As of Oct. 20, authorities in Argentina have begun the gradual easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related interprovincial travel restrictions, but only for certain travelers. Domestic flights and long-distance buses and trains may resume; however, interprovincial travel remains highly restricted, reserved only for essential workers, persons requiring medical attention, individuals intending to return to their home provinces, and other individuals with special authorization. The availability of domestic flights depends on the discretion of airlines to resume flight routes. Authorities are likely to continue the established checkpoints along thoroughfares to enforce internal travel restrictions. The movement restrictions are part of the government's ongoing COVID-19 response plan; other measures remain in place:
Officials maintain stricter isolation measures in specific departments across all provinces in the country effective Oct. 12-25, except in Catamarca, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, La Pampa, and Misiones, where the incidence of COVID-19 cases is low. In higher-risk areas, provincial governments enforce a range of restrictions on public transport, interdepartmental travel, and nonessential commercial activities, such as entertainment, recreational, cultural, and sports activities. Provincial capitals where these stricter measures have been enforced include Cordoba, La Rioja, Mendoza, Neuquen, Rio Gallegos (Santa Cruz Province), Salta, San Juan, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, and Tucuman. Meanwhile, Buenos Aires province and the Buenos Aires Metropolitan region specifically are continuing their gradual reopening plans. As of Oct. 18, single-employer domestic workers, open-air restaurants and bars, outdoor gyms, and private construction have been permitted to resume operations in several municipalities across the province.
Some nationwide measures are in place regardless of location. All indoor social gatherings remain banned, though outdoor social groups with no more than 10 people are permitted. Cinemas, theaters, clubs, and cultural centers remain mostly closed or are subject to strict operating protocols. Tourism activities remain banned. Residents are required to wear protective face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines when in public.
A ban on entry by all nonresident foreign nationals remains in place until further notice. International cargo, medical and humanitarian transport, and returning nationals are exempt; however, truck drivers and aircraft flight crews may be subject to enhanced screening measures. While most international commercial passenger flights are suspended, the government has previously made agreements with some European and regional carriers to offer limited flights out of Buenos Aires.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further tighten, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements and business appointments. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent hand-washing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.