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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.
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Argentina is very badly affected by COVID-19. Nationwide, the number of new infections exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why Argentina is classified as an area with a particularly high risk of infection (high incidence area).
The Argentine government and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide up-to-date and detailed figures.
Argentine citizens and people with a valid residence permit (DNI) or valid visa are allowed to enter the country. The Argentine authorities will inform you which national borders are open for this. The temporary entry permit for citizens of neighboring countries has been revoked. Due to the development of the pandemic situation, there is an entry ban for travelers from Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Australia. Further restrictions cannot be ruled out.
Under certain conditions, family members and unmarried partners can now enter the country. More detailed information can be obtained from the Argentine Consulate General in Frankfurt.
A prerequisite for entry is an affidavit to be submitted online beforehand, a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, and health insurance valid for Argentina.
Entry with tourist status from Europe and other countries by air, sea and land is only possible with a special visa or special permit, which is only issued by the responsible Argentine consulate for urgent emergencies.
Detailed information on the current entry, test and quarantine regulations can be found on the website of the Argentine government.
Transit and onward travel
It is possible to travel through the neighboring country by land for the purpose of leaving the country immediately. Appropriate approval, e.g. for campers, can be applied for at the Argentine consulate in the country of residence.
There are limited commercial flights and information is published by the airlines. Flights can be canceled at short notice.
Restrictions in the country
The curfew, which has been in force nationwide since spring 2020 and which could only be interrupted for an important reason (work, shopping, going to the pharmacy, etc.) and for limited and precisely regulated leisure activities, is regionally differentiated. For most parts of the country, the "compulsory spatial distancing" (DISPO) applies, in more severely affected regions the curfew can come into effect again at short notice. Even within the provinces, the restrictions are differently strict depending on the local situation. For districts (“partidos”) with ASPO, a special permit (“Certificado Unico de Circulación”) to be applied for online is required for movements outside the immediate residential area. In the event of violations, fines up to and including imprisonment can be expected. For regions with DISPO, prescribed rules of conduct ("protocolos") and restrictions apply to all activities. The gathering of people is generally limited to a maximum of 10 in the open air. In the greater Buenos Aires area, most shops and companies as well as bars and cafes are open with a capacity of around 30%.
An online registration process is provided for domestic trips.
Wearing mouth and nose protection is mandatory in almost all areas.
- Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities.
- Keep track of information from the Argentine government, including provincial governments, if applicable.
- Observe the local regulations on spatial distancing and curfew and the requirements for the exemption.
- Register in our crisis prevention list and note the general information from the German Embassy in Buenos Aires.
- In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, contact the health department responsible for the respective province.
- Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
- When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.
In Argentina there are repeated strikes and demonstrations, some of which have led to violent clashes. Road closures and significant restrictions in local public transport are to be expected. Air traffic can also be affected.
In and around football stadiums there can be serious riots by rival fan groups who do not shy away from using weapons.
- Find out about the local media, e.g. via the Infobae app, as well as from your hosts and tour operators.
- Attend soccer games if possible accompanied by local people and avoid fan blocks and standing room.
- Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas.
- Follow the instructions of local security guards.
The crime rate is quite high in Argentina. Caution and vigilance are appropriate nationwide. Raids occur even during the day and in better residential areas. The perpetrators can be armed and do not shy away from using force.
In busy places and on public transport, trick thefts (“mustard trick”) are common. Thefts often occur in hotels in the low price segment, but also in better hotels in publicly accessible rooms (lobby etc.). Particular attention should be paid to cash withdrawals or exchanges and to the tourist attractions of Buenos Aires such as La Boca (especially on weekdays and in sparsely populated side streets off Calle Caminito), San Telmo, the Retiro train station and in the city center. Take special care everywhere after dark.
Buenos Aires has set up a tourist office where assistance can also be given in foreign languages: Avenida Corrientes No. 436 (Plaza San Nicolás), tel. 0054 11 4323 8900, e-mail [email protected]
- Keep your money, ID, driver's license, travel documents and other important documents safe. Email copies of important documents to yourself.
- Take only the cash you need for the day - possibly in a simple second wallet - and no unnecessary valuables.
- Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports, train stations, in the subway, on the bus and watch out for your valuables.
- Do not offer unnecessary resistance in the event of a robbery.
Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.
Nature and climate
The Andean chain lies in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes and volcanic activity can occur in the provinces of San Juan and Mendoza in particular. Several volcanoes in the border region to Chile are active and can lead to evacuation measures and impairment in travel. The Copahue volcano often shows increased activity.
The climate ranges from subtropical in the north with extremely hot and humid summers to temperate in the center to subarctic in the south. Abrupt and large temperature fluctuations can occur across the country.
In the northern parts of the country including Buenos Aires, heavy rain can cause flooding and landslides.
- Follow the weather forecast.
- Observe prohibitions, information signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
- Familiarize yourself with earthquake and volcano behavior guidelines. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.
Infrastructure / traffic
Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.
There is a domestic flight network and good (air-conditioned) intercity bus connections. Occasional outdated rail connections inland are only suitable for travelers with a lot of time.
Flight delays and strikes are the order of the day, which must be taken into account when planning a trip with regard to (transcontinental) connecting flights.
The border crossing at the “Cristo Redentor” pass (direct connection Mendoza-Santiago) and other passes to Chile are often closed during the winter months from May to September due to heavy snowfall.
Buenos Aires has a metro network, rapid transit trains and buses around the clock. A SUBE credit card is required for use, which is available e.g. at the subway counter and at numerous kiosks.
Bad road conditions, potholes, stray animals and poorly marked speed barriers (lomadas) in urban areas represent an increased risk of accidents. In addition, there is a low level of discipline on the part of motorists, which leads to a very high accident rate overall. Vialidad Nacional provides up-to-date information on road conditions.
Warning triangle, fire extinguisher, safety vest and first-aid kit must be carried.
Particularly in rural and sparsely populated areas, delivery bottlenecks in the fuel supply at the petrol stations can occur from time to time.
Police checks are frequent. In some cases, however, self-appointed inspectors try to collect fines (“multas”) in cash under a pretext. If necessary, you can insist on naming a legal basis for the alleged rule violation. Often it is more effective to pay a small "toll".
A border crossing e.g. to Chile or Uruguay is not possible with a rental car.
- Order taxis / transport service providers etc. by phone or app after dark, e.g. App Travel Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires.
- Use a 'Remis' service from Ezeiza International Airport (offered at fixed stands in the arrivals area) or exclusively buses from the company “Tienda León”.
- Drive particularly carefully and avoid driving in the dark.
- Always expect controls and strictly observe the speed limits.
- Drive with the windows closed and the doors locked.
- Keep your vehicle papers, driver's license and insurance documents to hand.
- When renting a rental car, make sure you have adequate insurance cover, including liability insurance.
- Do not hitchhike or hitchhike.
- If possible, only stop at busy rest areas and petrol stations.
- Only park vehicles in guarded parking spaces.
- Do not leave luggage visible in the vehicle.
The international driving license is recommended and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.
Hikes / trekking tours
Mountain climbing and trekking must be approved by the Ministry of Tourism in certain areas. Weather conditions can change very quickly in the mountains. Organizers don't always do regular security checks.
- Do not go on hikes and mountain tours alone, but only in the company of recognized local guides.
- Make sure you have good equipment and adequate travel insurance that covers mountain rescue by helicopter and medical evacuation.
- Before you start your tour, find out exactly what the weather is like and register online in a trekking register when you visit the Nahuel Huapi National Park; Mendoza Gobierno offers current information on the Aconcagua National Park.
- Leave information about the planned route and arrival times with organizers or relatives.
- Use only guarded campsites.
Same-sex marriages and partnerships as well as same-sex parenting are legally possible. The tolerance towards LGBTIQ is high.
Drug trafficking and drug use are criminal and prosecuted in Argentina. Even the possession of small quantities is not exempt from punishment and can lead to long prison sentences. The prison conditions in Argentina are considerably worse than those in German prisons.
It is forbidden to catch, keep, buy or transport certain wild animals without a permit. The prohibitions are also directed against the sale of products or souvenirs that were made using wild animals. The lists of affected species vary from province to province. Information is available from the Argentine State Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development.
Regardless of the Argentine regulations, there are also import bans or approval reservations in Germany for animals that fall under the Washington Convention on the Protection of Species. More information on imports can be found on the website of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.
Money / credit cards
The national currency is the Argentine peso (ARS). With bank and credit cards, cash can be withdrawn from ATMs for high fees, usually up to 5000 pesos per transaction. Online transfer services are a cheap alternative.
US dollars can usually be exchanged throughout the country, euros less often outside of Buenos Aires.
The acceptance of money / credit cards is particularly widespread in Buenos Aires. For trips outside of Germany, it is advisable to bring enough cash with you.
There is a large number of counterfeit banknotes in circulation in Argentina. They can be recognized when the usual security features are checked, but there is a particular risk through trickery ('exchange' for counterfeit money under the pretext of not being able to change).
In individual cases, counterfeit money can also be issued at ATMs. In this case, you should go to the relevant bank immediately.
- Never exchange money on the street, only in exchange offices or with the help of local friends.
Entry and customs
Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.
Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information going beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.
Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:
- Passport: Yes
- Temporary passport: Yes
- Identity card: No
- Provisional identity card: No
- Children's passport: Yes
Comments / minimum remaining validity:
The travel document must be valid upon entry. A period of validity beyond the duration of the planned stay is recommended.
Continuing your journey with passports that have already been reported as stolen but found again is not recommended, as an investigation can no longer be reversed.
In the event of the loss of the passport, the police report of loss ("Denuncia") is essential for the return to the country.
The requirements of individual airlines for the documents to be carried by their passengers differ in part from the state regulations.
German citizens do not need a visa to enter the country and stay for up to 90 days as a tourist.
Extension of stay
An extension of the residence permit is possible on site (Migraciones). However, there is no entitlement to it.
If you are planning to stay or work in Argentina for a longer period of time, you should contact the Argentine consulate about visa requirements before you travel.
- When entering the country by land, make sure that the tourist visa (passport stamp) is correctly issued. Otherwise, high fees (habilitación de salida) may apply when leaving the country.
Collection of biometric data
The fingerprints of every traveler are digitally scanned at the airport or seaport and a digital portrait photo is created.
Entry and exit via the USA
The following regulations only apply to Argentine citizens and foreigners with a long-term stay (requiring a visa); However, it has proven useful if tourists with a temporary stay also adhere to it:
For children under 14 years of age, the consent of the guardian must be proven when entering and leaving Argentina. It is advisable to bring an original birth certificate with you to document parenthood. If the minor is accompanied by only one custodian, the written travel authorization “Venia de Viaje” of the other custodian is required. If only one parent has custody (also for widows), proof of this must be provided. If the minor is traveling alone or accompanied by a third party of legal age, the travel authorization must contain the name, address and ID or passport number of the companion and / or the person receiving it at the destination. Children under 6 years of age are entered in the register of the Argentine immigration authorities upon entry and exit.
A new travel authorization is required for each trip.
The consents and evidence must be certified by the Argentine consulate. For more information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Argentina.
There are no restrictions on the import of national and foreign currencies; from an equivalent value of 10,000 US dollars for adults or 5,000 US dollars for minors under 16 years of age, the import must be declared.
When leaving the country, a maximum of 10,000 US dollars for adults or 5,000 US dollars for minors under 16 years of age may be carried. It is not permitted to take larger amounts with you.
The Argentine customs authorities can provide further information.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.
In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.
- As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.
No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. Proof of a valid yellow fever vaccination is not required when entering from a yellow fever area (often neighboring countries) or when entering from Germany. When traveling to the yellow fever areas of Argentina (provinces Corrientes and Misiones, also Iguaçu waterfalls), a yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travelers from the age of 9 months. Coming from Argentina, the vaccination can be requested when traveling to a third country.
- Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
- Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and also against hepatitis B and rabies for long-term stays or special exposure.
- Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
- The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.
Zika virus infection
The predominantly diurnal AedesMosquito-borne infection with Zika viruses can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and neurological complications in adults.
Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually associated with fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs and is increasingly affecting travelers as well. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.
- To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.
Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences, and there are seldom long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see leaflet Chikungunya fever.
- To avoid Chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.
Argentina was officially declared malaria-free by the World Health Organization in 2019.
HIV / AIDS
There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.
- Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.
Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, most diarrheal diseases can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:
- Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
- If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you're out and about.
- If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
- Cook or peel food yourself.
- Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
- Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
- If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.
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