Argentina: Health Alert

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Location:  Argentina

Event:  Only sporadic and often last-minute intermittent international commercial flight options currently exist in Argentina. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The Embassy continues to engage with the Argentine government on future commercial flights and will communicate any information as soon as it is available. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Argentina at this time.

If you purchased a flight on Eastern Airlines for Saturday, April 18, and have not done so already, email buenosaires-acs@state.gov with the following information to facilitate your movement to Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza). The subject line of your e-mail should read “Overland Travel Itinerary.”

  • Name of each passenger and passport number
  • Place of origin (city and province or neighborhood in the City of Buenos Aires)
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • License plate number
  • Name of driver (and DNI if Argentine citizen)
  • Name of each passenger and passport number
  • Route to Buenos Aires (if you are traveling from the provinces)
  • Hotel Reservation in Buenos Aires (if you are traveling from the provinces)

Please reference our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for the list of required documents to have with you as you travel to the airport and options on traveling to Buenos Aires from the provinces.

If a friend or family member will be taking you to the airport, or you are working with a private driver, they may be required to apply online for the “Solicitud de Certificado Único Habilitante de Circulación.”  For more information or to apply, visit https://www.argentina.gob.ar/solicitar-certificado-unico-habilitante-para-circulacion-emergencia-covid-19.  Foreign nationals departing Argentina, including U.S. citizens, do not need this document and need only the documents referenced above. 

Most international airlines have extended their suspensions of regular flights into May. If you believe you have an international flight out of Buenos Aires in May, please call your airline to confirm.

The Government of the City of Buenos Aires announced that starting Wednesday, April 15, face masks/coverings will be obligatory in public transport and commercial settings and recommended for other outings: (https://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/jefedegobierno/noticias/rodriguez-larreta-brindo-detalles-de-la-extension-de-la-cuarentena-tapabocas). The Province of Buenos Aires may soon implement a similar requirement.

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.

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