When you plan a trip to any destination, you will always check, among other things, the necessary documentation to enter the country in question. Many questions will cross your head, such as “do I need a visa to go to Argentina?” or “what requirements must I meet to enter the country?” All those answers can be next.
To enter the Argentine Republic it is necessary to present a valid passport, with or without a visa, depending on the case.
The maximum period of permanence in the country is ninety (90) days, with the possibility of extending that period only once. To extend it, before the originally granted period expires, you must appear at one of the delegations of the National Directorate of Migration.
If you are interested in obtaining a visa as a foreign tourist from a country with which the Argentine Republic does not have a visa exemption agreement, we will explain how to do it.
To foreign tourists from countries with which ours does not have a visa exemption agreement to enter.
A tourist is considered to be a foreigner who enters the country for the purpose of rest or recreation, with an authorized period of stay of up to three (3) months, extendable for another similar period.
The only fulfillment of the aforementioned requirements does not guarantee the granting of the visa, this being the exclusive prerogative of the Argentine State.
To start the visa process, contact the corresponding Consular Representation in order to make an appointment and coordinate the presentation of the documentation.
The information available here is not applicable to citizens of the People’s Republic of China, to whom differential requirements apply by virtue of an international agreement in force on the matter.
Check the cost of the procedure at the consular representation in your jurisdiction.
The maximum period of stay that the consular offices can grant you is 90 days.
It can be extended only once for the same period if you show up at any of the Delegations of the National Directorate of Migration of the Argentine Republic before the originally granted period expires.
But what makes the Route of the 7 lakes in Argentina so special? Well, it’s the most scenic route in the country which makes it the first choice for anyone who would like to venture into a 180-kilometer self-drive trip experience. There are many villages and natural highlights to visit along this road. In 6 days you can travel from Bariloche to San Martín de Los Andes. What would you find on the road? Let’s see!
Your starting point will be Bariloche and if you are there you can easily drive through another famous scenic circuit called “Circuito Chico” (Small circuit) to discover the Campanario Hill and wander the Llao-Llao Península. This is a 40-minute drive where you’ll appreciate Lake Moreno and Nahuel Huapi too. The advantage on go in your own car is that you can stop as much as you want in the viewpoints.
This is where the Route of the 7 lakes officially starts for you because you’ll take Route 40 and drive to the southern shore of Lake Traful where this enchanting village sits. In this part of the road, the most important place to visit is the Valle Encantado and if you want, you can make a stop to visit a submerged forest which is in the first “official” lake of the circuit, the Nahuel Huapi.
You’ll continue the Route of the 7 Lakes by taking a provincial road and getting to San Martín de Los Andes, lesser-visited than Bariloche, but still charming, especially for those who want to visit the Lanin National Park. Enjoy the trip and make a stop at the Pozones De Caleufú, an off-the-beaten-path spot where you can enjoy trekking and a pleasant bath in nature.
This is the last stop in the Route of the 7 lakes. You’ll take again the Route 40 and head through a winding road of Patagonian forest to the Villa la Angostura, best known as the “garden of Patagonia”. On the way, the lakes you’ll see are Lake Villarino, Correntoso, and the famous Espejo.
Once in Villa la Angostura, you can not miss a trip to the Bosque de Arrayanes, a fairytale place, which is actually the only myrtle wood in the world. This is a very special protected area, located at the Puerto de la Villa, where you can enjoy an easy hike through the myrtle forest or a boat ride.
Now that you know what you’ll find on this trip, it’s important to say that you can enjoy it any time of the year. However, the best time to visit the area would be during Summer and Spring (September to March) when the weather is more gentle with travelers.
The colors of the trees, which is one of the main spectacles, are amazing at any season. Though the landscapes don´t bring any misfortune to travelers, other drivers may be a problem during holidays or long weekends, so this is something you need to take into account when planning your adventure through the Route of the 7 Lakes in Argentina.
Needless to say that 2020 was a rough year for all travel lovers: stay at home orders and quarantine have put us in a situation unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before.
Say Hueque´s Founder and Director, Rafa Mayer, decided to wrap up 2020 in a different way. Rafa, his wife and his seven and twelve- year-old sons– Tobías and Camilo – embarked on a road trip adventure across Patagonia in order to spend New Year´s Eve surrounded by the most beautiful natural wonders.
The trip began in Bariloche, where they picked up their new home for a couple of weeks: a cozy but modern Motorhome.
Since the objective of the trip was to reconnect with nature, this self-propelled and self-sufficient vehicle seemed to Rafa a great choice for travelling safely and independently , prioritizing their time for exploring remote and uncrowded areas.
They departed from Bariloche headed North, stopped at Traful Lake, where they spent a magical New Year´s Eve dining on the shores of this brilliantly blue lake, under a beautiful starry sky. This is a very quiet area of Patagonia, where you can see pristine lakes surrounded by the Andes almost in complete solitude, and just 100 km away from the town of Bariloche (where the airport is located, with daily flights from Buenos Aires).
After this, the Mayer Family headed back to the south and their next top Villa La Angostura, a small town on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, that is surrounded by other lakes and the Andes Mountain Range. This area is heavily influenced by the European immigration at the turn on the century, giving it a Swiss- German feeling. They continued their travels, visiting Mascardi Lake and Manso Valley. Manso valley surprised them with its unique mountain landscapes and its astonishing beauty so they stayed longer and went horseback riding across the valley and rafting along the river. They had a blast!
Days later, they continued their route to Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and parked the motorhome on the shores of Rivadavia Lake. There, they enjoyed trekking in the Alerces woods, beautiful family picnics and watching memorable sunsets while drinking Mate.
As their last – but definitely not least – destination they stopped over at Estancia Peuma Hue, an enchanting hotel and Eco-lodge nestled within the grounds Nahuel Huapi National Park. There, they went kayaking on crystal clear Gutiérrez Lake and horseback riding.
Although the motorhome was comfortable, it was great to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights.
This amazing trip was a great opportunity for Mayer’s family to spend time together and make up for the untraveled time in 2020. The fact that Argentina has opened up to domestic travel, encouraging Argentine citizens to travel around their own country, made it possible to sustain small local economies (in some places that rely on tourism) which have suffered the terrible consequences of last year´s pandemic and lockdowns.
Their Patagonia Road trip was an amazing experience that Rafa´s family will never forget.
If this adventure awake your travel bug, we invite you to check some Family Trips ideas here.
For those who want to spend 2 weeks of trekking in Patagonia, we have designed a travel itinerary that combines the classic destinations in Argentina but also in Chile. Your hiking trip won’t be completed without a visit to Chilean Patagonia… that’s for sure.
Our 9-day trip is a good option for the first visit to Patagonia, but if you want to go trekking really far into the southern lands, our 13-day trip will take you to discover all the already mentioned destination, plus, the mythical Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, best known as “the end of the world”.
While Chile has reopened its borders, Argentina has recently closed them to foreign travelers. That includes the region of Patagonia which is only available to visit for internal tourism.
However, foreign travelers are already welcome to the Chilean part of Patagonia, which included among many other natural attractions, the world-famous Torres del Paine.
Some of the current requirement established by the Chilean government upon arrival are:
Some useful tips to travel not only to Patagonia what anywhere right now:
Now, once you get to access Chile we can focus on the Patagonia travel warnings that you should take into account to avoid any complications during your trip.
If you are planning to visit Torres del Paine you will probably stay a night in Puerto Natales, the nearest city to the National Park. While in regular times you can stay in Puerto Natales whenever you want, now you can only overnight during the week.
In order to access the park and to avoid unnecessary crowds, you can now buy the tickets in advance. Also, you have to check-in before entering, otherwise, you won’t be allowed to visit the park. You can use the ticket entrance (a QR code) up to 15 days before and after the declared date to visit the national park.
Visit Patagonia will require you to follow the same sanity protocols established everywhere in the world. That’s to say:
It’s important for you to know that Patagonia itself has been declared a Safe Destination for the World Travel and Tourism Council. Why? Because:
To know more about the Safe Travel Stamps and the countries that applied you can follow this link.
Now that you know when is the best time to visit El Calafate, you have to know that, probably, many others have read this useful article too. This leads to an inevitable fact: during summer El Calafate and the walkways of Perito Moreno Glacier will be crowded. So, “is it summer the best time to visit El Calafate, if I want to be alone with the mighty glaciers?”. The answer is no.
Sping in Argentina goes from September to November and many travelers choose it too to visit the country, because:
Yes, you can, but you need to take into account that many places can be closed due to the heavy weather (it usually snows in Patagonia), days will be shorter and temperatures can drop to -2°C. But the good news is that you’ll have a few windy days and you’ll be practically alone with the Perito Moreno to take your best shot.
So… when is really the best time to visit El Calafate?
Well, probably spring and autumn (from March to August) are the best options in terms of weather and the affluent of visitors. Though Autumn is still a bit rainy, winds are calm and you’ll have enough daylight to explore.
All this being said, the best time to visit El Calafate, in fact, is whenever your heart wants, since in each season you’ll have advantages and disadvantages. The important thing when planning a trip to Patagonia is to check if there is there are enough flight offers, and if the natural highlights you want to see are available (during winter, some national parks closed) which is not the case of Glaciers National Park where sits the Perito Moreno.
Last updated: 26/12/2020
Argentina it’s a great country to visit, but since March its borders have been closed to tourism due to Covid-19 and the pandemic. However, in recent days there has been some updates on the situation, so you must ask yourself again: “Can I travel to Argentina right now?”.
Argentina kept its borders closed to tourism since March but a few weeks ago the Government authorized the entry of tourists from neighboring countries. However, now, due to the appearance of a new strain of COVID-19 and the rebound in the number of Coronavirus cases per day, the Government had to back off and closed the borders again until January. So, if you want to plan a trip to this country you must know the updated Argentina’s travel restrictions.
On December 24, 2020, the local government made official the new Argentina’s travel restrictions for people arriving in the country, which includes the closure of land borders with neighboring countries and air borders with Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Australia, given the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region and the appearance of a new strain in Great Britain.
The closure of borders with neighboring countries and the suspension of flights to and from five countries in Europe and Oceania began to take effect from midnight on December 25 after the Government established the measure in the framework of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The measure establishes the closure of borders with neighboring countries (Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile) from this Thursday until January 9, as well as the suspension of authorizations granted on direct flights from and to the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands.
The objective is to prevent the arrival of people who carried any of the new Covid-19 strains that were detected in recent weeks.
The Government had clarified that carriers or crew members of any nationality are exempt; nationals and residents of the Argentine Republic, whatever their place of origin; foreigners whose goal is to carry out a work or commercial activity, fulfill an official diplomatic mission, participate in sporting events or for their family reunification; and foreigners declared in transit to other countries with a stay at the international airport of less than 24 hours.
As we mentioned earlier, the Government closed the borders again and thus suspended the entrance of tourists from neighboring countries, who were the only ones who could enter the country until now.
Assuming that after January 9, 2021 tourists from neighboring countries could re-enter the country, we are going to list the requirements that were requested until last Wednesday (23, December, 2020).
You’ll have to considerer this travel restrictions:
That’s another question that maybe you are asking. The answer is no.
Most foreigners who are not a resident in Argentina, including U.S. citizens, are not permitted to enter Argentina; and it is difficult to know an estimated end date for this travel ban.
However, foreign citizens with direct relatives (spouse, parents, minor children, and adult children) who are Argentine citizens or residents, may enter Argentina for a temporary visit under exceptional circumstances if certain conditions are met.
In addition, travelers seeking entry under this program must present:
Beyond Argentina’s travel restrictions, there are some general recommendations to keep in mind to enjoy your trip to Argentina in the safest way possible.
Argentina closed its borders to nonessential travel in March as countries around the world were doing the same to stem the spread of Coronavirus across borders. Only Argentines and residents have been able to enter during lockdown.
The Argentine authorities took preventive measures to protect their population in advance, which, at first, have been praised by the international community. With a population close to 45 million inhabitants, the total number of infected grows to 1,583,927 and fatalities 42,650 total. So these preventive measures and Argentina’s travel restrictions are being questioned.
To sum up, if you are wondering “Can I travel to Argentina right now?”, at this time you can’t. But eventually you will be able to travel to Argentina. So, you must ask a different question: “Can I visit Argentina safely?” Well, that will depend on your safety measures;we are never completely safe from the virus, even if we take great care of ourselves. When planning a trip to Argentina, you will have to take into account the health situation in Argentina at the time of traveling and book a travel insurance that includes medical coverage if you become ill.
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