Covid-19 in Argentina: is it possible to travel?

Last update October 20th 2021

Argentina announces the reopening of its borders to international tourism in a gradual way from October 1 for bordering countries and from November 1, 2021 for all international tourists.

Check our Covid-19 news section in Argentina to know the conditions to enter Argentina as a foreign tourist.

Wearing a mask is still mandatory in public spaces, shops and transportation.

 

What are the latest Argentina’s COVID-19 updates ?

Is it possible to travel to Argentina ?

Can I visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia ?

What sanitary recommendations should I follow against the epidemic in Argentina ?

Where can I find the official information to travel to Argentina ?

Follow the updates information on COVID-19 rules in Argentina

Overview of the current COVID-19 situation in Argentina :

  • October 20, 2021: More than 31.9 million Argentines (72% of the population) have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 24.9 million (56% of the population) have received two doses. Consult the data in real time on the website of the Argentine Ministry of Health.
  • October 15, 2021: Argentina is now on the “green list” for the French and UK authorities, which allows Argentines, residents of Argentina, to no longer perform quarantine upon arrival in France and to benefit from the health pass (for people who can demonstrate a complete vaccination schedule of 2 doses by a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency). People who are not vaccinated must present a PCR less than 72 hours old. Sources: website of the General Consulate of France in Buenos Aires, website of the French government, website of the UK government.
  • October 8, 2021 : More than 30.1 million Argentines (68% of the population) have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 26.3 million (53% of the population) have received two doses. Consult the data in real time on the website of the Argentine Ministry of Health.
  • October 1, 2021 : Considering the epidemiological and sanitary situation and the progress of the vaccination campaign in the country, the National Government establishes new general prevention measures in relation to the current pandemic context, which will be in force until December 31, 2021. In this sense, the general rules of conduct are maintained and special emphasis is placed on the capacity and protocols of the highest risk activities. Likewise, an opening of borders for residents of neighboring countries is established as from October 1 and an opening for non-resident foreigners as from November 1, 2021. Decreto 678/2021 (in spanish).
  • September 21, 2021: the Minister of Health and the Chief of Staff of the Government announced a series of measures to reopen and reactivate international tourism, in view of the sustained decrease in the number of cases of Covid-19 in Argentina :
      • progressive opening of borders:
    • from September 24, 2021: lifting of the quarantine requirement for entry into the country for Argentine and foreign residents.
    • from October 1, 2021: authorization to enter the country without quarantine, for residents of neighboring countries (Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile).
    • between October 1 and November 1, gradual increase of the entry quota in all airports, ports and land border crossings.
    • From November 1: reopening of Argentine borders to all foreign tourists.
      • Requirements for entry into Argentina for international tourists:
    • Complete vaccination, with the date of the last application at least 14 days before arrival in the country.
    • Negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel, or antigen at the point of entry into the country.
    • Persons without a complete vaccination record, including minors, must be quarantined, antigen tested upon entry and PCR tested on day 7.
    • When 50% of the Argentine population is fully vaccinated, the antigenic test at entry (except for unvaccinated persons) and the PCR test on day 5-7 will be stopped.
  • September 13th, 2021: More than 28.7 million Argentines (65% of the population) have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 18.4 million (41% of the population) have received two doses. Consult the data in real time on the website of the Argentine Ministry of Health.
  • September 04th, 2021: More than 28.3 million Argentines (64% of the population) have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 16 million (36% of the population) have received two doses. Consult the data in real time on the website of the Argentine Ministry of Health.
  • August 07th, 2021: the Argentine government formalized the new measures that will be in force until October 1, in the framework of the coronavirus pandemic (Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia 494/2021):
    • Extension of the closure of borders and the ban on the entry of foreign tourists into Argentine territory is maintained (Decisión Administrativa 793/2021).
    • From September 6th, 2021, and depending on the situation of vaccination, health and epidemiological coverage at the origin and destination, the provincial governors may propose the implementation of a pilot experience of border tourism to allow the entry of foreigners from Chile and the Eastern Republic of Uruguay only with full vaccination and mandatory quarantine regimes.
  • August 3rd 2021 : More than 25,3 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • July 27th 2021 : More than 24,2 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • July 19th 2021 : More than 22 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • July 9th 2021 : In view of the continuity of the pandemic context and with the priority objective of preserving public health, the National Government establishes the extension of the border closure until August 6 inclusive.
  • July 6th 2021 : More than 18.4 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • June 26th 2021 : With the priority purpose of preserving public health in the face of the continuity of the pandemic, the National Government establishes :
    • the extension of the border closure up to and including July 9.
    • the suspension of direct flights to and from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Turkey, and countries of the African continent, and from Brazil, Chile and India.
    • a quota of 600 seats per day in passenger flights for the re-entry to the national territory of Argentine men, women and residents who are abroad. Persons returning between July 1st and August 31st must be isolated in places to be determined by the provincial and Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires (CABA) governments for 7 days, starting from the test carried out upon entering the country. Both the tests and the stay in isolation places will be at the passenger’s expense.
      Official source of information (in spanish) : https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/medidas-gobierno
  • June 21rst 2021 : More than 14.5 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • June 15th 2021 : Argentina’s national parks join the “safe travels” label : the Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Tourism Promotion (Inprotur), Ricardo Sosa, together with the President of the National Parks Administration (APN), Lautaro Erratchú, formalized the adhesion of the entire system of protected areas of the country to the Safe Travels seal (safe destination), granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
  • June 11th 2021 : Extension of the general prevention measures established in DNU 287/2021 until June 25 inclusive.
  • June 1rst 2021 : More than 12.4 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • May 31rst 2021: Return to the preventive and restrictive measures that applied in Argentina before May 22nd.
  • May 22nd 2021 : Extension of prevention measures and new provisions for high-risk areas and epidemiological and health alert areas (Decree 334/2021). In the context of the exponential increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, which is causing greater strain on the health system throughout the country, and with the priority objective of reducing the circulation of the virus and preserving public health, the national government establishes a series of measures from Saturday, May 22, at midnight to Sunday, May 30, inclusive:
    • The extension of the closure of the borders until June 11 inclusive. In this way, the suspension of authorizations and permits that had been provided for air transport operations of passengers and travelers on direct flights to and from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and as origin Brazil, Chile, Mexico and India is maintained.
    • Traffic is restricted in the country’s high health risk areas, allowing only movement near homes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., except for specially authorized reasons.
    • People must remain in their usual residences and can only move around to buy cleaning products, medicines, food and other necessities in essential stores.
    • Presential work in economic, industrial, commercial, service, cultural, sports, religious, educational, tourist, recreational and social activities is suspended.
  • May 11th 2021 : More than 9.3 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • April 30th 2021 : the National Government establishes the extension of the border closure. In this way, the current regulations are extended until May 21, which includes the suspension of authorizations and permits that may have been granted for air transport operations of passengers on direct flights to and from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and from Brazil, Chile, Mexico and India. (DNU 287/2021)
  • April 27th 2021: More than 7.5 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • April 19th 2021: More than 6.3 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the data in real time on the Argentine Ministry of Health website.
  • April 15th 2021: The Argentine government adopted new preventive measures in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA) until April 30 inclusive to limit the spread of COVID-19 (DNU 241/2021):
    • Curfew from 8 pm to 6 am.
    • limiting the opening hours of businesses from 6am to 7pm.
    • cafes and restaurants will only be allowed to serve the public in outdoor areas from 6am to 7pm. The “take away” mode will be allowed after 7pm.
  • April 10th 2021: extension of restrictive measures regarding tourism and travel in Argentina until April 30th 2021 inclusive by Decisión Administrativa 342/2021:
    • Suspension of flights from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
    • Closure of Argentine borders to tourism.
  • April 7th 2021: More than 4.7 million Argentines have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Check the data in real time on the website of the Argentine Ministry of Health.
  • March 29th 2021: the Argentine government announced new preventive measures to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Argentina:
    • Suspension of flights to and from Brazil, Chile and Mexico until April 9 inclusive.
    • Temporary closure of land borders with countries bordering Argentina: Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile.Details of the measures are available in Spanish on the government website.
  • March 24th 2021: More than 3.3 million Argentines have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. You can visit the Argentina Real-Time Vaccination Tracking site designed by the Argentine Ministry of Health (in Spanish) to access official data.
  • March 13th 2021: Extension of all mandatory distancing and preventive isolation measures until April 9th 2021. The Argentinean borders remain closed to international tourism. Only nationals and foreign residents in Argentina, as well as their close family members, under certain conditions, are allowed to enter the Argentine territory. (decreto 168/2021).
  • March 06th 2021 : The 2021 edition of the Harvest Festival (fiesta de la vendimia) has changed its format by adapting to the situation of the coronavirus pandemic. Mendoza offered national tourists wine tastings accompanied by regional cuisine and the screening of the film “History of the Harvest”, directed by local artists and filmmakers.
  • February 27th 2021 : The Argentine government extends the measures in force until March 12, 2021 inclusive for entry into and exit from the national territory (Decreto 125/2021).
  • February 19th 2021 : Reopening of El Shincal, one of the main archaeological tourist attractions in the province of Catamarca, in the Argentine Northwest.
    Visits are only by prior reservation.
  • February 1rst 2021 : Extension of the suspension of flights between Argentina and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, reduction in the frequency of flights with the United States, Mexico and Europe (30%), and with Brazil (50%) (Decisión Administrativa 44/2021).
  • January 29th 2021: Extension of preventive isolation and social distancing measures throughout Argentina until February 28, 2021 inclusive (Decreto 67/2021).
  • January 22nd 2021: Reopening of the Parque Provincial Cueva de Las Manos in the region of Santa Cruz, in Argentine Patagonia, an archeological site classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, where it is possible to observe rock paintings dating back more than 9,000 years.
  • 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 ?

Yes, from November 1, 2021. The Argentine borders will be open to tourism initially from October 1 for residents of neighboring countries (Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile). Then, from November 1 for all foreign tourists.

To know the conditions of entry in Argentina, Check our Covid-19 news section in Argentina

The Argentine Ministry of Health recommends the use of the “Cuidar” app.

Domestic transport, air and road, resumed on October 19, 2020, in a first time for essential workers with special permits and those requiring medical treatment. Domestic flights and inter-regional buses are now accessible to all.

National Tourism Opening

Can I visit the Perito Moreno Glacier ?

Soon. Los Glaciares National Park will be accessible to foreign travelers, as soon as the international borders reopen, on October 1 for neighboring countries, then on November 1 for all foreign tourists.

Argentina has 38 national parks, 36 land-based and 2 marine parks.

Consult the official argentinian national park website for more information.

Prevention guidelines

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 is constantly adapting to new conditions and health recommendations for the tourism sector. Argentinian airports, hotels, museums and national parks have implemented sanitary protocols and guidelines that we will communicate to our travelers 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.

Useful links

Prepare your next trip to Argentina and Patagonia!