There are currently extremely limited commercial options available to return to the UK from Argentina, and there are no direct flights from Argentina to the UK. Argentina’s borders remain closed to foreign nationals and non-residents until midnight on 12 April. The borders remain open to those departing, but there are only a limited number of exceptional international flights. Regular internal flights within Argentina have been suspended until midnight on 12 April.
We know this is concerning for British people trying to leave Argentina. The UK government is working closely with airlines, the Argentine authorities and other governments to make sure options are available for you to return to the UK as soon as possible.
What to do
British visitors who live in the UK, and want to return, should email firstname.lastname@example.org providing your:
- full name
- passport number
- date of birth
- current location in Argentina
- details of how to contact you.
Remember to send a further email should your situation change.
If you cannot leave Argentina at this time, you should:
- follow the advice of local authorities, including local measures to help minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus;
- find accommodation that’s suitable for your needs;
- keep in regular contact with family and friends at home, so they know you are safe and well;
- sign up to email alerts for this travel advice and follow the British Embassy on Facebook and other social media accounts
The UK government is working closely with airlines, the Argentine authorities and other governments to make sure options are available for you to return to the UK as soon as possible.
This travel advice will be updated when departure options become available.
Any exceptional flights in the future are likely to depart from Buenos Aires. Regular domestic flights within Argentina, as well as all scheduled long distance trains and buses, are suspended until midnight on 12 April. There may be other options for travelling overland but please be aware that you are not permitted to travel to Buenos Aires unless you have a valid ticket for an international flight which departs within 24 hours of your arrival in Buenos Aires. If you need to spend a night in Buenos Aires, you will need to find accommodation to meet the requirements of the quarantine.
Ground transport to airports:
- you can travel from your accommodation to the airport if you have a valid plane ticket and are not showing any symptoms of coronavirus;
- public transport is available, including taxis. If you are being driven, make sure that your driver has the relevant permit allowing them to make the journey. You can also hire a car.
You may need:
- a copy of the letter issued by the Ministry of Health confirming that foreign nationals travelling to return to their country of origin are exempt from the nationwide quarantine rules
- a letter issued from the British Embassy confirming that you should be allowed to travel.
Help and support
If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy 24/7 on +54 11 4808-2200. This includes if you encounter any resistance when trying to access the airport.
The Embassy cannot provide further information or advice about departure options over the phone. This page will be updated when departure options become available. To get the latest information, follow the British Embassy Buenos Aires on Facebook and other social media accounts.
The National Migrations Department of Argentina has granted an automatic 30-day extension to all non-residents whose visas were due to expire between 17 March and 15 April. See Entry requirements
See additional advice on making travel plans to return to the UK, or what to do if you cannot travel immediately.