The big question: when do flights in Argentina resume? What about the planned restart in September and October? It’s all very unclear. In this article, I will give you an update about the status, rumors, and special authorized flights. Click here and subscribe to our newsletter and be the first updated.

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For many people, flying is a basic transport to get somewhere. For work or family. Therefore, it’s important to have clear information about the actual status of flights in Argentina. Because the government made a mess of their communication about the restart of flights in Argentina.

What does the law say?

There are two facts: number 1 is de decree that prohibits the entry of foreigners to Argentina. All borders (land, sea, and air) are closed. Only Argentinian citizens and residents can enter Argentina.

Number 2 is a decree that prohibits the sale of flight tickets from and to Argentina. Also, the airspace remains closed for regular commercial air traffic. Airlines can request individual authorization, but the decision is made by the Argentinian aviation authorities.

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Why do airlines sell flights in Argentina?

Simply, because the government didn’t communicate about anything anymore after the decrees where published in March 2020. Airlines did suppose that regular flights will resume on September 1st. Now they sell the special authorized flights and they assume that flights will resume soon.

What are the flights now to Argentina?

Every passenger flight that lands or takes off in Argentina is individually authorized by the aviation authorities ) also known as “vuelos especiales”. The airline needs to apply for a permit for each flight in Argentina. When approved they open the sales on their website or call center.

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Can I book a “special flight”?

Yes, you can. It’s the passenger responsibility if he or she is allowed to enter the country of destination. For example, Argentinians are not allowed to fly to Europe. Except if they have a second nationality from one of the European countries.

Therefore, check always the regulations of your country of destination.

When will the regular flights resume in Argentina?

That’s the big question. The Argentinian government are masters in miscommunication or not communicating at all. On top of that, enough quotes of politicians in newspapers but you need to have a legal and officially published announcement.

According to the minister of transport, national and international flights could be reactivated as soon as October. With October as a trial month. However, I have questions about the authorization that normally should be done one month in advance. You can assume – if today there is still no authorization – then the first possible regular commercial flights can be planned one month later. Now, this can be in November 2020.

The first protocols are suggesting that every passenger that wants to travel to another province in Argentina, needs to provide a negative COVID-19 test not older than 48h.

Don’t forget to complete the passenger locator form when you will enter or leave Argentina. We explained everything in the article: current COVID-19 measures in Argentina.

Read also: the passenger locator form explained + link to form

Flights in October?

The rumor that international and domestic flights will resume in October is getting stronger. The minister of transport said that likely the regular flights to Argentina should resume one October 1st but we are close to that date and nothing happened.

The current problem with domestic flights is that every province governor needs to give approval before a flight can arrive. Some governors are really pessimistic about that.

We can assume now that there will be no regular international flights to Argentina in October. Airlines are requesting special flights for October. Let’s put our hope now for November.

Below I made a list of the special flights for September and October.

When are the special flights in September?

October is getting closer. However, nothing has been confirmed for regular international flights. Several airlines already asked for permission to fly in October under the special regulations.

American Airlines

  • Buenos Aires – Miami: 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26 September
  • Miami – Buenos Aires: 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, and 30 September

American Airlines will start flying daily from Miami to Buenos Aires. Starting from October 8th.

Aerolineas Argentinas

  • Buenos Aires – Miami: four times per week
  • Buenos Aires – New York: 1, 15, and 29 October.
  • Buenos Aires – Madrid: two times per week
  • Buenos Aires – Sao Paulo: four times per week

Dates are not confirmed yet.

United

  • Houston – Buenos Aires: 2 and 9 October
  • Buenos Aires – Houston: 4 and 11 October

Dates are not confirmed by the government!

Lufthansa

  • Frankfurt – Buenos Aires: 10 and 17 October
  • Buenos Aires – Frankfurt: 13 and 20 October

Dates are not confirmed by the government!

Iberia

  • Madrid – Buenos Aires: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28 September.
  • Buenos Aires – Madrid: 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, and 30 September.

No dates confirmed for October.

Air Europa

  • Buenos Aires – Madrid: 6, 13, 20, and 27 September.
  • Madrid – Buenos Aires: 4, 11, 18 and 25 September.

Air Europa will probably continue with a weekly flight in October. Not confirmed yet.

LEVEL

  • Barcelona –  Buenos Aires: 16 September.
  • Buenos Aires – Barcelona: 17 September

LEVEL wants to fly in October and requested dates. The answer is pending.

KLM

  • Amsterdam – Buenos Aires: 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29 September.
    2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, and 23 October.
  • Buenos Aires – Amsterdam: 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, and 27 September.
    1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25 October.

No dates confirmed for October.

Air France

  • Paris – Buenos Aires:  2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, and 30 September. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 and 31 October. (For October not confirmed yet).
  • Buenos Aires – Paris: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 19 September. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, and 31 October. (For October not confirmed yet)

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50 Comments

  1. Annalise Penny Reply

    Hi Glenn!
    Thank you for the information. This is the best information site on flights you can find anywhere 🙂
    I am just wondering with all the flights going to Miami at the moment is it possible for Argentines to obtain a visa to go to the US for a short stay? I assume they need a B2 visa but is that possible right now?

    Many thanks.

    • Hi Annalise 👋, thank you! The US embassy in Buenos Aires isn’t open yet. So, they don’t process any visa right now. They will communicate on their Twitter account when the embassy will resume. Saludos.

    • Darryl V Chow Reply

      Hi Glenn:

      As others have mentioned thank you for supplying travel information during these difficult times. I have missed several opportunity to fly Air Canada out of Buenos Aires in an effort to return home. The dillema of course, is that there are no domestic flights Cordoba to EZE. Are you aware of any other alternative means of getting to Buenos Airport from Cordoba. I have another opportunity in late October and would hope to catch that flight back to Canada.

      Regards,

      Darryl Chow

  2. Hi Glen
    This site has been a bit of a lifesaver in terms of keeping up to date on what is, or might be, going on in Argentina re international travel. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction for information regarding domestic travel. I understand normal travel between provinces is currently prohibited. I’m considering taking a special flight to BsAs (have a DNI have been advised by my lawyer I can travel) but I live and work in Cordoba province and my address is still registered in BsAs. Do you know where I might apply for a permission to travel between provinces, I can prove I work in Cordoba. Any help/info greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi, the government has not yet published the terms of essential travel. I suspect travel for work will be considered essential. But the right conditions are not yet known. I think everything will go through the CuidAR application later. But waiting for more info about that. Saludos

    • Adnie Marte Reply

      Thank you Glenn for your research and hard work. You have save me from being stranded in the border. I had a trip book for Octuber 5. I do not have my DNI. Just my US Passport. Would had been stranded.. !!!!Thank You!!!!
      I miss my Fiance though :/

  3. Hola Glenn,
    I have dual citizenship in the U.S.and Argentina. I have a round trip ticket with American Airlines for October 8th, arriving the 9th, and returning to California, where I live, on October 18th. The reason for the trip is to pick my Mom up and accompany her back to the U.S.
    My question is whether I will be allowed to depart Buenos Aires on Oct.18th since I will not have not completed the 14-day quarantine. I assumed that since I was sold the tickets by AA it would be ok, but I feel I might need approval from some government office, and perhaps a Covid-19 test prior to departing Buenos Aires. I don’t want to leave this to chance! DO you have any information that might help me? Calling the airline, or looking on the U.S. embassy website hasn’t helped. I have not read anything related to this dilemma anywhere, so I really appreciate your help!!!

    • Hi Cristina 👋, that’s indeed a difficult case but Argentina is sometimes flexible if you show some documents to motivate your opinion. (This doesn’t apply for persons that don’t have a DNI/passport because the access will be denied).

      I suggest taking a COVID-19 test 72hrs before your arrival in Argentina. And to be sure you can also take a COVID-19 test and a doctor’s certificate declaring that you don’t have any symptoms. This 72hrs before leaving Argentina. With that, you can motivate your reason.

      But still, be aware that this is not according to the law to terminate the self-isolation earlier.

  4. Claudia Estrada Reply

    Hi Glenn i have my flight booked for Oct. 11 i will be getting married in Argentina. But all this situation has not let me return to Argentina. And im a US Citizen. Is it pissible that the borders will open by Oct. 11. Or is there any special permit i can request since i have i have my property there and need to sign certain paper work.

    • Hi Claudia 👋, the only way a foreigner can enter Argentina is by having a DNI (national ID number) = residency. There are exceptions but they don’t apply to your case. (Exceptions are: airline/ship crew members, medical transport, international cargo crew).

      Even if you have a house in Argentina but you don’t have a DNI, you will not be allowed to enter the country. They are very strict in that.

      The borders of Argentina are closed until October 11th. A couple of days before they will announce if the restriction will be extended or not. Then the new rules will start on October 12th.

      Best regards

  5. Good afternoon,
    Just found your site by accident!! It’s great!
    Here’s my question, I’m an American citizen, my mom lives in Argentina ( she was born there) however I don’t have Argentinian docs, I do have flight schedule for 9/30 miami/ chile, arriving in Chile on October 1 and then Chile/ Buenos Aires, do you think foreigners will be allowed to enter by then? I can’t find a coherent answer from anybody. Thank you !

    • Hi, thanks. The borders are closed until October 11th, 2020 for all foreigners. There are no exceptions for family. You really need an Argentinian ID before you can enter the country.

      Let’s hope that the restrictions will ease after October 11th.

      Saludos

    • Hi Ty 👋, the borders of Argentina are officially closed until October 11th, 2020 for all foreigners. The decree is published. You can find the latest information here. I always link to the official laws published in the state gazette.

      Argentina is currently the epic-center of Latin-America. Of all tests taken, more then 50% returns positive. At this moment more cases are detected outside the city of Buenos Aires. For Buenos Aires city the situation is stabilizing. Now more cases are showing up in the North of the country. But, sadly there is a lack of good health infrastructure.

      Let’s see if Buenos Aires city can bend the curve further down.

  6. Hi Glenn,

    You say the president should be holding a press conference today regarding the status of flights, do you know what time that will be held?

    • Hi Sally 👋, the current restrictions are valid until September 20th. Mostly, the presidents made his announcement 1-2 days before the end of the current restrictions. Maybe optimistic to hope for today but I expect September 19th. I will inform here directly if there is any news 😊.

  7. Hi Glenn!
    Really appreciate the updates!
    You posted a comment 5 days ago saying the entry ban for foreigners ends on the 20th of September, is this still the case? Struggling to find concrete information. Hoping to travel to Buenos Aires ASAP as my partner is Argentinean. However I’m skeptical about booking flights as I’ve already been burned.
    Cheers!

    • Hi Padraig, I expect a press conference of the president this week. Probably with more news if the entry ban gets extended. I keep you informed 😊

  8. Daniel Karcher Reply

    hola glen yo naci en argentina soy residente argentino pero vivo en usa tengo residencia americana puedo viajar ahora, y tambien tengo que hacer cuarentena en el pais voy a quedarme dos semanas de un amigo que vive en san martin provincia ///

  9. I have a flight on sept 19 to Buenos Aires to arrive the 20th i only have passport..are they allowing u.s. citizens to enter border?

    • Hi David, the entry ban for foreigners ends on September 20. It will not be possible to enter Argentina. Saludos.

  10. Thanks Glenn! I’m About to buy my ticket London – Buenos Aires (I’m Argentinian) for November. Do you think is best to wait?

    • Hi Maria, you can buy it at any moment. If the ticket price is good, you can buy it. If they cancel the flight, then the airline will reschedule your flight without costs. But afterward, you had a ticket at an interesting price. It’s a risk that you take if the flight gets canceled. We don’t know anything yet about the international flights for November.

  11. I finally cancelled my October Buenos Aires trip. It was just getting too exasperating to follow all this.

    I have a credit from the apartment that I have to use within a year, so maybe I’ll do it then but not until there is some certainty.

    • Deryadeniz Sahin Reply

      Hi Glenn! Thank God I found you🙏🙏 you have great information, thank you so much.
      Well, here is my question: As a Turkish passport holder, is it possible to fly to Mexico or to Miami from Buenos Aires( I have been trapped here for 6 months) , have you got any idea?
      Thank you in advanced🙏🙏

      • Hi Sahin 👋, thank you for the nice comment.
        Currently, there are flights to Miami with Aerolineas Argentinas and American Airlines.

        If Turkey if your final destination, then you can take any flight but the connection need to be to Turkey. For example, if your destination is Istanbul, then you can take a flight with Iberia with a stopover in Madrid.

        Best way to check is on the airlines website what connections are available.

        Saludos!

        • Deryadeniz Sahin Reply

          No Glenn, I don’t have any plan to go back to Turkey, I just want to fly to Mexico, there is flight on the 25th of September so the question is whether these flights are for just Argentinians or anybody?
          Thank you again🙏🙏

          • Glenn

            Everyone can book a flight ticket on the special flights. I think Mexico don’t have any regulations. So I suppose you can enter the country. Have fun!

      • Hi Glenn!

        Thanks for keeping us posted as things develop! Two questions…

        1) Have you heard anything about when regional travel will open – particularly into BA? Specifically, we are in Rio Negro and need to get our son’s passport renewed (US embassy) by the end of December.

        2) We are thinking of booking a (refundable) cruise that leaves from Ushuaia on March 19 2021. Think the cruise will happen and the port will be open??

        Thanks for your perspective:)

        Jane

        • Hi Jane 👋, Aerolineas Argentinas published a schedule for regular flights in October. But the president and each province governor need to give their approval for the flights. We are waiting for that, so Aerolineas can start.

          March 2021, is still far away but I suppose it will be possible. And if it’s refundable, why not :-).

  12. Hi Glenn! Are you aware of the requirements, if any, to book a special flight? Is there any special documentation required. In this situation it is an Argentinian citizen traveling to US or Mexico.

    Thanks!
    Brandon

    • Hi Brandon 👋, the ticket sales for special flights are public. You can book them directly on the airline’s website. It’s the passenger’s responsibility to check if they are allowed to enter the country of destination. To be sure, you can check the US of Mexico’s government regulations. Currently, the US embassy in Buenos Aires is closed and processing visas are suspended. Cheers.

  13. Great website! My wife and I are currently booked on United Airlines to travel to BA on October 21. Your blog does not mention United Airlines. Are they flying to Argentina in late October or not? Thanks.

    • Hi Jordan 👋, in July United airlines announced that they will start with a daily flight to Houston starting on October 1st. But the situation changed over a month completely. We didn’t receive any new updates about United. Mid-September we expect that airlines will publish their plans for October. Cheers.

  14. Adrienne Tabakow Reply

    Hello, I have researched with no success, is it possible for an Argentinian citizen to fly to the states any time soon?

    • Hi Adrienne 👋, there are no restrictions for Argentinians to leave the country. But Argentinians need to check if they are allowed to enter the country of destination. There are flights in September to the USA. Aerolineas Argentinas and American Airlines are flying both to Miami (the only destination in the USA right now). Saludos!

  15. Hello Glenn!👋

    First, excellent website this, was a relief to across it a few weeks ago!

    Question – in terms of the ‘vuelos especiales’ is there any special permit required to travel on these/enter Argentina on arrival, or are they reserved for specific persons?

    I’ve found some flights on Air France via Amsterdam, but before I go any further I’m scratching around (with little luck!) to find out if I’m missing a trick somewhere…

    Cheers, and thanks again

    Tom

    • Hi Tom 👋, thanks! Watch out because actually anyone can book a ticket for a “special flight” because the ticket sale is public. But only Argentinian citizens/residents can enter the country.

      If you don’t have a DNI or Argentinian passport, your entrance will be denied. Of course, the airline will control before you board the plane but in the worst case you land in Buenos Aires and you will not be allowed to enter the country. The borders currently closed until September 20th for all foreigners.

      Saludos!

      • Thanks Glenn, exactly the information I needed!👌😁

        Muchas gracias

        • Glenn,

          “The borders currently closed until September 20th for all foreigners.”

          I’m a US citizen only with a passport. Will I be allowed in on the 20th (this is when the plane lands in Buenos Aires)?

          Thanks!

  16. Geoff Ford Reply

    Hi Glen My wife and I are booked to fly with British Airways on December 04 for our 6th trip to Argentina.Had internal flights with Latam from Aeroparque All cancelled so rebooked with Aerolineus All accommodation pre booked including my 60 th birthday at Colome and trekking down in El Chalten and Torres del Paine.We are spending the last week in Uruguay is the Buquebus running? Just thinking of all the wonderful places we hope it comes off! Great website Regards Geoff

    • Hi Geoff, great plans ahead. Let’s hope we have soon some more news about international tourism. Currently, Buquebus operates on specific dates but only Argentinians or Uruguayans can book a ticket. It will all depend on when the borders will reopen to foreigners. Let’s hope soon. 😊

  17. Still no word from Norwegian on whether they will be operating from Ezeiza again in spite of my messages to them on Twitter.
    The lack of information from this government isn’t surprising and simply fits their modus operandi.

    • Hi Marc 👋, indeed Norwegian didn’t announce anything about their return to Buenos Aires. Also, up to today, the government didn’t officially communicate that the regular flights in September will not be possible. The airlines are gambling in the idea that their request for “special” flights will be approved. A reason why the ticket sales of KLM, Iberia, Air France are not online yet. And this a couple of days before September 1st.

      Waiting, waiting, … 😕

  18. I’m living in Europe now and from what I see Argentinians have to quarantine, but they are indeed allowed to fly to Europe.

  19. Nigel Jones-Morris Reply

    Hi Glenn

    I appreciate your updates. We currently have longstanding flights booked to Buenos Aires for 30th September, not looking too hopeful at the moment :/

    It was supposed to be the first leg of a round the world trip. I have my fingers crossed for the slight chance of us being allowed in. We’d be happy to be tested AND quarantine for 14 days, so our view is that we’d present minimal risk to the Argentine people.

    Hey ho, what will be will be 🙂

    • Hi Nigel, glad to give the updates. I hope you can start soon your world trip. Sounds amazing. Cheers.

  20. Glenn:

    Thank you for your updates; I am optimistic about a return to Buenos Aires and your writings have provided me with some of the best guidance (not necessarily comfort, jaja) on the web.

    Regards:

    Jack

    • Hi Jack 👋, glad to help you. We all hope for the best and the government communicate soon. Saludos.

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