Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Government Reform Protests

The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration reportedly planned to protest government reforms is scheduled to take place December 18, in the vicinity of the National Congress in downtown Buenos Aires.  A similar protest on December 14 turned violent with protesters throwing projectiles, damaging vehicles, and burning trash receptacles and security forces responding with tear gas and rubber bullets. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive pertinent safety and security information.

For further information about security in Argentina:



  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, located at Av. Colombia 4300 (C1425GMN) Buenos Aires, Argentina, at (54-11) 5777-4533.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (54-11) 5777-4354.


  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).