COVID-19: Argentina Travel Updates

Colourful houses in La Boca, Buenos Aires

Updated 12th June 2021.


  • Argentina has banned direct flights to Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico and the UK until further notice. Source.
  • Argentina announced a 9-day lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. This lockdown was in place until the end of May. Source.

 See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 

Argentina Travel Restrictions (June 2021)

Can you travel to Argentina right now? SUMMARY:

Argentina is not currently open to tourists and its borders are closed to non-resident foreign nationals. There are exceptions, such as non-resident essential workers or family members of Argentine nationals, residents or athletes. 

Before you enter Argentina, you will need to:

No foreign nationals are currently permitted to enter Argentina. Anyone entering Argentina on the criteria above must provide negative COVID tests and complete an electronic ‘sworn statement’ form, within 48 hours of travel. The latter applies even if you are in transit to another country. 

Quarantine Period: 

Anyone entering Argentina will be required to undertake a 7-day self isolation at the place they are staying, subject to PCR testing. If you provide a positive test result at the end of the 7 days, you will be required to enter managed isolation. 

Face Masks: 

If you are out in public anywhere in Argentina, you will be required to wear a face covering.

For our recommendation of the best face masks for travel, see this post. 

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

  1. A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required for all adults and children over six no more than 72 hours before travelling. 


  • Crew members
  • If you are transiting Argentina through an international airport (less than 24 hours)
  • Those who have confirmed and recovered from COVID-19 (by lab test) within the last 90 days of your trip. You will need to show evidence of an official diagnosis and a medical certificate (issued at least 10 days after the positive test) to confirm that you have fully recovered. 
  1. If the test result is negative you will need to self-isolate for seven days once you arrive in Argentina in the place you are staying. There will be another test on the 7th day at your expense before you are allowed to leave. 
  2. If the result is positive, you’ll be required to take another test. This will determine the COVID strain and yourself, along with your close contacts will be required to enter managed isolation. This will again be at your own expense. 

If for good reason, you have not been able to take a PCR test before you travel, you must be able to present a medical certificate confirming that you have no COVID-19 symptoms. This must have been issued within 72 hours of travel. You will need to take a PCR test on arrival. 

Costs of Travel: 

Any non-resident foreign nationals who are permitted to enter Argentina must have comprehensive medical insurance. This must cover coronavirus, including the costs of self isolation (either in your own accommodation or at a managed facility) and the costs of hospitalisation. 

Internal Travel Restrictions in Argentina: 

Both use of public transport and movement between areas under different jurisdictions is restricted to permit holders of the Certificado Único de Circulación. For example, essential workers and family members of Argentine nationals.

If you are travelling into Buenos Aires, you must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival. Children under 12 are exempt but everyone else will need to book a test online. You can see the list of test locations and instructions on how to book here


In areas that have been deemed as high risk, there is a night-time curfew in place. This runs from midnight to 6pm – 6am. You can see which areas this applies to here. In the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, the curfew begins at 8pm.

Public places: 

The whole of Argentina is in a compulsory social distancing phase.


On the ground: Traveller Reports:

These reports have been taken from our South America Backpacker Facebook community

Traveller report 19th May 2021 – [I am in] Buenos Aires, borders are closed for tourists and cases keep going up everyday, hospitals bed over 70% with Covid cases. Not the time to plan a trip here and unfortunately, I don’t think it will be anytime soon.” – Mariana

Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind, a travel blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks.

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