An Administrative Decision (2252/2020 issued by the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, the ‘Decision’) has amended the rules on travel and quarantine in Argentina.
From 00:00 on 25 December 2020 until 00:00 on 9 January 2021 the following changes apply:
Authorisations that had been granted for direct flights on air routes from the UK and Northern Ireland, Australia, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands, and those destined for those countries are suspended for passengers. The Decision also provides that the national health authority may expand the above list of countries.
Authorisations that had been granted for entry and exit through authorised border crossings are suspended, except for the entry of Argentine residents and citizens and special authorisations granted by the Immigration Office for working reasons (paragraph 2, article 1 of Decree 274/20 and its amendments). The border crossings of San Sebastián and Integración Austral, both located in the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands, are exempt from this suspension.
From 00:00 on 25 December 2020 until 00:00 on 9 January 2021, the following categories of people are authorised to enter Argentina:
Conditions for entry to Argentina have been updated in Annex I to the Decision as set out below.
Electronic Affidavit for entering Argentina
All travellers must submit an Electronic Affidavit. It is available on the official site of the National Directorate of Migrations (www.migraciones.gob.ar) and must be completed 48 hours before boarding.
All travellers must take a diagnostic test 72 hours prior to international travel and receive a negative result for COVID-19 to present with the Electronic Affidavit, except:
Those who cannot take a PCR test where their journey originates for a duly justified cause must have a medical certificate that proves that they do not have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, also issued at least 72 hours before travelling. This must accompany the Electronic Affidavit. These individuals must also take a PCR test at their destination.
All travellers must comply with a ten-day quarantine after the negative PCR test was performed.
Those who are required to have a negative PCR at source issued within 72 hours before boarding, must serve seven or more days of quarantine at their destination up to a maximum of ten days from the date the test was carried out.
Those who cannot take a PCR test where their journey originates must prove they do not have symptoms with a medical certificate and take a PCR test at their destination as soon as possible upon arrival in Argentina. They must complete a mandatory ten-day quarantine.
Exceptions to the quarantine requirement are as follows:
These exceptions only apply to the extent the individuals concerned comply with the protocols set or to be set by the health authority in a timely manner.
The health authority may order additional measures at any time during the stay of any of the excepted individuals listed above when it suspects the existence of a risk of spreading the virus, especially when these individuals come from countries where the new viral variant is circulating.
Other and local conditions
Other requirements relate to special traveller insurance for non-resident foreign nationals, the use of the CUIDAR app for nationals or residents in Argentina or for foreign nationals, the requirements of local destination jurisdictions in Argentina and the strict control of these measures by local jurisdictions.
The national health authority may adapt the requirements set out in the Annex according to the evolving epidemiological situation.