Argentina, set in the southeast corner of South America, is a destination with a great variety of landscapes and amazing experiences, synonymous with nature, gastronomy, tango, football and excellent hospitality.
From the outstanding architecture of Buenos Aires and the natural wonder of Iguazu Falls, to the high colourful mountains and rich culture of the northwest, Argentina has so much to offer visitors.
The famous malbec wines from the foot of the Andes Mountains in the Mendoza and Cuyo regions, the wide beaches of the Atlantic coast and the magical landscapes of Patagonia at the ‘end of the world’, mean Argentina can appeal to any traveller.
Can British travellers visit Argentina?
Argentina’s borders remain closed to visitors from the UK and any country other than the neighbouring states of Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia in October.
The UK government has also banned arrivals from Argentina following evidence of a new variant of coronavirus in Brazil. British and Irish nationals or those with UK residency may still return, but they must enter a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days on their arrival into the country.
Salta and San Juan provinces have opened tourism for their residents only, although travel between provinces is not allowed yet.
What is Argentina doing to prepare for the return of UK travellers?
Once travel resumes, visitors will prioritise natural destinations with green and open spaces, and fortunately, nature is one of the main reasons why British travellers come to our country. We aim to continue refining our tourism services to offer not only nature, but also anything that the UK traveller may need.
The Argentina Tourism Board is preparing a health and safety guide for tourists with necessary information, and health protocols have been published regulating the future operation of hotels and accommodation, restaurants, service providers and travel agencies.
Aerolíneas Argentinas, the national airline, has already published hygiene protocols for the return of its operations as well.
Among other strategies to reopen to international tourism, Argentina is due to start a branding and promotional campaign to focus on health and safety protocols and highlight the variety of experiences there. The tourism board is also working on a new fam trip strategy.
How can British travellers fly to Argentina?
Before the pandemic, Argentina was connected with the UK via the following direct routes:
- British Airways – one daily flight from Heathrow to Buenos Aires.
- Norwegian – five flights per week from Gatwick to Buenos Aires.
It is important to note that 51% of British tourists arriving in Argentina choose direct flights, while the remaining 49% use connecting flights, via Spain, Chile or Brazil. In general terms, 66% of British citizens arrive from Europe, 26% via other destinations in South America, 5% via North America and 3% from other regions.
How else can you reach Argentina?
Land and sea borders have reopened with Argentina’s neighbouring countries and activities will be resumed in stages with the necessary health and safety protocols.
During 2019, there were notable increases in the number of British tourists arriving through every point of entry. Of the total number of British tourists in 2019 (115,000), 50% entered by air, 29% by land and 21% by cruise or ferry.
The most relevant border crossings are in Misiones Province (Iguazu Falls) with 60% of British arrivals, followed by Santa Cruz Province (El Calafate) with 10%, Neuquén Province with 6% and Jujuy Province with 5%.
What safety measures can travellers expect in Argentina?
In order to provide the highest quality of services and guarantee safety for tourists visiting our country, different protocols have been prepared for each tourism-related sector: travel and tourism agencies, tourism providers, food and drink venues, and accommodation.
At present, the use of a face mask is mandatory in public spaces and social distancing of at least two metres must be respected.
Shopping malls, restaurants and museums remain closed, and big events are not allowed in Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area, Chaco Province in Litoral Region and Rio Negro province in Patagonia.
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, in charge of the operation of 35 airports in the country, is working on:
- Acrylic screens at check-in counters and boarding gates.
- Temperature check on anyone arriving at the airport.
- Posters with information on social distancing measures.
- Floor markers to help with spacing in queues and seating areas.
- Cleaning and disinfection protocols for jetways, open areas, sidewalks, tracks, vehicle areas and hangars.
- Deep cleaning and disinfection of handrails and latches, and supply of alcohol gel.
What other safety measures are in place across Argentina?
From the outset, the national authorities worked on preventive measures, which include maintaining a two-metre social distance, the mandatory use of face masks in public spaces, washing hands frequently with soap and water or gel alcohol, avoiding touching one’s face, ventilating homes and work environments, and disinfecting frequently used objects.
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Last updated February 15, 2021