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*Borders and travel: Argentina’s borders are closed to non-resident foreign nationals. Some exceptions apply to this rule. Exemptions may be granted by the Argentine Migrations Office, such as for non-resident essential workers, family members of Argentine nationals or residents and sportspersons. If you believe you might fall into one of these categories, you must contact the Argentine Migrations Office (Migraciones) to seek approval for you trip.
All travellers who are authorised to enter Argentina must comply with the requirements set out below.
All travellers to Argentina (including those in transit to another country) must fill in an electronic ‘sworn statement’ form within 48 hours of travelling.
All travellers to Argentina (children under 6 are exempted) must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travelling, unless you are: a crew member, transiting the country through an international airport for less than 24 hours; or have had coronavirus confirmed by a lab test within 90 days of your trip. If you have had coronavirus confirmed by a lab test within 90 days of your trip you don’t need to take a COVID-19 PCR test again. Instead, you will need to show evidence of your diagnosis and a medical certificate issued at least 10 days after being diagnosed, confirming that you have a clean bill of health.
If, for justified reasons, you cannot take a COVID-19 test before travelling, you must present a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travelling confirming that you do not have COVID-19 related symptoms and you must take a PCR test upon arrival. If this applies to you, check in advance with your airline to ensure you will be allowed to board the aircraft.
From 27 March, all travellers to Argentina must take a COVID-19 test on arrival. If the test is negative you must self-isolate for 7 days in the place you’re staying. You will have to take a further test on the 7th day of your self-isolation. You must pay for all tests. If the test is positive you will have to take a second test to determine the strain you’re carrying and you and your close contacts will have to enter managed isolation. You will have to pay for all tests as well as for your stay at the managed quarantine facility.
All non-resident foreign nationals with authorisation from the Argentine Migrations Office to enter the country must have medical insurance with comprehensive cover for coronavirus, including hospitalisation and the costs of self-isolation if required. Internal Restrictions:
*Moving around in Argentina: From midnight on 21 May and until midnight on 30 May, as well as the weekend of 5-6 June, alljurisdictions deemed high risk by the authorities, including the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), will re-enter a phase of strict quarantine. You must stay in your accommodation and can only go out for essentials in your neighbourhood between the hours of 6am and 6pm.
Jurisdictions not deemed high risk by the authorities remain in a phase of mandatory social distancing. The restrictions imposed may vary from place to place and might include curfews.
In all parts of Argentina you must cover your nose and mouth with a face mask or other garment whenever you go out in public. Movement between jurisdictions and the use of public transport are restricted to essential workers and other few exceptions. Those who qualify need a valid permit to circulate, known as a “Certificado Único de Circulación” which you must carry with you at all times. You must make sure to provide full details of your circumstances in the “Observations” box including:
• details of your confirmed international flight if leaving Argentina
• details of the hospital if you are travelling for medical treatment
• details of your company/employer if travelling as an essential worker
• details of your Argentine or resident family member if you are travelling to reunite with your family
You should check what measures apply in your location and any other location you might qualify to travel to or transit through in the Ministry of Health website (in Spanish). You could be subject to a financial penalty if you do not abide by local regulations.
All arrivals into the City of Buenos Aires must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving. Online booking is required. Children under the age of 12 are exempted. Full details on this requirement including information on where you can take the test and how to book are available in the City of Buenos Aires website (in Spanish).