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Requirements for entry to Argentina

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

Updated on January 4, 2022

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. 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.

Argentine nationals and residents in Argentina must abide by health requirements in section II below.

I.2. Non-resident foreigners

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, i.e. be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Unvaccinated minors are allowed entry.
  • Meet immigration requirements (i.e., process a visa if necessary due to the traveller's nationality or the reason for the trip).
  • Have traveller's insurance against COVID-19, with coverage of hospitalization services, isolation and / or medical transfers for those who test positive, who are suspect of being positive or close contacts.
  • Comply with the sanitary requirements of point II.

In case the traveller is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and does not meet the requirements for the quarantine exemption in point II.3, he/she will not be allowed entry for tourism, and may only be granted entry for the following reasons:

  1. Visit direct family members (parents, children, spouses or common-law partners) who live in Argentina, for which you must present a birth, marriage or common law certificate (this documentation must be legalized by this Consulate) and DNI of the family member to be visited.
  2. To carry out professional or bussiness activities, studies or training, official missions, or to partake in sporting events, for which you must present supporting documentation: letter from the employer, the inviting entity or commercial counterparts in Argentina, proof of enrollment in the educational institution or in the corresponding academic event, or letter from the organizer of the sports event.
  3. Be the holder of a visa in permanent or temporary immigration categories, for which you must present a copy of a passport with the stamped visa.
  4. To receive urgent medical treatment, for which you must present supporting documentation.

The unvaccinated traveler must send scanned copies of the aforementioned documents, a signed affidavit, the traveler's passport, scheduled date of travel and indication of the airport of entry by email. Once the documents has been verified, an entry exception may be granted, and a consular certificate will be issued after paying the corresponding consular fees. Unvaccinated travelers must comply with the mandatory isolation period of point II.3.

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

Every traveller must conduct a 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. Those under 6 years of age are exempt from pre-entry testing.

In addition, travellers who are fully vaccinated and are exempt from the mandatory isolation of point II.3 must do a PCR-type test between the third to fifth day of arrival in the country, and refrain during those days of stay in the country from attending to massive events and/or social gatherings indoors.

The costs of testing 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

Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before entering Argentina with vaccines authorized in their country of origin will be exempt from mandatory isolation.

  • 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 authenticated, 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.
  • The vaccination status has to be completed in the Online Affidavit of section II.1.

Unvaccinated minors will also be exempted from the mandatory isolation period mentioned in section II.3. It is recommended that they do not carry out group activities or attend group or mass events during the first 7 days from their arrival in the country.

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 from entry into the country is a condition for the end of mandatory isolation.

II.4. CUIDAR App

It is suggested to 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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