Prohibition of entry of tourists, suspension of flights and special requirements
Given the arrival of the second wave of coronavirus infections, the Government announced this Saturday that Until April 30, land and air borders with neighboring countries will continue to be closed and flights from Chile, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will continue to be suspended. There will also be new requirements for ship and aircraft carriers and crews. He communicated it through the Administrative Decision 342/2021, published in the Official bulletin.
In this way, according to this text signed by the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, and the Ministers of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro, and Health, Carla Vizzotti, the pilot test that had authorized the entry of tourists from Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile, whose final destination was the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA).
It was an initiative implemented at the end of October last year, which aimed to reactivate one of the sectors of the economy hardest hit by the pandemic, but which was quickly interrupted due to the increase in positive cases at the local level.
This measure is added to the one that was already in force for non-resident foreigners from the rest of the world, who will not be able to enter Argentina during this same period, according to the provisions of the president Alberto Fernandez Through the Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU) in which it confirmed the new circulation restrictions.
In addition, they will continue authorizations and permits suspended that would have been arranged relative to the operations of air transport of passengers in direct flights that have as origin or destination the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and as origin Chile, Brazil and Mexico, places that have a high community circulation of different strains.
The entry of tourists will continue to be prohibited until April 30
The novelty this time is that, in addition to all the limitations already mentioned, there will be new requirements for carriers entering the national territory, as well as for ship and aircraft crews.
Requirements for carriers entering by land:
Both carriers and foreign crew members must “attach to the affidavit, the negative result of the test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out within the 72 hours prior to entering the country.”
Meanwhile, those who are Argentine citizens will only have to submit to “an antigen test within 72 hours” from their entry into the national territory. Those who are positive in the test will be obliged to “then carry out the PCR test for genomic sequencing, as indicated by the National Reference Laboratory.”
Requirements for international ship crews:
Those that are made up of foreigners will comply “with the protocols defined by the national health authority, to ensure their traceability”, and will be “prohibited from being transferred in Argentine territory, having to remain on board.”
For their part, the crew that is made up of Argentine personnel or residents of the country must “undergo antigen testing within 72 hours of their return to the country.”
Measures to follow for international aircrews:
Those that are foreigners will also have to “comply with the protocols defined by the national health authority, to ensure their traceability”, but they must also “Move within the country under the bubble mode, with strict supervision of the respective transport operators.”
On the contrary, if the crew is made up of Argentine citizens or residents of the country, the personnel it will undergo “antigen testing at least every 15 days or a shorter period than may be stipulated by the airline.”
Likewise, it was clarified that international transport operators will be in charge of making their respective employees comply with these requirements, although the Government may “establish additional obligations” according to “the existing epidemiological situation at origin and / or destination.”
Finally, the suspension of “group trips of graduates, retirees, study, for non-official sports competitions, was also extended until April 30; of tourist groups and of recreational and social activities, in a generic way ”.
Again, “nationals or foreigners residing in the country and, in particular, those over 60 years of age or people belonging to groups at risk defined by the health authority, were reminded to defer their trips abroad, when they did not respond to the development of essential activities ”.
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