A month after setting new requirements after the arrival of the omicron variant in Argentina, the Government will announce the relaxation of restrictions for vaccinated travelers. Within the framework of a decrease in cases in the third wave of infections, government sources told THE NATION that the imposition of a PCR to enter Argentina is suppressed.
As of January 31, Argentines and resident foreigners who present a vaccination schedule will not have to present a PCR to enter the national territory from abroad. The information was confirmed to this medium by sources from the Migration leadership, who pointed out that the Administrative Decision that will be published in the coming days also impacts travelers from neighboring countries.
The debate between Migrations, Health and the Chief of Staff to make the decision official took days. On Tuesday night, the discussion on some points intensified until late at night, when the document to which this medium had access was ready. Among the most important measures to Argentines and resident foreigners who present a complete vaccination schedule will only need to present a certificate of it and complete the affidavit of the National Directorate of Migration in the 48 hours prior to the trip to enter the country. Nor should they carry out isolation once in the national territory.
For their part, Argentines and foreign residents who have an incomplete vaccination schedule or are not vaccinated must present a negative PCR test carried out in the country of origin within 72 hours prior to the start of the trip or an antigen test carried out in the country of origin within 48 hours prior to the start of the trip. The requirement applies to everyone over 6 years of age, who must also complete the affidavit at least 48 hours prior to the trip.
Non-resident foreigners with a complete vaccination schedule must also present a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours or one of antigens in the previous 48 hours. In turn, they must have Covid-19 health insurance, which includes coverage for hospitalization, isolation and/or medical transfer services.
In particular, non-resident foreigners must apply for a vaccination exception. Once they have been admitted, they will be able to process all the requirements that those who comply with the complete schedule vaccination have.
Foreigners from neighboring countries or their residents who have spent the last fourteen days with a complete vaccination schedule in them will enjoy the same benefits as immunized Argentines. They will only need to show the corresponding certificate, the medical insurance against Covid-19 and they will complete the required affidavit. Minors who have not completed the vaccination scheme may enter without quarantine.
In addition, Argentines and residents vaccinated with a complete schedule and positive cases who have already completed seven days of isolation will be allowed to enter private vehicles; Entry by passenger transport vehicle is authorized after completing ten days of isolation for positive cases. “They will be able to enter in private land vehicles of Argentines and residents who are asymptomatic vaccinated close contacts, while unvaccinated asymptomatic close contacts who enter through this means must complete their isolation in the country,” they indicated.
The announcement came after Argentina launched the use of the health pass throughout the country for massive events. Since last January 1, the Caring app is the tool from which you can access the health pass that applies from the first day of 2022. The tool, which can be downloaded for free on the official Android and iOS app stores, also includes new functions such as a self-test on symptoms linked to the coronavirus.
In the first days of December, the omicron variant was detected in Argentina. Thus, since its inception, the coronavirus pandemic has had effects on life as it was known, and the universe of tourism was one of the hardest hit. International passenger ports of entry became urgent matter of health discussion, with recurrent modifications in the requirements to travel.
Thus, national authorities have modified strategies in order to limit the spread of the virus and contain the epidemiological situation in the country. At the end of December, in the midst of the increase in cases, the Government ordered “the operators of air, river and maritime means of transport for international passengers must, without exception, verify that the passenger has declared compliance with the extremes defined as health requirements” .
In this way, the State left in the hands of transport operators the verification of the PCR that passengers had to present, instead of including it with the affidavit required by the Government to enter the national territory. This strategy will continue in the corresponding cases.