COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [01/28/2022]

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Beginning December 6th, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.  You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.  The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure.  The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator.  By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken.  For example, if your flight is at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

In addition, the CDC requires that each passenger complete an attestation.  Generally, these attestations are provided by and submitted to the airlines, but you may also find the relevant attestation form here https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/Combined-Passenger-Attestation-Amended-Testing-Order-12-02-2021-p.pdf

Country-Specific Information

The Department of State has issued a Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) advisory for Argentina for U.S. citizens due to COVID-19.  The Argentine Government announced that effective November 1, 2021, foreign tourists are permitted to enter, but must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before their arrival in Argentina.  Please see “Entry and Exit Requirements” below for further details and continue to monitor this website for additional updates.  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 4 (Very High Level of COVID-19) Notice for Argentina.  For more information, visit this CDC page.

COVID-19 Testing:

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Argentina? Yes

If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? 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.
    • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page.  Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption,  email BuenosAiresCDCwaiver@state.gov.  For information on the exemptions to vaccination requirements please review this page International Travel | CDC for the specific and limited criteria for exemptions.  Requests for vaccination exemptions may also be forwarded to BuenosAiresCDCwaiver@state.gov.
    • Test results are generally provided electronically.  Test results are provided in Spanish.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Argentina approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Argentina for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes 
    • Which vaccines are available in Argentina?
      • The Government of Argentina has approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, the Convidecia CanSinoBiologics vaccine, the Comirnaty Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, the Sinopharm Sinovac vaccine, the Covishield vaccine, and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for use against COVID-19.  In Argentina, U.S. citizens should check with local health officials or their local health provider and may also review the information available on this website.  This website provides information om vaccination rollout status, eligibility criteria and links to each jurisdiction to register for vaccines.
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. 
    • The U.S. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes (see details below).
    • Foreigners who are not residents in Argentina:
      • Fully vaccinated:
        • Have completed the vaccination schedule at least 14 days before arrival in Argentina.
        • A negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test administered no more than 48 hours prior to departure.
        • International travelers to Argentina who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days may travel with confirmed lab results from their diagnosis and documentation from their medical care provider as long as the end of medical care was documented at least ten days after the positive lab test.
        • Electronic sworn statement within 48 hours before departure.
        • Evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization, quarantine, and transportation coverage of COVID-19.
        • Those fully vaccinated and with a negative COVID-19 test are exempted from quarantine.
      • With incomplete vaccination schedule or not vaccinated:
        • Apply for a vaccination exception before your trip to Argentina at the nearest Argentine Consulate.  Evidence of the exception must be submitted.
        • A negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test administered no more than 48 hours prior to departure.
        • International travelers to Argentina who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days may travel with confirmed lab results from their diagnosis and documentation from their medical care provider as long as the end of medical care was documented at least ten days after the positive lab test.
        • Electronic sworn statement within 48 hours before departure.
        • Evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization, quarantine, and transportation coverage of COVID-19.
        • Quarantine at a location determined by local health authorities for a period of 7 days (considering the day after the test was taken as day number 1).
    • Argentine citizen or residents:
      • Fully vaccinated:
        • Have completed the vaccination schedule at least 14 days before arrival in Argentina.
        • Electronic sworn statement within 48 hours before departure.
        • Those fully vaccinated are exempted from quarantine.
      • With incomplete vaccination schedule or not vaccinated:
        • A negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test administered no more than 48 hours prior to departure.
        • Electronic sworn statement within 48 hours before departure.
        • Quarantine at a location determined by local health authorities for a period of 7 days (considering the day after the test was taken as day number 1).
    • Foreigners who arrive from neighboring countries or neighboring country residents who have stayed in those countries for at least 14 days:
      • Fully vaccinated:
        • Have completed the vaccination schedule at least 14 days before arrival in Argentina.
        • Electronic sworn statement within 48 hours before departure.
        • Evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization, quarantine, and transportation coverage of COVID-19.
        • Those fully vaccinated are exempted from quarantine.
      • With incomplete vaccination schedule or not vaccinated:
        • Apply for a vaccination exception before your trip to Argentina at the nearest Argentine Consulate.  Evidence of the exception must be submitted.
        • A negative COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test administered no more than 48 hours prior to departure.
        • Electronic sworn statement within 48 hours before departure.
        • Quarantine at a location determined by local health authorities for a period of 7 days (considering the day after the test was taken as day number 1).
        • Evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization, quarantine, and transportation coverage of COVID-19.
    • Minors under 18 years who have not completed the vaccination schedule will be exempted in all cases from quarantine.  However, the government recommends that minors do not attend social activities or large events for a period of seven days starting from the day of arrival.
    • Minors under 6 years of age are also exempted in all cases from undergoing the PCR or antigen test to enter the country.
    • Individuals entering the country must carry all documentation that accounts for travel requirements, during the 14 days after their arrival.
    • For cruise ships:  Only a negative COVID-19 PCR test (not antigen) administered no more than 72 hours prior to the departure of the cruise ship will be accepted.
    • All passengers transiting Argentina must comply with the same requirements as those passengers entering and remaining in Argentina.
    • 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.
    • See the Government order here.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
    • 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.  For more information, visit this page (in Spanish).
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Additional information about interprovincial travel can be found here  (In Spanish).  Individual provinces may require additional local permits to enter or transit.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No (dependent upon circumstances).
    • Any individuals with a positive COVID-19 test who are not fully vaccinated during their stay in Argentina are required to quarantine at a location determined by local health authorities for a period of 10 days from the date of onset of symptoms or in asymptomatic cases, from the date of diagnosis.
    • Confirmed cases who are fully vaccinated (less than 5 months after the schedule has been completed or the booster dose has been applied) will need to quarantine for 7 days from the date of onset of symptoms, or in asymptomatic cases, from the date of diagnosis, with at least 48 hours without symptoms or with mild symptoms, plus 3 days of special care (not attend large events or social gatherings, use of face mask at all times where there are other people, social distance).
    • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated with no symptoms, who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will need to quarantine for 10 days after their last exposure to that person at a location determined by local health authorities, which may be reduced to 7 days in case of a negative PCR test on day 7 with 3 additional days of special care.
    • Individuals who are asymptomatic and are fully vaccinated (less than 5 months after the schedule has been completed or the booster dose has been applied) who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will need to quarantine for 5 days plus 5 days of special care.
    • More information can be found here.
  • Note: The costs associated with lodging and other expenses during the isolation period are the responsibility of the traveler and may involve peak season lodging rates and other expenses.  Please note that the determination of close contact is made by local health officials and may include extended family members and other individuals within a tour group or traveling party.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Masks or other face coverings are mandatory nationwide in certain public spaces, such as public transportation and passenger vehicles.

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.

Consular Operations:

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