Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
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Borders are closed to most foreign travelers, except native Argentines and foreigners residing in the country. Non-resident foreigners must present at the port of entry a letter of request that provides the necessary reason for the visit, dates of departure and return, the place where the foreigner will stay, and all other relevant information that is required.
Entry is allowed only through Ezeiza and San Fernando airports, the Buquebus terminal in Buenos Aires, and the land border crossings of Paso de los Libres – Uruguayana, Sistema Cristo Redentor, San Sebastián, and Gualeguaychú – Fray Bentos. Limited commercial flights are operating.
Until at least 9 April 2021, those who do enter Argentina must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel (children under age six are exempted), and evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization and quarantine coverage for COVID-19.
Depending on the epidemiological situation across the country, restrictions may differ depending on where you are. Follow the advice of local authorities and stay up to date as the situation changes.
Wearing a face mask in public is mandatory, even in areas that are not under quarantine.
An outbreak of Hantavirus is currently occurring in four regions within Argentina:
Hantavirus is a virus that is found in the feces, urine and saliva of infected rodents such as rats. It's transmitted to humans via rodent bites, coming in contact with rodent feces, saliva or urine and breathing in particles from rodent urine. It can also be contracted via broken skin and contaminated food and water.
Contracting the virus causes the rare Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a severe lung infection that can be fatal if left untreated.
Early symptoms (first 2-3 weeks) of the virus are fever, chills, nausea, aches and pains, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.
As the infection worsens, symptoms such as shortness of breath, increased heartbeat, rapid breathing and coughing appear.
It's vital that if you do feel unwell while traveling that you seek medical treatment immediately to ensure you are treated promptly and for the correct condition given the symptoms of Hantavirus are similar to many other conditions.
To avoid potentially contracting this disease, it's important to take precautions while traveling such as observing good personal hygiene, checking that your accommodation is clean and hygienic, eating at places that look clean and have a high turnover, only using water which has been just treated/boiled, disposing of trash properly and keeping your food well sealed to avoid rodent contamination, particularly if you are camping and hiking.
Please check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities means you won't be covered by travel insurance.
Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.
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