Photo via Will Shipley

Holy Week — aka semana santa — is a widely anticipated time for many in Argentina, holding promises of seeing family, friends, getting good food and oh yes — time off of work. While today, Holy Thursday, is not an official day of government feriado, many services will be reduced in man power and hours. Read on for a list of what services will be available in Buenos Aires today, as well as the rest of Holy Week.


Open: The Emergency Medical Attention Services (SAME) Hotline (Dial 107).
Open: Emergency Rooms are open in the following hospitals: Estado Nacional, Garrahan, Posadas, El Cruce and Sommer.

Logistics, Civil Defense and Relief and Emergency Services
Open: Includes emergency hotline (Dial 103)




Open: Thursday and Saturday, standard hours.
Reduced Hours: Friday and Sunday, open 8 AM through 12 PM.

Garbage Collection

Local Branches of Municipal Departments

Closed, but online services are available.


Civil Registry
Closed: Only death registry processing.

The National Registry of People (RENAPER)
Closed: Main office.
Open: From 8AM to 8PM in fixed offices, including shopping centers and bus stations (La Plata, Retiro, Tren de La Costa and Rosario Norte)
Airports: Open 24 hours in Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery from 6 AM to 10 PM and at Francisco Gabrielli International Airport from 7 AM to 10 PM.

General Directorate of Infractions
Closed: Most services, except towed car retrieval from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Technical Vehicle Verification (VTV)

Open: Today from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Closed: Seven stations are closed Friday.

Driver’s License Registration

Driver’s Learning Track
Open: 9 AM to 6 PM.

Alcohol Checks
Functional, rotating around the city throughout the weekend.


Trains and Subte Lines
Trains: Sarmiento, Mitre, San Martín, Roca and Belgrano Sur
Subte: All lines
Normal: Thursday and Saturday
Holiday Schedule: Friday and Sunday

Thursday and Friday: General parking is permitted for vehicles on avenues, with the following exceptions: 9 de Julio, Perito Moreno, La Rábida, General Paz, Leopoldo Lugones, Intendente Cantilo, Teniente General José Luis Dellepiane, Luis Huergo, Eduardo Madero, central roads of Leandro N. Alem, Paseo Colón and Sáenz.

Thursday Only: Metered parking is normal. Prohibited sectors include spaces where parking is already not permitted during closed business days and where there is a permanent ban.

Friday Only: Metered parking is free. General vehicle parking is allowed on the right curbs of streets where parking is usually banned from 7 AM to 9 PM. Parking is still banned on streets where there is a permanent ban.

Ecobici (City Bikes)
Open: Rental for 2 hours.


Parks: Sarmiento, Belgrano (ex KDT) and Roca
Closed: Thursday.
Open: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ecological Reserve
Open: 8 AM to 6 PM

Botanical Garden
Closed: Friday.
Open: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 6:45 PM.

Closed: Friday.
Open: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, but check their websites before you go.

City Theaters
Closed: Thursday and Friday.
Open: Saturday and Sunday.