International tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to visit Argentina from Monday, November 1.

Argentina's lively cities and breathtaking natural landscapes have been without tourists for more than a year as authorities continued to extend COVID-19 related restrictions. But as spring approaches, and following a decrease in coronavirus case numbers, all foreign visitors will be welcome and exempt from quarantine from Monday, if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Travelers must present proof of a negative COVD-19 result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before travel, in addition to taking a second PCR test between the fifth or seventh day of their stay in Argentina.

Read more: PCR tests for travel: everything you need to know

Cafe scene in Palermo district of Buenos Aires
 Restaurants, cafes and bars are preparing to return to full capacity in Argentina ©Getty Images/Passage Unreleased

To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received the full recommended course of vaccines. Argentina's health ministry currently recognizes the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sputnik, Sinopharm and Convidecia jabs. Those who aren't fully vaccinated are also required to take two tests but they must undergo at least a week of quarantine too.

Argentina already reopened its borders to neighboring countries in October but in preparation for a wider return of tourism, officials are working "toward the full recovery of activities." There are plans for businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars, entertainment venues and cultural attractions to return to full capacity. The tourism board confirmed that nightclubs will open at 50% capacity and in Buenos Aires—a city renowned for its nightlife—bars and nightclubs may remain open until 3am.

Argentina was hit hard by the pandemic and struggled with vaccine supplies earlier this year. In recent weeks, however, the campaign has gathered momentum with at least 56 million doses administered so far. According to statistics from Our World In Data, at least 56.6% of the population is fully vaccinated. 

Read more: 15 thrilling things to do in Buenos Aires

Colorful Building La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vaccination rates are steadily increasing across Argentina ©Getty Images

When you travel to Argentina there are some new attractions to look forward to including the recently opened Villavicencio Park, an outdoor adventure park near Mendoza; as well as classic attractions like Zuccardi Valle de Uco—which was recently recognized as the best vineyard in the world for the third year in a row.

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This article was first published September 2021 and updated October 2021

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