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Argentina Health Alert (April 17, 2020)
April 17, 2020


Location:  Argentina

 Event:  For U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents traveling on tomorrow’s Eastern Airlines 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, 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 three 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.

The remaining commercial flight options for departing Argentina are extremely limited. We are engaging with the Argentine government on future flights and will communicate any information as soon as it is available.

Aerolíneas Argentinas has announced new special flights from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Aeroparque through April 25. You can check the schedule of departures and book directly through Aerolíneas Argentinas at www.aerolineas.com.ar.

Routine consular services at U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires are suspended through the end of the national quarantine period.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please email buenosaires-acs@state.gov.

The national quarantine that began on March 20 has been extended through April 26. Argentine authorities may further extend the quarantine beyond this date.  Limited quarantine exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care and travel to the international airport for ticketed passengers only.

Actions to Take:


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