Cigna International Medical Insurance Argentina

Cigna Global Medical Insurance for; expatriates, global families, executives and employees on foreign work assignment, international students and faculty studying and teaching abroad.


  • Long Term  (6 months & longer):  Global families, Expatriates, Multinational Executives and Employees, extended vacations etc.
  • Short-Term  (few days up to 6 months)  Vacations, business trips, short-term global travel.
  • Students  International Students & Faculty – Inbound or Outbound (F-1 & J-1 Visa).
  • Vacation Insurance  Medical coverage with; trip cancellation, trip delay, lost/damaged luggage, cancelled vacation reimbursement.

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Moving to Argentina: Country Guide

With its beaches and barbecues, mountains and architecture, Argentina has more than enough to offer to keep any expat free from boredom for the entire length of their stay. Whether you are living in the bustling cities of Argentina or on the serene coast of the country, this expat guide offers you expert advice about your upcoming expat experience. In this guide everything will be covered from climate and weather to emergency situations; so that you will be prepared to start your Argentinian adventure!

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Quick facts

  • Capital: Buenos Aires
  • Population: 43 million
  • Major language: Spanish
  • Major Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, 2% Protestant, small Muslim communities.
  • Currency: Peso (ARS, AR$)
  • Time zone: UTC/GMT -3 hours
  • Emergency numbers: 101 (police), 100 (fire), 107 (medical emergencies), 911 (general emergencies in Buenos Aires City and Province)
  • Electricity: 220-240V, 50Hz, AC
  • Drives on the: Right

Retire in Argentina …

Buenos Aires has a number of neighborhoods (barrios) hospitable to expats, among them Belgrano, Palermo, Puerto Madero, San Telmo, and Retiro (apt name!). Palermo is a super-chic neighborhood of cafés and movie houses; Hollywood uses it as a location, and it’s home to TV and movie companies. Rents in these neighborhoods can start at $700 a month and up, with spacious furnished apartments going for $2,000 a month. Though houses in these districts can be among the most expensive in Buenos Aires, you can still find bargains for $120,000.

With its unique location in South America and its tropical climate, Argentina is becoming quite the appealing destination for retirement. With a similar culture to Europe, Argentina is the perfect location for those who cannot afford Europe’s high cost of living.

As a foreigner settling in Argentina, your savings will go a long way in the country’s evolving economy. Argentina’s low cost of living makes it an appealing location for retirement.

Visas …

Once you’ve settled on the idea of moving to Argentina to work or retire, you will need to take the necessary steps to ensure that you have the correct visas ready prior to your departure. This documentation process can take some time, so be sure to plan ahead!

To start, as a future expatriate working in Argentina, you will most likely apply for a tourist visa. This type of visa allows you to be in the country for 30 to 90 days, depending on your country of origin. Be sure to consult with your nearest consulate to figure out which visa is the best for your journey to Argentina.

To be considered for an Argentine Visa you will need the following documents:
·    Valid passport,
·    Three passport photographs
·    Itinerary of your trip
·    Documentation of a booked return flight
·    Three months’ bank statements
·    Invitation from the company you will be working for in Argentina
Some individuals do not need a visa depending on their country of origin. Check with the closest Argentine consulate to find out if you require a visa before working in Argentina.

Schools …

The Argentine education system is divided into multiple levels including pre-primary, kindergarten, primary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Children are not required to attend pre-primary school; however, education is available for students starting at age 2. At age 5, it is mandatory for students to attend a year of kindergarten, also referred to as educación inicial. Starting at age 6, students begin primary school. During this stage of compulsory schooling, parents can choose for their children to attend 6 years of primary education and 6 years of secondary education or 7 years of primary school followed by 5 years of secondary school. Following secondary school, students are encouraged to pursue further education at one of Argentina’s state universities.

Argentine public school systems are compulsory and free for those living in the country. However, most of these public schools are taught in Spanish. If your child does not speak Spanish fluently, you may wish to enroll him or her in an international school. These schools provide education to expat children in a variety of languages, depending on the school.

Scattered throughout Argentina, there are international schools for children who speak Italian, Japanese, German, French, or English. Although these specialized schools require additional tuition payments, they allow for a smooth transition for foreign children starting school in Argentina for the first time. Before moving to Argentina, research the education opportunities for your children closest to the area you will be relocating.

Private Medical Insurance

While having private health insurance isn’t essential, it may be best for you to purchase your own plan while working abroad. As an expatriate in Argentina, if you wish to be covered under Argentine public health insurance, you are required to show your identification documents. While public health care provides free service at public medical institutions, the waiting lists to obtain government-funded health services is extremely long. Many expatriates choose to take out private health insurance instead.

Regardless of where you enrol in health insurance, it is crucial for you to have it. Without the proper coverage treatments, procedures, and visits to the hospital will earn you out-of-pocket expenses.

Quotes ..

  • Long Term  (6 months & longer):  Global employees, expatriates, Multinational Companies, global families etc.
  • Short-Term  (few days up to 6 months)  Vacations, business trips, short-term global travel.
  • Students  International Students & Faculty – (F-1 & J-1 Visa).
  • Vacation Insurance  Medical coverage with; trip cancellation, trip delay, lost/damaged luggage, cancelled vacation reimbursement.

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