After nearly eight months in lockdown, Argentina has moved into a new phase of “social distancing”. Gradually, and with small but positive changes, we are moving towards a new normality that offers light at the end of the tunnel.
The summer season was officially launched the past December 1, with security protocols and some restrictions. Each province will enforce those health measures applied at a national level along with their own protocols, which, though variable, generally coincide with the protocols to follow when travelling.
As of December 15 Buenos Aires is the only city authorized to welcome international tourists both by sea and by air. Visitors in the city will not need to go through a compulsory quarantine, though they should pledge to take care of each other. Two essential items for our travelers to pack this summer will be: face masks and alcohol gel (always on hand!).
The requirements for international passengers include:
• An online submission of a sworn statement of absence of COVID-19.
• A lab test in the country of origin 72 hours prior to the trip.
• Medical insurance that covers the testing and the treatment of COVID-19.
• A new test carried out in Ezeiza’s international airport, which will cost AR$2500. Travelers will not be asked to wait for the result, but they will be contacted should they test positive for the virus. The result will be available 12 hours after the test is done.
The other good news is that Chile opened its borders as of the past November 23, 2020.The Arturo Merino Benitez international airport in Santiago de Chile city will be the only entry point.
The requirements for international passengers will include:
• A negative PCR test certificate, issued within the 72 hours prior to their arrival in Chilean territory.
• A “health passport” obtained through the website www.c19.cl , issued within the 48 hours prior to the flight.
• Medical insurance that covers their complete stay in Chile.
• A 14-day health follow-up form.
What’s more, Argentina has joined the list of international destinations with the Safe Travel Stamp, which is awarded by the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council). Such seal further verifies that our country complies with the global hygiene and sanitation protocols.
With regard to flights, there is an ongoing reactivation with a weekly increase in the frequency of flights to international destinations such as Madrid, Miami and Rome. Along with the domestic flights to traditional tourist destinations.
In Argentina On The Go we continue working day after day, side by side with our local operators in each destination to guarantee that they comply with all the sanitation norms and protocols to prevent COVID-19, so that we rest assured that our customers will be provided with safety.