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).
Visas & travel documentation
Your passport should be valid for the duration of your trip and for 6 months following your entry into Argentina, depending on your country of residency.
Citizens of the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia (among other countries), will not be required to apply for a visa when travelling to Argentina. If you are travelling from certain countries not mentioned above, you may need to apply for a tourist visa - check with your local embassy.
If you're visiting Iguazu falls, please be aware that you may need a visa to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Please check with your local embassy.
Some nationalities may have to pay a reciprocity fee in order to enter Argentina. You should verify this with your local Argentine embassy.
We recommend bringing printed copies of all essential documents where possible. If you are relying on your phone, only to discover the battery has drained, or you don't have a signal or WIFI when you need it, this might add unnecessary stress to your journey.
Information provided by Swoop is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time only, but in this fast-changing environment, we cannot be held responsible for changes not immediately reflected on this website or in information shared with you. Customers should undertake their own research appropriate to their individual circumstances before making final decisions.
Where links to government, operators or other third-party sites are provided, again this information is accurate and up-to-date to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot be held responsible for third-party content.