Digital Nomad Argentina Guide

Digital Nomad Argentina Guide

If Argentina isn’t on your radar for the next best place to live as a digital nomad then we are about to change that REAL quick! This incredible South American country is becoming one of the most sought after nomad destinations in the world!

Why? Because it has a little bit of everything for everyone!

From the bustling capital city of Buenos Aires, to the more relaxed vibe of Mendoza and Bariloche, to the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, there is something for every type of digital nomad in Argentina.

Not only that, but the cost of living is relatively low, the locals are friendly, and English is widely spoken!

Argentina is an ideal location for a digital nomad, the internet is dependable and quick, there are many coworking spaces in the cities, as well as a great cafe culture and restaurants with outside seating where you can get some work done while eating outside during the summer months. Many people are traveling across the globe to work remotely. This opens up a lot of possibilities for networking with other digital nomads, allowing you to form a community and fully enjoy all that this life has to offer.

You can easily get from point A to B in Argentina and see the entire nation while you’re there. The public transportation is efficient and there are several ways to get around without a car including the buses, taxis, or trains that run throughout the country.

With its low cost and visa free regulations for many nationalities, Argentina opens up a world of possibilities for you. Sounds like a dream, right?! Let’s dive into some specifics when it comes to relocating to this top destination!

Argentina Digital Nomad Visa

As a result of the pandemic, like the rest of the world, Argentina had a huge hit to their tourism and has decided to focus on attracting remote employees to the country.

The government plans to create a visa and welcome digital nomads to the capital of Buenos Aires where they may take advantage of their low cost of living, large coworking community, and explore their stunning country.

Once the visa is released it will be valid for six months with the option to renew once you are in the country. This will allow you to remain in the country for a full year without exiting.

After Brazil, Argentina is the second country in Latin America to offer a digital nomad visa.

Qualifying for the visa is actually quite simple and we have outlined the details below!

The visa is only available to individuals who possess a passport from a nation that does not need an Argentine visa today. You can check out if your country is on that list on the nation’s immigration site. As of today there are 80 countries on it.

  • Cover Letter: Remember that any remote-enabled work you intend to do should be listed here.
  • Curriculum Vitae: This should include your education and training, as well as all job experience in your chosen area.
  • Valid Passport
  • Passport Photo: Have 2 passport photos attached
  • Proof of work: This will be determined by the specifics of your application. The consulate has the authority to request further documents/proof, and they are entitled to do so. Contracts, company endorsements, proof of request for services, paid billing invoices, receipts of income/fees, and tax papers are all acceptable forms of evidence. At least one reference from a business that has rendered your services.
  • Fees: $200
  • Documents must be translated into Spanish before submission.

Applying for the Argentina Digital Nomad Visa

  1. You must apply online while you are outside of the country
  2. Submit all necessary documents
  3. The Ministry of the Interior will send you an email with your proof of entry authorization after you’ve completed the two-step procedure online. When entering Argentina, you’ll show it to border control.

Argentina is really trying to make this process as smooth as possible for digital nomads and will hopefully be releasing the visa by the end of 2022!

Until then, let’s talk about your options for entering Argentina without the digital nomad visa!

So many nations are able to enter Argentina without a visa and can stay in the country for up to 90 days! This is great news as it gives you the opportunity to decide if you want to stay in the country long term!

At this moment, they do not allow visa exempt countries to renew their 90 days while they are in Argentina. So if you reach the end of your 3 month stay and want to remain in the country you will need to exit and reenter to be granted another 90 days.

A week in Brazil or Uruguay every 3 months doesn’t sound so bad right? I’m not saying it’s acceptable, but it’s a viable option that I used for a year without issue and got some great holidays out of it!

As of now, the only other way to stay in Argentina for an extended period of time is to apply for a student visa, work visa, or retiree visa.

Student Visa: You must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution in Argentina and have proof of enrollment as well as enough funds to cover your expenses while in the country.

Work Visa: You must have a job offer from an Argentine company and your employer must start the visa process for you.

Retiree Visa: You must be over the age of 55 and have proof of a retirement income that is equal to or greater than the minimum wage in Argentina. You will also need to prove that you have enough funds to cover your expenses while in the country.

While these are not ideal options for digital nomads, they are still options that allow you to stay in Argentina for an extended period of time.

Our fingers are crossed that Argentina will finalize the digital nomad visa soon and take away the hassle of entering and exiting! But until then.. we do what we gotta do!

Argentina Digital Nomad Visa

What are the best places in Argentina for Digital Nomads?

Argentina has so many landscapes that appeal to many different digital nomads.  From the mountains to the sea, there is truly something for everyone in Argentina. Many nomads land in Buenos Aires as it is one of the most popular cities in all of Latin America! However, the country is full of beautiful towns that are perfect to accommodate someone living on the go!

Here are some of my favorites!

Buenos Aires

Of course, I have to start with the capital. Like I mentioned, many digital nomads land here and really never leave. Maybe a weekend trip to another destination in the country… but BA is their home and it’s pretty easy to see why!

Buenos Aires is a bustling city with a lot to offer digital nomads. The public transportation system is excellent, making it easy to get around without a car. There are plenty of coworking spaces and cafes with good wifi, and you’ll find that most people speak English. The city is full of European architecture and has a very cosmopolitan feel. You can explore the  neighborhoods, go to the many museums and art galleries, or just relax in one of the many parks.

Best of all, the city is extremely affordable! You can easily find a nice apartment for under $400/month. I don’t know many other major metropolitan cities with prices that low.

If you are looking to get involved with a nomad community , Buenos Aires is definitely the best place to be in Argentina! There are plenty of events and meetups happening all the time making it much easier to meet a group of friends and get connected!

Mendoza

If you’re looking to get out of the city and into nature, Mendoza is the place for you. This province is located in the western part of the country and is known for its world-class wines. In fact, Mendoza produces about 60% of Argentina’s wine!

But wine isn’t the only thing Mendoza is known for. The city offers a go-with-the-flow lifestyle, with its tree-lined boulevards, art deco buildings, magnificent parks, and outstanding restaurants.

The province is also home to some of the most stunning scenery in all of Argentina. The Andes Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for the many vineyards and small towns in Mendoza. The town averages 300 days of sunshine a year with a dry climate and is an excellent starting point to explore the natural beauty of the area’s rugged terrain, snow-capped peaks, wild rivers, and canyons. There are also plenty of hot springs to relax in after a long day of working.

I know, I know, it sounds like all play and no work… which I don’t mind from time to time, but Mendoza also has plenty of coworking spaces and cafes with good wifi. My favorite spot is WHALE coworking and it is a great place to meet other nomads in the area!

Cordoba

Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina and is located in the center of the country. The city was founded in 1573 by Spanish conquistadors and has a rich colonial history. Today, the city is a bustling metropolis with a population of over 2 million people.

Cordoba is known for its beautiful architecture, vibrant nightlife, and delicious food. The city is home to many universities, so you’ll find a young and lively atmosphere. There are also plenty of places to work including coworking spaces, cafes, and even a few libraries. You will find that Cordoba has incredible infrastructure and is very easy to get around.

The weather in Cordoba is milder than other parts of the country and there are many nearby nature reserves and parks to spend your free time in. Cordoba is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding countryside. The province is known for its stunning landscapes, including the Sierras de Córdoba mountains, the Valle de Punilla valley, and the Lago San Roque lake.

Bariloche

Bariloche is a small city located in the province of Río Negro in southern Argentina. The city is situated on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi and is surrounded by the Andes mountains.

Bariloche tends to be a popular tourist destination, known for its skiing, hiking, and outdoor activities. But the city is also an excellent place for digital nomads, with plenty of coworking spaces and cafes. The internet is good and there are many English-speaking locals making it rather easy to assimilate. Bariloche can be a bit more expensive than other cities on this list but still inexpensive compared to many western countries.

If you enjoy cooler weather, this could be a great option as the weather in Bariloche can be quite chilly. If not, it’s best to visit during the summer months. The city is beautiful all year round, but the winter months can be very cold and snowy.

Make sure to check out the coliving/coworking packages at Selina hostel. A popular chain hostel in South America that brings together digital nomads from all over!

Rosario

Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina with a population of over 1.5 million people. The city is located in the province of Santa Fe on the western shore of the Paraná River and is seeing a large pop in digital nomads.

Rosario is a major industrial center and is known for its manufacturing and export industries. If you are an entrepreneur or a digital nomad looking to do business in Argentina, this city should definitely be on your radar. The cost of living is relatively low and there are many coworking spaces available.

The city also has a lively cultural scene with many museums, theaters, and festivals. The city is easy to get around and has good infrastructure. The weather is milder than other parts of Argentina and there are many parks and green spaces to enjoy.

Ushuaia

Argentina is a land of extremes, and that definitely applies to Ushuaia. This remote city in the far south of the country is the world’s southernmost city, referred to as “The end of the world.”  Ushuaia, located on the extreme north of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

It’s on a vast bay, backed by snow-capped mountains of the Marshall Range, and is a popular destination for adventure activities. It is one the best places in the world for digital nomads who want to get away from it all. The landscape here is truly stunning, with towering mountains, pristine forests, and a beautiful coastline.

The city is also home to a number of great restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as a lively nightlife scene. You will find some coworking spaces and decent internet speeds. However, it’s important to note that the cost of living in Ushuaia is higher than other parts of Argentina, and the weather can be very cold in winter.

Despite its modest size, Ushuaia is a fascinating destination to live for a bit if you enjoy exploring the great outdoors: it’s the entrance to the magnificent Tierra del Fuego National Park. There are also several other ways to get involved in the city. The Museo del Fin del Mundo and the Museo Mundo Yamana are two of the eccentric museums in the city.

best places in Argentina for Digital Nomads

When is the Best time of year to visit Argentina

Argentina has one of the most diverse landscapes across the globe, with a wide range of climate zones. From the peaks of Patagonia to the jungles of the north, the country has a lot to offer throughout the whole year.

The best time to visit Argentina depends on what you want to see and do. For example, if you want to experience the country’s world-famous wines, then the best time to visit is during the grape harvest season from February to March.

If you want to go trekking in Patagonia, the best time to visit is during the summer months from December to February.

In general, the best time to visit Argentina is during the spring (September-November) or autumn (March-May) when the weather is milder and there are fewer crowds. These times are considered the shoulder season , so you may be able to find some great deals on accommodation and flights.

Since there is such a variety of climates and activities let’s break it down by expenses and regions.

The high season in Argentina falls between December and February, as this is when European and North American tourists escape the cold weather at home. This is also the summer season in Argentina, so expect higher temperatures and more crowds.

However, since this is the peak season, accommodation and flights will be more expensive. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to avoid travel during this time.

The low season in Argentina is between March and November. This is the country’s winter, so temperatures will be cooler, especially in the south.

Because it is the low season this is also a great time to visit Argentina if you’re on a budget. Like I mentioned before, you’ll find cheaper accommodation and flights, and there will be fewer crowds.

Argentina is a huge country and it is hard to cover everything in a short amount of time due to certain areas being perfect for travel, while others just simply aren’t.

So what regions are the best to visit at certain times? Let’s see!

North Argentina

The north is characterized by hot, humid weather and has a tropical climate. This region is home to the Iguazu Falls, which are some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. These are a “can’t-miss” in Argentina and you won’t believe your eyes when you see these falls!

The best time to visit this region is during the summer months from December to February when the weather is hottest, but thankfully with the tropical climate it is a year round destination!

Central Argentina

The central region of Argentina is known for its mild climate and beautiful scenery. This area is home to the city of Buenos Aires, which is the capital of Argentina. The best time of year to visit Buenos Aires is during the spring (September-November) or autumn (March-May) when the weather is milder and there are fewer crowds. From December-February prepare for lots of tourists as well as hot days!

The central region is also home to some of the country’s best wines. If you want to experience the Argentine wine scene, then the best time to visit is during the grape harvest season from February to March

If you visit Buenos Aires during the low season, be sure to pack your raincoat as downpours can come at any time! The weather is still nice, but nighttimes can get pretty cold, too!

Mendoza, which is also located in Central Argentina has a Mediterranean climate, ideal for traveling all year round. If you are a wine enthusiast, you are in luck, the central region is also home to some of the country’s best wines. If you want to experience the Argentine wine scene, then the best time to visit is during the grape harvest season from February to March.

South Argentina

The south of Argentina is known for its cold, windy weather. This region is home to the city of Ushuaia, which is the capital of Tierra del Fuego. The best time to visit this region is during the summer months from December to February when the weather is warmest. Because days are longer this time of year, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore glaciers and drifting icebergs.

In the winter, July and August are typically extremely chilly, with facilities occasionally closing down, and flights frequently canceled. It is quite the risk to travel south during these months and I don’t recommend going at this time of year.

During the shoulder months of September, April, and May it really comes down to luck. You will find a wide range of weather conditions and maybe it is the perfect day for trekking or maybe it is freezing cold. Just make sure to be prepared with a heavy coat.

If you plan on heading to Patagonia while in Argentina, which you should!  The best time to visit is during the summer months from December to February. This is when you’ll find the best weather for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, and kayaking.

The south of Argentina is an amazing place with a lot to offer, but it is important to be aware of the challenges that come with traveling to this region. Be sure to pack your warmest clothes and be prepared for cold, windy, and sometimes unpredictable weather conditions.

I hope this gives you a better idea of what regions to visit in Argentina and when the best time to travel there is! No matter when you go or where you go, you are sure to have an amazing time in this beautiful country.

Best time of year to visit Argentina

What is the cost of living in Argentina

You can find a plethora of reasons to base yourself in Argentina — the beautiful range of natural beauty, the laid-back family-oriented way of life, the European flavor of many of its lovely cities, and its visa free entry for many countries. However, one of the most appealing draws for relocating here is simply how cheap it is.

Living expenses in Argentina are typically 50 to 60 percent cheaper than in the United States. And if you decide to live and rent long term here, the news is even better: apartment rentals throughout Argentina are on average 75% less expensive than what you’d pay at home. Considering the fact that apartment prices are skyrocketing in most major cities this is an incredible option for many people!

Other daily expenses, including going out to eat, enjoying a cocktail, and public transportation, are all significantly lower in Argentina compared to the United States… You’ll find more methods to save money by living like a local as you get to know Argentine culture better.

For example, locals typically have their main meal, la comida, in the middle of the day around 2 pm and then have a lighter dinner, merienda, later in the evening. This means that you can save money by eating a larger lunch and skipping dinner altogether or just grabbing something small from a local eatery.

Thankfully in Argentina, going out to eat won’t break the bank, but eating in will definitely help you save money and stay on budget. In Argentina’s cities, you can find practically any type of food that you desire. When looking for groceries, keep in mind that the best deals are often found at local farmers’ markets rather than in the big name brand supermarkets.

Visit the local fish, meat, and produce markets early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to indulge in what I consider one of Argentina’s greatest pleasures. you can grab 2 shopping bags and load them up with as much fresh fruit and vegetables you can carry and all for less than $20.

Since you are working, you will need to consider the costs of your mobile office, internet bill, and if you want to join a coworking space.

The internet speed and quality in Argentina has been steadily improving over the past few years, but it’s still not great. The average download speed in the country is 13 Mbps which isn’t too shabby, but compared to other countries in South America it falls a bit short.

One of the best things that you can do to improve your internet speed and quality is to get a VPN. A VPN will encrypt your data and help you bypass any internet restrictions that may be in place in Argentina.

If you plan on working online while in Argentina, it’s important to have a backup plan for when the internet goes out, which it inevitably will at some point. Make sure to have an offline work option or plan to take a few mini-vacations to countries with better internet!

In general, internet service is half as expensive as in the United States, however this varies greatly depending on location and connection quality. Expect slow speeds in Patagonia’s remote areas or in the mountains. If your apartment does not come with internet you can buy a plan and have it installed for around 20 USD a month. Speeds at this price average 300 mbps with steady connections.

A typical monthly utility bill for an 85-square-meter Argentinian city apartment (heating, cooling, water, electricity, and waste collection) averages around $90 which is about $60 to $75 less than in most cities in the United States.

If you are looking to use some coworking spots (which I recommend!), the prices on these greatly vary by location as well as what you will need. If you don’t need much, you can rent a desk in a coworking space for as little as $43 a month. Or if you like peace and quiet as well as room to pace without judgmental eyes, grab a private office for around $230 a month.

Now, you didn’t move to Argentina to just work, cook, watch netflix, and sleep! You gotta throw in some spice, adventure, and late nights out-and-about into that budget! Let’s talk about recreational costs!

Your best bet is to explore everything that Argentina has to offer on foot or by public transportation. Taking the bus or subway will only set you back a few pesos, and walking is always free. However, if you want to venture outside of the city or go on longer hikes, you’ll need to take a bus or train.

A one-way ticket on a long-distance bus in Argentina costs an average of $13, while a train ticket averages $16. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling, it might be worth it to invest in a ten-ride bus pass, which costs around $60.

Argentina is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world, and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore. If you love hiking, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Argentina. Some of the best hiking trails can be found in Los Glaciares National Park, Tierra del Fuego National Park, and Ischigualasto Provincial Park.

Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park costs around $30 for foreigners, while entrance to Tierra del Fuego National Park costs around $22. If you want to explore Ischigualasto Provincial Park, you’ll need to purchase a special permit, which costs around $80.

If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, Argentina also has plenty of opportunities for birdwatching, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Birdwatching tours in Argentina typically cost around $60 per person, while horseback riding and mountain biking tours often cost around $100 per person.

No matter what your interests are, you’ll be able to find plenty of ways to stay entertained in Argentina. And, with a little bit of planning, you can do it all without breaking the bank.

If you prefer to stay active indoors, you can grab a gym membership for around $40 a month, which gives you access to most of the fitness facilities in the city. Try out a yoga class for as little as $7 dollars a day and for those of you who are looking for something a little more exciting, there are plenty of indoor rock climbing gyms in Argentina, with prices starting at around $12 per day.

After all that working and exploring, you’re gonna want to meet up with a friend on a night out! Buenos Aires has some of the best nightlife in South America and going out in Argentina doesn’t have to be expensive, making it that much better. A beer at a bar will only set you back a few dollars, and you can find plenty of cheap places to eat, as well. If you want to experience some of the local nightlife, there are plenty of clubs and bars to choose from, with cover charges typically ranging from $5 to $10.

Argentina is one of the best countries for those on a budget as there are plenty of free and cheap things to do. With a little bit of planning, you can easily stick to your budget and still have an amazing time. If you have a larger budget, you can live a life of luxury while still saving some money!

Why is Argentina a great place for Digital Nomads to work remotely?

There are a number of reasons why Argentina is a great place for digital nomads to work remotely and trust me, you will soon be convincing all of your friends to move here with you!

Here are the top reasons to call this place home!

Nature

Argentina is a nature lover’s paradise. From the stunning scenery of Los Glaciares National Park to the rugged mountains of Tierra del Fuego, there is something for everyone. And, with so many outdoor activities to choose from, you’ll never get bored.

You can spend your days hiking, birdwatching, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. And, because Argentina is such a large country, you’ll never run out of new places to explore.

It can be easy to get sucked into working so much that you forget to enjoy the outdoors, but Argentina will make sure you take some time to appreciate nature.

Low Cost of Living

Argentina is one of the most affordable countries in South America. And, while the cost of living has been on the rise in recent years, it is still very cheap compared to other countries.

For example, a meal at a mid-range restaurant will only cost you around $10, and a beer will set you back less than $5. You can also find plenty of cheap places to eat, with many street vendors selling food for less than $3. If you’re on a tight budget, you can easily stick to your budget and still have a great time.

Many nomads will be able to live a comfortable life in Argentina on a budget of less than $1,500 per month. This is perfect for those that are wanting to save money without giving up any of the luxuries they are used to in Western countries.

Culture

Argentina is a great place for digital nomads that want to immerse themselves in the local culture and meet new people. It is a culturally rich country with a diverse history. From the European influences of Buenos Aires to the indigenous cultures of the north, there is much to explore. And, because Argentina is such a large country, you can spend months here and still not see everything.

The people of Argentina are also incredibly friendly and welcoming. You’ll quickly make friends and feel like you’re part of the community. Although many people wouldn’t recommend learning Spanish in Argentina as the accent can be a bit funky, it is a great place to practice and take some classes!

Internet Connection

One of the most important things for digital nomads is a strong and reliable internet connection. And, Argentina has some of the best internet in South America. While you will find that speeds can vary depending on where you are in the country, it is generally quite good.

Additionally, there are plenty of places to work from in Argentina. Whether you’re looking for a coworking space, a coffee shop with good wifi, or just a quiet place to work from your hotel room, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for.

Conclusion

Argentina is quickly becoming a hotspot for digital nomads! Known as one of the most popular destinations for tourism, it is easy to see why many people are choosing to stay and build a life here.

With a low cost of living, stunning scenery, and a rich culture, there is much to love about Argentina. And, with so many opportunities for adventure, you’ll never get bored.

Argentina is perfect for all different types of nomads! Whether you’re looking to enjoy the capital Buenos Aires or get away from it all in the beautiful countryside, you will not be disappointed, I assure you.

With all that being said, what are you waiting for? Grab your passport and get here before everyone else discovers all that Argentina has to offer digital nomads!

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