Argentina is an overall safe country to visit. The most prevalent crime risks for travelers are pickpocketing, bag snatching and theft of unattended items. Violent crime is not as common but has increased, especially in Buenos Aires. If you are targeted, do not resist since criminals may be armed.
Crime rates are higher in major cities, particularly on public transportation, near transportation hubs, restaurants, at popular tourist locations and other crowded areas. Thieves may work in pairs and often use distraction techniques, such as spraying a substance on their victims and offering to clean the stain. Be wary of strangers who approach you and politely refuse any assistance if offered. In general, you should stay aware of your surroundings, keep identification and valuables in a secure location, only use indoor ATMs and avoid walking alone after dark. It is also best to arrange taxis in advance instead of hailing them on the street.
Finally, protests occur frequently and in addition to causing travel disruptions, they can lead to violence. Avoid large gatherings as a precaution and if you are caught in the middle of a protest, leave the area and be sure to follow any instructions issued by authorities.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travelers to the Argentina.
All U.S. travelers should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service offered to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the embassy as well as helps the embassy contact you in an emergency.