Safety in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, in comparison with other South American Capitals, is still a safe city. It is possible to enjoy long walks through the city both during day and night. Public transportation is available 24 hours a day, streets and parks are well-lit and bars, restaurants and shops with large influx of local public and tourists are open until late at night.

Neighborhoods such as Retiro (Plaza San Martín), Recoleta, Palermo and Belgrano (Las Cañitas, La Imprenta), are residential and safe areas, very active daytime and a lot of nightlife.

However, tourists are always an easy target and it is important to keep some basic safety rules in mind to prevent bad times:
  • Always walk around with as little money, jewelry and documents as possible: international credit cards are accepted in most bars, restaurants and shops. Do not take your passport with you. Avoid using jewelry and watches
  • If for any reason you must take a lot of money, do not carry it along with the money used for routine expenses
  • Keep purses and backpacks in a safe place. When sitting in a bar, restaurant, bus or subway, do not leave your belongings on a chair or hanging loose in an empty chair beside you
  • Take a Buenos Aires Home & Business card together with your documents so someone can contact us in case you lose them
  • Avoid delays when entering your apartment. Separate keys before you arrive at the door of the building, look around before opening it and do not enter the building if you suspect that someone is following you
  • Always check the peephole of the door before going out or opening the door
  • Do not write names, addresses or phone numbers on your set of keys. If you loose them, someone may enter your apartment following the address
  • Always close the doors and windows of the apartment when you leave even for a short while
  • Always use the safe in the apartment to store jewelry, money and documents
  • Avoid walking around on dark or empty streets during the night
  • Whenever possible, order a taxi by phone instead of taking one that is passing by on the street. They both have the same fare but Radio Taxis are safer
  • Before taking a taxi, make sure you have pocket money with you. Avoid showing bills larger than $ 20 on public transportation
  • Do not exchange money on the street. Always use authorized exchange brokers or banks
If you unfortunately have a bad experience while in Buenos Aires, please use the following contacts:

  • Tourist Ombudsman: abuse or discrimination. Phone: 4302 7816, address: Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1835 (Museo de Bellas Artes "Quinquela Benito Martín"), La Boca, e-mail turista@defensoria.org.ar .Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
  • Tourist Police Station: for crimes, burglary, theft, loss, assistance in case of extraordinary procedures for embassies or consulates. There are interpreters in English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Japanese and Ukrainian. Address: Av. Corrientes 436 Phone: 0800 999 5000 / 4346 5748, mail: turista@policiafederal.gov.ar
Taking the common precautions as on any trip, we are sure you will enjoy our city without any inconvenience!