Locals and tourists enjoy an afternoon break at cafes in Palermo
Locals and tourists enjoy an afternoon break at cafes in Palermo

Argentina will open to international visitors from November

TripFalcon September 26, 2021

Last Update: 2021-09-25 22:06:33

As spring approaches the southern hemisphere, Argentina is preparing to reopen its borders to international visitors. Following a decrease in coronavirus case numbers, the government has said it will welcome all fully vaccinated visitors from November 1.

Argentina's breathtaking natural landscapes and lively cities have been without tourists for more than a year as authorities continued to extend COVID-19 related restrictions. The current measures are scheduled to last until October 1, before Argentina takes the first step to reopening borders by welcoming fully vaccinated visitors from neighboring countries like Chile and Uruguay first.

Then from November 1, all foreign visitors will be welcome and exempt from quarantine, provided they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must present proof of a negative COVD-19 result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before travel, in addition to taking an antigen test seven days after arrival.

Restaurants, cafes and bars are preparing to return to full capacity in Argentina ©Getty Images

To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received the full recommended course of vaccines. Argentina's health ministry currently recognizes the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sputnik, Sinopharm and Convidecia jabs. Those who aren't fully vaccinated are also required to take two tests but they must undergo at least a week of quarantine too.

As officials work "toward the full recovery of activities," there are plans for businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars, entertainment venues and cultural attractions to return to full capacity. Mass events such as football games and high-risk venues including nightclubs and discos will return at 50% capacity. In addition, face masks will no longer be required when outdoors.

Argentina was hit hard by the pandemic and struggled with vaccine supplies earlier this year. In recent weeks, however, the campaign has gathered momentum with at least 50 million doses administered so far. According to statistics from Our World In Data, at least 46.4% of the population is fully vaccinated. By the time borders open fully in November, officials hope that figure will have climbed to 50%.

Because of the severity of restrictions put in place to curb infections, El País reports the average number of daily new cases is steadily decreasing. If you're planning a trip to Argentina, remember that authorities could reimpose, extend or tighten restrictions with little-to-no notice if there is a sudden surge in infection rates.

We will update this article when more information becomes available, including details on the process visitors will follow to present vaccine and testing status at the border.

Source: lonelyplanet