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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Argentina – updated 23 September 2021

Who can travel to Argentina?

Borders are closed to most foreign travelers, except native Argentines and foreigners residing in the country. Borders will be reopening gradually starting October 1 (see below). Foreign citizens, with direct relatives (spouse, parents, minor children, and adult children) who are Argentine citizens or residents, may enter Argentina for a temporary visit under exceptional circumstances if certain conditions are met. 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.

International travelers to Argentina are restricted to the following ports of entry: Ministro Pistarini Ezeiza International Airport, San Fernando International Airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Gobernador Francisco Gabrielli “El Plumerillo”, Buquebus Ferry Terminal; and the land border crossings of Paso de los Libres – Uruguayana, Sistema Cristo Redentor, San Sebastián, and Gualeguaychú – Fray Bentos.

Those who do enter Argentina must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel. Travelers are also required to present a copy of the National ID Card (DNI) of the Argentine relative, return travel reservation/tickets, and evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization and quarantine coverage for COVID-19.

In addition, all passengers arriving in Argentina will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test administered by local health officials.

  • Everyone must install the app "CuidAR" in their personal device.
  • Passengers must complete a Health Declaration form online within 48 hours prior to the trip.
  • All arriving travelers, including those who present a negative PCR test, will also be required to self-isolate for a period of 7 days.

New entry requirements announced 21 September 2021

Starting 24 September, Argentines, residents and foreigners who arrive in the country for work reasons will not be required to quarantine, as long as the traveler has proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to arrival. They will need to present a negative PCR-RT test.

As of 1 October, fully vaccinated citizens from neighboring countries will be allowed to enter Argentina without having to quarantine. They will need to present a negative PCR-RT test.

On November 1, the same rules will be extended to all fully vaccinated foreigners. All visitors would be required to have a PCR-RT test between days 5 and 7 in the country.

Those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the country, but they will be obliged to undertake a quarantine period of at least seven days.

What to expect in Argentina

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.

Masks or other face coverings are mandatory nationwide in public spaces, including public transportation and passenger vehicles.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

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Hantavirus Outbreak - January 2019

An outbreak of Hantavirus is currently occurring in four regions within Argentina:

  • North - Salta and Jujuy
  • Northeast - Misiones
  • Central - Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Entre Rios
  • South - Rio Negro, Chubut and Neuquen

What is Hantavirus?

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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16 Comments

  • Mayra Blazina said

    Hi! Thanks for the info. Do you know where can I get the most updated info regarding current situation of inbound flights and quarantine restrictions? I am from argentina currently living in the US. We have a family emergency and I am having trouble looking for what my options are to fly over there.
    Thank you!
    Mayra.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Mayra,

      The IATA is updating their flight information frequently, otherwise it might be a good idea to contact your airline. https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Alejandro senn said

    Hello.

    I am an Argentine citizen living in Chicago and was planning to travel from the first of December to the 18th. My fiancé is not an Argentine citizen. Would we both be permitted entry into Argentina?

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  • Michele MacArthur said

    Yes same question as Alejandro I am citizen with daughters and spouse us citizenship can they travel with and will we be able to return to us after helping family there?

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Michele,

      Please contact your local embassy or consulate for information, as they will be able to provide accurate advice relevant to your situation.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Diana molina said

    Hi, My in laws traveled to Argentina in Feb 2020 They live in NY. They are are both elderly . My mother is undergoing chemo (pill) what can we do to get them back home?

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  • Michel said

    Yes, good to know, but remember World Nomads insurance does not cover you for covid-related problems ... :-(

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  • Anae said

    Hi,

    I am french living in the US and i would like to travel to Argentina around dec 28th. Would i be able to enter or not? I have a french passport but no direct family there, just friends

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  • Jess said

    Hi everyone,

    my partner is Argentinian and has been stuck for a year in Argentina as travel to Spain as we understand has not been allowed. I am a UK Citizen with Spanish residency living in Spain. Can he travel to Spain from Argebtina NOW Dec 26th 2020 as a tourist?

    Please give me some advice as we have been apart for sooo long. Otherwise he will have to apply for a visa.

    Thanks so much.

    Jess xxxx

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  • Charlotte said

    I'm having the same situation as Jess, I am UK national and meant to be marrying a Argentinian national we have been cut off since March, please can you explain to me if I can go to Argentina to get married? when is the borders going to open, This is heart breaking

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  • QuaranTim said

    To people who cannot visit each other: try and find a country you can both fly to. Some Caribbean countries allow entrance from various international destinations.

    You can go there and meet each other there.

    In other cases, like when you're from Schengen and want to enter the US, you can go to a Caribbean country, stay there for 2 weeks, then continue on to the US. There are cheap AirBnbs on many of these islands.

    For most countries it's possible to find some path to see each other again finally. It might be expensive and it might be a long trip, but it's often possible. I wish you the best of luck!

    @Jess and @Charlotte, you and your loved ones can both fly to Aruba for example, which should be visa-free for Argentinians. You need a PCR test though. Please do check about re-entry into Argentina for your loved ones, to see if it's easy for them to return after that.

    There is a special exception for long-distance relationships under for example Dutch law. Spain may have a similar rule. You might run into trouble if you have UK citizenship. In the Netherlands you need EU/EER citizenship in order to use the rule so UK citizens are excluded from that since January 1.

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  • Eric said

    Are you ever going to update this page?

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  • Cecile Manning said

    Hola, I am hoping to travel to Patagonia in Dec. 2021 if the borders are open, are Expediated PCR tests available in El Chalten and El Calafate? Gracias

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  • catherine santos said

    hi am Filipino residence of the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and wanted to go to Argentina to visit my boyfriend.Are they gonna open for tourist soon?

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  • Killada Prasad said

    hi good evening, i am from India working as a catholic priest in Argentina. is there is any problem of going to India through brazil. because i have got some hours of waiting in brazil. could you please give me information.

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  • Lesley said

    As of October 1st Argentina will open it’s borders to foreign nationals. Only certain airports are designated as entry points. Will it be possible to move between airports after presenting a negative PCR test on day5-7? Example, arrive in Buenos Aires, stick around long enough to get a test as requested and then fly to Ushuaia? Thanks for the info!

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