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Argentina will soon be removing all of its Covid-related entry requirements for international visitors – becoming the 27th country in the world to do so.

The announcement came at the end of last week – 1 April – when the nation’s Ministry of Health confirmed that the country will be returning to its near-pre-pandemic entry protocols as of April 7, 2022.

Fitz Roy cascades and Mount Fitz Roy, Argentina

This will mean that travelers will no longer be asked to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 – or undertake a pre-departure Covid-19 test in order to enter Argentina.

And, the news will come as quite a surprise – with Argentina having been one of the strictest nations with regards to its border closures – which had previously been extended.

The country has also implemented some of the strictest – and longest – internal lockdowns throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Street in Argentina during lockdown

What are Argentina’s Current Entry Requirements?

Having reopened for the likes of U.S. tourists towards the end of last year (1 November), Argentina has maintained its entry requirements for international visitors – with only fully vaccinated travelers being able to enter.

Here is a list of Argentina’s current entry requirements for international visitors:

Woman jumping in a mountainous area in Argentina
  • Show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19
  • Present a negative Covid-19 PCR (test must be taken within 72 hours of departure) or Rapid Antigen test result (test must be taken within 48 hours of departure) 
  • Obtain travel health insurance – which covers Covid-19 medical expenses
  • Complete an online ‘sworn statement form’ within 48 hours of traveling to Argentina.
Buenos Aires Airport, Argentina

Children that are aged 5 and below – however – are exempt from having to undergo a pre-departure Covid-19 test.

Those that have tested positive for the virus – in the previous 90 days before departure to Argentina – will also not be required to take a Covid-19 test before traveling to the country.

You will, however, be expected to show proof of your Covid-19 recovery with a medical certificate.

Uco Valley, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina.

At this present time, those that are not fully vaccinated – or are unvaccinated – are not allowed to enter Argentina for tourism purposes.

However, the recent announcement shows the above rules dramatically changing and being discontinued within the next few days.

Argentina Set To Return To ‘Pre-Pandemic’ Entry Protocols In The Coming Days

Although no exact date was given as to when Argentina will once again implement its pre-pandemic entry protocols, the country is expected to return to these in the coming days.

Traveler in the mountains in Patagonia, Argentina

International tourists, as of April 7, 2022, will NO longer be required to:

  • show proof of their Covid-19 vaccination
  • present a negative Covid-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen test result.

Also, the country will be making it possible to enter and exit using all of its 237 points of entry – by land, river, sea, and air.

The Capital City of Buenos Aires in Argentina

However, although there will no longer be a requirement for visitors to show proof of vaccination – or to present a negative Covid-19 test on arrival – all international travelers will still be required to: 

La Casa Rosada In Buenos Aires, Argentina

With unvaccinated travelers soon to be allowed entry to Argentina for tourism purposes – and without the need to undergo a pre-departure Covid-19 test – the Argentian Ministry of Health has advised such individuals to undergo a diagnostic test within 24 hours of entering the country.

The Requirement To Wear A Face Mask On Public Transport And Indoors To Remain

Woman wearing mask on bus

Although the nation’s Ministry of Health announced last week (1 April) that social distancing rules will no longer be in force, there will still be a requirement for people to wear a face mask.

This rule applies when using public transport inside Argentina – as well as when visiting public indoor spaces – including office buildings, schools, theaters, and cinemas.

Couple wearing face masks indoors

Other Countries That Have Recently Removed All Of Their Covid-19 Entry Requirements

Argentina joins the likes of Latvia and Grenada who also removed their Covid-19 entry requirements in the last week.

Here is a list of other countries that have also returned to their pre-pandemic normal entry requirements.

Riga center in Latvia

Although many countries are now beginning to completely remove their entry requirements – which were previously in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – Italy and Spain have decided to extend their current Covid-19 entry rules for a further month.

Sources: InfoBae / TN / PlanoInformativo / @MinInteriorAR

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Bill

Monday 10th of April 2023

So the Nazi-like mask-wearing requirements are still in effect now, in 2023?

I heard that there are pockets of actual Nazi descendents still living in Argentina, but I was under the impression that these mini civilizations mostly hid away and were not involved with the country's government. Is that naiive on my part?

This country seriously still requires people to wear masks? Does Argentina make Jews wear patches on their lapels, or is the Orwellian control directed towards all citizens equally?

Arabs figured out thousands of years ago that you can make women or undesirable races or religions more obsequious by imposing mask-wearing rules upon them. It removes peoples' individualism and dehumanizes them. The ancient world is rife with such examples of cruel mistreatment of other human beings, and one would prefer that modern civilization would reject such mistreatment.

What does the country do about people who refuse to be treated like that? Do the authorities punish people who will not wear a mask for the purpose of government control?

Who would have thought a few years ago that questions like this would need to be asked in the 21st century? Is this a safe place to travel to, or not? Is this a safe place to travel to for people who believe too strongly in Freedom to be told when and where to wear a mask?

Tony

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

As of late August 2022,I don't believe travel insurance that covers Covid is required to enter Argentina.

Mark H

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

Is this now official news? I am traveling to Buenos Aires next week on my way to Patagonia and just needing assurance that proof of Vax and/or negative PCR or RA will be required of me.

Thank you.. MH

International tourists, as of April 7, 2022, will NO longer be required to:

show proof of their Covid-19 vaccination present a negative Covid-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen test result.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

United airlines, and some others, are already showing the updates, meaning they will not ask you for vaccination status or a negative test. but since the rule came into effect recently, it's wise to check with your airline to see before you go

Mark H

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Wonderful news as I fly into Buenos Aires on way to Patagonia April 21,2022! Thank you for this fantastic travel update!

Mindy

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Hey Kashlee thanks for this :-). But isn’t Argentina still unrelaxed as of yet and Cuba has reopened?

Jonas E

Friday 8th of April 2022

@Kashlee Kucheran, Argentina has a similar clause in their official entry info if you are "suspected" of being positive at the port of entry.

"En caso de detectarse o reportase en el punto de entrada un caso positivo o sospechoso de COVID 19, se activará el Plan de Contingencia de ese Punto de Entrada"

(link)

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

The ministry of health and ministry of the interior has confirmed removal for Argentina. Cuba is still PCR testing on arrival at random, of which a positive test will land you in a hospital for 14 days… so we cannot include it yet