One of the new hassles of travel is sometimes needing a PCR prior to travel and getting it promptly.
Luckily, most countries no longer require a negative PCR for travel purposes, but perhaps your destination still does or, worse, you’re feeling ill and want to know if it’s COVID.
In Buenos Aires, you may need a PCR for a cruise or onward travel into Bolivia or Chile.
Worry not, there are a lot of labs in the city offering PCR and antigen tests, in lab or in your home/hotel.
This article is a list of the best labs and clinics that offer easy, quick, and affordable PCR tests in Buenos Aires.
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PCR Tests in Buenos Aires
Most labs charge from $7,800-$9,200 pesos per test.
I list a lot of labs here but if it were me, I’d use CentraLab or Hisotest.
They have the easiest to manage reservation systems.
Plan in advance as some of these labs require appointments at least 24 hours in advance.
Bring your passport, just in case.
When I did mine it wasn’t required but one lab on this list requests it.
It’s always better to have too much documentation than not enough.
Argentina Entry Requirements & Insurance
Currently, there are really no special requirements to enter Argentina re:COVID.
The sworn affidavit (declacarion jurada) is no longer required and you do not need to be vaccinated or provide a negative test.
As of August 26, 2022 it is not longer a requirement to have travel insurance that includes COVID coverage to enter the country. HOWEVER, it still is and always has been a good idea to travel insured.
It protects you in so many cases, like lost luggage and trip cancellations, medical emergencies and evacuations. It’s very affordable with the potential to save you thousands in the case of an emergency. I recommend SafetyWing.
Rapid PCR in Ezeiza/Aeroparque
- Previously, there was a lab set up just outside of both airports performing rapid antigen and PCR tests for travelers flying out that day. Now that countries are no longer requiring a test for entry, the labs are no longer operating in the airport.
- Cost: $7,500, Antigen $4,000
- Results available within 24 hours in English or Spanish
- If it’s for travel bring your travel document (passport)
- Multiple convenient locations throughout the city including Belgrano, Palermo, Villa Crespo, Recoleta, and Retiro
- Appointment required, easy to do online here.
- I used Centralab for antigen tests for our last trip to the US and my sister-in-law used them for a PCR. We both had good experiences with prompt turnaround time. Results were in English & Spanish.
- Cost: $9,500 for Test rt-PCR Express (same day results) and $5,500 for an express antigen test (results within 2 hours)
- They advertise their tests are suitable for cruises and onward travel
- At home business model, they will come to your home (Airbnb, hotel) to conduct the test
- Appointments required at least 24 hours in advance
- Check website to make appoint and compare test options
- Cost: $9,000
- Discount of $8,100 as a final price for families of 4 or more and for Buquebus clients (Uruguay ferry)
- Appointments required
- Same day results, tests conducted in the morning
- PCR available at four locations in Vicente López, San Isidro, Cabildo y Pilar.
- The Cabildo location in Belgrano is the most convenient location if you’re in the city, the others are in the northern suburbs.
- Visit this website for complete and most up-to-date information and the time table for when to expect your results
- Location downtown at Viamonte 1742
- Results in 24 hours
- Appointment required, check website here, make it online filling out the form or contacting their Turnos number on WhatsApp (+5491169041035)
- Cost: $7,800 pesos
- Rossi has many locations but conduct rt-PCR tests at their Abasto (Sánchez de Loria 117 – CABA) and San Isidro (Dardo Rocha 3032 – San Isidro) locations
- Appointment required, fill out form online here
- Results in 24 hours, 2 hours for Antigen
More Buenos Aires Logistical Tips
- Travel Insurance in Argentina – The Best Plans for Argentina (that cover COVID)
- Is Buenos Aires Safe for Tourists?
- What to Pack for Argentina
- 10 Things to Know Before Visiting Argentina
- How to Get From Ezeiza Airport into Buenos Aires
Argentina Travel Resources
- TRAVEL INSURANCE | It is always a good idea to travel insured. It protects you in so many cases, like lost luggage and trip cancellations, medical emergencies and evacuations. It’s very affordable with the potential to save you thousands in the case of an emergency. I recommend SafetyWing.
- PHONE PLAN | These days, traveling with data is essential. Especially in Argentina where everything is managed on Instagram and WhatsApp. Purchasing a local SIM card can be tricky without a local ID, I recommend this E-SIM card. It’s hassle-free and affordable. If you have an older phone that doesn’t support E-SIM, check out DrimSim for a physical sim card alternative.
- ACCOMMODATION IN ARGENTINA | booking.com is the most common hotel site used in Argentina and it’s where you’ll find the most options.
- RENTAL CARS | I love to travel Argentina via road trip, check out RentalCars.com for the best rates for rental cars here.
- VPN | If you’ll be using a public WiFi connection and want to secure your data, I highly recommend using a VPN, I personally use and have had a good experience with ExpressVPN. I also use it to access Hulu and American Netflix from Argentina.
- FLIGHTS | Always check Google Flights and Skyscanner for flights to and within Argentina. Aerolineas Argentina is the local airline with the most routes. FlyBondi and Jetsmart are two budget airlines with dirt-cheap prices (but expect to pay for every add-on like luggage).
- NEED HELP PLANNING? | I offer one-on-one travel consultations to help you plan your trip to Argentina. Pick my brain to get a local’s insight. Click here for more information.