After almost two years of closure, Argentina will reopen to U.S tourists on November 1st and various other nations worldwide.
The news follows a continued drop in COVID-19 cases nationwide. As a result, the government has decided to legally order the reopening starting from next week.
The U.S State Department currently issues a ‘Level 3: Reconsider Travel’ advisory for Argentina and the CDC also lists Argentina as a: ‘Level 3: COVID-19 High’ in terms of infection rate.
The CDC advises travelers to be fully vaccinated before entering Argentina, which they’ll need to be as Argentina wants fully vaccinated travelers to enter anyway.
Argentina’s Health Minister stated, “We are in a very positive moment; we know that the pandemic has not ended; we have to maintain care.”
The New Entry Requirements Starting November 1
Argentina’s new requirements for foreign tourists — regardless of their citizenship — are as follows:
- Travelers must be fully vaccinated and have received their final vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival in the country
- Travelers will need to provide evidence of a negative 72 hour PCR test on arrival
- Travelers won’t require a negative PCR test to fly between Argentina’s various regions
- Travelers will skip mandatory quarantine if they can meet the above requirements
The COVID-19 Restrictions Inside Argentina
Most travelers are looking to visit places with relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, so it’s important to check restrictions within the country before travelers book their vacation.
In Argentina, local authorities may introduce nighttime curfews if they deem areas to be high risk from COVID-19.
The government has also limited public transport usage to essential workers in some areas of Argentina, but the decision lies with each jurisdiction. The nation’s capital, Buenos Aires, doesn’t have public transport restrictions.
The entire nation currently has social distancing rules, but these may vary between jurisdictions. Travelers must wear a face mask in outdoor spaces, indoor spaces, and shared spaces.
The authorities suggest travelers can only remove their face masks if they keep a two-meter distance between themselves and other people.
Domestic travel between each jurisdiction is allowed and travelers will be able to move freely from next week as long as they stick to mask-wearing and social distancing regulations.
The COVID-19 Situation In Argentina
Argentina was one of the worst-hit nations in South America throughout the pandemic, with 5.29 million cases and over 116,000 deaths.
However, the current 7-day average is 1,220, which is the lowest case number since the pandemic started. Cases peaked at an all-time 7-day average of 33,000 in May.
Argentina has fully vaccinated 65.9 percent of the nation’s population, after administering almost 60 million vaccine doses so far.
At the current vaccination rate, it will take another 29 days to administer enough vaccine doses to vaccinate another ten percent of the population.
Flights To Argentina
There have been very few flights into Argentina since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
However, following the news of the border reopening, various U.S and Canadian airlines have announced a resumption of the following flights:
- Miami–Buenos Aires (13 weekly flights in November, then two daily flights in December)
- New York–Buenos Aires (one flight daily)
- Dallas–Buenos Aires (one flight daily)
- Houston–Buenos Aires (one flight daily)
- Toronto–San Pablo–Buenos Aires (five weekly flights starting in December)
- Miami–Buenos Aires (nine flights weekly)
- New York–Buenos Aires (five flights weekly in November, then six weekly flights in December)
Argentina is another destination for US travelers over the winter. With COVID-19 cases dropping, summer approaching, and very few tourists in the country — now is a great time to visit Argentina.
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