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Last updated: 09/29/20

Country-Specific Information:

U.S. citizens sheltering-in-place should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. For the provision of medical care, food, shelter, or other needs, you will need to rely on the Argentine system.

U.S. citizens attempting to depart Argentina should carefully review the “Departing Argentina,” “Travel to Buenos Aires,” and “Overland Travel Itinerary” sections below.

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.

The Government of Argentina has announced the extension of quarantine and social distancing measures. The following areas will remain in quarantine (“aislamiento social”) through at least October 11: the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area; in addition to those places forming part of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, the departments of General Pueyrredón, Bahía Blanca, and Tandil in Buenos Aires Province; the Manuel Belgrano, Ledesma, El Carmen, Palpalá, Susques, Yavi, Rinconada, and San Pedro departments of Jujuy; the Capital department of La Rioja; the Bariloche and Dina Huapi metropolitan areas and the General Roca department of Río Negro; the General José de San Martín, Cerrillos, Rosario de Lerma, General Güemes, La Caldera, Orán, and Capital departments of Salta; the Río Gallegos metropolitan area in Santa Cruz; the Capital and Banda departments of Santiago del Estero; and the Río Grande department of Tierra del Fuego. Per the latest order, most of the rest of the country remains in mandatory social distancing. Even in those provinces under mandatory social distancing, strict limits on travel, gatherings, and other activities apply. Argentine authorities may extend this period.

In all cases, remember that limited exemptions apply to obtain food, medical attention, and for ticketed passengers going to an international airport to return to their country.  Masks or other face coverings are mandatory nationwide in public spaces, including public transportation and passenger vehicles.

Restrictions may vary significantly by province and municipality; check with local health authorities for a full list of restrictions in your province or municipality.  More information can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.  You can read the text of the latest Presidential order here.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
    • Per the latest Argentine government policy, any foreigner who is 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.
    • Multiple countries in the region are implementing 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.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice from national, provincial, and local governments.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serologyrequired for entry? No.
  • 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 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 board a flight. 
  • Argentine Immigration (Migraciones Argentinas) previously announced an automatic 30-day visa extension for all non-residents with visas set to expire after March 17.  See details here and contact Migraciones with any questions.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
    • While there is no curfew in place, national social distancing and quarantine orders are in effect.
    • The Government of Argentina has announced the extension of quarantine and social distancing measures.  The following areas will remain in quarantine (“aislamiento social”) through at least October 11: the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area; in addition to those places forming part of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, the departments of General Pueyrredón, Bahía Blanca, and Tandil in Buenos Aires Province; the Manuel Belgrano, Ledesma, El Carmen, Palpalá, Susques, Yavi, Rinconada, and San Pedro departments of Jujuy; the Capital department of La Rioja; the Bariloche and Dina Huapi metropolitan areas and the General Roca department of Río Negro; the General José de San Martín, Cerrillos, Rosario de Lerma, General Güemes, La Caldera, Orán, and Capital departments of Salta; the Río Gallegos metropolitan area in Santa Cruz; the Capital and Banda departments of Santiago del Estero; and the Río Grande department of Tierra del Fuego. Per the latest order, most of the rest of the country remains in mandatory social distancing. Even in those provinces under mandatory social distancing, strict limits on travel, gatherings, and other activities apply. Argentine authorities may extend this period. For more information, visit https://www.argentina.gob.ar/salud/coronavirus-COVID-19 (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 at: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/aislamiento/exceptuados. (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 at: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/aislamiento/exceptuados.  Individual provinces may require additional local permits to enter or transit.
    • The government of Argentina has implemented additional travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Only travelers with confirmed international flight reservations may travel from the provinces to the Buenos Aires metro area 24 hours in advance of the flight. U.S. Citizens intending to depart Argentina should carefully review and understand the documentary requirements in the “Departing Argentina,” “Travel to Buenos Aires,” and “Overland Travel Itinerary” sections of this page (below) before planning their travel.
  • 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 strongly encourages 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 U.S. 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • Anyone arriving in Argentina from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days and follow the required health measures. Anyone who does not follow the mandatory quarantine and the health measures may be subject to criminal penalties. Argentine health authorities will determine whether travelers may quarantine at their destination or if they must complete the quarantine period in another place as designated by the government. The traveler may have to bear any costs associated with the 14-day quarantine period.  For more information, visit https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/aislamiento/preventivo (Spanish).
    • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.  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)

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No.
    • Regular commercial flights to, from, and within Argentina are not operating. Please see the “Departing Argentina” section below for information on the limited departure opportunities currently available.
    • Only sporadic and specially approved international flight options currently exist in Argentina. The U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee their future availability.  If you need to leave Argentina, you should strongly consider booking one of the flights listed in the “Departing Argentina” section, otherwise you should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
    • There is no estimated date for the resumption of regular commercial air service in Argentina. Currently, only flights that receive special permission may operate.
    • Aerolineas Argentinas announces sporadic domestic departures to Buenos Aires on their website.  The airline has published a limited schedule of flights from Ushuaia and Resistencia to Buenos Aires through September 28. For schedule details and booking, visit the Aerolíneas Argentinas website at aerolineas.com.ar.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Limited public transportation within cities with strict limitations is operating. Intercity transport is mostly suspended.  Masks are required nationwide.
    • Transport remains extremely restricted.  The Ministry of Transportation halted all Argentine intercity domestic buses, trains, and flights in March, and most of these services remain suspended due to the ongoing quarantine order.
    • 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.
  • U.S. Citizens intending to depart Argentina should carefully review and understand the documentary requirements in the “Departing Argentina,” “Travel to Buenos Aires,” and “Overland Travel Itinerary” sections of this page (below) before planning their travel.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • 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:

  • U.S. Citizen Services: The Embassy continues to offer limited emergency passport and citizenship appointments for U.S. citizens with confirmed, imminent, emergency travel plans. Very limited regular passport and citizenship appointments are periodically added; U.S. citizens may monitor the appointment system on our website: https://ar.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.
  • Visas: As of August 24, the United States Embassy in Argentina is resuming visa services for F, M, and J student visa applicants.  We remain unable to resume other routine visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately (or if you are a student visa applicant), 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. Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here.

Departing Argentina:

Only sporadic and specially approved international flight options currently exist in Argentina. The U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee their future availability. If you need to leave Argentina, you should strongly consider booking one of the below flights, otherwise you should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

At present, there is no official date for the resumption of regular commercial air service in Argentina. Currently, only flights that receive special permission may operate.

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.

The U.S. Embassy is currently aware of several departure opportunities; *all flights are subject to change*.  The below flights are not U.S. government sponsored or operated. Prospective passengers should regularly monitor airline websites, as some flights may sell out quickly and all flights are subject to change.

The following direct itineraries are currently showing availability.

    • The American Airlines website currently shows several special flights from Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE/Ezeiza) to Miami, Florida.  U.S. citizens and U.S. legal permanent residents interested in departing on these flights will need to book directly with American Airlines (https://www.aa.com).  The following flights currently appear on the American Airlines website:
      • Saturday, October 3
      • Daily beginning October 7 and running through October 31. For availability on specific dates, check the American Airlines website.
    • The Aerolíneas Argentinas website currently shows no available flights from Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE/Ezeiza) to Miami, Florida.  U.S. citizens and U.S. legal permanent residents interested in departing on these flights will need to book directly with Aerolíneas Argentinas (https://www.aerolineas.com.ar/).

American Airlines is not currently showing availability on its October 1 departure to Miami.  Airlines may sporadically add availability on sold-out departures and interested passengers may monitor the airlines’ websites directly.

The U.S. government will continue to liaise with commercial flight operators on possible flight options but does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Argentina.

Passengers may be subject to CDC screening, health observation, and monitoring requirements upon reentry to the United States. For additional information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Information for Travel page.

Travel to Buenos Aires and/or Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza):

We anticipate that any future commercial or charter flights approved by the Argentine government would depart from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) in Buenos Aires.

All travelers entering or exiting Argentina must 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.

The government of Argentina has implemented additional travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Only travelers with confirmed international flight reservations may travel from the provinces to the Buenos Aires metro area 24 hours in advance of the flight. If your travel to Buenos Aires will take longer than 24 hours, please email the embassy at buenosaires-acs@state.gov. Please review the information in “Overland Travel Itinerary” (below) to ensure you submit required details in a timely manner.

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:

Provinces may require additional documentation, including health certificates.  A partial list of those requirements is available here.  This list is not exhaustive and is intended to assist U.S. citizens in organizing their travel; all U.S. citizens should verify the latest requirements with local or provincial authorities before beginning their travels

Though the Embassy cannot endorse any hotel, 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), the Hilton Puerto Madero (+54 011 4891-0000; Hilton Buenos Aires reservationsreservations.buenosaires@hilton.com), the InterContinental Buenos Aires (+54 011 4340-7100 or bueha.reservas@ihg.com), the Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires – MGallery (+54 11 4700 7500, reservas.palladio@accor.com), the Kenton Palace (+54 9 11 4405-2762). and the Howard Johnson Plaza Florida Street (corporativo@hjflorida.com, +54 011 4891 9200).  This list is not exhaustive.

Aerolineas Argentinas announces sporadic domestic departures to Buenos Aires on their website.  The airline has published a limited schedule of flights from Ushuaia and Resistencia to Buenos Aires through September 28. For schedule details and booking, visit the Aerolíneas Argentinas website at aerolineas.com.ar.

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.

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 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.

Overland Travel Itinerary:

For U.S. citizens traveling from the provinces to Buenos Aires or travelers in the Greater Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area departing for Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport, the Government of Argentina is requesting the following information, which the Embassy MUST receive sixty (60) hours prior to your initiation of travel in order to allow the Argentine Government sufficient time to process your request. You must type all of the required information directly into the body of your e-mail.  You may find it helpful to copy and paste the below list into your e-mail and type your answers next to each category.

      • Place of origin (city and province or neighborhood in the City of Buenos Aires)
      • Date and time of departure from place of origin
      • Route to Buenos Aires (if traveling from the provinces)
      • Hotel Reservation in Buenos Aires (if traveling from the provinces)
      • Make and model of vehicle
      • License plate number
      • Name of driver and DNI (ID)
      • Destination (Ezeiza)
      • Confirmed flight details (airline, flight number, date, and destination)
      • Name and passport number of each passenger (U.S. lawful permanent residents should also include their lawful permanent resident number)

U.S. citizens should send this information immediately to buenosaires-acs@state.gov. The subject line of your e-mail should read “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.

Additional Steps to Take:

 

The U.S. government will continue to liaise with commercial flight operators on possible flight options but does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Argentina.  The cost of such tickets may be higher than standard commercial fares.  To assist us in liaising with these operators, if you are actively attempting to depart Argentina, indicate your intent to return to the United States by sending an e-mail to BuenosAiresUSCitizen@state.gov.  In the subject line of your e-mail, please write “Intent to Depart: 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

Working Phone Number 

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.
    • 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:

    • 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.  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.

Local Resources:

    • The U.S. government has begun processing economic impact payments for qualified recipients. The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires will not receive or administer any of these funds on behalf of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.  If you believe you are eligible to receive an economic impact payment, we ask that you visit the IRS Coronavirus webpage.
    • U.S. citizens may be able to receive money from friends or family through Western Union’s affiliate in Argentina, Correo Argentino. Correo Argentino, Argentina’s national postal service provider, has partnered with Western Union and may be able to receive U.S. money transfers at branches throughout the country.  Please visit their website: https://www.correoargentino.com.ar/servicios/financieros/giro-correo-argentino-western-union-internacional or call their customer service number +54-11-4891-9191 for more information.
    • Argentina confirmed 723,132 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of September 28.  Additional suspected cases continue to be investigated. Updates on the number of cases are published daily by the Argentine Ministry of Health (Spanish).
    • Argentina has posted informational notices about self-evaluation for COVID-19 in English and Spanish at Argentina’s international airports.  Airport personnel are required to use alcohol and regular personal sanitation.
    • For more information on quarantine measures, you may visit the website of the Argentine Ministry of Health (Spanish).
    • View U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires Most Recent Alerts
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