Argentina: Current restrictions for foreigners wishing to enter the country
With uncertainty surrounding almost every aspect of our lives at the moment, and many countries across the world imposing strict rules to contain the spread of COVID-19, it is easy for us to lose sight of the things that matter to us the most, that without the pandemic we would otherwise be doing as normal. For some, traveling is the best feeling in the world, exploring new countries and immersing yourself in cultures and traditions different to your own, yet it is clear that for the past year, much of this has come to a standstill worldwide. There are, however, some exceptions, and while they are not for holidaymakers, certain people are able to enter some countries, and as it works differently depending on where in the world you need to go, it is important to understand what you need to do, and more importantly, if it is possible to enter there. In this article we will update you on the current status of entry to Argentina.
Who can enter?
With cases having taken a slight rise when compared to recent months, and the summer holiday season drawing to a close, conditions have changed and new requirements for those wishing to enter Argentina makes the list of those permitted to do so altogether more limited. In short, only Argentinians, residents and people who apply and are granted a special permit are allowed to enter the country. This is positive in the sense that it is a case-by-case basis, and so if you make your point in front of Migrations, there is a chance you will be authorised entry into Argentina. Having said this, those who feel they have a case to make ought to make sure they fit one of these categories:
1. Non-resident essential worker
2. Family member of an Argentine citizen, resident or sportsperson
This is by no means an extensive list, and therefore it is not a given that your plans will be approved, and with many direct flights suspended, make sure you have a route planned and available to book before applying for permission to enter.
What are the requirements for those allowed to enter?
To break it down to the bare bones, here are the things you need to be able to enter Argentina after being authorised:
1. Electronic sworn statement (48 hours prior to travel)
2. Negative PCR test result for COVID-19 (within 72-hour window before travel)
a. No test required for crew members, people transiting for less than 24 hours, children under 6, or those with a lab proven positive Coronavirus test within 90 days of travel
b. In the instance of positive cases, a medical certificate proving good health at least 10 days after diagnosis is required in place of negative test result
If you are needing to travel to Argentina, please bear all of this in mind, it is not a lot of hassle to complete these items, yet they are of utmost importance when entering the country.
So, now you are in the country and have all your documents sorted, it is time to undertake your quarantine period. The entire period must amount to 10 days, and this is affected by your ability to conduct a PCR test in your home country. As previously mentioned, it is necessary for most travellers to be able to show a negative test taken 72 hours before traveling, counting as 3 days towards the 10 days of quarantine. Following this, it will be necessary to present a further negative test on arrival supplemented by 7 extra days of self-isolation. Those who can only take a test on arrival, as long as it comes back negative, must isolate for 10 days in their accommodation in Argentina.
On the final day of quarantine, it is going to be required of you to take another test, just to make sure. As well as this, make sure your health insurance covers COVID-19, as with new strains and numbers fluctuating, it is always best to stay safe and prioritise your health.
So, if you feel your need to travel to Argentina is important and you need to begin this process, let us know today. At Creimerman, we are here to assist you and make sure you have as stress-free time as possible at a time when many of us are occupied with new living and working environments, adapting to our new world.