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What is the state of play on travel and immigration in Argentina right now?

Written by
Bruchou & Funes de Rioja, Argentina’s experts in labour and employment law.
Argentina has extended its border closure until 17 July.

It has been announced that Argentina’s borders will remain closed until 17 July 2020 inclusive for non-resident foreign nationals.

(Decree 274/2020, Decree 331/2020, Decree 365/2020, Decree 409/2020, Decree 459/2020, Decree 493/2020, Decree 520/2020 and Decree 576/2020)

The sale of air tickets is suspended until 1 September 2020. The National Civil Aviation Administration has ruled that:

‘Airlines that operate passenger air transport services from, to or within the national territory may reschedule their regular operations or request authorisations for non-regular operations from 1 September 2020.’

(Resolution 144/2020 BO 27.4.20).

Mandatory home isolation remains in place until 17 July 2020, exclusively for people who reside or are in the metropolitan area (City of Buenos Aires and greater Buenos Aires), in the Province of Chaco, Gral. Roca City (Río Negro) and in the city of Neuquén and its urban agglomerate (Neuquén).

The rest of the country has now entered the phase of ‘social, preventive and compulsory distancing’, where a minimum distance of two metres must be maintained between people, and all sanitary measures must be complied with.

(Decree 260/2020, Decree 325/2020, Decree 355/2020, Decree 408/2020, Decree 459/2020, Decree 493/2020, Decree 520/2020 and Decree 576/2020)

Anyone arriving in Argentina (nationals and residents) must home isolate for at least 14 days.

(Decree 260/2020)

The current suspension of consular visa applications remains in force until further notice.

(Disposition 1644/2020).

The Immigration Office will remain closed until 17 July 2020. The submission and processing of all residence applications in Argentina is suspended until 17 July 2020.

The National Directorate of Migrations has arranged to extend the validity of provisional, transitory, and temporary residence permits expiring between 17 March and 14 July for an additional 30 days.

(DNM provision 1714/2020 – DNM provision 1923/2020 – DNM Provision 2205/2020 and DNM Provision 2434/2020)

Germán Capoulat
Partner - Argentina
Bruchou & Funes de Rioja