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. 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.
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.
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.
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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