A few days into December, the summer season It feels closer and closer, although definitions are still lacking, people continue to have doubts about what to do or where to go and the coronavirus pandemic continues to add cases throughout the country.
As reported by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Nation, after a series of agreements with the governors of various provinces, there are already several that announced that in the face of the next summer vacation 2021 They will not ask travelers to comply with days of isolation or quarantine or present a previous test for coronavirus with a negative result.
One of them is the province of Buenos Aires, with the attractiveness of the beaches of the Atlantic Coast, which launched the season a month ago and, among other issues, it was agreed that neither test nor quarantine would be a requirement, although it would be certified to circulate. and enter the chosen destination.
In spas in Mar del Plata, distance and the use of chinstraps will be essential. Photo: Télam
Others that have already confirmed that they will not ask for a test or isolation when they open to national tourism are Córdoba, Río Negro, Mendoza, Salta, Jujuy, Neuquén, Chubut and Entre Ríos.
What about the rest of the country? Many destinations are still defining when to allow the entry of travelers from other provinces and what to ask for based on the epidemiological situation of the place.
In Santa Cruz, already in November they began with some experiences of internal tourism. From November 20 to 30, the inhabitants of Río Gallegos will be able to visit El Calafate(Basis for knowing the Perito Moreno glacier, within the Los Glaciares National Park. Visitors may go a minimum of 2 nights, a maximum of 5 and the following requirements: the hotel reservation; a medical certificate proving that the traveler and his companions have no symptoms and if they suffered the disease on what dates; individual affidavit of not presenting symptoms and complying with all protocols; proof of travel assistance insurance with COVID-1 coverage; and circulation permit in Santa Cruz (obtained at circulacion.santacruz.gob.ar) and the authorization must be printed. On the results of these tests, it will be decided how and when to extend the openings to national tourism.
The Perito Moreno glacier and the first limited experiences of internal tourism.
Currently, essential personnel arriving on flights to Santa Cruz are not asked for PCR, but compliance with isolation.
From the Tourism Secretariat of San Luis they reported that to enter, PCR with a negative result is currently requested and quarantine is not needed. But those who enter from December 15, when the tourist season begins, will not be asked for a PCR test. Only affidavit and health insurance with coverage for COVID-19.
In the province of San Juan, they currently ask for a negative PCR test with a maximum of 72 hours, but the tourist service providers have asked to eliminate it. We will have to wait for a next definition on this.
Tucumán signed a free movement agreement with Salta and Jujuy (which have already announced that they will not request a test or quarantine when they open their tourist season) and visitors to these provinces only require the Affidavit. For the rest of the country, a confirmed reservation is currently required (with reservation, no study is required). For those who enter without reservation, a negative PCR is requested with a maximum of 72 hours. But from the Tourism Entity they assured that it is likely that next week this will change and greater flexibility will be announced.
At the moment, flights can only be boarded by essential personnel. And when arriving in Tucumán, medical controls are made to the passengers. The sworn statement obtained on the COE page (https://coe.tucuman.gob.ar/) must be submitted. By land, by long-distance buses: a negative PCR certificate must be presented, carried out within 72 hours prior to the start of the trip and the affidavit. From December 1, Only insurance with Covid and DDJJ coverage.
In Santa Fe -where they launched the Santa Fe Plus incentive program that complements the Pre-Trip- they are evaluating the opening, which could be from December 4 for domestic tourism and from January 1 for the rest of the country. In principle, they would not ask for a test or quarantine – only certificates of circulation and income – to align with what has already been announced by the provinces of Córdoba and Buenos Aires. But you have to wait for the official announcements.
The Iguazú Falls, for now only for missionaries. Photo: National Parks
Misiones has not yet enabled national tourism, for now they continue with the “Missions for missionaries” program. Wait for the authorization of the Nation to allow the arrival of tourists. The requirements that will be requested include the negative coronavirus test with no more than 48 hours of completion, download the Digital Missions application and the National Government Care application.
The province of Corrientes has already enabled national tourism, but for now it only receives travelers who arrive in their private or rental vehicles. They must arrive with the swab or take place at the access checkpoints. In addition to registering the trip on the official government website, it is an essential condition to hire accommodation or excursions. The term of stay cannot exceed 7 days.
In Tierra del Fuego has not yet defined when the season will open for tourists from all over the country and what will be requested. For now, those who take flights to the province are asked for a negative PCR certificate no longer than 72 hours in advance or positive IgG up to 30 days before the flight.
Esteros del Iberá, in Corrientes. The province has already opened to national tourism, but with entry in a private vehicle and negative test, among other requirements.
Santiago del Estero will enable from December 4 the development of tourist activity in its territory within the framework of a “gradual process”. Regarding the official protocols, in the first instance, the tourist must make a reservation in an authorized accommodation, from there they will be registered in the “Circulando” system, being able to access the province as a tourist.
At the same time, tourists must have personal Covid-19 health insurance provided by an insurance company; and Caring application installed on your cell phone. To enter the province they must not present symptoms compatible with the coronavirus and body temperature will be controlled.
La Pampa only allows entry to essential workers or residents of the province. Those who do not reside in the province can enter for 72 hours; If they do it for a longer time, prior to the restart of their activity, visitors must comply with the preventive and mandatory sanitary isolation of 14 days in one of the enabled hotels (taking charge of the expenses). It was not announced if there will be modifications for the summer season.
Catamarca is currently requesting a negative PCR and, depending on the length of stay, also quarantine.
Catamarca is in times of definitions in relation to the opening to tourism, so for now there is no date. Currently, for the entry of essentials, negative PCR is requested and, depending on the time of stay in the territory, quarantine.
In the province of Chaco, today a provincial driving license is requested only for residents of the province. As reported by the Chaco Tourism Institute, it is expected that on December 1 there will be more news because the opening to tourism will begin, but the requirements have not yet been defined.
Finally, Formosa is another of the provinces that remains “armored”, with almost no entry and exit of people, both with other Argentine provinces and with Paraguay.
Only residents who had been stranded in other provinces due to a government plan could enter, and for about 15 days the Justice accepted several habeas corpus of people requesting to return to their province, who must do 14 days of quarantine in authorized hotels, with costs at your expense.
Bathed La Estrella in Formosa, an “armored” province. Photo: Rubén Digilio.
Today Formosa requests a national circulation permit, a negative PCR test with no more than 48 hours of being carried out and an authorization by mail from a provincial Covid Council, which decides on a case-by-case basis when it can enter, for how long and where it has to do the quarantine.
No news has yet been reported regarding an upcoming opening or easing.