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Argentina Health Alert (May 7, 2020)
May 7, 2020


Location:  Argentina

Event: For U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents departing Argentina on Eastern Airlines’ May 8 flight:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, there are several checkpoints along the way.
  • The airline will be processing many passengers: be prepared to wait in line!
  • Bring snacks or drinks: the airport restaurants and coffee shops are closed.
  • Wear a face mask or covering.
  • Don’t forget to carry your passport, your confirmed international airline ticket, your personalized overland travel itinerary issued by the Embassy (if obtained), and the Embassy Letter and Ministry Note found on the Embassy’s webpage: https://ar.usembassy.gov/covid-19/.

Travelers may be stopped at checkpoints on their way to the airport. Use the letters to explain the purpose of travel to the checkpoint authorities. If you are unsuccessful in transiting through the checkpoint, call the Embassy’s emergency phone line (54 11) 5777-4354 while you are still at the checkpoint.

In the United States, passengers may be subject to CDC screening, health observation, and monitoring requirements upon reentry to the United States. For additional questions, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Information for Travel page.

Only sporadic and specially approved international flight options currently exist in Argentina. The Embassy continues to engage with the Argentine government regarding future flights and will communicate any information as soon as it is available. The U.S. government cannot guarantee the continuation of direct-sale charter repatriation flights from Argentina.

The Government of the City of Buenos Aires has made wearing face masks or face coverings mandatory in all public spaces. You may receive fines between AR$10,000 and AR$79,000 for failure to comply if you are caught without one. Requirements for the use of face coverings in cars and trains is also required in all areas of national jurisdiction and throughout the provinces. When in doubt, wear one – to stop the spread and avoid fines.

The Argentine Government suspended ticket sales for commercial flights scheduled to depart before September 1 and extended the quarantine through May 10. Limited quarantine exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care and travel to the international airport for ticketed passengers. Media report that the government is considering extending the quarantine past May 10. More information can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

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