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Requirements for entry to Argentina

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

Updated on October 6, 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 may enter Argentina?

  1.  Argentine citizens and residents in Argentina.

  2. Foreign nationals or residents of border countries.

  3. Non-resident foreigners.

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

I.1. Argentine citizens and residents in Argentina

Argentine nationals must have:

  • Valid Argentine passport (if expired, follow this link).
  • In the case of people with dual nationality and a foreign passport, some airlines require a valid Argentine passport to board the plane: it is recommended to contact the company before purchasing the ticket. In case the airline requires it, you can request a certificate of consular endorsement by email.
  •  It is suggested that Argentines living abroad purchase travel insurance that includes coverage against COVID-19.

Foreigners with a valid residence in Argentina must have:

  • 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.

I.2 Foreign nationals or residents of border countries

As of October 1, 2021, they can enter for all activities, including tourism, as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Have stayed in the bordering country of their nationality or residence during the 14 days prior to entry.
  • Be exempted from complying with the mandatory isolation period according to point II.3
  • Meet immigration requirements (eg, process a visa if necessary due to the traveller's nationality or the reason for the trip).
  • Have travellers insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

Non-vaccinated minors who travel in the same group with fully vaccinated adults are allowed entry, provided they comply with the mandatory isolation period mentioned in point II.3. Only the minors have to comply with the self-isolation period.

I.3. Non-resident foreigners

Until October 31, 2021, foreigners only may enter to carry out work, commercial, study, or sporting activities, to reunite with family members, to receive medical treatment or for humanitarian reasons. In these cases, travellers may request an entry exemption and a visa to this email.

As of November 1, 2021, the entry of non-resident foreigners will be allowed for all activities, including tourism, provided they meet the following requirements:

  • Be exempted from complying with the mandatory isolation period according to point II.3.
  • Meet immigration requirements (eg, process a visa if necessary due to the traveller's nationality or the reason for the trip).
  • Have travellers insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
  • Comply with the sanitary requirements of point II.
  • Non-vaccinated minors who travel in the same group with fully vaccinated adults are allowed entry, provided they comply with the mandatory isolation period mentioned in point II.3. Only the minors have to comply with the self-isolation period.

In case the traveller does not meet the requirements for the quarantine exemption in point II.3, he/she will not be allowed entry for tourism, but to carry out work, commercial, study, or sporting activities, to reunite with family members, to receive medical treatment or for humanitarian reasons. In these cases, travellers must comply with the mandatory isolation period of point II.3 and have an entry authorisation from the Immigration authorities and a visa, which can be requested by email.

II. Health requirements

All travellers must meet the following health requirements:

  1. Online Affidavit.
  2. COVID testing.
  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.
    • The antigen test will no longer be necessary as of October 19, 2021.
  • PCR test between the fifth and seventh day after arriving in Argentina.
    • If traveller has to do the mandatory isolation, the test must be performed on the seventh day after arrival, and is a condition to end the isolation period.

The costs of testing, if applicable, will be borne by 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

All travelers who meet the following requirements are exempt from mandatory isolation:

  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before entering Argentina with vaccines authorized in their country of origin, and report it in the Online Affidavit of point II.1.
  • Travellers are cosidered fully vaccinated when they have received two doses, or one in the case of a single dose vaccine (eg. Johnson & Johnson).
  • The vaccination certificates issued by the country of origin are valid and do not need to be certified or legalized, and must be shown at the immigration post. It is suggested to bring a translation in case they are in languages ​​other than Spanish or English.

Non-vaccinated minors who travel in the same group with fully vaccinated adults are allowed entry, provided they comply with the mandatory isolation period mentioned in point II.3. Only the minors have to comply with the self-isolation period.

Travelers who meet the entry requirements of point I and who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before entering Argentina with vaccines authorized in their country must comply with the mandatory isolation:

  • The mandatory isolation period is 7 (seven) days from arrival in the country.
  • The isolation is fulfilled in the places determined by the provincial governments of the final destination of the traveller.
  • Carrying out the PCR test on the seventh day of entry into the country is a condition for the completion of mandatory isolation.

II.4. CUIDAR App

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

  • 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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