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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 April 10, 2021.
The borders of Argentina are partly reopened and this only for the following persons:
- Argentinians and residents of Argentina.
- 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 April 30, 2021.
Sadly, other international tourism from the USA or Europe is not allowed. The border remains closed for other foreigners (see exceptions above).
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 go into
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 I expect?
At the moment, the outlook is not bright. A second wave is imminent and the government is anxious about the spread of other variants. On March 19, 2021, the President of Argentina addressed the population and emphasized that the situation is serious.
Plans to open borders with neighboring countries have also been postponed. The government considers tourism from Chile and Brazil more important than travelers from other countries. And even now if they postpone travel from neighboring countries, things don’t look good.
Moreover, there are no plans on the table yet on how to receive tourists who have been fully vaccinated. Setting up a vaccination passport is not for now.
You also have to take into account that we are heading towards winter (in Argentina starts in June). Now the spread was somewhat suppressed because many activities take place outside. In winter people visit each other indoors, which increases the chance of spreading. The flu season is also coming and this will cause confusion between the flu and COVID-19.
The vaccination is also not at full speed and depends a lot on the delivery of the vaccines.
So there is still a lot to happen and I personally feel more and more that tourism will no longer be possible before 2021.
In previous reports, I assumed a reactivation of foreign tourism for July 2021. But I am now leaning more towards November – December 2021. These are personal findings because the government is not proposing anything concrete.
If you are curious about the flight statuses in Argentina? I wrote an article with the actual status of flights and regulations in Argentina.
Reopening borders of Argentina
The borders of Argentina are closed until April 30th, 2021 for ALL foreigners except persons who 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? There was a testing period for residents of neighboring countries but this in on-hold until further notice.
How is the situation in Argentina?
The second wave is imminent and Argentina will soon be heading for winter. There is still a lack of testing and vaccinations are not yet at full speed.
There are currently many uncertainties and factors that indicate that a lockdown will take some time. Let alone that international tourism will be restarted.
The tourism minister has indicated that he prefers to set up tourism with neighboring countries before welcoming other countries.
Flights still take place to and from Argentina. This after air traffic has been shut down for almost 7 months. The frequency of the flights is not yet as before, but it does allow Argentinians and residents to travel. These flights are only available for persons that are allowed to enter Argentina. The Argentinian government will take a PCR test upon your arrival in Buenos Aires. Read here the step-by-step guide.
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.
Domestic flights in Argentina
Domestic flights are possible back. You do have to adhere to the measures that can differ from province to province.
I personally recommend taking a private transfer instead of a taxi. I have found that the hygiene measures per taxi are very different and with a private transfer I had more confidence. I made a guide on how to get to Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires.
Then the question is what is the best time to visit Argentina and how many days you should spend in Buenos Aires. I answered these questions with pleasure and I look forward to when the tourism resume in Argentina. ☺️
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