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Argentina Health Alert (March 23, 2020)
March 23, 2020


Location:  Argentina 

Event:  The U.S. Embassy is actively assisting U.S. citizens, in compliance with Argentine travel restrictions, who wish to return to the United States.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States should work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  In case commercial transportation options cease to be available, we are compiling a list of persons seeking to leave Argentina.  In preparation for possible flights, U.S. citizens interested in returning to the United States must do the following:

  • Complete the table below and e-mail it to BuenosAiresUSCitizen@state.gov indicating your desire to return to the United States. In the subject line of your e-mail, please write “Charter Flight Registration: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, DATE OF BIRTH DD-MMM-YYYY.” If you are in a group with multiple U.S. citizen travelers, please send a separate e-mail for each traveler. Each field below must be completed or your submission cannot be accepted.


Full name (as spelled in your passport) Date of Birth (DD-MMM-YYYY) Passport Number Passport Date of Expiration (DD-MMM-YYYY) Current Location: City Current Location: Province Phone number or email Special needs /Medical issues


  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), the State Department’s system for registering and communicating with U.S. citizens abroad. This will ensure you receive all Embassy travel updates, including any regarding return flights to the United States.
  • Continue to follow up with airlines about the availability of commercial flights, which could re-start operations before other travel arrangements such as charter flights are available. 

Please note:

  • We cannot guarantee that the Embassy will be able to arrange charter flights. We are gathering this information in anticipation of being able to do so.
  • Only U.S. citizens and immediate family members may request embassy assistance to return to the United States.
  • Under U.S. law, passengers on a U.S. State Department-organized charter flight are responsible for paying the cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard commercial fares.
  • Space on flights may be limited, requiring us to prioritize initial placement for those with the greatest medical need.
  • Due to the high volume of inquiries, you may not receive an immediate response to your e-mail requesting assistance departing. This does not mean the Embassy has not registered your information — only that we do not have the available staff to respond quickly to all communications. We will continue to endeavor to respond to every email as soon as we can.

We will continue to provide further information as soon as it becomes available, via the sources described above.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 

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