Dealing with emergency situations in Argentina

Hello everybody,

Dealing with unexpected situations abroad can be a very difficult matter. In order to better help expats and soon-to-be expats in Argentina face such tricky situations, we invite you to share your advice and experience.

What are the key emergency numbers you should know by heart?

In the event of a legal problem, an accident, a natural disaster, an injury or the death of a close family member, what are the first things to do in Argentina?

What are the things to plan ahead in order to better cope with such unexpected situations (registration at the Embassy, transport, medical, comprehensive insurance for instance)?

If you have gone through such experiences in Argentina, do not hesitate to share your story.

Thank you in advance!



Regarding an emergency situation in which you have to call 911 (or Argentina's equivalent) is a bit of a rude shock!

For starters, emergency services like ambulances take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes to arrive. In some cases  they don't arrive at all. The common excuses are ... it was a bad neighborhood, we didn't get the call, we didn't deem it an emergency, etc.

If you've been in a motorcycle related accident, they rarely come, stating that they are fed up with people who don't wear helmets.

Taxis are afraid to take you if your medical emergency is visible like a broken bone, bleeding and even if you're going into labor because they're afraid of getting sued if you die or suffer even further injury while onboard. Buses tend to go on strike with very little warning. Your best option is to own a car and just drive the person in the emergency situation to the hospital.

You can also pay for a private emergency response service.

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