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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina (March 25, 2020)
March 25, 2020


Location:  Argentina

Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires is coordinating closely with the Argentine government on all options for U.S. citizens to depart the country.  As we have additional information on departure opportunities, we will notify registered U.S. citizens through STEP.

Eastern Airlines is operating a direct flight from Buenos Aires to Miami, Florida on the morning of Friday, March 27 from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza). (This represents a schedule change from the earlier announcement that the flight would depart on March 26.) Please monitor https://goeasternair.com for the latest information on the flight and ticket availability. U.S. citizens interested in departing on this flight will need to book directly with Eastern Airlines. The flight is subject to change.

Multiple airlines continue to sell one- and two-stop itineraries to the U.S. online.  Verify with the airline you choose if you will be able to transit through your stopover point(s), and follow entry and exit requirements on the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 page for that country.

You will need to be creative in how you pair cities in your search, including considering split tickets on two or more carriers. Several carriers (including Turkish, Gol, and LATAM) are selling tickets from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo, Brazil, from where multiple flights are still operating directly to the United States on Delta, LATAM, United, and Azul, among other carriers. Travelers may need to book separate tickets and some itineraries may require an overnight stay in Sao Paulo. We refer you to the Embassy Brazil COVID-19 page for the latest on entry/exit requirements for Brazil.

You must organize your own domestic transportation to the airport.  The government of Argentina has indicated that travelers attempting to return to their home countries should be able to do so despite the national quarantine.  Carry your confirmed ticket and a copy of the letters, following the instructions on our webpage (https://ar.usembassy.gov/covid-19/) to help facilitate your travel to the airport.

Aerolíneas Argentinas has indicated that limited flights will operate from March 20 to March 31 from Cordoba, Comodoro Rivadvia, Trelew, Iguazu, Mendoza, Neuquen, Tucuman, Ushuaia, and Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aires Aeroparque; many of the Thursday morning departures arrive in Buenos Aires Aeroparque Airport in time to transfer to Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) for the Eastern Airlines flight to Miami on Friday. Space will be limited.  You can check the schedule of departures here and book directly through Aerolíneas Argentinas at www.aerolineas.com.ar.

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.

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.

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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