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Argentina Extends Border Closure For All Foreign Travelers

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Argentina has extended its border closure until at least February 28, 2021. Under the current restrictions, almost  all foreign travelers are restricted from entering Argentina.

Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero announced the extension on Monday citing a second wave of Covid-19 cases throughout January. 

Empty Streets of Buenos Aires During Lockdown

Argentina's largest airline, Aerolineas Argentinas confirmed the extension in a press release. 

“We comply with the decree that prohibits the entry of foreigners into Argentine territory that has been extended until 02/28/2021. All travel agents should notify upcoming passengers of the extension.” 

Covid test drive through in argentina

The decision to extend the ban came after “a new report (from the Health Ministry) that recommends maintaining and adopting preventive measures to protect the public health,” state news agency Telam said.

Direct Relatives Of Argentines Exempt

The National Directorate for Migration (DNM) announced that foreigners who are direct relatives of Argentines will be allow to enter the country.

Flights from Mexico, United States and Europe will only be able to land in Argentina with a maximum capacity of 30% while flights from Brazil can be 50% full. 

Inspection Argentina Hazmat suit

The National Directorate for Migration (DNM) has said that the following groups will be exempt from the entry ban. 

  • Nationals
  • Foreign residents 
  • Non-resident foreigners who are direct relatives of Argentine citizens 
Officials in Masks Buenos Aires

The press release stated that the National Directorate for Migration will be announcing the steps that exempt travelers need to take in order to enter Argentina.

The country has already been requiring proof of a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hours but no details were given on if a quarantine would be added. 

Argentines Told To Not Travel

The decision recommended that nationals and foreign residents, especially those over 60 years of age or belonging to high-risk groups, “defer their trips abroad,” unless they are for essential reasons. 

police wearing face mask in Argentina

Argentina saw 5.3 million tourists in 2019, with tourism contributing to an average of 10% of the countries GDP.

Argentina has confirmed more than 1.9 million cases of Covid-19 and 48,249 deaths as of Tuesday, February 2nd and has been one of the most locked down countries in the world throughout the pandemic. 

Streets of Buenos Aires During Lockdown Bus

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Vinny The Adventurer

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Pretty crappy numbers for being locked down so strictly and so long. They wouldn’t even let foreigners go back home.