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Tourism resume in Argentina. When?
We give you this suggestion based on news items and official announcements from the Argentinean government. Latest update on January 19, 2021.
The borders of Argentina are partly reopened and this only for the following persons:
- Argentinians and residents of Argentina
- Citizens (passport holders) of Brasil, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Uruguay.
- Foreigners that have direct family contact with an Argentinian. You need to prove this by birth certificate, marriage, or cohabitation certificate. The document needs to legalized by an apostille stamp of your home country (more info below).
The Argentinian border remains closed for other foreigners until January 31, 2021.
Sadly, other international tourism from the USA of Europe is not allowed. The border remains closed for other foreigners (see exceptions above). Also, a stop-over in one of the countries mentioned above is not possible. Your passport or residency needs to be from one of those countries (Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia or Chile).
All persons above 6 years old (including Argentinians) that legally enter Argentina can only enter the country with a negative PCR test less than 72h old before departure of the flight, proof of healthcare insurance that covers an admission in case of a COVID infection, undergo a second PCR test upon arrival in Buenos Aires, and wait for the result to reduce your quarantine period.
Don’t forget to complete the passenger locator form < 48h prior to your arrival. It’s a step forward in the process of reopening the borders of Argentina. We made a video on how to complete the form because not everything is clear.
What do we expect?
Based on the latest rumors I expect that international tourism will resume slowly around February – March 2021. The last months of Argentina’s high-season travel.
At this moment Argentinians are enjoying their summer holiday. National tourism is allowed when following the local regulations. However Argentina is now in the second COVID-19 wave. The infections are increasing rapidly.
The government announced on October 15th, that regular flights are resuming as of today. However, not everybody can take flights. We wrote an article with the actual status of flights and regulations in Argentina.
I propose to postpone your trip to Argentina until early 2021 (March – April).
Reopening borders of Argentina
There is a difference in the regulation of the international borders of Argentina. The borders of Argentina are closed until January 31th, 2020 for ALL foreigners except residents from Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Chile AND persons that have a direct family connection with an Argentinian (Link to official decree).
The government reviews the “Prohibition of entry into the national territory” every two/three weeks.
People with an Argentinian family connection
The new decree by the office of migration makes it possible that persons with a direct family connection with an Argentinian can enter the country. What does it say?
Are you married or do you legally cohabit? You need to have the certificate/document of the country where you signed it. Legalize the document with an apostille stamp. Together with a copy of your partner Argentinian DNI (national ID) you can enter the country. Also, get a PCR test 72h before departure of your flight and healthcare insurance that explicitly covers any COVID-related admission.
Are you Argentinian living abroad and your child doesn’t have Argentinian nationality? Then a birth certificate is enough for your child to enter Argentina. Also, legalize the document with an apostille stamp.
Is Argentina open for travel?
Is Argentina open for tourism? Partly. Argentinian citizens and residents can always travel back to Argentina. Also, citizens of Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brasil, and Chile can travel to Argentina for tourism purposes. And also persons with a direct family connection with an Argentinian.
How is the situation in Argentina?
From July 2020 there are some international flights back to Argentina. Iberia, KLM, and Air France are flying once a week. These flights are only available for Argentine residents and citizens of neighboring countries. The Argentinian government will take a PCR test upon your arrival in Buenos Aires. You can reduce your quarantine to 1 day. Read here the step-by-step guide.
The situation in Argentina is ok for now. Restaurants are back open, cinemas will reopen soon, and having meetings of up to 20 people outside will be allowed. In the rest of the country, the infections are decreasing. Only Bariloche is still a bit in problems.
You can find the latest statistics here. (CABA= City of Buenos Aires and the province is referred to as “Buenos Aires”).
Resume international flights to Argentina
The situation is very unclear at this moment and changes day by day. Therefore, I wrote an article only about when national and international flights will resume in Argentina.
Air New Zealand, Emirates, and Qatar suspending their routes to Buenos Aires for an indefinite time. They will not resume the route when regular commercial flights are back allowed in Argentina. GOL suspended all flights to Argentina until January 2021.
Domestic flights in Argentina
Flights are coming back to Argentina. On October 15th, the ministry of transport published a new decree. More in the dedicated article about flights in Argentina.
The domestic Aeroparque (AEP) is closed until December 2020. So, all domestic flights will arrive and depart at the international airport Ezeiza (EZE). Just calculate this in your planning. We made a guide on how to get to Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires.
On top of that, LATAM suspends all its domestic flights indefinitely. Contact LATAM if you booked a domestic flight in Argentina with them.
Then the question is what is the best time to visit Argentina and how many days you should spend in Buenos Aires. We have answered these questions with pleasure and we look forward when the tourism resume in Argentina. ☺️
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