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Last updated: [01/26/2021]
*** All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
The Department of State has issued a Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) advisory for Argentina for U.S. citizens due to COVID-19. Travelers to Argentina may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Argentina due to COVID-19. If you have not yet done so, be sure to register at step.state.gov for emergency updates.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 “Avoid Nonessential Travel” Warning for Argentina. For more information, visit this CDC page.
U.S. citizens planning to depart Argentina should carefully review the “Departing Argentina” and “Travel to Buenos Aires” sections below.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Argentina? Yes.
- Both PCR and antigen tests are widely available in the City of Buenos Aires. Outside of the City of Buenos Aires, U.S. citizens may find varying availability of testing.
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
- Within the City of Buenos Aires, if using a private lab, results are generally available within 24 hours. If using a public hospital, the time frame for receiving results can vary between eight and 72 hours. Please note that private and public facilities may experience delays in returning test results if demand for tests increases.
- While Argentine government authorities may only test symptomatic patients, U.S. citizens may obtain COVID-19 tests at many private labs (diagnósticos/laboratorios). Appointments are generally required, and U.S. citizens must pay for the cost of their own test. Generally, the cost for a COVID-19 test at a private lab is 6,500 Argentine pesos. U.S. citizens should be prepared to pay the cost of the test and then work with insurance companies to seek reimbursement if applicable. The following is a non-exhaustive list of labs providing testing in the Buenos Aires area:
- Diagnostico Rossi
- Laboratorio Hidalgo
- Diagnostico Maipu
- IADT (Instituto Argentino de Diagnostico y Tratamiento)
- Test results are generally provided electronically. Test results are provided in Spanish.
- Current proof of a COVID-19 vaccine does not satisfy the testing requirement for all passengers arriving to the United States.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Argentina approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- The Government of Argentina has approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, the University of Oxford/AstaZeneca vaccine, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use against COVID-19. According to Government of Argentina authorities, vaccination for COVID-19 will occur in phases with priority given to healthcare workers, those over 60 years of age or who have underlying conditions that increase the risk for a negative outcome, and those working in the security and education sectors. The Government of Argentina began vaccinating individuals in December 2020.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
- Per the latest Argentine government policy, most foreigners who are not a resident in Argentina, including U.S. citizens, will not be permitted to enter Argentina; the U.S. Embassy is not aware of an estimated end date for this travel ban.
- Foreign citizens, with direct relatives (spouse, parents, minor children, and adult children) who are Argentine citizens or residents, may enter Argentina for a temporary visit under exceptional circumstances if certain conditions are met. U.S. citizens should be advised that whether entry will be authorized is a discretionary decision made by Argentine immigration officials at specific ports of entry; the U.S. Embassy cannot intercede in this process. In the event that the requested entry is denied, the passenger will be ordered to depart on the next available flight or means of transport. Entry under this program is restricted to the following ports of entry: Ministro Pistarini Ezeiza International Airport, San Fernando International Airport, Buquebus Ferry Terminal; and the land border crossings of Paso de los Libres – Uruguayana, Sistema Cristo Redentor, San Sebastián, and Gualeguaychú – Fray Bentos. In addition, travelers seeking entry under this program must present: a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or legal documentation of common law marriage or partnership (with required apostille) as evidence of the direct relation with the Argentine citizen. Travelers are also required to present a copy of the National ID Card (DNI) of the Argentine relative, return travel reservation/tickets, negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel, and evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization and quarantine coverage for COVID-19. The traveler must also present at the port of entry a letter of request that provides the necessary reason for the visit, dates of entry and departure to and from Argentina, address where the traveler will stay, and any additional relevant information required for the immigration official to evaluate the request. The Government of Argentina announcement of this program is available at the following link: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/237884/20201130.
- Foreign citizens traveling under this program are required to pay a fee of 9,000.00 ARS to immigration officials upon arrival.
- Foreign citizens arriving in the City of Buenos Aires and remaining in Buenos Aires for more than 24 hours will be charged 2,500.00 ARS for COVID-19 saliva testing.
- Multiple countries in the region have implemented travel restrictions with little advance notice. To stay informed of the latest travel restrictions, visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 webpage for the country of your intended destination or stopover.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure is required for all arriving international travelers.
- Authorities in the City of Buenos Aires have indicated that persons arriving in the City of Buenos Aires via Dellepiane Bus Terminal, and Ezeiza Airport (beginning December 15, 2020) from other areas of Argentina or from neighboring countries may be subject to testing upon arrival in lieu of quarantine. Travelers with specific questions should contact local authorities.
- Persons returning to the City of Buenos Aires by private vehicle may be required to obtain a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of arrival at city-designated locations.
- For details on these programs, contact the City of Buenos City authorities or visit their info page at https://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/laciudad/noticias/la-ciudad-abre-el-turismo-nacional-e-internacional-con-protocolos-de-cuidado-y-una. A positive test result may result in a mandatory quarantine period for the traveler.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Argentine immigration authorities require that all travelers entering or exiting Argentina submit an electronic sworn statement within the 48 hours before their arrival/departure. The form is available here. Travelers may be required to present the confirmation e-mail they receive from this system in order to board a flight.
- Argentine Immigration (Migraciones Argentinas) previously announced an automatic 30-day visa extension for all non-residents with visas originally set to expire after March 17. See details on the most recent extension here and contact Migraciones with any questions.
- Is a curfew in place? The Government of Argentina has recommended provinces and the City of Buenos Aires establish curfews if certain sanitary thresholds are reached. Anyone residing or traveling in Argentina should consult with local authorities for the most up to date information regarding curfews.
- The Government of Argentina has announced the extension of quarantine and social distancing measures. Per the latest order, cities and departments not experiencing community transmission and who have satisfactory health care infrastructure will remain in mandatory social distancing. Cities and departments with increased or uncontrolled community transmission may revert to mandatory quarantine (“aislamiento social”). Even in those areas under mandatory social distancing, strict limits on travel, gatherings, and other activities apply. Anyone residing or traveling in Argentina should consult with local authorities for the most up to date information regarding the status of each city or department as they may move between mandatory quarantine and social distancing measures depending on the current conditions. Argentine authorities may extend this period. For more information, visit this page (in Spanish). You can read the text of the latest Presidential order here.
- Plan to limit your movements in accordance with the latest guidelines, whether in an area under “quarantine” or “mandatory social distancing.”
- Limited exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care and travel to the international airport for ticketed passengers only. Additional information about movement exemptions can be found here (In Spanish).
- Masks or other face coverings are mandatory nationwide in public spaces, including public transportation and passenger vehicles.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
- Travel between cities, departments, and provinces is restricted. Additional information about movement exemptions can be found here (In Spanish). Individual provinces may require additional local permits to enter or transit.
- The U.S. Embassy has restricted all non-critical official travel within Argentina for Embassy personnel. Personal travel for Embassy personnel within Argentina outside the normal home and work areas is highly discouraged.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
- All arriving travelers, including those who present a negative PCR test, will also be required to self-isolate for a period of 7 days. Information about this requirement can be found in Spanish at https://www.argentina.gov.ar/noticias/el-gobierno-nacional-adoptara-nuevas-medidas-y-requisitos-para-el-ingreso-al-pais.
- All international travelers must arrive in Argentina with a negative PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure . It is expected that travelers will need to provide test results to the airline before boarding at the point of departure. Any Argentine citizen or foreign resident who arrives via a land border and chooses not to present a negative PCR test administered no more than 72 hours before arrival will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who does not follow the mandatory quarantine and the health measures may be subject to criminal penalties. If specifically directed by Argentine authorities to remain in place, you must comply.
- In addition, provincial authorities introduce additional quarantine measures and travel restrictions with little prior notice. Please check the website of your province’s Ministry of Health for more details.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- Limited regular commercial flights to, from, and within Argentina are resuming operations.
- Although commercial aviation is resuming, strict documentary requirements for all passengers apply. Contact your air carrier and provincial authorities for more information on documentary requirements at your point of origin. Entry restrictions to Argentina remain in place, and most non-resident foreigners are still not permitted to enter Argentina
- Domestic flights are restricted to essential workers as outlined in the national quarantine order as well as those seeking medical treatment. The Government of Argentina has also indicated that U.S. citizens may use these flights to connect with confirmed international departure opportunities from Buenos Aires. All passengers must have a valid Certificado Único de Circulación to travel and should consult with their air carrier and local officials regarding travel eligibility and additional requirements.
- U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents seeking to connect to a confirmed international departure opportunity from Buenos Aires can also continue to avail themselves of private ground transportation options. A list of private transfer “remis” companies still in operation is below in the “Travel to Buenos Aires and/or Ministro Pistarini International Airport” section.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Limited public transportation within cities with strict limitations is operating. In the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, only essential workers with a circulation permit may board public transportation. These regulations are likely to remain in place for the duration of the quarantine order. Travelers should expect further travel disruptions with little notice.
- Long-haul intercity transportation options are restricted to essential workers as outlined in the national quarantine order as well as those seeking medical treatment. The Government of Argentina has also indicated that U.S. citizens may use these transportation options to connect with confirmed international departure opportunities from Buenos Aires. All passengers are required to have a valid Certificado Único de Circulación to travel and should consult transportation provider and local officials regarding travel eligibility and additional requirements.
- U.S. Citizens intending to depart Argentina should carefully review and understand the documentary requirements in the “Departing Argentina” and “Travel to Buenos Aires” sections of this page (below) before planning their travel.
Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable):
- Failure to adhere to quarantine, social distancing, movement restrictions, and other health guidance may result in fines and/or criminal penalties, up to and including arrest and jail time.
- U.S. Citizen Services: The Embassy continues to offer limited emergency passport and citizenship appointments for U.S. citizens with confirmed, imminent, emergency travel. Limited regular passport and citizenship appointments are periodically added; U.S. citizens should monitor the appointment system on our website.
- Visas: The United States Embassy in Argentina remains unable to resume routine visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. In the meantime, the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) has been extended until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided under the “Expedited Appointments” tab here to request an emergency appointment. Please don’t submit an Expedited Appointment Request more than 20 days before your intended travel date.
- Limited regular commercial flights to and from Argentina are operating.
- Argentine immigration authorities require that all travelers entering or exiting Argentina submit an electronic sworn statement within 48 hours of their travel. The form is available here. Travelers may be required to present the confirmation e-mail they receive from this system in order to check-in for their flight.
- Several commercial carriers, including American, United, and Aerolíneas Argentinas, show available direct flights to the United States. Prospective passengers should monitor airline websites, as some flights may sell out quickly and all flights are subject to change. Passengers electing to book a flight with a stopover in another country should verify with their air carrier and that country’s immigration authorities their ability to transit at their stopover point. For booking questions and documentary requirements, contact your air carrier.
- The Centers for Disease Control has declared that all international arriving passengers to the United States must present a negative COVID-19 viral test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure or proof that the arriving passenger tested positive for COVID-19 and has subsequently been cleared for travel and an attestation of such facts as presented. The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires does not administer COVID-19 tests and U.S. citizens must pay for the cost of their own test. Please see a non-exhaustive list of labs providing testing in the Buenos Aires area below under the COVID-19 Testing section of this webpage (above). For additional information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Information for Travel page. In addition, travelers should check with the state and/or local health departments at their final destination in the United States regarding health measures and quarantine requirements.
Travel to Buenos Aires and/or Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza):
- Limited domestic flights and long-haul buses are resuming. These options are restricted to essential workers as outlined in the national quarantine order as well as those seeking medical treatment. The Government of Argentina has also indicated that U.S. citizens may use these transportation options to connect with confirmed international departure opportunities from Buenos Aires. All passengers are required to have a valid Certificado Único de Circulación to travel and should consult with their transportation provider and local officials regarding travel eligibility and additional requirements.
- U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents seeking to connect to a confirmed international departure opportunity from Buenos Aires can also continue to avail themselves of private ground transportation options. While the Embassy cannot endorse any specific company to reach Buenos Aires, several private transportation options remain available for overland travel, including:
- Remises Universal; +54 011 4991-5146
- Travel Line; +54 011 6038-5785
- Aires Argentinos; +54 011 4413-8400 and +54 011 6671-3711
- Limay Travel (Bariloche); +54-9-294-469-7475.
- In addition to the sworn statement required to board their international flight, the Government of Argentina has also specified that travelers will need the following documents to travel to Buenos Aires or from Buenos Aires to Ezeiza Airport:
- Confirmed international airline ticket
- Confirmed hotel reservation in Buenos Aires (for travelers not already in Buenos Aires)
- Embassy Letter (click to download and print)
- Ministry Note (click to download and print)
- Certificado Único de Circulación (CUC) through the app CUIDAR or at https://www.argentina.gob.ar/circular. The CUC system is now able to accept foreign passport numbers in addition to DNIs.
- The CUC replaces the personalized embassy letters previously known as the Overland Travel Itinerary/Provincial Departure Itinerary.
- The Embassy does not administer the CUC system. Please direct questions regarding the CUC application to Argentine authorities.
- Drivers should also have the Certificado Único de Circulación and all necessary local/provincial permits.
- Individual provinces may require additional documentation. Each province has varying health, testing, and documentation requirements for entry, transit, and departure. You must check with the authorities of each province you intend to travel from, to, or through what requirements may apply to you.
- Travelers should note that authorities in the City of Buenos Aires are testing passengers arriving by bus, private vehicle, and plane if remaining in the city for more than 24 hours. For more information on requirements and testing locations, visit https://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/laciudad/noticias/la-ciudad-abre-el-turismo-nacional-e-internacional-con-protocolos-de-cuidado-y-una.
- The national government is maintaining a list of entry requirements for various provinces here but travelers are still encouraged to verify entry, exit, and travel requirements directly with local authorities. You may wish to begin your research on the website of the relevant province’s health ministry: CABA, Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Chaco, Chubut, Córdoba, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, Jujuy, La Pampa, La Rioja, Mendoza, Misiones, Neuquén, Río Negro, Salta, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, Tierra del Fuego, Tucumán.
- Because of checkpoints, travelers should plan for additional travel time. S. citizens attempting to leave Argentina must arrange their own domestic travel and should plan any overland travel during daytime hours. You should NOT circulate on Argentine roads and attempt to reach Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) at night. Nighttime clearance at checkpoints cannot be guaranteed and curfews may be in effect.
- View U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires Most Recent Alerts
- Argentine Ministry of Health website (Spanish)
- Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccine website (Spanish)
- Argentine Immigration Department Sworn Statement for Entry/Exit (Spanish)
- Argentine Certificado Único de Circulación (Spanish)
- Argentine Ministry of Transportation Requirements and Restrictions for Entry to Provinces (Spanish; note: travelers should communicate with provincial authorities directly regarding the latest provincial travel requirements)
- Argentine Ministry of Transportation “Who Can Travel?” (Spanish)
- Argentina confirmed 1,874,801 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of January 25. Additional suspected cases continue to be investigated. Updates on the number of cases are published daily by the Argentine Ministry of Health (Spanish).
- Other links:
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- Argentine Ministry of Health website (Spanish)
- Argentine Presidential Decree (Spanish)
- Argentine Ministry of Health Resolution on Novel Coronavirus (Spanish, PDF, 661KB)
- Argentine COVID information telephone numbers (Buenos Aires City and provinces)
- Argentine Ministry of Immigration (Spanish)
- Department of Homeland Security