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travel to conferences in Argentina - ICEM 2020


  • ICEM 2020 will be held in Buenos Aires 15-18th June 2020
  • Tourists can stay for up to 90 days without a visa.
  • Buenos Aires has high levels of air pollution
  • Carry a copy of your passport if you plan to use a credit card. You may need to show this to use it.

Travel medicine

  • recommended vaccines:
    • routine vaccines
    • hepatitis A vaccine
    • typhoid
    • There is a combined single shot vaccine that will protect you against hepatitis A and typhoid and it lasts a number of years
    • and for certain travelers:
      • hepatitis B if having medical procedures, tatoos or sex
      • rabies if adventure travel at risk of bat bites, etc
      • yellow fever if going to Corrientes and Misiones Provinces ie. Iguazu Falls
        • vaccine may not be recommended if you will only be travelling in certain provinces less than 2300m in elevation
        • depending on your travel itinerary you may be required to produce proof of yellow fever vaccination when returning to Australia from parts of Argentina
        • Some airlines require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to depart Argentina. Check the yellow fever requirements for Argentina and all countries you'll enter or transit through.
      • malaria if traveling to Northern part of Argentina that borders Bolivia and Paraguay (Salta Province) eg Iguazu Falls, especially in the wet season - May-August and Nov-Jan - when dengue is also a risk in these areas
      • chikungunya virus (spread to Argentina in 2016 but most cases are in Brazil, Bolivia and Colombia), zika virus (esp. in Nth Athernia such as Tucuman Province) and hantavirus (most areas of Argentina including Buenos Aires) are also endemic in various parts
      • reduce mosquito bites by wearing long, loose, light-coloured clothing and using repellents and insect proof accommodations
      • remember you can develop altitude sickness above 2500m
        • Ensure your travel insurance covers mountain rescue

Travel from Australia

  • from Melbourne
    • flight from Melbourne to Santiago, Chile:
      • usually just under 13hrs there and 14.5hrs back
        • direct flights to Santiago Wed, Fri, Sun, other days require departure from Sydney
        • direct flights from Santiago Tues, Thurs, Sat each departing around 1am
        • Qantas bookings use Latam
  • from Santiago to Buenos Aires
    • just under 2hr flights there and under 2.5hrs back
    • Latam airlines have a number of flights each day and there is really no need for business class tickets

Stop over in Santiago

  • founded in 1541 by the Spanish and lies in a 80x35km basin surrounded by mountains and this combined with thermal inversion layer, unplanned growth to over 5 million people and the smelter of the El Teniente copper mine has caused air pollution with smog settling on the city which has been problematic during winter months
  • in 2012, became the first capital city in Latin America to treat all of its municipal sewage
  • In 2010 Chile was struck by the sixth largest earthquake ever recorded, reaching 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale. 525 people died, of whom 13 were in Santiago.
  • the easternmost neighbourhoods of the city lies in a zone prone to landslides.
  • climate in June:
    • highest humidity, least sunshine hours and wettest month of the year with almost 70mm rainfall, falling on average 7 days per month
    • average temps: 3.5deg minimums and 15degC maximums

Buenos Aires

  • permanently settled by the Spanish in 1580
  • climate in June:
    • highest humidity, least sunshine hours and driest month of the year with almost 60mm rainfall, falling on average 7 days per month (summer months have twice this rainfall due to intense storms and the city is vulnerable to flooding)
    • average temps: 8deg minimums and 16degC maximums makes it similar to winter in Melbourne although wetter
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