Are you traveling to Argentina soon? Then it is good to know which COVID-19 measures you must take before you start your journey to Buenos Aires. We give you the latest travel advice for Argentina. This way you can start your trip smoothly during the pandemic.
COVID-19 travel advice and measures in Argentina
Last update of the article on June 14, 2021. We keep this page updated if COVID-19 measures changed.
Before you arrive in Buenos Aires, there are some COVID-19 measures that should be in order. If this is not completed, entry to Argentina will be refused. You will of course always have the opportunity to fill in certain forms during your flight, but if you prepare everything, your arrival will go a little smoother.
Argentina travel advice during this health crisis is clear and is made out of several topics. Below we will mention all the measures that the government takes to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
Declaración jurada (for everyone)
The Declaración jurada is a passenger locator form that you must fill in before arriving in Argentina. Click here to open. The form is available in Spanish and partly in English. Here we will explain it step by step.
The declaración jurada form must be completed between 48 hours and the time of arrival. In order to fill in the form completely, you must first know the seat number of your flight. Suppose you can check-in online for your flight 24 hours before the start? Only then will you be able to fill in the online form. That’s no problem.
Not everything has been translated into English. To make everything clear, we have made an instructional video.
The Argentina passenger locator form is one of the COVID-19 measures taken by the Argentinean government. It is a legally binding statement so please complete everything truthfully.
National circulation restrictions
Argentina went back in complete lockdown from May 22nd until May 30th (included). This was a nationwide restriction. There was also a curfew from 6 p.m. till 6 a.m. Social, economic, educational, religious and sports activities in person will be suspended. Only essential shops will remain open.
Argentina is currently ranked number 1 with the most COVID-19 infections relative to the population. 30% of the tests taken are positive. This is not good news for a soon reopening of the Argentinian borders.
Let’s hope the measurements will have some effect.
COVID-19 measures for Argentinians that return
Everybody arriving from outside Argentina needs to be tested upon arrival and follow the 10-day mandatory quarantine from the day that you receive your negative PCR result taken in Argentina.
Step-by-step when returning to Argentina:
- Everybody older than 6 years old needs to show a negative PCR test not older than 72h before departure of the flight to Argentina.
- Fill in the declaracion jurada
- Arriving at the airport –> test at Buenos Aires Ezeiza airport (traveling back to Buenos Aires by car or train? Go to the test center communicated by the government).
- After the test, you need to go home and wait for the result. The government promises the results within 12h.
International travelers or family
Since October 15th, 2020 citizens of neighboring countries (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Bolivia) are allowed to travel to the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires. By citizens, they only mean persons who are domiciled in the country. No transit traffic or temporary residents.
Step-by-step for international travelers arriving in Argentina:
- Everybody older than 6 years old presents a negative PCR test not older than 72h counted from the departure time of your flight.
- Take travel insurance that explicitly mentions that you are covered for any COVID-19 treatment in case of emergency.
- Upon arrival at Ezeiza Buenos Aires airport the government will take a PCR test again. Cost: $2500 ARS
- Go straight to your hotel or home and wait for the result. The government promises to communicate the result within 12h. Follow the 7-day self-isolation.
Foreigners from other countries are not allowed to enter Argentina. The borders are still closed except if you can prove that you are a direct family of an Argentinian. Check the page when will tourism resume in Argentina for the exceptions.
Exception for not taking a PCR test
Those who have had positive COVID-19, in the 90 days prior to entering the country, must accredit the results of diagnostic tests and add the medical discharge after more than 10 days have passed since diagnosis.
Getting around in Argentina and Buenos Aires
Moving freely between provinces is not possible. You can’t take public transport in Buenos Aires city. At all times you are allowed to travel to the airport for your upcoming flight.
Do you arrive or you need to travel to the airport? Then we strongly suggest taking a private transfer. Buenos Aires taxi’s are ok but every taxi has a different kind of approach to protect your health. Therefore, private transfer gives you more security. The car is ventilated, there is more time between passengers, and the disinfection of the car will happen more often. I can suggest “Welcome Pickups“.*
Wearing a mouth mask is mandatory as soon that you leave your house or hotel room. Not wearing the mouth mask will result in a financial penalty by the police.
Do you get COVID-19 symptoms in Buenos Aires?
What if you get any COVID-19 symptoms during your travel in Buenos Aires? It’s one of the biggest concerns right now. That’s why we made contact with Laboratorio Aclimu. The most important fact: the service is done in English. You can easily contact them.
Laboratorio Aclimu works with the PCR test. The most reliable COVID-19 test available on the market.
On top of that, the result is available within 24-36h after sample taking. The laboratory team will communicate the estimated time and the results are sent digitally.
You can text them by Whatsapp at any time for more information: +54 911 4429 1022