Argentina Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Argentina – updated 16 November, 2020

Travel to Argentina

Borders are closed to most non-resident foreign travelers, except nationals and resients of neighboring countries, who are only allowed to enter via the Port of Buenos Aires (Buquebus Terminal) and through Ezeiza International Airport in the Province of Buenos Aires. Regular international commercial flights remain suspended.

  • Argentinian nationals and residents returning from overseas must undergo 14 days of self-isolation and monitor symptoms
  • Nationals and residents of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay traveling for tourism to the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires are eligible to enter, and must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more tha 72 hours before arrival and obtain medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs
  • Everyone must install the app "CuidAR" in their personal device
  • Passengers must now also complete a Health Delcaration form online within 48 hours prior to the trip.

It remains unclear when commercial flights for tourism purposes will resume. We will update this travel alert when official information becomes available.

What to expect in Argentina

Argentina remains under quarantine measures until 29 November. 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.

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

In early March, we spoke to Rosie Bell, a freelance travel writer covering Latin America, to see what the situation was like in Buenos Aires.

“I arrived in Buenos Aires on 4 March before lockdown, when the bars and parrillas (steakhouses) were still full of hungry punters. The weather was glorious and it was business as usual. Fast forward to 1 April, and I haven’t been outside in 11 days. We are currently only allowed to leave our homes to buy essentials like food and medicine, and dog walking is fine too. I feel for any travelers outside the capital who’d like to go home. The domestic airport and long-distance buses shut down a while back. No inbound travel to Argentina is permitted and there are currently only a handful of flights leaving the country (to Panama, Chile and Brazil).

Argentina has extended its mandatory quarantine from 31 March until 12 April so I’ll be paying many more visits to my balcony, a place that’s very familiar to me now. My apartment is right behind a preschool and not hearing the children each morning feels eerie. Spirits are high, however. In my neighborhood, there’s a man who plays karaoke every evening at 6.15pm. He has an amazing sound system and performs three songs before calling it a day, and he gets riotous applause each time. I’d love to know where and who he is, thank him for the good times and maybe give him a hug. I can’t wait for those days.”

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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 which 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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7 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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