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Argentina – New Rules for Air Passenger Services and Travel to/from Argentina

Argentina–New Rules for Air Travel to/from Argentina

New rules from Argentina’s civil aviation authorities impose new requirements and non-compliance penalties on commercial airlines flying into, out of, or within Argentina, which will also affect travelers.

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Argentina’s National Administration of Civil Aviation (Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil or “ANAC”) published in the country’s official bulletin (Boletín Oficial) two Resolutions (Nrs 143 and 144) on 24 April and 27 April respectively, which establish some new procedures for national and international airlines willing to provide commercial passenger services from, to, or within the Argentinean territory.1

These measures intend to protect Argentina’s population and control and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 by means of following strict protocols involving a formal authorization from ANAC and policies on non-compliance.

WHY THIS MATTERS

These measures complement the travel restrictions which were already established by the government2 and might have considerable impact on globally-mobile employees between Argentina and other countries.  Employees and their families with plans to travel – and anyone wishing to travel – by air to, from, or within Argentina over the next few months will be affected and therefore could experience some anxiety, inconvenience, and frustration.

Awareness is vital to help minimize disruptions to operations and to manage associated risks and costs.  

Context

The rapid worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 has motivated the ANAC to take drastic measures whose aims are to control the virus in Argentina and prevent its spread. 

24 April 2020 Measure

In Resolution Nr 143/2020, the Director of ANAC, Paola Tamburelli, announced the following measure that will directly impact the way things have customarily been done.

  1. National and international airlines willing to provide commercial passenger services from, to, or within Argentinean territory must have authorization from ANAC.

27 April 2020 Measure

In Resolution Nr 144/2020, Director Tamburelli announced the following measure that complements Resolution Nr 143/2020.

  1. Banning of the sale and purchase of tickets for commercial flights from, to, or within Argentinean territory until 1 September 2020.

KPMG NOTE

Investigations and penalties may result from non-compliance with the rules announced by ANAC.

Any individuals impacted by these restrictions may wish to consult with their travel agents, global mobility advisers, and immigration legal counsel as soon as possible for advice on next steps.

Our office is tracking these matters closely.  We will endeavor to keep readers of GMS Flash Alert posted on any important developments as and when they occur.

FOOTNOTES

1  See Resolution 143/2020 (Resolución 143/2020) (in Spanish) at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/228283/20200427 .

See Resolution 144//2020 (Resolución 144/2020) (in Spanish) at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/228284/20200427 .

2  See GMS Flash Alert 2020-171 (15 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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