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Information on who can enter, COVID-19 testing and self-isolation.

Updated on May 21, 2021

Due to the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, the Government of the Republic of Argentina issued regulatory Decrees N° 260/2020 and 274/2020, and supplementary rules and regulations, that determine:

      I.   Who can enter Argentina, and

      II.   Health requirements that every traveller must meet.

I. Who can enter Argentina?

  1.  Argentine citizens and residents in Argentina (Group 1)

  2. Direct family members of Argentine citizens or residents in Argentina, that do not need a visa to enter Argentina (Group 2).

  3. Foreigners that need to fulfill work or business activities, carry out an official diplomatic mission, partake in sporting activities, or reunite with a Argentine or resident family member (Group 3).

 Travellers from each group must have the required documentataion (listed below):

I.1. Argentine citizens and residents in Argentina (Group 1)

Argentine citizens must have:

  • Valid Argentine passport (if expired, follow this link).
  • In cases of dual nationality and with a foreign passport, some airlines require a valid Argentine passport. In this case, we recommend contacting the airline before purchasing a ticket.

Foreigners with a valid residence in Argentina must have the following:

  • Valid passport.
  • Valid DNI for foreigners.
  • If the traveller has a precarious residence ("residencia precaria"), an expired or lost DNI, he/she may request a Residency Certificate by email.
  • If your residence expires after March 17, 2020, please verify if ot was extended.

Both Argentine citizens and foreign residents must abide by the health requirements (see below).

I.2. Direct family members of Argentine citizens or residents in Argentina, that do not require a visa to enter Argentina (Group 2).

Travellers included in Group 2 must have:

  • Valid passport.
  • Original birth, marriage or common-law certificate that proves the relationship to the Argentine citizen or resident, duly legalized by this Consulate General.
  • Unmarried or non-registered couples: sworn affidavit before a notary public and two witnesses attesting the couple's relationship. When one of the members of the couple is on Argentina and the other abroad, each one must prepare a sworn affidavit separately, and both must be shown to the airline. The affidavits done in Argentina must be legalized by the local 'Colegio de Escribanos'. The affidavits done abroad must either be apostilled or legalized by this Consulate.
  • Copy of the Argentine DNI of the family member/partner you will visit.
  • Flight reservation showing arrival and departure dates.
  • Letter of request stating the need to travel, departure and arrival dates, place of stay in Argentina and all other relevant information.
  • Travel insurance that explicitly includes COVID-19 coverage. Getting a letter stating coverage without exclusions or limitations in case of hospitalization/isolation is recommended.
  • Payment of a ARS 9.000 fee (according to art. Art. 1°, inc. m of Decreto 865/2019)
  • Abiding by the health requirements (see below)

I.3. Foreigners that need to fulfill work or business activities, carry out an official diplomatic mission, partake in sporting activities, or reunite with Argentine citizens or resident family members (Group 3).

You may contact this Consulate General by email to request an authorization from Immigration Argentina (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones).


II. Health requirements

Every traveller must meet the following health requirements:

  1. Online Affidavit.
  2. Three COVID tests.
  3. Mandatory isolation.
  4. CUIDAR App.
  5. Provincial and municipal requirements.

II.1. Online Affidavit

  • Complete the Online Affidavit of Immigration Argentina's website within 48 hours before your departure (link)
  • Argentine citizens must complete the information 'issuing date of DNI/Passport' with the date shown in the most recent document you have.

II.2. COVID Testing

Each traveller must conduct 3 (three) COVID-19 tests:

  • PCR test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Argentina, calculated from the moment the test was taken. Those who test positive will not be able to board. The following travellers are exempt from pre-entry testing:
    • Transport workers and crew members whowill remain less than 24 hours in the country;
    • Those who have tested positive in the last 90 days. You must submit the positive test and medical discharge issued at least 10 days after the positive test results, stating the course of the illness and abscence of symptoms at the moment the certificate is issued.
    • Those under 6 years of age.
  • SARS CoV-2 (antigen) test upon arrival to Argentina. Those who test positive must take a PCR for the genome sequence, and isolate with their direct contacts in a hotel to be determined by local health authorities until it is safe to be transferred to their place of residence, if applicable.
  • PCR Test 7 days after arrival to Argentina.

The costs of testing and accommodation, if applicable, will be charged to the traveller. 

It is suggested the pre-entry test result be accompanied by a non-official translation if it is issued in a language other than Spanish or English.

Below is a guide with some laboratories in Canada that administer COVID-19 tests:

Vancouver, BC

Calgary, AB

Winnipeg, MB

Saskatoon, SK

Toronto, ON

II.3. Mandatory isolation

Every traveller must:

  • Self-isolate for 7 (seven) days from the moment they are tested upon arrival to the country.
  • Taking a PCR test on the seventh day upon arrival is a requirement to end the mandatory isolation period.

The following travellers are exempt from the seven-day isolation (but still must take the tests):

  • Diplomats and foreign public sevants in an official mission (the Online Affidavit of DNM must be filled in, the pre-entry test results must be presented, along with supporting documentation/accompanying official letter);
  • Those in transit who will remain less that 24 hours in Argentine airports;
  • Transport workers and crew members.

Non-resident foreigners that are not included in this list, forsee a stay of 7 days or less, and need to be exempted from the self-isolation period, must file a request with this Counsulate General in the same letter of the entry authorization request via email.


Download, installl and sign in to CUIDAR App upon entry to Argentina (more information).

II.5. Provincial and/or municipal requirements

Every traveller must abide by the health requirements established by the local authorities of the final destination (more info).


III. Final remarks

  • Every citizen is responsible for updating they Argentine travel documents before their expiration date.
  • Everytraveller is responsible for submitting all the documentation requested by the airline and immigration authorities.
  • This Consulate General does not endorse any laboratories in which to get tested, travel insurance nor does it provide support abot the Online Affidavit or the CUIDAR App
  • For inquiries, please email us.
  • The emergency line is for emergencies only. Inquiries related to entry requirements will not be answered.

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