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Argentina Health Alert (March 26, 2020)
March 26, 2020


Location:  Argentina

Event:  The remaining commercial flight options for departing Argentina are extremely limited. 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 charters flights approved by the Argentine government will depart from Buenos Aires.  We are engaging with the Argentine government on future flights and will communicate that information as soon as it is available.

 If you are traveling from the provinces to Buenos Aires by ground transportation, the Government of Argentina is requesting the following information:

  • 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)

Please send this information immediately to buenosaires-acs@state.gov. In the subject line of your e-mail, please write “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 following two letters: Embassy Letter and Ministry Note, also requested by the Government of Argentina

Travelers should expect to be stopped at checkpoints on their way to the airport. Use the three letters 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. To avoid unnecessary delays, U.S. citizens 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.

Aerolíneas Argentinas has indicated that limited flights will operate from March 20 to March 31 from Cordoba, Comodoro Rivadavia, Trelew, Iguazu, Mendoza, Neuquen, Tucuman, Ushuaia, and Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aires Aeroparque.You can check the schedule of departures here and book directly through Aerolíneas Argentinas at www.aerolineas.com.ar.

There are still a few hotels open in Buenos Aires accepting guests. Monitor the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for more details.

If you have not done so already, the Embassy is a compiling a list of citizens seeking to leave Argentina. You must visit https://ar.usembassy.gov/covid-19, where you will find a list of information to complete and e-mail to the Embassy at the address provided on the same page. As we have additional information on departure opportunities, we will notify registered U.S. citizens through STEP.

 U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States by any available means, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

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

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

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