Argentina Tourism Update: Oct 2022

Argentina Removes Travel Restrictions to International Travellers

Updated 4 Oct 2022.

As of April 2022, Argentina has reopened its borders to international tourism and removed vaccination, quarantine, and testing requirements. In April, the Argentinian government again revised the country’s entry requirements, with non-residents now only required to complete the Affidavit at least 48 hours before their trip and to present proof of Covid-19 travel insurance.

International tourists can travel throughout the country again and explore its diverse regions, unique culture, and stunning destinations.

The country of the End of the World reopened its borders on November 1 for travellers from all over the planet.

Argentina Ministry of Tourism and Sports

Argentina had been gradually relaxing its border restrictions over recent months. As of April 2022, the country has removed all testing, quarantine, and vaccination requirements for tourists.

Buenos Aires skyline at sunset
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Entry Requirements For Argentina

From April 2022, international travellers can enter Argentina and travel freely throughout the country without needing to show proof of complete vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test results. No quarantine is required.

Current requirements to travel to Argentina:

  • Show proof of travel insurance with COVID coverage that includes hospitalisation, isolation and/or medical transfers.

Visit the Argentina travel website for more information.

Traveller exploring the mountains of Argentina
Australian travellers are thrilled to return to Argentina’s iconic destinations.

What Happens If I Get COVID in Argentina?

If you test positive in Argentina, the COVID isolation period is seven days for people who are fully vaccinated, or five days for people who are fully vaccinated and not showing any symptoms.

For those who aren’t fully vaccinated, and close contacts who aren’t vaccinated, you must quarantine for ten days and complete a PCR test after your isolation period before you can resume normal activities.

You can isolate in any private place, such as a hotel, guest house, or residence, but in some cases, the government will direct you to a dedicated hotel or hospital facility. You’ll be responsible for the cost. However, since Argentina requires all international travellers to have insurance that covers COVID, this should help with your expenses. Always review the details of your insurance policy before travelling and call your insurer with any questions.

In an emergency, you can also contact your country’s consulate office for immediate assistance.

COVID-19 Management in Argentina

Throughout the pandemic, the Argentinian government has utilised a variety of measures, not dissimilar to those used by the Australian government, to minimise the spread of the virus in the community. The country was largely off-limits to international travellers from March 2020 until reopening began in November 2021.

Nationwide lockdowns, curfews, social distancing, and domestic travel restrictions have been used in the past, but rules have wound back in recent months as case numbers have plummeted.

Argentina began rolling out its vaccination campaign in late 2020, initially focused on its health workers. The general population began to receive doses in February 2021. At the time of writing (April 2022), Argentina has fully vaccinated approximately 81% of its population – one of the most successful vaccination campaigns in Latin America so far.

As with most places in the world, hospitality venues such as bars and nightclubs have reopened and ticketed events have resumed. Masks are recommended in indoor venues and on public transport, allowing travellers to once again experience the vibrant Argentinian culture.

Why Travel to Argentina

This large nation, located at the southern tip of the continent, is one of the most popular South American travel destinations for a good reason. Argentina has the perfect mix of attractions: captivating cities buzzing with incredible culture, architecture, incredible food, natural wonders on a grand scale, and charming wine regions that are the envy of the world. Argentina is also an essential gateway to Antarctica – truly one of the world’s most incredible destinations!

A Safe Place to Travel

Argentina is an ideal destination for Australian travellers to visit. COVID cases have remained low throughout the country for many months now and it boasts a strong vaccination rate. It has taken a careful and staggered approach to reopening to travel (both domestically and for international travellers) and provides clear messaging on entry requirements.

International travellers are returning to Argentina and booking enquiries have increased following the November 2021 reopening announcement. Travellers from the UK and USA have shown a particular interest in returning to Argentina in the coming months.

Argentina Tourism - Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls, Argentina.

The Gateway to Antarctica

Located at the southern end of Argentina’s incredible Patagonia region, Ushuaia is the world’s most southern city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), and the gateway to Antarctica. Ushuaia is a picturesque city surrounded by dramatic mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

The majority of expedition cruises to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia every summer. Chances are you will spend some time in this beautiful city if you choose to take the ultimate bucket-list trip down south to Antarctica. However, please note that even though Argentina may not require Covid vaccination, most cruise operators will require travellers to be fully vaccinated.

Ushuaia harbour
Ushuaia, Argentina – a spectacular departure point for Antarctic cruises.

Argentina is a must-visit destination packed full of incredible highlights. It’s a place where you can lose yourself walking in the streets of its beautiful cities, immerse yourself in the local culture, or explore the breathtaking natural landscapes of world-famous outdoor destinations. Indulge your taste buds in its world-famous wine regions or leave the modern world behind as you hike through its protected national parks. Shake off the past few years with an Argentinian adventure – you deserve it!

We can’t wait to help you plan your trip to Argentina. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about planning your Argentina adventure. Australian travellers are also encouraged to visit the Australian Government travel advice website, Smart Traveller, for up-to-date international travel information.

This piece is one in a series on travel restrictions throughout Latin America. For information on travel restrictions in South America, please read our dedicated South America Travel Restrictions piece.

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