The Argentine government has started to approve special entry permits for non-resident foreigners considered “essential” despite the country’s borders being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key points:

  • Only foreign nationals considered “essential” may apply for special entry permits. Essential industries include education, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
  • Issuance of visas is at the discretion of the consulate, which might not issue a visa even supported by a special entry permit – this should be checked with the relevant consulate on a case-by-case basis.
  • Commercial flights are not available at this time but are expected to resume Sept. 1.

Background: Argentina’s borders have been closed since March. The national lockdown has been extended until Aug. 30.

Analysis & Comments: After shutting its borders to foreigner workers for nearly five months, this easing of restrictions is the first phase of reopening after quarantine. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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