Official news: Argentina opens its borders to international tourists - Update

10:00 AM Sandra Gutrejde 2 Comments

Through Administrative Decision 951/2021 issued on October 1st, 2021, Administrative Decision 1064/2021 issued on November 2nd, 2021, and Administrative Decision 1316/2021 issued on December 30th, 2021, the Argentine government announced the opening of the borders to international travelers.

As of November 1st, 2021, the entry into the national territory of all non-resident foreigners from any country for tourism will be permitted, exempted of quarantine, subject to compliance with current immigration requirements and the set of health requirements listed below:

* Complete full vaccination schedule (as defined by the country of vaccination) at least 14 days before entering the country.
* Negative PCR test carried out at the country of origin within 72 hours prior to departure. If you have had COVID-19 confirmed by a lab test within 90 days of your trip you don’t need to take a PCR test before departure. Instead, you will need to show a medical certificate issued at least 10 days after being diagnosed, confirming that you have a clean bill of health.
* Foreign tourists must travel with health insurance with Covid-19 coverage.
* Minors (18 years and younger) who have Not completed the vaccination scheme are allowed to enter the country and are exempted of quarantine. Children under 6 do not require PCR before traveling.
* Travelers will have to fill out a sworn declaration stating that they comply with all the abovementioned requisites within 48 hours prior to arrival in Argentina, through this link:
Prior to the start of the trip to the Argentine Republic, the operators of means of transport - air, river and maritime - of international passengers must - without exception - verify that the passenger has declared compliance with the health requirements as described above.
Transport operators are empowered to deny boarding to those who do not meet these requirements.
Once in the national territory, the persons who enter the country must carry, during fourteen (14) days after their arrival, the documentation that accounts for the fulfillment of the sanitary requirements demanded in the preceding paragraphs.
* As of December 30th, 2021, all visitors 6 years of age and older must take a PCR Test between the 3rd and 5th day after entering the country, having to refrain during this period of attending massive events or social gatherings at indoor venues.

Additional notes:
* Antigen tests on arrival are no longer required.
* Passengers will only be allowed to enter for tourism through the designated safe corridors.
* The cost of the tests of reference will be in charge of the person who enters the country.
* Those who aren't fully vaccinated won't be allowed to enter the country for tourism reasons.
* The vaccines accepted to enter Argentina are any vaccines accepted at the country of origin.
* In the event of a positive test, both the infected person and their close contacts must comply with isolation in the places provided by the corresponding national authorities and intended for this purpose, until the safe transfer to their place of residence is made, if applicable.
* Use of masks is still mandatory in all indoor spaces, and outdoors where there are large crowds.

New requirements for travelling to Argentina from Africa (or having been in Africa 14 days before traveling to Argentina).
In addition to the above requirements, any person coming from or having been in countries of the African continent in the last 14 days prior to his/her/their entry into Argentina must:
* Report this situation in their electronic affidavit (DDJJ).
* Perform an antigen test upon arrival in Argentina.
*Undergo a 10 day mandatory quarantine (without exception).
*Take a PCR test ten days after the PCR performed prior to arrival in the country. The negative result of this PCR is a condition for the completion of the isolation.

Measures for Cruise Ship Travelers:
People who board in national territory must present a negative PCR test carried out between 24 and 48 hours before boarding. The PCR used to enter the country by another means of transport in the last 72 hours can be presented. Those who have started the trip on the cruise outside the country are exempt from taking this PCR test.
Routine testing will not be required for shore excursions. On the other hand, for the final disembarkation of the trip on the cruise ship, an antigen test will be required.
Covid health insurance coverage may be requested by the ship's operating company. In turn, it is recommended to have your own proof for your stay in the country since it must cover your stay. The criteria for children under 18 years of age will be respected.
In relation to the Requirements for the reopening of Cruises to Antarctica and Bi-oceanic Cruises, in the event of a positive case on board, the sample of the PCR test will be sent to be sequenced and the entire ship will be quarantined with isolation of all travelers and crew until the result of said sequencing is obtained. Once the OMICRON variant has been ruled out, the current definition of an outbreak that applies to ships will be maintained. If it is confirmed that it corresponds to the OMICRON variant, it will be proceed to request isolation of the entire ship following the recommendations of the national health authority.
In all cases, and except for justified health issues, the landing of positive cases will not be allowed and this will only be done with the prior intervention of the national health authority in agreement with the jurisdiction. The national health authority may order precautionary health measures on board a cruise ship or suspend them, at any time, depending on the risk of spread observed on board.

Note that all these measures will remain in place as long as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country keep decreasing or there is not a sudden surge in infection rates, so please make sure to be updated on all the current travel regulations.

Updated December 31st, 2021

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  1. Greetings Sandy,
    Thank you for this update. I'm happy to see it. The part about proof of health insurance would be one thing to give me pause. I understand it to mean that I'd need to purchase international travel insurance that specifically includes any and all treatment for the Covid virus and variants. Is such insurance available for a period of one month?

    1. Hello Geoffrey! You must have medical insurance with comprehensive cover for COVID-19, including hospitalization and the costs of self-isolation if required. I assume you will be able to purchase this kind of insurance for any length of travel from any of the travel insurance companies.