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On 1st November 2021, Argentina opened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers, without the need to quarantine. Whilst several land borders are officially open to international tourists, the local regulations mean this is not always feasible. We therefore only recommend entering the country via Buenos Aires until we have more clarity.

Important update

New measures for travelling from Africa

According to new measures which came into force on Monday 29th November, any person who has been on the African continent in the previous 14 days prior to arrival into Argentina must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Take an antigen test on arrival in Argentina
  • Isolate for at least 10 days, up to 14 days
  • Take a PCR test on day 10 (after the initial PCR presented to enter the country) which must be negative to end the isolation

These are in addition to the pre-established entry requirements of:

  1. Being fully vaccinated
  2. Having Covid-19 travel insurance
  3. Having completed an affidavit (48hrs) prior to travel
  4. Having shown evidence of a negative PCR test (72hrs prior to arrival into Argentina)

Pre-travel checklist

Before you travel to Argentina, there are four essential things you must do to make sure you are ready to travel:

  1. Ensure you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19
  2. Complete a pre-travel PCR test 72 hours before arrival*
  3. Complete an online declaration form 48 hours before arrival
  4. Ensure your travel insurance policy includes coverage for any medical expenses relating to Covid-19

*Please note, you must receive your first PCR test result 72 hours prior to landing and passing immigration in Buenos Aires, so you must allow time within your 72-hour window to actually travel to Argentina.

1. Vaccination

All international travellers entering Argentina must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and have received their final vaccination no later than 14 days prior to arrival. Argentina recognises all officially approved vaccines.

However, some operators require their passengers to be vaccinated further in advance:

  • If you are travelling with Quark Expeditions, they require you to be vaccinated at least 21 days before your voyage
  • If you are travelling with Aurora Expeditions, they require you to be vaccinated at least 28 days before your voyage
  • All other operators require their passengers to be vaccinated at least 14 days before their voyage

All adult travellers must be fully vaccinated to enter Argentina. Non-vaccinated minors will not be required to quarantine on arrival if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult or adults. 

Other than for Covid-19, no further vaccinations are required to enter Argentina.

2. Completing your pre-travel PCR test

All international travellers must complete a PCR test and receive a negative result, no earlier than 72 hours before arrival*. You will need a digital copy of your negative PCR test result to upload when completing your written declaration (see point 3 below) 48 hours before you travel.

*Please note, you must receive your first PCR test result 72 hours prior to landing and passing immigration in Buenos Aires, so you must allow time within your 72-hour window to actually travel to Argentina.

3. Completing your declaration

You must complete an online written declaration, or affidavit, 48 hours before you leave your home country.

To complete the form you will need your contact details, health information and travel details. You might also need a digital copy of your negative PCR test result (see point 2 above), ready to upload.

The form is in English as well as Spanish. You may be required to show proof of completion of the form when boarding your international flight to Argentina, and on arrival.

4. Arranging your travel insurance

Please ensure your travel insurance policy includes coverage for any medical expenses relating to Covid-19.

Please check with your insurance provider to ensure that you have the appropriate cover in place. Please note that you might be asked to provide evidence of appropriate cover on arrival in Argentina, so consider taking copies of your insurance policy documents on your trip.

Visas & travel documentation

Passports

Your passport should be valid for the duration of your trip and for 6 months following your entry into Argentina, depending on your country of residency.

Visas

Citizens of the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia (among other countries), will not be required to apply for a visa when travelling to Argentina. If you are travelling from certain countries not mentioned above, you may need to apply for a tourist visa - check with your local embassy.

If you're visiting Iguazu falls, please be aware that you may need a visa to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Please check with your local embassy.

Reciprocity fees

If you are a US, UK, Canadian, Australian or Mexican national you won’t need to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina. Some other nationalities may need to pay a fee, so do check with the Argentinian embassy in your home country.

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We recommend bringing printed copies of all essential documents where possible. If you are relying on your phone, only to discover the battery has drained, or you don't have a signal or WIFI when you need it, this might add unnecessary stress to your journey.

Crossing the Drake Passage

If you’re worried about seasickness when crossing the Drake Passage, it might be a good idea to plan ahead and by researching the tablets, wristbands and patches, and consider talking to your doctor. If seasickness suddenly hits whilst on board, your ship’s doctor will be able to prescribe medication. Please note that this may be at an extra cost. 


Disclaimer

Information provided by Swoop is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time only, but in this fast-changing environment, we cannot be held responsible for changes not immediately reflected on this website or in information shared with you. Customers should undertake their own research appropriate to their individual circumstances before making final decisions.

Where links to government, operators or other third-party sites are provided, again this information is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot be held responsible for third-party content.