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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020
Argentina continues to experience high numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths though the numbers have reduced significantly from the peak. Travel into Argentina for non-residents remains restricted with limited exceptions, mostly for neighbouring countries.
Our advice remains that any short-term visitors to Argentina should leave as soon as possible. We also strongly advise against any further travel into the region until the COVID-19 crisis has been more fully contained.
The majority of Argentina is now in a phase of mandatory social distancing. However, restrictions at national and local level vary significantly making both internal and external travel complex. The situation continues to evolve and you should check with local authorities what measures have been introduced where you are.
For example, please see the following website for useful information on specific measures in place in the Buenos Aires City Federal Capital. Further information on national measures, including Buenos Aires province (which covers much of the city suburbs), is available on the Ministry of Health website.
As a general rule under mandatory social distancing, the use of public transport within jurisdictions remains restricted to essential workers and those in need of medical treatment.
You are required to wear a face covering when in public in all of Argentina, including Buenos Aires.
Movement between jurisdictions is permitted, as long as you meet the requirements of the specific jurisdiction/ province you plan to travel to. These requirements can include having a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, applying for a permit to circulate etc. You must check the requirements in place ahead of travelling.
Argentina’s border are currently closed to foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country, with limited exceptions. You should check with your airline and the Argentine Embassy in your country of residence for further information as to whether your travel would qualify under these exceptions.
Everyone entering and exiting Argentina must fill in an electronic ‘sworn statement’ form within 48 hours of travelling. Further information on this form, who can enter Argentina at present as well as any additional requirements such as the need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, is available here. In most cases a negative PCR test, performed within 72 hours before travel to Argentina, is needed.
While a limited commercial flight schedule has returned to Argentina, the frequency and routes available are reduced.
If you have a confirmed flight ticket, you will be able to travel to the airport to leave the country, if you are not showing any symptoms of coronavirus. Please carry a copy of your flight confirmation with you. You may only arrive at the airport within 5 hours of your flight departing. You will also need a valid permit to circulate which can be applied for here. You no longer require any further documentation issued by the Irish Embassy to travel to the airport and depart Argentina.
The 90-day permission for tourists to stay in Argentina has been extended each month by 30 days, if your original 90 days expired after 17 March 2020. The latest extension was announced on 18 November 2020. For further information please see the Migraciones website.
Please remember that measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All those travelling should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend contacting your airline or tour operator and following the advice of the Argentine Ministry of Health.
If you are in Argentina, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, start by talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
We suggest you learn as much as you can about Argentina before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in Argentina, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
To report emergencies, contact the police, an ambulance, or the fire department by dialling 911 from any phone except in Cordoba, Mendoza, Iguazu, Tucuman, and Tierra del Fuego provinces, in which you need to dial 101 for emergency services.
Contact the Embassy
If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires.
If you phone outside of working hours, leave us a message giving:
- Your name
- The nature of your problem
- Where you are now
- Your contact details (mobile phone number or phone number of where you’re staying)
We regularly monitor these messages and one of our staff members will be in contact with you.
You can call our Embassy in Buenos Aires on +54 11 4808 5700, or our emergency consular line in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The political situation in Argentina is reasonably stable but there can be occasional outbreaks of social unrest. You may encounter groups of demonstrators (piqueteros) blocking major roads into and out of the capital, causing delays and possibly a change in route.
Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.
Although the threat from terrorism in Argentina is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Argentina but you should take sensible precautions.
You should be particularly careful in Retiro bus station in Buenos Aires, on the Buenos Aires underground transport system and in the city of Mendoza, where there has been a lot of pick-pocketing and bag-snatching.
A common scam in Buenos Aires is for one thief to spray a sauce on you, which prompts another thief, posing as an innocent passer-by, to come to your aid and clean your clothes, while also stealing your possessions.
More violent crime has been reported in the area around San Telmo and La Boca in Buenos Aires and you should avoid carrying valuables in these areas.
There are quantities of counterfeit banknotes in circulation in Argentina. You can visit the Argentine Central Bank website to see what to look out for in a counterfeit note.
Taxi drivers, particularly those working from the airport, have been known to accuse customers of handing over fake money and handing them back a fake note that they already have in their possession. When paying drivers, be extremely careful and consider taking note of the serial number of the bill before you pay the driver.
If you’re hailing a taxi on the street, make sure you only hail a radio taxi; they have a logo on the rear passenger door and often a light or sign on the roof of the car.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Argentina, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Argentina, you should be extremely careful. Road safety standards vary throughout the country; respect for speed limits and traffic signals is patchy and manoeuvres by fellow road users can be unexpected.
Crime against car users, particularly when stopped at traffic lights, is a growing danger and we advise you to keep your windows closed and doors locked at all times, particularly when you’re driving in the city.
If you want to drive:
- Bring your international driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural disasters and climate
Argentina is in an active earthquake zone and there have been sporadic earthquakes in western sections of the country along the border with Chile. If you’re travelling to or living in Argentina, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
If you are unsure of what the entry requirements for Argentina are, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Argentina.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for Argentina.
There is a risk of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.
Outside office hours, for genuine emergencies involving Irish citizens, which cannot wait until the next working day, please call +54 9 11 5945 7483.
You may also wish to contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
Embassy of Ireland
Avenida del Libertador 1068
Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.