Argentina to Lift Nearly All COVID-19 Restrictions

Argentina on Sept. 21 announced plans to lift nearly all COVID-19 restrictions, including gradually easing strict border controls and allowing more social gatherings.

“We are going through the last stage of the pandemic,” Presidential Cabinet Chief Juan Manzur said in a press conference at Casa Rosada with Health Minister Carla Vizzoti as they announced lifting a series of restrictions.

Starting from Oct. 1, wearing masks outdoors with no crowds will no longer be required and there will be no limits on the number of attendees at social gatherings. However, for events with over 1,000 people, only 50% capacity is allowed.

Foreigners from neighboring countries will also be allowed to enter without mandatory self-isolation upon arrival.

All foreigners will be allowed entry starting from Nov. 1, but they are required to show either proof that they have been fully vaccinated two weeks before their arrival in Argentina or a negative test result a week before their arrival. Otherwise, they will be required to undergo quarantine and a PCR test.

Furthermore, entry quotas in all safe airports and other entry points will gradually increase from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1.

Manzur also announced that 43.7% of the population have been fully vaccinated while 63.4% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The announcement came after a meeting with Vizzoti to assess the current situation of the pandemic in the country.

According to data from the Health Ministry, Argentina recorded 1,837 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, adding to the nationwide tally of 5,243,231 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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