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Requirements to travel to Argentina Covid19

Reopening for Bordering Countries. Check the Requirements to travel to Argentina.

Update Date: November 20, 2020

The regulation comes into effect in November 2020 and enables travelers from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia. In a first phase, tourists will only be able to travel to Buenos Aires and stay in its metropolitan area.

According to the resolution, the requirements to travel to Argentina  are only 3.

Requirements to travel to Argentina Covid19

  1. Submit an immigration procedure within 48 hours prior to boarding. You can do it from this link. * Those over 70 years of age are exempt from doing it electronically.
  2. A negative PCR test.
  3. Possess COVID health insurance.

* Although the form asks for an address to perform the 14-day quarantine, presenting the negative PCR test would not require quarantine.

These requirements to enter Argentina will be demanded by the airline or ferry at the time of boarding since the companies could have significant penalties for non-compliance.

TOURISTS ENTERING THE COUNTRY DO NOT NEED TO MAKE QUARANTINE.

The entry and exit terminals of the country enabled are the following:

  • Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza, Province of Buenos Aires,
  • San Fernando International Airport, Province of Buenos Aires
  • Port of the City of Buenos Aires (Terminal Buquebus. For Argentine tourists or with residence in Argentina, and for Uruguayan tourists or people with residence in Uruguay).

The metropolitan area of ​​Buenos Aires, known as the AMBA comprises the City and 35 districts of the Province of Buenos Aires, including: Tigre, Vicente López, Avellaneda, La Plata, San Isidro, San Fernando, Escobar and Luján, among others.

Tourists will be able to stay in hotels, visit museums and art galleries, take walks in the open air, attend craft fairs, shop in open-air shopping malls and malls, eat on grills and other gastronomic venues, among other activities.

Argentina has received the SAFE TRAVELS seal from the WTTC which defines it as a Safe Destination.

Remember the basic prevention measures:

  • Social distancing: 2 meters away from other people.
  • Use of chinstraps or face masks to circulate on the street.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cough or sneeze into the foot of the elbow.
  • Do not touch your face with your hands.
  • Disinfection of frequently used objects.

Find more information on the Argentina Migrations website.

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Rent a Car in Buenos Aires

There are great benefits in renting a car if your plan is to visit other parts of the vast Argentinean territory. If you are travelling with your family or a big group of friends, renting a car may be the cheapest and most comfortable way of discovering the breath-taking landscapes of our country. It will certainly give you more freedom and flexibility to plan your trip the way you want.

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In Argentina, cash is king. Given the several financial problems in the last decades, Argentinians make most of their daily transactions in cash. Many places don’t take credit cards and unfortunately there are very high commissions for taking cash out of the ATM. This is quite annoying for travellers visiting our country who are usually used to pay everything with credit card or just take cash out of the ATM.  Many places take credit cards, such as hotels or big stores obviously, but you have to know that many restaurants, small shops or services such as taxis, vendors, etc. won’t have a system for credit card payments.

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  1. INFORMALITY IS THE RULE.

Argentines are very open people and like chatting a lot. It is normal to engage in conversation when buying something, taking a cab or any situation. It is common for people that you just met to tell you things about their family, friends or are willing to hear about your feelings, thoughts or whatever you want to share with them. While in some countries this can be rude, in Argentina it is very normal. Just take it easy and know it is not mandatory to share back!

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Where to Stay in Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is overwhelmingly big, so as you are planning your visit, you might feel a bit confused as regards where to stay. If you want to stay in safe and easy-to-get neighborhoods that are near the main attractions of the city, this post has been written for you.

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Getting to Buenos Aires from the Airport

In Buenos Aires you will find two different airports. One for the international flights, Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini; and the other one for domestic and regional flights, Jorge Newbery Aeroparque (Brasil, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina). This last airport is located in the city, but Ezeiza is located 30km from BA and its accessibility is a bit more complex. This is why we are going to review a few options you can take to arrive to the city.

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