Covid-19 guidelines and procedures are constantly changing, so please check back to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information. We also strongly recommend referring to Argentina's official travel website for the latest requirements.
We are committed to keeping you up to date with the most important updates from Argentina. We are in touch daily with our partners and contacts on the ground and are monitoring official government websites and the local news. We will update this guide with any significant changes.
The latest from Argentina
Argentina has removed all entry requirements related to Covid-19. You can read more about other requirements in our guide to visas and travel documentation.
Covid-19 vaccination is not mandatory to enter the country, but this measure could change and so it is highly recommended by the national government that you are fully vaccinated.
Please also be aware that your Patagonia operator(s) may have their own requirements relating to Covid-19 that you need to comply with.
Finally, travel insurance is extremely important when visiting Patagonia and is a mandatory requirement for everyone. We strongly recommend that you take some time to read through our guide to arranging insurance for your adventure.
VAT payments in Argentina
At present, in both Chile and Argentina, tourists are not charged VAT (19% in Chile, 21%, in Argentina) for their hotel/accommodation rates. This is controlled by the hotel itself, via the customer's passport stamp and/or immigration paper receipt.
Please be aware, however, that the Argentine immigration office is no longer stamping passports and are issuing travellers with an immigration QR code instead.
This QR code will be sent via email to each traveller and will act as proof that they are not required to make VAT payments at their accommodation.
For the avoidance of doubt, neither Swoop nor our local partners will be held liable for any surcharges or any taxes, including VAT or its equivalent, that may be applied as a result of national or regional government policies.
Please note that such governmental policies can be modified at short notice and without prior notification.
Whilst travel insurance is no longer an official requirement of the Argentine government when entering Argentina (official source), all international travellers are strongly recommended by the Argentine authorities to have medical insurance which covers any expenses relating to Covid-19.
Bear in mind that Argentina has previously had a requirement for a fixed level of medical insurance for Covid-19, so although they have currently dropped this requirement, we are conscious that it could be brought back if the situation changes.
Here at Swoop, we require all customers to have adequate insurance and your Patagonia operator(s) will also have their own requirements with which you need to comply.
Finally, we recommend that you carry a printout of your policy (and possibly a spare copy in case you lose one).
Travelling to Argentina FAQs
Whether you've just landed or you're about to depart, your experience at the airport – checking in, going through customs and immigration, and using the airport services such as eating at a cafe or getting a taxi – might be slightly different from usual.
- It may take longer after landing to go through immigration and customs due to social distancing
- You may have to wait a little longer to check in for a flight
- Your temperature might be required to be taken on arrival
- There may be measures in place to stagger travellers through the airport
These are a few examples that our partners on the ground have shared with us regarding the current situation. We will continue to share the latest information about both the international and domestic airports and make recommendations so that you have a seamless experience when you land in Buenos Aires.
The Argentinian government has announced that they will not be using an app (or any other method) to track tourists post-arrival.
What our customers think of Travelling to Argentina
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Travelled: December 2021
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We were working with Swoop at a time when everybody wanted to travel, post Covid vaccine. They were quick to respond, even though Swoop, Patagonia and our family were all on different continents. Read the full review
Travelled: December 2021
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