COVID-19 Information

IMPORTANT: Read the latest Embassy Health Alert here.

Country-Specific Information:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  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.

The Government of Argentina has announced that the national quarantine that began on March 20 has been extended through April 12.  Limited quarantine exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care and travel to the international airport for ticketed passengers only.

Travelers Attempting to Depart Argentina

As we have additional information on departure opportunities, we will notify registered U.S. citizens through STEP.  If you have not yet done so and it is your intent to depart, you should also review the information in “Additional Steps to Take” (below) and send the required registration e-mail to the BuenosAiresUSCitizen@state.gov inbox.

At present, airlines such as American and Delta have ended their commercial international routes to Argentina through May.

We cannot guarantee that the Embassy will be able to arrange a U.S. State Department-organized charter flight and the costs of such tickets may be higher than standard commercial fares. Under U.S. law, passengers on a charter U.S. government-organized charter flights are responsible for paying the full cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard fares.

Travelers Already in Buenos Aires

Travelers in the Greater Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area departing for Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport should carry the following documentation, required by the Government of Argentina:

It is not necessary at this time to submit your airport travel plans to the Embassy if beginning your travels in the Greater Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area.  Because of checkpoints, travelers should plan for additional travel time. U.S. citizens attempting to leave Argentina must arrange their own domestic travel and should plan it during daytime hours. To avoid unnecessary delays, you should NOT circulate on Argentine roads and attempt to reach Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport at night. Nighttime clearance at checkpoints should not be guaranteed.

Use the above documents to explain your purpose of travel to the checkpoint authorities. If you are unsuccessful in transiting through the checkpoint, call the Embassy’s emergency phone line listed on the Embassy Letter while you are still at the checkpoint.

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” available at https://tramitesadistancia.gob.ar/Foreign nationals departing Argentina, including U.S. citizens, do not need this document and need only the documents referenced above.

Travelers Still in Outer Provinces/Travel to Buenos Aires

Due to the difficulties in traveling from the provinces to Buenos Aires in time for any potential international flight, the U.S. Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens remaining in the provinces who want to depart Argentina to consider traveling to Buenos Aires as soon as possible; however, please be aware that we do not have future confirmed flight availability. We anticipate that any future charter flights approved by the Argentine government would depart from Buenos Aires.

There are still a few hotels open in Buenos Aires accepting guests, including the Sheraton Buenos Aires (+54 011 4318-9000 or buescrecepcion@marriott.com), the Park Tower (also +54 011 4318-9000 or buescrecepcion@marriott.com), and the Hilton Puerto Madero (+54 011 4891-0000; Hilton Buenos Aires reservationsreservations.buenosaires@hilton.com)

U.S. citizens still located in outer provinces should consider traveling to Buenos Aires as soon as possible, noting the additional instructions below.

Aerolineas Argentinas has announced the suspension of domestic flights through at least April 13.

The Government of Argentina has indicated that overland travelers need the following documents:

Travelers originating in or crossing the below provinces may require additional documentation (click your province name, this list may not be exhaustive, as requirements change frequently): Santiago del EsteroTucumánSanta CruzChubutCorrientes.

OVERLAND TRAVEL ITINERARY: For U.S. citizens traveling from the provinces to Buenos Aires by ground transportation/overland, the Government of Argentina is requesting the following information. NOTE: U.S. citizens already in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area DO NOT need to submit this information to reach the airport.

  • Make and model of vehicle
  • License plate number
  • Name of driver
  • Route to Buenos Aires
  • Number of passengers
  • Name of each passenger and passport number
  • Place of origin (city and province)
  • Destination (Ezeiza)

U.S. citizens should send this information immediately to buenosaires-acs@state.gov. The subject line of your e-mail should “Overland Travel Itinerary.” With that information, the Embassy will produce a letter for you to carry with you or display on your mobile device to present to authorities in addition to the other letters referenced above.

Use the above documents to explain your purpose of travel to the checkpoint authorities. If you are unsuccessful in transiting through the checkpoint, call the Embassy’s emergency phone line listed on the Embassy Letter while you are still at the checkpoint.

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.

If a friend or family member will be taking you to the airport or to Buenos Aires, or you are working with a private “remis”/transfer driver, they may be required to apply online for the “Solicitud de Certificado Único Habilitante,” available at https://tramitesadistancia.gob.ar/.

Because of checkpoints, travelers should plan for additional travel time. U.S. citizens attempting to leave Argentina must arrange their own domestic travel and should plan it during daytime hours.  You should carry a copy of your confirmed flight itinerary with you to show your intent to depart the country. To avoid unnecessary delays, you should NOT circulate on Argentine roads and attempt to reach Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) at night.  Each province has its own regulations regarding COVID-19 when carrying out inspections at provincial borders, and nighttime clearance at such checkpoints cannot be guaranteed.

Additional Steps to Take

 In case commercial transportation options cease to be available, the U.S. Embassy is compiling a list of persons seeking to leave Argentina.  In preparation for possible flights, U.S. citizens interested in returning to the United States must do the following:

  • Complete the table below and e-mail it to BuenosAiresUSCitizen@state.gov indicating your desire to return to the United States. In the subject line of your e-mail, please write “Charter Flight Registration: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, DATE OF BIRTH DD-MMM-YYYY.” If you are in a group with multiple U.S. citizen travelers, please send a separate e-mail for each traveler. Each field below must be completed or your submission cannot be accepted.

Full name (as spelled in your passport)

Date of Birth (DD-MMM-YYYY)

Passport Number

Passport Date of Expiration (DD-MMM-YYYY)

Current Location:  City

Current Location:  Province

Phone number or email

Special needs /Medical issues/Provincial Transport Challenges

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), the State Department’s system for registering and communicating with U.S. citizens abroad. This will ensure you receive all Embassy travel updates, including any regarding return flights to the United States.
  • Continue to follow up with airlines about the availability of commercial flights, which could re-start operations before other travel arrangements such as charter flights are available.

Please note:

  • We cannot guarantee that the Embassy will be able to arrange charter flights. We are gathering this information in anticipation of being able to do so.
  • Only U.S. citizens and immediate family members may request embassy assistance to return to the United States.
  • Under U.S. law, passengers on a U.S. State Department-organized charter flight are responsible for paying the cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard commercial fares.
  • Space on flights may be limited, requiring us to prioritize initial placement for those with the greatest medical need.
  • Due to the high volume of inquiries, you may not receive an immediate response to your e-mail requesting assistance departing. This does not mean the Embassy has not registered your information — only that we do not have the available staff to respond quickly to all communications.  We will continue to endeavor to respond to every email as soon as we can.
  • We will continue to provide further information as soon as it becomes available, via the sources described above

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Per the latest Argentine government policy, any foreigner who is not a resident in Argentina will not be permitted to enter Argentina; the U.S. Embassy is not aware of an estimated end date for such travel ban.
  • Multiple countries in the region are implementing travel restrictions with little advance notice. To stay informed of the latest travel restriction, visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 webpage for the country of your intended destination or stopover. Some countries in the region continue to allow U.S. Citizens to transit airside with onward travel to the United States. Travelers must confirm with their carrier their ability to transit. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice from both the national, provincial, and local governments.

If You Have Decided to Remain in Argentina

  • If you do not depart, you should be prepared to remain indefinitely and arrange lodging for the duration of the quarantine period.  Plan to limit your movements in accordance with the quarantine, whether in the City of Buenos Aires or the provinces.  Remember that limited quarantine exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care.
  • On March 19, the Government of Argentina declared a countrywide lockdown.  Under a state of emergency, Argentina enacted a mandatory quarantine beginning on March 20 at 12:01am.  The quarantine has been extended through April 12. 
  • Limited quarantine exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care and travel to the international airport for ticketed passengers only.
  • Movement within Argentina remains extremely restricted.  The Ministry of Transportation halted all Argentine intercity domestic buses, trains, and flights (with the exception of the Aerolineas Argentinas flights noted above and at aerolineas.com.ar), and most of these services remain suspended due to the ongoing quarantine order.  In the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, passengers can only board public transportation if there is an available seat (standing room passengers are forbidden). This regulation is likely to remain in place for the duration of the quarantine order. Travelers should expect further travel disruptions with little notice.
  • Argentina confirmed 1265 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of April 2.  Additional suspected cases continue to be investigated. Updates on the number of cases are published daily by the Argentine Ministry of Health (Spanish).

 Quarantine Information:

  • Any foreigner or resident who arrived in Argentina in the last 14 days from a country of active transmission must self-isolate and follow the required health measures. Anyone who does not follow the mandatory quarantine and the health measures may be subject to criminal penalties. The Argentine Ministry of Health has defined these areas as the United States, China, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Europe, Chile, and Brazil. The traveler may have to bear any costs associated with the 14-day quarantine period.
  • In addition, provincial authorities are introducing additional quarantine measures and travel restrictions with little prior notice. Please check the website of your province’s Ministry of Health for more details.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy has strongly encouraged all employees who have any symptoms or feel ill to stay home. They are reminded to take all necessary precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection.
    On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world, including U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, of US personnel and family members who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.

 Local Resources:

  • Argentina has posted informational notices about self-evaluation for COVID-19 in English and Spanish at Argentina’s international airportsAirport personnel are required to use alcohol and regular personal sanitation.
  • View U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires Most Recent Alerts

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