New flexibility at the borders (EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni)
As of this Saturday, Argentines and foreigners residing in the country who have had the complete coronavirus vaccination schedule for at least 14 days will no longer need to present a negative PCR to be able to re-enter the national territory.
As it had advanced through Administrative Decision 63/2022, which was published last Wednesday in the Official Gazette, the Government decided to move forward with a series of relaxations regarding the sanitary requirements that are demanded at the border.
In this way, from this January 29, those who have received the complete vaccination schedule at least 14 days before entering Argentina “will be exempt from quarantine.”
The measure also establishes that in the case of Argentines who have resided abroad for at least the last year, the “complete vaccination schedule” will be understood as defined by the health authorities of the country of residence.
In any case, people who are fully immunized must complete – at least 48 hours before the start of the trip without observations of the health control – a sworn statement required by the National Directorate of Migration.
In turn, they will have to present the certificate that certifies having completed the vaccination scheme “at least 14 days before entering the country or their exemption, which must also appear on the affidavit, without the need to accompany the aforementioned certificate. in the statement.”
On the contrary, those who have not completed the scheme, in order to re-enter Argentina, must have a negative PCR test or an antigen test carried out in the country of origin within 72 and 48 hours prior to the start of the trip. , respectively, and comply with an isolation period of 7 days, counted from the day after taking the PCR or antigen test.
They must also carry out the quarantine provided for in article 7 for 7 days from the day after taking the PCR or antigen test. “The cost of the tests to which reference has been made will be borne by the person who enters the country,” clarifies the Administrative Decision.
Those who do not have the complete vaccination scheme will still have to present a negative PCR to return to Argentina (EFE / Carlos Ortega)
As for foreigners with a complete vaccination schedule from neighboring countries or their residents, who had stayed in said countries for at least the last 14 days prior to entering our country, it was specified that they must have received their last dose 14 days before. , and will be exempt from quarantine. In turn, they will have to have COVID-19 health insurance with coverage for hospitalization, isolation and/or medical transfers for those who are positive, suspected or close contacts.
On the other hand, minors who have not completed the vaccination schedule will be exempt from carrying out the planned quarantine, but they are recommended not to carry out social and/or group activities for at least 7 days after entering the country. People under 6 years of age are also exempted in all cases from undergoing the PCR or antigen test to enter the country.
The new decree also authorizes the entry in private vehicles of Argentines and residents vaccinated with a complete schedule and who are positive cases who have already completed 7 days of isolation from the date of onset of symptoms.
Also entry into a passenger transport vehicle after 10 days of isolation have been completed from the date of onset of symptoms or the date of taking a sample of the laboratory diagnostic test.
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