December 4, 2023

Argentina is without doubt one of the few nations that tries artificially controlling the overseas alternate charge and has utterly failed.

There may be an official alternate charge that you should utilize to transform currencies to native pesos, however you can’t use the official charge to transform pesos to foreign currency, and this has created an unlimited black market known as Dolar Blue.

You can’t get money from the native ATMs utilizing a aggressive charge, however solely the official one which presently (April 21) sits round 1 USD = 218 ARS.

When you use a foreign-issued bank card to pay, nevertheless, you get a semi Blue Charge of round 395 pesos per USD (Visa calculator), when the Dolar Blue charge is 432 pesos per USD.

Your resort prices are tax exempt (21%) should you use a overseas bank card to settle, so that you now not have to alternate USD to ARS to save lots of on lodging, because the VAT financial savings are extra important than the unfold between the Blue Greenback and the overseas bank card alternate charge.

I don’t normally recommend anybody use a Western Union, however in addition they supply a handy service if choosing up ARS at a aggressive charge and funding it utilizing a credit score or debit card.

Cash Alternate in Buenos Aires

The “official” exchanges both don’t present alternate charges or the official ones with a greater charge for vacationers.

You shouldn’t use them; you will get a a lot better charge elsewhere.

Simply stroll round Calle Florida, and each few meters, there’s a individual or two providing overseas alternate companies, primarily from {dollars}, euros, or reais to Argentinean Pesos.

You must at all times verify the most recent alternate charges for Blue Dolars, and a number of other web sites are monitoring them (you possibly can entry a few of them right here, right here, right here, and right here).

You decide up one of many individuals and begin to negotiate. In case your payments are crisp $100 ones, you need to get near the blue greenback charge proven on one of many web sites.

You then stroll together with your handler to one in all these “unlawful” exchanges everywhere in the middle, normally in an unmarked store.

You hand them your {dollars}, and shortly the cash-counting machine goes by the stack of notes you’ll find yourself with. I’ve by no means been given an incorrect quantity or faux notes from these locations. I didn’t alternate my $20 notes, as the speed supplied for them was not good, and it was a smart selection.

I didn’t get by the 158,000 ARS from the primary alternate, and the ARS devalued over the week in opposition to the greenback by 8%.

The restaurant invoice above would have been $160 utilizing the official alternate charge, $97 by settling utilizing a overseas bank card, or $89 utilizing ARS from the Blue Dolar alternate.

Earlier Dolar Blue Protection:


The alternate charge of USD to ARS was 1 to three after I was in Argentina for the primary time, and now it’s 1 to 427. The present largest be aware (1,000) is quickly value $2, and the five hundred peso one a buck. You want stacks of notes to pay for any important bills.

Unsure why the nation’s authorities has this foolish follow in place. Who do they consider they’ll mislead by having basically an alternate charge no one makes use of after which these Blue Dolar and overseas bank card ones?

It’s glorious you can now pay resort bills utilizing a foreign-issued bank card and do higher than the blue charge as a result of the 21% VAT is waived. You solely have to convey money to cowl different bills. This protects you round 10% to fifteen% over paying utilizing a card, so long as these two charges transfer hand in hand.

I’ll replace you about utilizing a bank card to pay in Argentina and the way this additionally impacts incomes factors for resort stays when all these prices have cleared and stays posted.