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Argentina – Mandatory Quarantine Imposed Due to COVID-19 Extended

Argentina – COVID-19 Mandatory Quarantine Extended

On 25 April, the Argentine authorities announced the extension of the mandatory “lock down” for the entire country as of 26 April, until 10 May. The extension of the lock down, with all that it implies for travel into and out of Argentina and resuming normal work routines and practices, will continue to impact on employers and their globally-mobile employees between Argentina and countries around the world.

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On 25 April, the Argentine authorities announced the extension of the mandatory “lock down” for the entire country as of 26 April, until 10 May.1  

The new measure aims to protect Argentina’s population and control and prevent the further spread of COVID-19. 

WHY THIS MATTERS

The restrictions will have considerable impact on Argentina’s economy and society, but it is very necessary to help curb the spread of the coronavirus – the growth rate of new cases, at the present time, is flat in Argentina.

Extension of the quarantine could cause considerable anxiety, stress, and inconvenience, however, it is important to remember that the extension is aimed at protecting public health and safety.

Until the government decides it is safe to rescind or roll-back current restrictions, extensive remote working is a “best practice” for globally-mobile employees (unless they are deemed essential workers), to the extent possible, and is a way for employers to foster the safety of their employees and help ensure business continuity.

KPMG NOTE

Clients should be aware of this extension as Argentina is isolating itself from the world in order to prioritize the health and safety of its population.  

Any individuals impacted by the new rules may wish to consult with their global mobility advisers and immigration legal counsel as soon as possible for advice on next steps.

FOOTNOTE

1  For the Decree of Necessity and Urgency (Aislamiento Social, Preventivo y Obligatorio, Decreto 408/2020), see the website (in Spanish) of the Boletín Oficial at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/228261/20200426 .

Also, see the announcement of the new self-isolation/quarantine policy, on the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) webpage (in Spanish) at: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/aislamiento.

For related coverage, see the following issues of GMS Flash Alert2020-171 (15 April 2020) and 2020-168 (13 April 2020). 

* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services or legal services.  However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.   

 

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Argentina.

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