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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Buenos Aires (Argentina) General Security Awareness

Western Hemisphere > Argentina; Western Hemisphere > Argentina > Buenos Aires

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens living and traveling in Argentina that on Sunday, August 13, 2017, Argentina will conduct mandatory, open primary elections (PASO) ahead of the October midterm federal and provincial elections.  The potential for political demonstrations and protests is greater in advance of, during, and following the elections.  The potential for violence also exists.  On August 10, a package bomb injured two employees at an office of a private company that provides technical support to the election process.  U.S. citizens should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. 

In addition, the embassy reminds U.S. citizens that crime threats remain.  We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling and living in Argentina always be aware of their surroundings, maintain a high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. 

For further information:




  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, located at Av. Colombia 4300 (C1425GMN) Buenos Aires, Argentina, at (54-11) 5777-4533.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (54-11) 5777-4354.


  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).