COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [11/24/2021]

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

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the 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.

Country-Specific Information

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 (“Reconsider 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 3 “Reconsider Travel” 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 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.
    • 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
    • U.S. citizen tourists are allowed to enter Argentina from November 1, 2021, but they must be fully vaccinated and the second dose has been given 14 days before arrival in Argentina. Argentine Authorities will require evidence of vaccination. See the Government Order here.
    • Not fully vaccinated U.S. citizens may enter Argentina if they are direct family members of an Argentine citizen or resident (children, parent, spouse or civil union partner) and the purpose of trip is to visit such family member. You must obtain prior authorization from the Argentine Consulate in the United States, so please contact the nearest Argentine Consulate based on your location. Apostilled marriage certificate, birth certificate, civil union certificate and photocopy of the Argentine ID of the individual to visit will be required. See the Government Order here.
    • Not fully vaccinated U.S. citizens who do not reside in the country may enter Argentina if they are traveling on business, study, training or as an athlete participating in a sporting event. You must obtain prior authorization from the Argentine Consulate in the United States, so please contact the nearest Argentine Consulate based on your location. Evidence of the exception under which you apply must be submitted. See the Government Order here.
  • 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.
    • Minors (under age 18) who are not fully vaccinated are allowed to enter the country and will not have to quarantine. However, the government recommends that minors do not attend social activities or mass events for a period of seven days starting from the day of arrival.
    • 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 to board a flight.
    • Argentine immigration authorities require that all travelers have evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization, quarantine, and transportation coverage of COVID-19.
    • The Argentine Ministry of Health may grant exceptions to the entry requirements above when made before arrival in Argentina.
    • 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.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • As of July 8, 2021, Argentine Immigration authorities (Migraciones Argentinas) announced the termination of the automatic 30-day visa extension for all non-residents with visas originally set to expire after March 17, 2020. See details on the most recent decree here and contact Migraciones.

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 (if fully vaccinated)
    • U.S. citizens with with legal residency in Argentina who return to the country and who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine and undergo a COVID 19 PCR test on day seven after arrival. If negative, they can then conclude their quarantine isolation period from that point in time.

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:

  • U.S. Citizen Services: All American Citizen Services are available; U.S. citizens should monitor the appointment system on our website.
  • Visas: Routine B1/B2 tourist and business visa interviews remain suspended at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. Please continue to monitor the U.S. Embassy’s web page for future announcements regarding visa services. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided under “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. For additional information visit:

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