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IMPORTANT: Read the latest Embassy Health Alert here.

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.

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 the extension of the national quarantine through at least July 17the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area will see a further tightening of restrictions.  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 in public spaces, including public transportation and passenger vehicles.  Restrictions may vary by province and municipality; check with local health authorities for a full list of restrictions in your province or municipality.  Even in provinces that have moved towards a more open “social distancing” policy, mask requirements, social distancing rules, and limits on gatherings apply. More information can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.


Travelers Attempting to Depart 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.

The U.S. Embassy is currently aware of two departure opportunities; *all flights are subject to change*.  The below flights are not U.S. government sponsored or operated.  Monitor the operating carrier’s website for the latest on flight information and ticket availability.

  • Eastern Airlines has announced it will operate a flight from Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE/Ezeiza) to Miami, Florida on Friday, July 17. U.S. citizens and U.S. legal permanent residents interested in departing on this flight will need to book directly with Eastern Airlines (https://goeasternair.com/).
  • Eastern Airlines has announced it will operate a flight from Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE/Ezeiza) to Miami, Florida on Friday, July 31. U.S. citizens and U.S. legal permanent residents interested in departing on this flight will need to book directly with Eastern Airlines (https://goeasternair.com/).

Aerolíneas Argentinas is not currently showing availability on its July 11 or July 25 departures to Miami, and Eastern Airlines is not currently showing availability on its July 22 departure to Miami.

As we have additional information on departure opportunities, we will notify registered U.S. citizens through STEP. 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/Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport

We anticipate that any future commercial or charter flights approved by the Argentine government would depart from Buenos Aires.

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.

Aerolíneas Argentinas has announced new special flights from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza/EZE) through July 15.  For schedule details and booking, visit the Aerolíneas Argentinas website at www.aerolineas.com.ar.

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

Overland Travel Itinerary:

For U.S. citizens traveling from the provinces to Buenos Aires by ground transportation/overland 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.

  • Make and model of vehicle
  • License plate number
  • Name of driver and DNI (ID)
  • Name and passport number of each passenger
  • Place of origin (city and province or neighborhood in the City of Buenos Aires)
  • Route to Buenos Aires (if traveling from the provinces)
  • Hotel Reservation in Buenos Aires (if traveling from the provinces)
  • Destination (Ezeiza)
  • Confirmed flight details

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.

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 Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires – MGallery (+54 11 4700 7500, reservas.palladio@accor.com), and the Kenton Palace (+54 9 11 4405-2762).  Travelers are responsible for their own lodging.

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.

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. 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:

  • 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 national, provincial, and local governments.

If You Have Decided To Remain in Argentina

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.

The Government of Argentina has ordered a countrywide mandatory quarantine.  The quarantine has been extended through July 17, with an additional tightening of restrictions in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area.  Restrictions may vary by province; check with local provincial authorities for a complete list of guidelines.  Please note:

  • Plan to limit your movements in accordance with the quarantine, whether in the City of Buenos Aires or the provinces.
  • Limited exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care and travel to the international airport for ticketed passengers only. Additional information about quarantine exemptions can be found at https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/aislamiento/exceptuados.(In Spanish)  If you have been using a Certificado Unico Habilitante de Circulacion, note that many previously issued Certificado Unico Habilitante de Circulación were invalidated by the latest quarantine extension; check with Argentine authorities to determine if you must reapply.
  • Face masks or coverings must be worn in most public areas and in transport and cars.
  • 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, passengers can only board public transportation if there is an available seat (standing room passengers are forbidden). These regulations are likely to remain in place for the duration of the quarantine order. Travelers should expect further travel disruptions with little notice.

Additional information for U.S. citizens remaining in Argentina:

  • 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.
  • Argentine Immigration (Migraciones Argentinas) announced previously an automatic 30-day visa extension for all non-residents with visas set to expire after March 17. See details here https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/227952/20200417 and contact Migraciones with any questions. The U.S. Embassy does not maintain information on Argentine visas.
  • Argentina confirmed 80,447 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of July 7.  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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