COVID-19: Argentina Travel Updates

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Updated 2nd December 2021.


LATEST ARGENTINA COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • 2nd December 2021 – Travellers from, or who have been in Africa within the 14 days prior to arriving in Argentina, must take an antigen test on arrival and must self isolate for 10 days after taking their pre-flight PCR test. On day 10, they must take another PCR test to be allowed to leave self isolation. Source.
  • 2nd November 2021 – Travellers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take a PCR test between their 5th and 7th day in Argentina. Likewise, children who are not fully vaccinated no longer need to self isolate. Source.
  • 1st November 2021 Argentina is now open for international travellers flying into Buenos Aires. Source.
  • 20th October 2021 – Argentina removed the requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to take a PCR test upon arrival. Source.
  • 1st October 2021 – Argentina opened up to fully vaccinated Brazillians. Source.
  • 25th September 2021 – Argentina to open its borders to fully vaccinated visitors from Chile and Uruguay on 1st October, then from the rest of the world on 1st November 2021. Source.
  • 21st September 2021 – “Almost all” Covid restrictions lifted as rates of both cases and deaths drop significantly. Source.
  • A bill has been introduced in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for residents. Source.
  • As of August 8th 2021, there will be an increase in the number of international flights to and from Argentina. There is no longer a ban on direct flights from the UK. Source. Source.

 See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 


Argentina Travel Restrictions (December 2021)

Can you travel to Argentina right now? SUMMARY:

Argentina allows fully vaccinated visitors from Chile and Uruguay from October 1st 2021. From November 1st 2021, the borders open to visitors from the rest of the world.

Before you enter Argentina, you will need to:

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. You will need proof of your vaccination status (if applicable) and must hold valid medical insurance which covers COVID-19.

Quarantine Period: 

Fully vaccinated travellers will not need to self isolate on arrival.

Anyone travelling from Africa will need to isolate for the 10 days after their pre-travel PCR test as well as take another antigen test upon arrival. On day 10 of quarantine, they will be required to take another PCR test before being allowed to leave isolation.

Non vaccinated travellers (excluding children) will be required to self isolate for seven days upon arrival and take a PCR test on their seventh day of quarantine. Local authorities will decide whether you need to isolate at home or in a hotel. Non vaccinated adults will also be required to take a PCR test on arrival. Children who have not been vaccinated will be asked to avoid large public gatherings for at least seven days after arriving in Argentina.

Face Masks: 

In shared spaces across Argentina, you will be required to wear a face covering. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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. 

Exemptions:

  • 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. The local authority will decide if you can isolate at the place you are staying or if you will need to enter hotel quarantine. 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: 

If social distancing rules are observed, free movement is allowed within each jurisdiction. However, public transport in some areas may only be available for essential workers and those travelling to seek medical treatment. In Buenos Aires, there are no longer any restrictions on the use of public transport.

If you are moving between jurisdictions, you must adhere to any local COVID-19 restrictions. These could include (but are not limited to) taking PCR tests and applying for a Certificado Único de Circulación which allows you to circulate.

Curfews: 

In areas that have been deemed as high risk, there is a night-time curfew in place. This runs from midnight to 6am. You can see which areas this applies to here

Public places: 

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

Resources:

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

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