remember that you will be asked for your passport when you do this transaction.
  • Tipping is not compulsory, but it is customary and we encourage you to do so if you feel the service has been satisfactory. Some guidelines could be:   Per full day tour an average of U$S 20 is suggested as a tip for your local guide, and U$S 10 for your driver. For half-day tours, U$S10 and U$S 5 are appropriate for guide and driver respectively. Transfer guides and drivers are usually tipped at a rate of U$S 5. Tipping for luggage handling at hotels is usually U$S 1-2 per person. At restaurants a typical gratuity would be 10% of the total. Taxi drivers do not usually expect tips but is customary to round up the fare.
  • Bargaining is not a common practice at shops or restaurants, prices are usually fixed except for flee markets and handicraft flees. Taxis always charge the fixed price shown by the meter, located on the right hand side of the car.
  • Please do not pack any valuable items, such as camera equipment or binoculars, in your checked bags. For your flights within Argentina, you may use a small padlock for your checked baggage. Please always remember to carry a supply for your prescribed medications in your hand baggage.
  • Airlines require passengers to check-in three hours prior to departure for international flights, and two prior to departure for domestic flights. Pick-up times for transfers have been therefore scheduled taking this requirement into account. We will confirm your flights, and if there are any changes we will inform you accordingly, only in the cases you take transfers with us.images

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Traveling outside of the U.S. – Temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or ammunition abroad for hunting purposes

What is the process for a traveler temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or descargaammunition abroad for hunting or sports-related purposes?

Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States. CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost. Because of these issues, we are temporarily suspending implementation of the regulation as we work with our government partners to modify the AES system to make it more user-friendly for individual travelers. In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:

  • Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and Provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.

If you need to complete a form 4457in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.

CBP advises travelers to become familiar with the import requirements of the foreign country(s) that they may be traveling through or visiting. Those countries may have more restrictive laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms within their countries. For many countries that do allow the temporary importation of firearms, the CBP Form 4457 is required for entry of a U.S. owned firearm into their country. (Canada does not require it, but it does facilitate the temporary importation. Be sure to become familiar with Canada’s import requirements.)

Please note, if you are taking ammunition, and there is a possibility you will not use it all and would like to re-import it, your 4457 should reflect the kind of ammunition you are departing with.

Upon returning to the United States, the traveler will make a regular declaration regarding the personal effects and goods that they are carrying and ensure that they declare any firearms and ammunition. To satisfy the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives requirements for the re-importation of a firearm please refer to 27 CFR 478.115(a). The ATF regulations allow for the use of the CF 4457 upon re-importation, and does not require an approved import permit (ATF-6), provided that CBP is satisfied that the firearm was previously exported from the United States and is now being returned. To establish such proof, a bill of sale, receipt, copy of ATF Form 4473, household effects inventory, packing list, or registration on Customs Forms 4457 or 4455 may be used, if the registration form is completed prior to departure from the U.S. For military personnel, a properly executed Department of Defense Form 12521 signed by either the serviceman’s commanding officer or an authorized Customs officer may be used. The acceptability of such proof is within the purview of the Customs officials at the port of entry.