The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires informs U.S. citizens that the 11th biennial World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference is scheduled to take place December 10-13, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Road closures, hotel room shortages, and restricted movement in the vicinity of Puerto Madero, the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK), the University of Buenos Aires School of Law (Av. Figueroa Alcorta) and possibly other parts of the city are anticipated during the conference. The downtown area will see up to 5,000 official WTO delegates leading to increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic. As with past WTO Ministerial Conferences, protests, rallies, and demonstrations could occur with little notice. All large public events, such as the WTO Conference, can be a target for demonstrations and protests.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive pertinent safety and security information.
For further information about security in Argentina:
- See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Argentina’s Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires located on Av. Colombia 4300, Buenos Aires, at (54-11) 5777-4533 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (54-11) 5777-4354.
- Call the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Citizens Services at 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).