Covid-19 guidelines and procedures are constantly changing, so please check back to make sure that you have the most up to date information. We also strongly recommend referring to the Argentine government website for the latest requirements.

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We are committed to keeping you up to date with the most important updates from Argentina. We are in touch daily with our partners and contacts on the ground and are monitoring official government websites and the local news. We will update this guide with any significant changes. 

What’s happening?

The Argentine government has removed most entry requirements for international travellers:

  • All vaccination requirements and PCR tests have been removed for tourists (including the 72hr PCR or 48hr antigen prior to entry)
  • You must still complete the affidavit (declaration form) at least 48 hours before the trip
  • You must still have travel insurance, which explicitly covers you for expenses relating to Covid-19
  • Those who enter the country for a period of fewer than 24 hours, by land, will be exempted from all measures

People who have an incomplete vaccination schedule are recommended to undergo a diagnostic test within 24 hours after entering the country (this is a recommendation only).


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.

Travelling through Argentina FAQs

  • What can I expect at the airport?

    Whether you've just landed or you're about to depart, your experience at the airport – checking in, going through customs and immigration, and using the airport services such as eating at a cafe or getting a taxi – might be slightly different from usual.

    • It may take longer after landing to go through immigration and customs due to social distancing
    • You may have to wait a little longer to check in for a flight
    • Your temperature might be required to be taken on arrival
    • There may be measures in place to stagger travellers through the airport
    • Face masks must be worn in all public spaces (indoors or outdoors)

    These are a few examples that our partners on the ground have shared with us regarding the current situation. We will continue to share the latest information about both the international and domestic airports and make recommendations so that you have a seamless experience when you land in Buenos Aires.

  • Will Argentina be using a track and trace system for tourists?

    The Argentinian government has announced that they will not be using an app (or any other method) to track tourists post-arrival.

  • Do I need to provide evidence of my travel insurance?

    Please note that you must bring your complete insurance policy with you when travelling in order to provide evidence of Covid-19 coverage.

    As well as ensuring your full policy is available on your phone, you should carry a printout (and possibly a spare copy in case you lose one). Have the page marked and ready to show the airline when boarding your flight(s).

    If your insurance policy does not explicitly mention Covid-19 – for example, if it is included as standard – then you should request evidence in writing (maybe an email you can print off) from your insurer to confirm that a minimum of $30,000 USD is included.

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What our customers think of Travelling through Argentina

Wearing masks indoors everywhere and while on tours was also something we are very used to, so it was no issue. Given the low numbers of covid in both cities, we actually found it to be better/safer to run around there than it has been on our return home. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Chelsea Morris Zitnay - USA

Our experience was good. We did book our own flights coming and going and spend time in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. We were easily able to manage the COVID requirements. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Paul Parris - USA

Travelling for the first time since Covid-19 was special and unique. We were relieved after all the waiting! Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Paul Parris - USA

Swoop was helpful in setting up the trip and dealing with the logistics during this challenging time. Our numerous questions were answered promptly. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2021

Paul Parris - USA

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Travel insurance is an essential part of any Polar adventure. All Antarctic ship operators require travellers to have Emergency Repatriation Cover in place for a minimum of $100,000. Please check with your insurance provider to ensure that you have the appropriate cover in place, including any expenses relating to Covid-19.


Sources

Argentinian Government Official Website, Current measure for entering and exiting the national territory <https://www.argentina.gob.ar/interior/migraciones/ddjj-migraciones>



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.