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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 October 1,5 2020.
Currently, Argentina’s borders are closed for all traffic. From July 2020, some airlines did resume flights to Buenos Aires on a weekly base. However, only Argentinian residents are allowed to enter the country. Entering as a tourist is not possible because the borders are closed until October 25th, 2020.
99% of international flights arrive in the capital Buenos Aires. For example, the rules in the province of Mendoza are a bit more flexible. But the border is also closed for foreigners and you cannot travel from Chile or Brasil to Argentina.
Good news, the government launched a passenger locator form. 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 tourism will resume slowly around February – March 2021. The last months of Argentina’s high-season travel.
The ministry of tourism said that it would be possible for Argentinians to enjoy a small summer holiday (December – January). This gives us the idea that the government prefers first to restart national tourism and in a later stage the international. One of the rumors is suggesting that if you want to travel to other provinces in Argentina, you need to provide a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48h.
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.
Reopening borders of Argentina
There is a difference in the regulation of the international borders of Argentina. The borders of Argentina are closed until October 25th, 2020 for ALL foreigners ¹.
The government reviews the “Prohibition of entry into the national territory” every two/three weeks.
Is Argentina open for travel?
Is Argentina open for tourism? No. Only Argentinian residents are permitted to enter the country. Non-essential travel is prohibited. Also, the borders are closed for foreigners until October 25th, 2020. Only essential travelers are allowed to board a domestic flight.
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. Mandatory 14-day self-isolation applies to anyone traveling from abroad.
On October 12th, the Argentinian government will announce that the quarantine in Buenos Aires will continue until October 25th, 2020.
The situation outside Buenos Aires is dramatic. The situation in the city of Buenos Aires is stable for now. However, 49,2% of the infections are in other provinces such as Jujuy, Mendoza, Río Negro, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego, Santa Fe, La Rioja, Tucumán, Salta, Neuquén and Córdoba. Some of those provinces are tourist hotspots and probably tourism will not resume shortly there.
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. But only essential travelers can board those flights. More in the dedicated article about flights in Argentina.
If you are planning your holiday and want to fly from North to South? For example, from Iguazu to El Calafate. Then it’s maybe a good idea to take Cordoba as a layover. The chance that Cordoba goes back in strict lockdown is lower.
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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