Official news: Argentina opens its borders to international tourists

6:53 PM Sandra Gutrejde 0 Comments

Through the Administrative Decision 951/2021 issued on October 1st, 2021, the Argentine government announced the gradual opening of the borders to international travelers.

As of October 1st, 2021, fully vaccinated residents of bordering countries, who have remained in their country of origin for 14 days prior to their arrival, with the full vaccination schedule completed 14 days prior, can enter Argentina for tourism purposes, and are exempt from quarantine. They must present a negative PCR test taken at origin within 72 hours; take and antigen test on entering the country, and another PCR test between the fifth and seventh day of entry - provided they are still in the country.

From October 19th (14 days after our country achieved coverage of 50% of the population fully vaccinated), those who enter the country having completed the vaccination schedule, shall be exempt from performing the antigen test.

Those who test positive must remain isolated in the provincial facilities provided for that purpose for a period of 10 days, or whichever is longer as defined by the province in its protocol.

Minors who have not completed the vaccination scheme but who are in the company of adults complying with this condition, may enter the country, having to remain in quarantine for 7 days, and undergo a PCR on day 7 of their arrival to the country which result must be negative in order to finalize with the quarantine.

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

Have completed the full vaccination schedule at least 14 days before entering the country.

Negative PCR test at origin carried out within 72 hours prior to entry and another PCR between the fifth and seventh day after entering the country.

People vaccinated with a complete scheme and tested - according to paragraphs above - that are negative, will be exempted from quarantine. Those who test positive must remain isolated in the provincial facilities provided for that purpose for a period of 10 days, or whatever results higher as defined by the province in its protocol.

Minors who have not completed the vaccination scheme but who are in the company of adults who comply with this condition, may enter the country, having to remain in quarantine for 7 days and undergo a PCR on day 7 of their arrival to the country, which result must be negative in order to finalize with the quarantine.

Additional notes: 

* For the time being passengers will only be allowed to enter for tourism through the following secure corridors:

Ezeiza International Airport
Jorge Newbery Airport
San Fernando Airport
Mendoza Airport
Puerto Iguazú Airport
Ushuaia Airport and Ushuaia Port (from October 20th 2021)
Buquebus Ferry Terminal
Colonia Express Ferry Terminal
Land crossing between Puerto Iguazú and Foz de Iguazú (Brazil)
Land crossing Cristo Redentor Pass between Mendoza and Chile.

* The cost of the tests of reference will be in charge of the person who enters the country.

* Those who aren't fully vaccinated can only enter the country for esencial reasons (not for tourism), must undergo at least a week of quarantine, and are also required to take the PCR test 7 days after their arrival.

* The vaccines accepted to enter Argentina are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sputnik, Sinopharm. Travelers will have to fill out a sworn declaration stating that they are fully vaccinated on arrival at immigrations.

* Foreign tourists must travel with health insurance with Covid-19 coverage.

* The daily quota of travelers allowed to enter the country will be subject to the vaccination rates and will be increased in a progressive manner. Between October 1st and October 3rd, 2,300 daily passengers; between October 4th and October 10th, 21,000 weekly passengers. From October 11th to October 19th, 28,000 passengers per week. After this date the restriction of quota will be eliminated.

* Use of masks is still mandatory in all indoor spaces, and outdoors when there are large crowds. 

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.

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