Argentina : overview of the current COVID-19 situation
Last update January 15th 2021
After applying strict confinement measures for over 4 months, Argentina has entered a progressive re-opening phase since July 18th 2020.
Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area are no longer officially in quarentine since 07/11/2020 and are moving into a phase of obligatory preventive social distancing.
Wearing a mask is still mandatory in public spaces and shops. Public transportation in the Buenos Aires area is still only available to essential services workers.
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Overview of the current COVID-19 situation in Argentina :
- January 10th 2021: Extension of the suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom and the closure of borders with neighboring countries – Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay – until January 31, 2021 inclusive. The borders also remain closed to foreign tourists. Only persons of Argentine nationality, residents of Argentina or members of their direct family (subject to presentation of certified documents) are allowed to enter the country.
- December 23rd 2020: The Argentine government adopts new measures regarding entry into the national territory from 25/12 until 08/01/2021:
- Suspension of the pilot experiment allowing tourists from neighboring countries (Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay) to travel to the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires.
- Suspension of commercial flights to and from Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.
- Obligation for Argentine nationals and foreign residents in Argentina to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours and to perform between 7 and 10 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the territory (10 days from the date of the PCR test).
See the details of the measures on the website of the Argentine government (in Spanish).
- December 21rst 2020 : Preventive suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom.
- December 19th 2020 : Reopening of the Iguazu National Park, where the famous Iguazu Falls are located, in the Misiones region for Argentine national visitors and residents.
- December 16th 2020 : All travelers authorized to enter Argentina (Argentines, residents, foreigners residing in neighboring countries or parents, children or spouses of Argentines) will have to present a negative PCR test as of January 8th 2021. Children under 6 years of age are exempt from having to take a test. The choice of the voluntary “fourteen” or the presentation of the PCR test remains valid until January 7, 2021.
- December 6th 2020: new provisions of the Direccion Nacional de Migraciones authorizing foreign nationals to enter Argentine territory under certain conditions for family reunification with a person of Argentine nationality or resident in Argentina. Consult the list of prerequisites, the resolution and the decree on the migratory tax (in Spanish). We strongly recommend that you contact the Embassy of Argentina in your country of residence to prepare your trip.
- December 4th 2020 : reactivation of national tourism in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Tucumán, Jujuy, Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Santiago del Estero, Río Negro, Neuquén and Tierra del Fuego. The traffic permit can be obtained through the application set up by the government: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/verano.
- November 30th 2020 : the entire Argentinean territory is now in a phase of gradual reopening, maintaining the provisions of social, preventive and compulsory distancing until 20 December 2020. Only the cities of Bariloche and Dina Huapi (province of Rio Negro) and Puerto Deseado (province of Santa Cruz) remain in preventive, social and obligatory isolation (Decreto 956/2020).
- November 16th 2020: reopening of the iconic Hotel Llao Llao in Bariloche, Argentine Patagonia.
- November 7th 2020: Argentina is entering a new phase of progressive reopening, the majority of the country has finished with quarantine and is now in a phase of obligatory preventive social distancing until November 29th included (Decreto 875/2020). Only 10 provinces remain in a phase of isolation and preventive social distancing. They are Chubut, Neuquén, Río Negro, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero and Tierra del Fuego.
- November 2nd 2020 : reopening of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares only for residents of the cities of El Calafate, El Chaltén and Tres Lagos.
- October 29th 2020: launch of a pilot experiment to revive receptive tourism in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (Decisión Administrativa 1949/2020) for people living in countries bordering Argentina, i.e. Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay. To enter the territory, tourists must present :
- a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours,
- health insurance covering hospitalization and isolation benefits for Covid-19,
- an electronic sworn statement completed according to the Disposición de Migraciones Nº 3025/20,
- the Certificado Único Habilitante para Circulación – Emergencia Covid-19, established by Decisión Administrativa No. 897/20, to be able to move freely.
- October 23rd 2020: Argentinean President Alberto Fernández announced the extension of preventive isolation and social distancing measures until November 8th inclusive (Decreto 814/2020) in the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires (AMBA) and 8 provinces: Santa Fe, Córdoba, San Luis, Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro and Tucumán. Some cities and departments in the regions of Chaco, Chubut, La Rioja, Salta, Santa Cruz, Santiago del Estero and Tierra del Fuego are also affected by these measures.
- October 19th 2020: Argentina’s government allows resumption of domestic transport, long-distance flights and buses, only for essential workers with special permits and people requiring specific medical treatment.
- October 14th 2020: Argentina obtains the “Safe Travels” label awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Concil (WTTC), an association founded in Brussels in 1990, which brings together more than 200 private sector tourism companies. This global health label assures travelers that the destination has taken effective measures and developed strict protocols to combat the pandemic. The label was awarded to the Instituto Nacional de Promoción Turística (INPROTUR), which belongs to the Argentinean Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
- October 9th 2020: the Argentinean President Alberto Fernández announced a new extension of preventive isolation and social distancing measures until October 25th inclusive (Decreto 792/2020) and restrictions on movement in 18 provinces: ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Chaco, Chubut, Jujuy, La Rioja, Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro, Salta, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, San Juan, Tierra del Fuego y Tucumán.
- October 8th 2020: The Argentine government authorizes a pilot experiment for the reactivation of tourism in Bariloche (Decisión administrativa 1819/2020) from October 16.
- Septembre 18th 2020 : Argentina’s government extends the preventive social distancing and isolation restrictions until October 11th (Decreto 754/2020).
- August 28th 2020 : the Argentinean President Alberto Fernández extends the preventive social distancing and isolation restrictions until September 20th (Decreto 714/2020) for the virus hardest-hit areas: Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA) and some towns and territories within the following provinces: Entre Ríos, Jujuy, La Rioja, Río Negro, Salta, San Juan, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego. Elsewhere in the country, preventive and mandatory social distancing restrictions apply. Outdoor gatherings are allowed but limited to 10 people, wearing a mask. Specific measures apply for the City of Buenos Aires – available here (in Spanish).
- August 20th 2020 : re-opening of the Iberá National Park, in the Corrientes Province, for the local residents and rise of daily allowed visitors to 500 people maximum at Iguazu National Park, in the Misiones Province.
- August 14th 2020 : the Argentinean President Alberto Fernández extends the preventive social distancing and isolation restrictions until August 30th (Decreto 677/2020) for Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA) and some territories in the following provinces: Jujuy, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego, Salta, La Rioja and Santiago del Estero. Outdoor individual activities are allowed in Buenos Aires.
- August 14th 2020 : re-opening of the Lago Puelo National Park in Chubut Province, in Patagonia, for local residents.
- August 10th 2020 : re-opening of El Impenetrable and Chaco National Parks in Chaco Province, and of the Colonia Benítez Natural Education Reserve, for local residents.
- August 1st 2020 : re-opening of 5 ski resorts in Argentinian Patagonia, for local residents only and in compliance with strict sanitary protocols. The resorts are located in Chapelco, Cerro Bayo and Caviahue-Copahue, in the Neuquén Province; Perito Moreno in Río Negro, and Cerro Castor, in the Tierra del Fuego Province.
- July 31st 2020 : Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández extends the preventive and mandatory social distancing and isolation restrictions until August 16th, as defined on July 17th.
- July 25th 2020 : re-opening of the Talampaya National Park for visitors, local residents only.
- July 17th 2020 : the Argentinean President Alberto Fernández extends the preventive and mandatory social distancing and isolation restrictions from July 18th until August 2nd (Decreto 605/2020) for the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA), San Fernando in the Chaco Province and Jujuy Province. In the rest of the country, preventive and mandatory social distancing is applied in areas where the health system is adequate and strong enough to cater for the sanitary needs, where there is no viral community transmission and where the virus replication is below 15 days.
- July 16th 2020 : re-opening of the Tierra del Fuego National Park for regional residents.
- July 13th 2020 : partial re-opening of the Lanin, Los Alerces and Nahuel Huapi national parks, in Argentinean Patagonia’s Great Lakes area, for local residents only in compliance with strict sanitary protocols and a limited number of visitors.
- July 11th 2020 : re-opening of the Iguazu National Park in Misiones. Local residents can visit the Iguazu Falls again, one of Argentina’s 7 Natural Wonders.
Updates on Argentina’s borders and flights
Is it possible to travel to Argentina ?
No. Argentinian borders are closed to international tourism since March 20th 2020. Coming to Argentina is still forbidden for foreign non-resident visitors.
Nevertheless, the provisions of the National Directorate of Migration published in early December now allow, under certain conditions, foreign nationals wishing to join a family member (parents, spouses, children) to travel to Argentina. For more information, see the prerequisites, the resolution and the decree on the migration tax.
Foreign residents as well as Argentine nationals entering the territory must present a negative PCR test carried out a maximum of 72 hours before their flight and to undergo 7 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival, starting on December 25th 2020. The Argentine Ministry of Health recommends the use of the “Cuidar” app.
Domestic transport, air and road, resumed on October 19, 2020, only for essential workers with special permits and those requiring medical treatment.
National Tourism Opening
Can I visit the Perito Moreno Glacier ?
No, The Glacier National Park is open since November 2nd 2020, but only for the residents of El Calafate, El Chaltén and Tres Lagos.
Argentines and residents from other provinces have been able to access Los Glaciares National Park since December 5th, in accordance with health protocols.
Some parks are open again for local residents only such as the Lanin, Los Alerces and Nahuel Huapi Parks in Patagonia, and the Iguazu National Park in the Misiones Province. Other popular touristic sites are preparing for their re-opening in the forthcoming weeks if sanitary conditions allow it.
Argentina has 38 national parks, 36 land-based and 2 marine parks.
Consult the official argentinian national park website for more information.
What sanitary recommendations should I follow against the epidemic ?
You should apply the following preventive measures:
- Regularly wash your hands (with soap and water or a hydroalcoholic solution)
- Regularly disinfect your work station (with a bleach based product)
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow
- Use disposable tissues if need be and discard them immediately
- Avoid handshakes and hugs to greet people
Safety and protocols
Terra Argentina has prepared to comply with the new sanitary and health requirements for safe travelling. Argentinian airports, hotels, museums and national parks have prepared new preventive protocols and guidelines that we will communicate to our travellers prior to arrival.
We also invite you to regularly check the official information pages of your national government and foreign office recommendations, and your national Argentina Embassy webpage to learn more about the current measures. Check the following websites for more information.