COVID-19 / Measures adopted by the Argentine Government for those travelling to Argentina
The Embassy of Argentina informs that to face the Coronovirus (COVID-19) health emergency, the Argentine Government has established the following measures:
SUSPENSION OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ARRIVALS
The Argentine Government established the SUSPENSION of international passenger flights from the pandemic "affected areas" (Europe, the United States, South Korea, Japan, China, and Iran) till further notice.
BORDER CLOSURE AND ENTRY BAN
On March 15, 2020, the Argentine Govenrment announced the closing of its borders as of March 6 except for Argentine nationals wishing to come back to Argentina and for residents returning to Argentina. This measure aimed to protect the Argentine population and control and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
THIS EXTENSION OF THE ENTRY BAN WILL BE IN FORCE UNTIL AUGUST 16, 2020 inclusive, as established by Decree 331/2020 and subsequent extensions, as well as the instruction to several government agencies to establish a schedule and coordinate necessary actions to allow the gradual entry into the national territory by residents in Argentina and Argentine citizens residing abroad.
To this end, air, river, sea and land "safe corridors" meeting the best health and safety conditions will be determined, in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, paying special attention to people belonging to risk group.
Furthermore, the Argentine Government considered it necessary to arbitrate additional reasonable, temporary and proportionate measures to safeguard the health of individuals and their families, both nationals and residents wishing to enter the country, as well as those currently in the country, minimizing entry into the national territory to avoid all possible cases of potential contagion. Decree 313/2020 of March 26, 2020 expanded the scope of the prohibition of entry into the national territory through ports, airports, international crossings, border centers and any other access point provided by Decree No. 274 of March 16, 2020, to persons residing in the country and to Argentines and Argentines residing abroad. The decision to temporarily restrict entry into national territory has been determined based on the grounds that it represents a relevant threat or risk to public health or safety.
MANDATORY QUARANTINE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES
In order to reduce the social contact of those who were in areas where the virus was transmitted, a MANDATORY ORDER requires to carry out the so-called "Quarantine" after entering Argentina of ALL those people who come from said places (the list of places that can be modified or enlarged in the coming days), even if they are asymptomatic. Consequently, those people must remain at home and must not go to public places - such as work, recreation, sports, or social areas - for 14 days.
Stay-at-home policy. The Argentine Government has announced the extension of quarantine and social distancing measures. The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area; the entire province of Jujuy; Atreucó, Catriló, Capital and Toay departments in the province of La Pampa; Güer Aike department in the province of Santa Cruz; and Río Grande department in the province of Tierra del Fuego will remain in quarantine through at least August 16. Per the latest Presidential Decree, most of the rest of the country remains in mandatory social distancing. Even in those provinces under mandatory social distancing, strict limits on travel, gatherings, and other activities apply. Argentine authorities may extend this period. Masks or other face coverings are mandatory nationwide in public spaces, including public transportation and passenger vehicles.
Restrictions may vary significantly by province and municipality; check with local health authorities for a full list of restrictions in your province or municipality. More information can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.
VISA EXTENSION FOR NON-RESIDENT US CITIZENS
Argentina's Migration Office (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) announced on April 15, 2020 an automatic 30-day visa extension for all non-residents with visas set to expire after March 17. See details here https://bit.ly/2VSRLsE
MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS ONCE IN ARGENTINA
Once arrived in Argentina, it is suggested to contact a medical institution in the event of fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat or respiratory distress), not self-medicate, and not underestimate these clinical manifestations. It is recommended to consult through telephone service.
It is recalled that although COVID-19 can affect anyone, special care is suggested for those in risk groups: adults over 65 and people with pre-existing conditions (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
Information available (in Spanish) at: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/salud/coronavirus-COVID-19