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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina (March 20, 2020)
March 20, 2020


Location: Argentina

Event: On March 19, the Argentine government declared a countrywide mandatory quarantine.  Under a national public health emergency, Argentina enacted this quarantine, starting March 20, 12:01a.m. and continuing through March 31, 11:59 p.m.  Argentine authorities may extend such period of time.  Limited quarantine exemptions include movement to obtain food and medical care, and travel to the international airport for (only) ticketed passengers.  Visit the website of the Argentine Government (in Spanish) for additional information on travel restrictions and quarantine measures.

The Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory and 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.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  We understand that while multiple airlines continue to sell one-stop itineraries to the United States online, it is likely those flights will be suspended soon.  Please verify with the airline you choose if you will be able to transit through your stopover point, and follow entry and exit requirements on the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 page for that country.

We are aware of reports of airline websites being inaccessible. Consider consulting your local travel agency. We understand that Carlson Wagonlit- Argentina has travel agents staffed in Buenos Aires. CWT Agents are available for travel booking on whatever flights may still have seats. Fees may apply.

Phone number: + 54 11 5555-2193

Email: use.bue.ar@contactcwt.com

Email Subject Title: REGRESO A EEUU

Any U.S. Citizens remaining in Argentina should be prepared to remain indefinitely and arrange lodging for the duration of the quarantine period.  The government of Argentina has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Please visit the Ministry of Health website for further details at https://www.argentina.gob.ar/salud.

As of Thursday, March 19, 11:59 p.m., the Ministry of Transportation halted all intercity Argentine domestic buses, trains, and flights through Wednesday, March 25, 11:59 p.m.

In the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, as of Thursday, March 19, 11:59 p.m, passengers may only board public transportation if there is an available seat (standing room passengers are forbidden).  This restriction will remain in place through March 31, 11:59 p.m. Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

Effective March 16, international flights coming from multiple countries, including the United States, are suspended for a period of 30 days.  Argentine authorities may extend or reduce such period of time.  Any foreigner who is not a resident in Argentina will not be permitted to enter Argentina until April 1.  This period may be extended.

Effective March 18, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please email buenosaires-acs@state.gov.

U.S. government personnel are restricted from non-essential domestic and international travel.

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