In light of the evolving coronavirus situation, Argentina’s government announced on 12 June new measures, including an extension of existing coronavirus preventive measures until 25 June. Borders will remain closed.
The provisions aim to protect the Argentine population and prevent the further spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. (For prior coverage of Phase 1, see GMS Flash Alert 2020-058, 13 March 2020; for our most recent report, see GMS Flash Alert 2021-154, 27 May 2021.)
Decree N° 381/2021 suspends in-person gatherings in economic, industrial, commercial, cultural, sports, religious, educational, tourist, recreational, and social activities until 25 June.1 It is expected that this will have considerable impact on how Argentineans and foreign individuals live in Argentina.
Additionally, Argentina’s government, with Administrative Decision N° 589/2021, announced the country’s borders will remain closed until 25 June,2 and suspended flights coming and going to Great Britain, Brazil, Chile, and India due to the prevalence of new strains of the virus in those countries.
Measures prohibiting group gatherings, closing borders, advising people to keep 1.5 meters apart, and confining people to their homes, are still in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus due to the lack of vaccines.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The closures and the suspension of activities, the restrictions on mobility, and travel disruptions may require that employers re-consider their personnel and work arrangements due to the evolving situation.
Given current circumstances, remote working may be a “best practice” for globally-mobile employees – apart from essential workers – to the extent possible and is a way for employers to foster the safety of their employees and help with business continuity.
Any individuals impacted by the travel restrictions extension may wish to consult with their global mobility advisers and immigration legal counsel as soon as possible for advice on next steps.
The KPMG International member firm in Argentina 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.
1 See Decree 381/2021 (Decreto 382/2021), published (in Spanish) in the Boletín Oficial at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/245585/20210612.
2 See Administrative Decision 589/2021 (Decisión Administrativa 589/2021), published (in Spanish) in the Boletín Oficial at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/245586/20210612.
**Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration or labour law 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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