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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina (March 16, 2020)
March 16, 2020


Location:  Argentina

Event:  Border closures, transportation disruptions and flight suspensions: The government of Argentina has implemented entry and exit restrictions and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Argentine Government (in Spanish) for additional information on these new measures.

Any foreigner who is not a resident in Argentina will not be permitted to enter Argentina until April 1.  This period may be extended.

Foreigners traveling from the affected countries, including the United States, all European countries, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran, who arrived in Argentina in the last 14 days must continue to self-isolate and follow the required health measures.  Anyone who does not follow the mandatory quarantine and health measures may be subject to criminal penalties.  If specifically directed by Argentine authorities to remain in place, the travelers must comply.  The traveler will bear any costs associated with the 14-day quarantine period.

The government of Argentina has also determined that hotels may deny accommodation to tourists in accordance with their admission regulations.  We are aware that some hotels are not allowing travelers to leave within their 14-day quarantine period.

International flights coming from the affected countries, including the United States, are suspended for a period of 30 days.  Argentine authorities may extend or reduce the time period.

The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires is aware of ships carrying U.S. citizens experiencing delayed disembarkation in order to comply with Argentina’s mandatory quarantine period.  If specifically directed by Argentine authorities to remain in place aboard your cruise ship, you must comply.

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens with plans to depart Argentina should strongly consider departing while able to do so.  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to explore all options for departing via air, land or maritime routes while options remain.

U.S. citizens with flights to the United States should contact their air carrier immediately to rebook their travel.  If necessary, citizens should contact other airlines to see options available (through other countries) to arrive in the United States.

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